If you’re not planning to enter the terminal, our brand-new pick-up and drop-off facilities are located across from the main terminal. The pick-up and drop-off areas are perfect if you’re sticking around for no more than ten minutes.
Dropping Passengers Off at Glasgow Airport
Our drop-off areas are available to ensure our passengers can travel to the airport quickly. You can drop off passengers directly opposite the terminal, so they can go straight to check in and departures.
The full charges to use the quick pick up and drop of facility are:
- Up to 10 minutes: £2
- 11-15 minutes: £4
- 16-20 minutes: £6
- 21-30 minutes: £10
- 31-60 minutes: £30
Picking Up Passengers from Glasgow Airport
In order to keep waiting times minimal, we ask that drivers who are picking up passengers ensure the person they are meeting has cleared immigration, collected baggage, and is ready to meet them before waiting in the pick-up area.
If you need to wait around before picking someone up, we offer free parking for up to 30 minutes in our long-stay car park. From here, we have a free shuttle bus to get you to the terminal, or to get your passenger to you, or alternatively, you can drive around to the pick-up area when they’re ready to meet you.
To help you coordinate pick-ups, the area is divided into three zones – A, B, and C. Please note that zone C is the only zone suitable for larger vehicles like coaches and minibuses.
Longer Pick-Ups and Drop-Offs
If you’re planning to enter the airport with someone you’re dropping off or to meet someone you’re picking up, our short stay car park is located right by the terminal. Park in Car Park 2, Zone D for easy access to the terminal.
Take a look at the car parks on a map to help you plan your trip, or view more parking options and prices for longer-stays.
Methods of Payment
For your convenience, you are now able to pay for parking using chip and pin, contactless payment, and Apple Pay.
You will make your payment at the exit barriers, which accept the following payment methods:
- Coins ranging from 10p to £2. This includes the new £1 coin
- Chip and pin
- Contactless payment
- Apple Pay
Change machines are also located throughout the pick-up and drop-off areas if you require coins to pay for your parking.
Here’s the answers to a few frequently asked questions. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, try searching in the header above, or contact us to speak to a member of the team.
Q) When was the pick-up and drop-off facility introduced?
A) The new facility opened on April 27 2017.
Q) Why was the new system introduced?
A) The airport is busier than ever and the previous separate pick-up and drop-off areas couldn’t cope with the volume of traffic. The new drop-off area helps minimise congestion to make your journey run more smoothly.
Q) How is the new scheme an improvement?
A) The new road layout and combined quick pick-up and drop-off facility is safer and offers greater convenience. It was purpose-built to accommodate the growing number of passengers using the airport: more people can now pick-up and drop-off at the same time. The new covered facility is directly opposite the main terminal.
Q) How much do I have to pay?
A) The pick-up and drop-off facility is designed to be used quickly and drivers should aim to be in and out in under 10 minutes, which costs £2. It gets more expensive the longer drivers wait in the area. Drivers should NOT use the facility for an extended period of time. It is designed to accommodate drivers who can guarantee they will be finished within 10 minutes.
Q) Does the pick-up and drop-off facility have any height restrictions?
A) Zones A and B both have a 2.2-metre height restriction, which is displayed on entry to the facility. Any vehicles exceeding 2.2 metres in height – including coaches and minibuses – should use zone C. For zone C follow the ‘All Other Vehicles’ signage when approaching.
Q) What happens if I think I’ll need more than 10 minutes?
A) If drivers need more than 10 minutes they should use Car Park 2 (straight across from the terminal), which costs £3 for 20 minutes and £6 for up to an hour.
Q) How does it work?
A) As a car enters the quick pick-up and drop-off facility the number plate will be read automatically. When the same car arrives at the exit barrier the number plate is read again and the charge is calculated. Drivers then pay at one of the three barriers using cash or credit/debit cards (chip & pin or contactless) without needing to get out of the car. The machines are programmed to use the old and new £1 coins. Drivers can also use Apple Pay and change machines are available in the facility.
Q) Has the Taxi Pick Up point changed?
A) Taxis can pick-up in either the pick-up and drop-off facility (zones A, B or C) or Car Park 2 (zone D). Your taxi company will advise of your pick-up location.
Q) Do taxis pay?
A) All vehicles have to pay to use the quick drop-off and pick-up facility. Taxis may add the pick-up and drop-off charge onto fares.
Q) Is there a free option?
A) There is a free drop-off and pick-up area at the Long-Stay Car Park off Arran Avenue to the north west of the terminal. Drivers can park for free for up to 30 minutes and there is a 24-hour shuttle bus. It runs every 10 to 15 minutes and journey time is approximately five minutes to the terminal.
Q) Do disabled drivers pay to use the pick-up and drop-off facility?
A) Drivers with a blue badge should NOT use the pick-up and drop-off facility. Blue badge holders should use Car Park 2 opposite the terminal building, where they will be entitled to up to 30 minutes free parking.
Q) If a flight is delayed will I have to pay the charge for picking up a passenger?
A) The area is meant for drivers who can guarantee that they’ll be ready to leave within 10 minutes. Drivers should check the status of flights before leaving for the airport and only use the facility when they are sure the passenger they are collecting has cleared immigration (if applicable), has collected any luggage and is ready for pick-up.