Scotland: Prestwick

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Prestwick Rest of Scotland    

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Prestwick Intl (PIK):
Location: 6 km/4 Miles N of Ayr between Prestwick and Monkton.
By Road:
To Irvine 13 km/8 Miles, To Kilmarnock 14 km/9 Miles & to Glasgow 46 km/29 Miles.
By Taxi:
To Glasgow City ~50-60, Glasgow Airport 50, Edinburgh ~125, Edinburgh Airport 115, Troon 8, Largs 48-52, Ardrossan 30, Kilmarnock 20, East Kilbride 48, Girvan 42, Stranraer 90 & Turnberry 35. Ayr Black Taxis +44 (0)1292 284 545.

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By Bus:
General: Most buses stop at the 2 stops right outside the front of the terminal. These are:
Stagecoach Bus #4: Slow stopping service. To Glasgow 1:40. Operates 7 days a week. Mon to Sat: To Glasgow from 0628 ~half hourly until 2313. From Glasgow from 0715 ~half hourly until 2220. Sunday: hourly each way: To Glasgow 0743-2233. From Glasgow 0920-2310. In the other direction, the bus continues to Prestwick Town & Ayr. Route: Glasgow Buchanan Bus Station - Glasgow Union St - Glasgow Eglinton Toll - Newton Mearns (Cross) - Fenwick (Kings Arms) - Kilmarnock Bus Station - Symington - Monkton (Cross) - Monkton Industrial Estate - Airport Terminal - Prestwick Cross - Ayr Bus station. Adult One way fares: To Kilmarnock 2.85 (28 mins), Fenwick 3.45 (45 mins),  N Mearns 4.25 (60 mins) & Glasgow 4.65 (97 mins). To Prestwick Town 90p/3 mins & Ayr 1.30/15 mins. Children half price.
Express Service X77: To Glasgow ~ 1 hour, to Ayr ~ 15 mins. Operates from the airport terminal to Glasgow Buchanan Street and to Ayr in the other direction. Route: Glasgow Buchanan Bus Station - Glasgow Wellington St - Glasgow Waterloo St - (some buses stop at Kilmarnock Bus Station) - Airport Terminal - Prestwick Cross - Ayr Bus station. Timings: From the Airport Terminal to Glasgow: Mon-Fri: 0638, 0708 then every 30 mins from 0833 until 1933. Saturdays: 0638, 0733, 0813, 0833 then every 30 mins from 0833 until 1633, then hourly until 1933. Sundays: 1008, 1208, 1408 & 1608. From Glasgow to the Airport: Mon-Fri: 0735, 0815, 0835, 0905, 0920, 0935, 1005, 1035, 1050, then at 05 & 35 past each hour until 1505, 1540, 1605, 1620, 1635, 1700, 1735, 1750, 1850, 1935, 2035 & 2330. Saturdays: 0750, 0850, 0920, 0950 then every 30 mins until 1750, 1850, 1950, 2050 & 2330. Sundays: 1150, 1350, 1550 & 1750. For further info on the X77 Service telephone 0141 333 1100 or 01292 613500 (Ayr). Cost: Adult one-way To Glasgow 4.20, Ayr 1.50. Child half price. Ryanair Passengers get half price on the train - just show your boarding card.
Bus x99: Runs from outside the terminal to Glasgow Buchanan Street Bus Station. Runs daily except Xmas day from the airport 0530-2330 and from Glasgow 0445-0015. Fare: 7 one way. 12 weekly return (available on-line only). Takes ~1 hour. Connections are available at Glasgow Buchanan Street to Edinburgh (Waverley Bridge) using the X100 bus.
There is another bus stop, under the bridge to the railway station. Leave the terminal by the fron exit and turn right. Under the bridge you will see a bus shelter. The following buses depart from here:
Stagecoach Bus #24: Runs to Prestwick Town & Ayr. Mon-Sat: 0515, 0915 then every hour until 1815. Sundays: No service
Stagecoach Bus #14: Runs to Prestwick Cross and Ayr Bus Station. Runs 0610-2335 every day except Sunday.
Bus #585: Runs to Greenock & Ayr
Stagecoach Bus #4: Stops at this station on the way to Ayr.

By Train: The airport has its own train station, connected to the terminal by a cvered bridge over the road. ScotRail Trains run to and from Glasgow Central Station every half an hour (hourly on Sundays) and the journey takes ~45 mins. Trains route via Troon, Kilmarnock, Barassie, Irvine, Kilwinning, Johnstone, Paisley Gilmour Street (with bus link to Glasgow Airport) & Glasgow Central Station. Not all trains stop at al these stations. Fare to Glasgow 5.70 adult one-way, 7.35 cheap day return. In the other direction, trains run to Prestwick town & Ayr. Full details from National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484950. Note: All passengers producing an air ticket or printed e-ticket are entitled to a 50% discount on any rail journey to or from Prestwick Airport. You may also be asked to show photo ID. Tickets from the airport must be bought on board the train. In addition, for the first six months of any new air route, passengers on that route are entitled to FREE rail travel to or from Prestwick Airport on the day of flying. Vouchers for free travel must be obtained by showing an air ticket or printed e-ticket at the airport information desk or a FirstScotRail booking office. Free vouchers cannot be obtained on board the train.

Rental Cars:
On-Airport Rental Car Providers: AVIS 01292 477 218, EUROPCAR 678 198, Hertz 511 281 & National/ALAMO 671222.
Weblinks: Click here to book -----> Car Trawler Car Hire.

Car Parking:
Car Parks 1 & 2 (Short stay): 10 mins free, 30 mins 2, 1 hour 3, 2 hrs 4, 4 hrs 5, 12 hrs 7, 24 hrs 9 & each extra day 7.
Car Parks 3 & 4 (Long Stay): 3 days 21 (min charge), 4 days 26, 5 days 31, 6 days 36, 7 days 39, 8 days 39 and 4 per day after that.
Weblinks: Click here to book ----->  

Airport to Airport: Taxi to Glasgow Airport ~45/30-40 mins. Train from Prestwick airport to Paisley Gilmour Street. Then take the bus to Glasgow airport from outside the station.
ATM & Currency exchange in the terminal. Left luggage is in the security department. The cost is 4 per bag per day, golf bags 5 per bag per day.
Airport Website:
Airport Tel No: +44 (0)1292 479 822.
Steve's Tip:
The train is a very convenient and relatively quick way of getting to Glasgow, and from there, to connect to the rest of Scotland & England.

Updated Mar14 ADV.
Last Visit Apr05. [back].[top]

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