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Glasgow International Airport is the second busiest airport in Scotland. It lies 13 km (8 miles) southwest of Glasgow, being located closer to the small towns of Paisley and Renfrew. The airport handles over 7 million passengers every year and is a home airport of several airlines, including EasyJet, Loganair, BMI Regional, and Thomas Cook Airways. British Airways also maintains a large maintenance center on site.

Several transportation options exist for travelers arriving to Glasgow International. Many passengers opt for one of the public transportation options. Rail service is fast and inexpensive. In addition, several bus lines and coaches link the airport to Glasgow and the rest of the U.K. Quite a few people, however, prefer more private transportation, and so many Glasgow Airport car hire options are available. Among the options are taxi service, minicab service, chauffer/limousine hires, and automobile rental/self-driven cars.

If planning to hire a taxi, it is recommended to pre-book a car, especially if arriving late. If you don’t have a chance to pre-book a taxi, they can sometimes be found just outside the terminal building, in the front. Because of the terrorist activity attempted at Glasgow Airport in 2007, new restrictions have been enacted for vehicles waiting outside the terminal, so if no taxis are available at the front of the terminal, they can usually be found at the designated pick-up and drop-off areas outside the “Car Park 2” garage. Cars are only allowed to wait in this area for 10 minutes without being charged a large fee, so even if a taxi is not immediately available they are always driving by or stopping for short moments.

Although taxi fares within Glasgow are standardized and regulated by the city, Glasgow Airport lies outside of city limits so fares must be individually negotiated. Always agree upon the fare before debarking. The average price is £19, but can be slightly higher. The drive to the city center takes about 20 minutes, depending on traffic. Also, it is important to note that most regular taxis are not equipped for special needs passengers and small infants. If you require any special accommodations, it is almost assured that you will need to arrange this with a taxi service by phone.

Several popular and reliable taxi companies service Glasgow International:

• Millennium Taxis (Tel: 0141 558 2285/Email: mailto:information@ga-taxis.co.uk) – This is one of the largest and most trusted taxi companies in all of Scotland. Drivers and cars must follow strict rules to ensure quality service.

• Pacific Cars (Tel: 0141 429 4040/Email: mailto:sales@pacificcars.co.uk) – Pacific is based in Glasgow and are considered a very reliable service. They offer Mercedes upgrades for a fee, vans for large groups, and free meet & greet service.

• Star Cabs (Tel: 0844 819 8696/Email: starcabsgroup@msn.com) – Star Cabs does not have as many cars as some other taxi companies, but their cars are clean, and their drivers are honest.

• Airport Glasgow Taxis (Tel: 07866 956492/Email: mailto:info@airportglasgowtaxis.co.uk) – This taxi service is based at Glasgow Airport. They offer professional service and competitive pricing.

Besides taxis, several personal chauffeured/luxury cars can be hired for Glasgow Airport. These services provide all the amenities one would expect for the price they charge. Two of the top luxury vehicle car hires at Glasgow Airport are listed here:

• Platinum Limo Company (Tel: 08700 135466/Email: info@platinumlimo.co.uk) – Platinum Limo is based in Glasgow and services all of central Scotland, including Edinburgh. Also known as PT Limos, they have several luxury vehicles available, including Hummer Limos, Rapture Limos, and Jaguar Executives.

• Targe Chauffeurs – (Tel: 0141 354 7688/Email: targe@targe-chauffeurs.com) – Not only does Targe Chauffeurs provide Limo and VIP car service, they also provide helicopter transport.

For travelers who prefer to drive themselves, several rental companies are available on-site with cars for hire at Glasgow Airport. This is the best choice for travelers who will require or who enjoy the freedom of going wherever they want, whenever they want for several days or even several weeks. Prices start at £99 per week and cars can be booked online or by phone prior to arrival. These car rental companies are available at Glasgow Airport:

• Alamo
• Avis
• Budget
• Enterprise
• Europcar
• Hertz
• National

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