Scotland’s culture capital is a buzzing, friendly city blending sophistication and unique Celtic charm.
Approximate flight time: 1 hour 15 minutes
No of flights per week: 44
Airlines that fly direct: Flybe
No. of Airports in Glasgow: Glasgow International, Glasgow Prestwick
Seasons: High = July - August; Low = November - February
Currency: GBP (£)
Departing from Birmingham Airport
With a great selection of shops, restaurants and all the facilities you’d expect from an international airport in Britain’s 2nd city, Birmingham Airport is a great choice for anyone flying from the UK.
The airport is very easy to get to whichever way you want to travel. If you’re driving to the airport, you’ll find several carparks, which are all easily accessible from the terminal by foot or via the courtesy shuttle bus. Book a carpark space online in advance and save up to 50% off.
Taxis can drop you right outside and if you prefer to take public transport, you will find bus services running directly to the airport or to Birmingham International Airport train station. There is a free and frequent Air-Rail from the station which gets you to the terminal in just two minutes.
Jewellery lovers will be pleased to hear that there’s a Pandora store and an Accessorize, as well as The Watch Collection. Aerospa offers an array of beauty treatments in as little as 15 minutes, so whether you want to get your nails done for an important meeting or need a massage to de-stress, you’ll be catered for. There’s a WHSmith and WHSmith Books, so you’ll find all your last-minute essentials for the plane ride, be it a captivating novel or bag of sweets. And of course, don’t miss the great deals at World Duty Free.
Have a meal at one of our many cafés, bars and restaurants before you fly. Pret a Manger is great for whatever time you’re at the airport, with organic coffee, sandwiches, wraps, salads, hot food and even sushi. If you’d prefer a hearty meal before you fly, head to Factory Bar and Kitchen or Wetherspoon.
We have five fantastic airport lounges which can be used for a small fee. If you’re travelling for business, the Regus Express Lounge includes workstations, comfy seating, laptop stands, secure Wi-Fi and printers and scanners, as well as complimentary refreshments.
To find out about our other services, head to our terminal facilities page.
Arriving at Glasgow Airport
Glasgow Airport has only one terminal and is located approximately 8 miles from Glasgow city centre. You’ll find a taxi rank right outside the terminal doors. Or if you’d prefer to save money and take public transport, you can catch the shuttle bus. You can even catch the train to Glasgow Airport. The nearest station is Paisley Gilmour Street - just over one mile from the terminal. From here, you can take the McGill's 757 bus service.
Pre-book your transfer with HolidayTaxis and avoid the queues when you arrive.
What to expect in Glasgow
With internationally-acclaimed museums and galleries, stunning architecture, vibrant nightlife, fantastic shopping and a diverse array of restaurants and bars, Scotland’s biggest city has evolved to become one of Britain’s most intriguing metropolises.
The main language spoken in Glasgow is English, albeit with a Scottish accent. Scots and Scottish Gaelic are the other languages that are spoken by the population.
Scotland is renowned for its often-underwhelming weather. The summers are cool and partly cloudy, and the winters are long, cool and windy.
Culture in Glasgow
Kilts and bagpipes may spring to mind when you think about Scottish culture, but Glasgow has earned its cultural prowess all on its own. Since it was named a European Capital of Culture by the European Union in 1990, it has continued to take pride in its cultural offerings and has continued winning cultural awards over the years. Brimming with exceptional museums and galleries, and named as a UNESCO City of Music, there’s plenty to explore in Scotland’s largest city.