Travel to Scotland Part 3 – Arriving in Scotland.

Whether traveling alone or embarking on a tour, if you are new to traveling it can be a bit daunting and stressful. This guide is written with the first-time traveler in mind. If you know what to expect it helps remove worry. This is part 3 of my 3-part Travel to Scotland guide. From start to finish.  Part 1 -Planning your trip, part 2- the flight, and part 3 - arriving in Scotland.  What to expect when you arrive at the airport, navigate the airport, and transport to your accommodation.

CONTENTS

  • Upon arrival -Disembark
  • You have arrived in Bonnie Scotland
  • Transport Options At the Airports
  • Edinburgh Airport 
  • Glasgow Airport
  • Arriving at your hotel
  • Currency/Money

ONCE YOU LAND and DISEMBARK

  1. This is your destination stop so head to UK Border Control (immigration,) just follow the signs and the rest of the passengers. Make sure you have your passport, landing cards, and visa (if you have one)
  2. Make sure you have filled out your landing card, if not go to one of the passport desks and do so.
  3. There may be a couple of options to line up depending on your passport type but usually, it's signed pretty well. If you aren't sure ask the Airport staff.

There are 3 different areas -

  1. European Economic Area EEA and Swiss Nationals (This included all EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway)
  2. Non-EEA (all other nationalities)
  3. EEA and Swiss nationals with chipped passports. If you are over 18 and have an electronic chip in your passport then you can use the electronic gates for a quicker trip through immigration
  • Once you are through Immigration look for the boards for Arrivals and it should tell you which luggage carousel or Baggage Reclaim to go to. Sometimes this can take a while to come up. 
  • Grab a trolley if you need one and wait for your bag. This is where the ribbon, or sticker comes in handy to spot your bag easily.
  • If you can't find your bag and there are no more bags coming out then go and speak to the staff from your airline or the lost luggage department.
  • If you have something to declare line up in Customs a the Red Point and it's helpful to have whatever you are declaring in your carry-on bag.
  • If you have nothing to declare then head outside - At Glasgow airport there are 2 exit options depending on where your journey started 
  1. The Blue Exit if your journey started in a  European Union Country 
  2. The Green Exit if your journey started outside the European Union. 
Travel to Scotland - arriving and leaving the airport

YOU HAVE ARRIVED IN BONNIE SCOTLAND

Head outside. If you have an airport transfer arranged you will see someone holding up a sign with your name on it and just follow their lead.

You will see the signs for Taxis and car rentals. 

If you don’t have an airport transfer you have several options.

  • The airport bus/shuttle
  • A Taxi
  • An Uber
  • Car hire.

Depending on which airport you arrive at the may be different options. 

EDINBURGH AIRPORT

Edinburgh Airport is the main international airport in Scotland and one of the busiest. It has no train station of its own, but it does have strong transport links by bus and tram from train stations in Edinburgh. Connections with the rest of Scotland, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, and London are through Edinburgh City.

The Airport is located approximately 10 km west of Edinburgh and is within easy reach and has good bus and tram links to the city center.

AIRPORT TRANSPORT OPTIONS

BUS

  • The Airlink 100 express bus runs from the airport to the city centre. It takes 25 minutes to reach Waverley Bridge, next to the main railway station.
  • Airlink buses depart from Domestic Arrivals at Edinburgh Airport to Waverley Bridge in the city.  
  • The Shuttle is very frequent so you won't wait more than 10 minutes. 
  • Tickets can be purchased from the driver as you board using contactless card payment, m-tickers or the exact change. 
  • Tickets can also be purchased at the Airlink office outside the Domestic Arrivals Terminal. 
  • A single adult ticket costs £ 4.50 and an open return is £ 7.50
  • This is the link to download the app for m-tickers to buy your tickets directly on your phone
  • Use this link to plan your journey

Skylink 200:

  • This line connects Edinburgh Airport with Ocean Terminal shopping centre in Leith
  • Timetable Link

Skylink 300:

N22:

 

TRAM

  • Trams are one of the easiest ways to get to and from the airport with fast and frequent services to Edinburgh city centre. Trams depart every 7 to 10 minutes, between 7 am and 7 pm, and every 15 minutes out of  these hours, with an end-to-end journey of just 30
  • One-way ticket costs around £6 (for children £3.00)
  • Tickets can be bought online or at vending machines -NOTE: Not all vending machines give back change so try to have the exact change.
  • Services run between the airport and York Place in Edinburgh city centre.

Tram stops can be found in the following locations:

  • Edinburgh Airport
  • Ingliston Park & Ride
  • Gogarburn
  • Edinburgh Gateway
  • Gyle Centre
  • Edinburgh Park Central
  • Edinburgh Park Station
  • Bankhead
  • Saughton
  • Balgreen
  • Murrayfield Stadium
  • Haymarket
  • West End - Princes Street
  • Princes Street
  • St Andrew Square
  • York Place

TAXI SERVICES

  • Taxis to the city center are available outside the Arrivals terminal. The
  • The pickup zone is located on the ground floor of the car park.
  • The journey usually takes around 25 minutes, depending on the traffic and for that, you’ll pay between £20 during the day and at night it's £25.
  • If there are a few people traveling it can often end up the cheapest option and it's much easier if you have a lot of luggage.

If you have prebooked your cab, meet them in the pick-up zone on the ground floor of the multi-story car park.

 

UBER

  • I find uber one of the best ways to get around but you need the app on your phone. All the drivers I have had have been really friendly, polite and helpful and the cars are always clean and modern.
  • You are advised upfront the cost of your trip, the driver's name and profile, what car and number plate and they don’t get paid until you reach your destination so there is no fear of overcharging or taking the long route.
  • You can also choose the size of the car you want. 
  • Uber has a share ride option too, I've never used it apart from when I am traveling with friends but it would be a way to reduce the fare if you are traveling solo.
  • An uber fare from the Airport to the city center is approx £12 so slightly cheaper than a taxi.
  • It's the same app everywhere you travel
  • This is the Uber App LInk
  • This is the Apple link option for Uber 

 

AIRPORT  TRANSFER

  • If you have a lot of luggage, are traveling on your own, and want the security and peace of mind of being met at the airport then the best option may be to book a private transfer which will take you straight to your accommodation.
  • A Transfer can be booked in advance and a professional driver will wait for you at the airport and take you to your destination.
  • You can book an airport transfer with your travel agent or you can use this link to book a Get By Transfer

 

AIRPORT  CHAUFFEUR  SERVICES

  • If cost is not an issue then you have to option to take the stress out of trying to find your destination by taxi or bus and allow EEC to meet and greet you at arrivals and take you to your destination in luxury.
  • Monitoring all flight and train arrivals, your experienced chauffeur will be waiting for you with a name board, ready to assist you and ensure you get to your destination in a comfortable, safe, and stress-free manner
  • Receive automatic alerts to let you know your driver is waiting for you
  • Arrive at the airport in luxury and style too - EEC has priority parking in front of the terminal
  • For domestic flights, they meet you at the steps of the plane on the tarmac
  • The cost is from £96.00 Inc VAT in an Executive Mercedes or MPV Exec van for up to 7 people

 

RENT A CAR 

  • Car rental companies like Alamo, Sixt, and Budget are located at the airport
  • MAP FOR CAR RENTAL
  • Alternatively, you can always book your car online and avoid waiting in lines. USE THIS LINK 

 

RENT A BUS

  • A coach or a minibus is also a possibility, and probably a must-do if you are coming to Edinburgh in a group of 8-10 people or even more.
  • Make sure you do the booking on time, so the bus rental company can plan everything ahead, like the meeting and pick-up point.

GLASGOW INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

GLASGOW INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Paisley PA3 2ST, United Kingdom

The airport is located in Paisley, Renfrewshire not far from Glasgow City Centre.

The process is the same as for Edinburgh Airport - Go through Immigration etc, collect your bags, and head outside.

TRAIN

The nearest train station is over a mile from the airport so not the best transport option unless you want to catch a cab or Uber from the train station to the airport. 

BUS

  • You can catch the 906 bus, which costs £3 - £4 and takes 18 min.
  • There is a Glasgow Airport Express Bus Service 500 which stops outside the main terminal at Stance 1.
  • The service runs every 30 minutes and it's approximately a 15-minute journey to or from the city centre.
  • From the airport, they operate from 5 am to 11 pm.
  •  Tickets cost is £8.50 per adult on the app
  • This is the link for the ticket app. 
  • Use this link to plan your journey
  • You can also buy a ticket onboard using contactless, cash or credit and debit cards tickets are £9 

The stops from the airport to Buchanan Bus Station include:

  • Bothwell Street
  • Bothwell Street at Hope Street (near Central Station)
  • George Square at Queen Street Station
  • North Hanover Street
  • Buchanan Bus Station

Why choose Glasgow Airport Express service 500?

  • Luxury seating
  • Tables with wireless charging
  • Plenty of luggage storage
  • Free 4G Wifi
  • USB charging points
  • Live flight information on board

First 77 Hospital Connect -

  • City Centre (via Renfrew, Braehead shopping centre, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, and Partick) from Stance 6.

McGill’s 757

  • Paisley Gilmour Street Train Station from Stance 7.

Citylink 914, 915, 917 

  • Skye (via Loch Lomond and Fort William) from Stance 9.

 

UBER

  • I find uber one of the best ways to get around but you need the app on your phone.
  • All the drivers I have had have been really friendly, polite and helpful and the cars are always clean and modern.
  • You know upfront what your trip will cost, the driver's name and profile, the car and number plate and they don’t get paid until you reach your destination so there is no fear of overcharging or taking the long route.
  • You can also choose the size of the car you want. 
  • Uber have a share ride option too, I've never used it apart from when I am travelling with friends but it would be a way to reduce the fare if you are travelling solo.
  • An uber fare from the Airport to the city centre is approx £12 so slightly cheaper than a taxi.
  • It's the same app everywhere you travel
  • This is the Uber App Link 
  • This is the Apple Uber App link 

 

GLASGOW TAXIS

  • The quickest way to get from Glasgow Airport (GLA) to Glasgow Central Station is a  taxi which costs £22 - £26 and takes 14 min.
  • There are usually a few taxis waiting outside the airport exit. If not you can either call a Taxi on 0141 429 7070, book online or download the app.
  • If you want a cab to meet you at the airport you will pay £15 on top of your normal fare and you need to book 24 hours in advance. 
  • I find taxis to be the most expensive mode of transport and rarely use them. They also don't like short trips.
  • This is the link for Glasgow Taxis
  • Another taxi company is Gett Taxis, I think they are much of a muchness though. 
  • This is the link for Gett Taxis
  • This is the link for the Gett App 

 

BLABLACAR

I've not used this service yet but I might give it a try. Apparently, it's your pick of rides at low prices. It's basically carpooling

  • You just fill out the details, leaving from, going to, the date and the number of passengers and they connect you with other people taking the same route and you share the ride.
  • You have the option to check reviews, profiles and IDs so you know who you are travelling with. It's basically carpooling. I’ve not tried it but apparently, it's pretty cheap. You can book on the app or the website. You can also offer a ride.
  • This is the link for the App. 

 

USEFUL PUBLIC TRANSPORT LINKS

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CURRENCY / MONEY

  • In Scotland -Scottish or English Pounds are the local currency.
  • Don't withdraw cash at the airport, better to withdraw once you get to the city for a better rate, just take enough local currency with you to cover any initial costs, or if you haven't just withdraw enough to pay for your transport.
  • Bank of Scotland ATMs are everywhere in the cities
  • Cash/Travel cards - Preload pounds onto the card
  • You can use Visa/ Visa debit or MasterCard/ debit in shops or withdraw at a local atm. Will pay a fee, check with the card company or your bank as fees vary.
  •  I use Qantas Money myself and the  Post Office travel cards have min fees in AU

SEE MY SCOTLAND TRAVEL GUIDE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SCOTLAND 

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