About Glasgow Prestwick Airport (PIK)
Address: Prestwick Airport (shuttle Bus), 146 Prestwick Road, Ayr, Ka8 8np
Glasgow Prestwick Airport (PIK) is roughly 32 miles (51 km) southwest of Glasgow in Ayrshire, and generally considered Glasgow’s “second” airport to the much larger and busier Glasgow International (GLA), which is also considerably closer to the city. Nevertheless, (PIK) has definitive utility in the region, and the airport is served by the standard fare of airport car rental companies — Avis, Hertz, Europcar, Enterprise, and more.
Situated on the A79, (PIK) is a brilliant entry point to Scotland, with solid links to Glasgow and the rest of the country. Getting around will be an exclusive matter of destination. But no matter where you’re going, a car hire with GPS will ease the stress of travel. For those of you heading to the city of Glasgow, you’ll find familiar big city conditions, i.e. one-way streets, bus lanes, and pedestrian crossings. It’s not the U.K.’s most daunting city to navigate, but inexperienced drivers may struggle with impatient locals sharing the road.
Central Glasgow has two main sections: the City Centre — home of the tourist action and nightlife; and the West End, anchored by the University of Glasgow. Parking in either of these areas is prohibitively expensive, but it’s still available. Most around town driving will involve the M8. Meanwhile, (PIK) is located 4 miles north of the city of Ayr, which has a beautiful seaside vibe worthy of its own mention.
Choosing your car
With so many options, choosing you car has the potential to create a Buridan’s Mule situation. But there’s a simple way to cut through the indecision. Ask yourself, “How much car do I need, and how much do I want to pay for it?” The best deals are found on Opel compact and Ford economy sedans. For a little more money, you can get into a Mercedes-Benz premium 4-door. But let’s say you’re traveling with companions. A Renault SUV has plenty of room for passengers and gear, plus improved handling and performance. And the Volkswagen 7-9 seater minivan is made for moving people across long distances.
Tips and advice for renting a car at Glasgow Airport Prestwick
Many of Glasgow’s top attractions are located on the fringes of the city, which is why so many visitors choose to rent a car.
They’re precious about their bus lanes in Glasgow. In addition to license plate recognition cameras, unmarked patrols monitor traffic for scofflaws.
Glaswegians are renowned for friendliness and rapid speaking patterns. If somebody is giving you directions, it’s OK to ask them to repeat what you didn’t catch the first time.
Glasgow in general is a great launch pad for the Scottish Highlands, and (PIK) is the ideal entry and exit point. If possible, do some exploring of the lush countryside.
The emergency number in Scotland is 999 for Police, Fire, and Ambulance.
Most (PIK) airport car rental companies will rent to drivers 21 years old and up — with restrictions and surcharges for those under 25. Likewise, the maximum age limit is 75, and you’ll probably have to provide a medical clearance if you’re 72 or older.