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    Car Hire at Glasgow Train Station - Exploring the Heart of Scotland

    Glasgow Train Station (better known as Glasgow Central) is the busiest railway station in Scotland. With numerous links to the north of the country and regular long-distance routes to various key destinations in England, it serves as the northern terminus for many of the main lines operating in the United Kingdom, bringing in passengers directly from Manchester, Birmingham and London. It is also the main interchange hub for Scotrail with eight different lines converging at Glasgow Central.

    Located right in the heart of Glasgow city centre, this impressive and somewhat vintage railway station couldn’t be better placed for passengers arriving to pick up their low-cost car rental at Glasgow Train Station before exploring the city and its glorious surroundings. Once an industrial powerhouse, Scotland’s largest city is now a bustling cultural metropolis with dozens of first-rate museums and other important cultural attractions to visit.

    With more than 38 million passengers passing through it every year, the station now ranks as one of the busiest railway stations not just in the UK but Europe as a whole. There are high-speed connections all over Scotland and England as well as local connections within Glasgow and its environs. It has a taxi rank right outside the main exit and regular bus links from the station serve points all over the city and beyond.

    Glasgow itself is a vibrant and very stylish 21st-century tourist destination with an impressive selection of interesting places to visit, many of which have opened in the past few years. High on the list is the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, a major arts centre and one of Scotland's most popular visitor attractions. Other top-rated cultural draws include the award-winning Riverside Museum located in the city's busy docks area and the Glasgow Science Centre housed in an ultra-modern titanium-clad building close by.

    With a cheap car hire at Glasgow Train Station you can drive out of the city after a few days' sightseeing to visit a few of Scotland's most iconic attractions. The ultimate day-trip from Glasgow is the three-hour drive to Loch Ness to search for the mythical monster before heading over to the Scottish Highlands to soak up some of the most stunning scenery in the whole of Great Britain. Loch Lomond, likewise, is the perfect place for visitors looking for total peace and quiet in the heart of the beautiful Scottish countryside.

    With more than 24,000 convenient pick-up locations available in over 180 destinations worldwide, Auto Europe is one of the world's leading car hire companies offering a wide choice of vehicle categories in very close proximity to Glasgow Train Station. Our rental specialists are available on +44 123 3225 114 should you need any help with your booking, plus they will be only too happy to find you the best deal. For additional peace of mind, why not check out the ratings and comments posted by some of Auto Europe's previous customers in the city by visting our Glasgow car hire reviews page.

    Station Information

    Opened by the Caledonian Railway company on the 1st of August 1879, Glasgow Train Station is one of two principal mainline rail terminals in the city, along with Glasgow Queen Street. Besides being Glasgow's main intercity terminus for services to England, it also serves the southern suburbs of the Greater Glasgow areas, as well as the Ayrshire and Clyde coasts and Edinburgh. Fronted by the famous Central Hotel, the station has a large, bustling concourse full of shops, catering outlets, ticket offices and a travel centre. All three entrances to Glasgow Central Station on Gordon Street, Union Street and Hope Street lead passengers into the main concourse. Platforms 1-15 can be accessed direct from the concourse while Platforms 16-17 are on a lower level and accessible via stairs, escalators and lifts adjacent to platforms 14 and 15.

    Where to pick up my car hire at Glasgow Train Station

    Due to its very central location, there's plenty of opportunity to pick up a car hire at Glasgow Train Station and be on your way in a few minutes, with the offices of Avis, Hertz and Sixt near the station in the areas around Lancefield St, Argyle St and Gordon St. Make sure you have all the necessary documents with you prior to arriving to collect your vehicle, including your passport, driving licence, credit card, coverage details and Auto Europe booking voucher.

    Avis Car Hire at Glasgow Train Station Avis at Glasgow Train Station
    70 Lancefield St
    Glasgow, Scotland G3 8JD

    +44 (0)3445446064
    Opening Hours:
    Mon-Fri 8am-5pm (Sat & Sun 8am-4pm)
    Europcar Car Hire at Glasgow Train Station Europcar at Glasgow Train Station
    200 Argyle Street
    Glasgow, Scotland G2 8HA

    +44 (0)1412296120
    Opening Hours:
    Mon-Fri 8.30am-5.30pm and Sat 9.30am-12.30pm (closed Sun)
    Sixt Car Hire at Glasgow Train Station Sixt at Glasgow Train Station
    Gordon Street
    Glasgow, Scotland G1 3SL

    +44 2070188246
    Opening Hours:
    Mon-Fri 8am-4pm, Sat 8am-midday and Sun 9am-midday

    Station facilities

    Busy and recently refurbished, Glasgow Train Station offers an exhaustive range of on-site facilities for passengers and non-passengers alike. There are toilets, baby-changing facilities, showers (downstairs by the Union Street exit), several cash dispensers, lost property and left-luggage offices, photo booths and free Wi-fi throughout the station complex, while a slection of popular high-street brands such as Burger King, Costa, M&S, Pret, Starbucks, Body Shop, WH Smith and Boots make the station feel more like a regular shopping centre than a large railway station. A first-class lounge is available for Avanti West Coast passengers and Caledonian Sleeper passengers where there's a dedicated corporate area with fixed desks for laptops, etc. Due to its immense hstorical interest, Glasgow Central is one of the few train stations in Europe to offer guided tours for visitors, including the roof, catacombs, vaults and a view of disused platforms below the station. Another unique feature is the piano garden where a grand piano is available to the public to play whilst waiting for their train.

    How to get to and from Glasgow station

    The station is situated in the heart of the city and surrounded by plenty of top-visited sites, which means it couldn't be better for tourists looking to pick up their car rental at Glasgow Train Station and begin their trip without any delay. First Group operates a network of frequent local bus routes around Glasgow city and nearby towns, all of which stop at Glasgow Train Station. Arriva and Stagecoach also operate a network of routes from Glasgow to surrounding towns. A taxi rank is located to the north of the station, while buses operate from the adjacent streets. St Enoch and Buchanan Street Subway stations are within a few minutes' walk. If you’re catching the train to Glasgow Airport, the nearest station is Paisley Gilmour Street located just over a mile from the airport terminal. From there you can take the McGill’s 757 bus service. Another option is to take the First Glasgow Airport Express service 500 which also connects you directly to the airport from Queen Street in Glasgow City Centre and Glasgow Central Train Station.

    Parking tips

    You'll have no problem finding somewhere to park when you rent a car at Glasgow Train Station. Parking on the streets is time-limited and fees depend on the zone you are in. Parking machines accept coins; after collecting your ticket, makre sure you place it behind the windshield (parking time limits are displayed on the nearby road signs). There are also a number of public car parks dotted around the city to use as an alternative, when on-street parking is too difficult to find. Parking at the Glasgow Train Station's NCP car park (located at 38 Oswald Street) means you’ll be just a few steps from many of the city's top tourist attractions. Alternatively, you can park at the St Enoch Shopping Centre (one of the largest in the UK) or the Radisson Blu Hotel car ark in Argyle Street.

    Useful links

    Glasgow Tourist Info