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Car hire from Glasgow Prestwick International Airport

This information is correct as of August 2015

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Where to hire a car in Glasgow Prestwick International Airport

There are 4 car hire companies to choose from at Glasgow Prestwick International Airport, including Avis, Europcar, Budget and Hertz. You can find these in the arrivals area of the terminal.

Petrol stations close Glasgow Prestwick International Airport

Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.

To reach the closest fuelling station, turn left out of the airport and take the second exit on the next roundabout. The BP fuelling station will be on your right. There are also a few more options in Ayr, and on the way to Glasgow City Centre.

Driving around Glasgow Prestwick International Airport

Glasgow Prestwick Airport is 20 minutes from Ayr, on the west coast of Scotland. The airport is around 40 minutes from Glasgow City Centre. It’s fairly easy to drive around, with Younger Drive taking you to either Ayr, or onto the M8 which can take you to Glasgow and Edinburgh, or the A79 which will take you down to Carlisle. There’s a decent network of motorways for travelling around Scotland that are helpful for most travellers hiring a car.


Ayr is a small town that sits on the west coast of Scotland, close by to Glasgow International Prestwick Airport.

Ayr is only a 20 minute ride away in the car, which makes it perfect for airport stopovers. Follow the A79 southbound to get to the town centre. There’s on street parking and Pay & Display parking options available here.

Glasgow (Edinburgh, and the north of Scotland)

Glasgow is the second largest city in Scotland, and although it’s always been seen as rough around the edges, it’s got a cool creative scene and a cityscape that was revamped by the Commonwealth Games in 2014.

It takes around 40 minutes to get to Glasgow from the airport, and there is a toll road. When leaving Prestwick take the first exit at the roundabout, and follow the A77/M77 to Glasgow.

To reach Edinburgh, continue on the A8 through the centre of Scotland. There’s on street parking and multi story parking options in both cities, but they are limited during peak season.

Dumfries (Carlisle, and the south of Scotland)

Dumfries is an old market town in the southwest of Scotland. Whilst the town is charming, the real wow factor lies in the surrounding landscapes in the hills and on the coast.

Dumfries is around 2 hours from Prestwick Airport. Take the first exit at the roundabout onto the A79, then take the third exit at the next roundabout onto the A78, then head onto the A77/A719 southbound. Take the A76 moving southbound, and continue for 30 miles to reach Dumfries.

To reach Carlisle, follow the A76 through Dumfries and continue toward the city. There are a number of Pay & Display car parks as well as on street parking in Carlisle.

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