Travel from Prestwick International Airport
Updated on 8 January 2021
Dundee is approximately 115 miles from Prestwick International Airport, and can be reached by taxi, train, or bus
If you have not already booked travel for your return to, or arrival in Dundee, then please follow the advice of the First Minister not to travel until such time as you have face-to-face teaching or an essential reason to be on campus.
Many travel companies are running a reduced service due to the coronavirus pandemic.
There are additional rules when using public transport:
- wear a face covering on all public transport
- respect social distancing, some seats may not be in use
- use contactless or mobile payments where possible
- follow any further instructions from travel companies
Rules or laws in Scotland may differ from those in other parts of the UK.
Due to coronavirus travel restrictions, we are offering entrant EU and International students up to £75 towards a taxi from Scottish airports or Dundee bus or rail stations.
For more information, see our Taxi transfer service guide.
There are two major airports in Glasgow: Prestwick is further from Dundee than Glasgow International.
To reach Dundee from Prestwick you need to change at Glasgow. Prestwick Airport has its own bus and train stations with services to Glasgow.
Travel to Dundee by bus
From Prestwick Airport, catch the Stagecoach X77 bus to Glasgow Buchanan Street Bus Station. A single ticket costs approximately £6.30 and can be purchased from the driver.
There are regular buses from Buchanan Street Bus Station to Dundee Bus Station. The Scottish CityLink service to Aberdeen stops at Dundee and takes about 90 minutes.
The CityLink bus to Dundee is a stopping service which takes over two hours, it is therefore quicker to get the CityLink Aberdeen bus to Dundee even if you have to wait at the bus station.
The price of a single fare to Dundee on either CityLink service is around £18.60. You pay the driver as you board the bus.
Megabus buses to Dundee must be booked in advance from their website and can be cheaper, however if you miss the bus you have booked you can not use your ticket on a later journey and will have to pay again.
Travel to Dundee by train
Prestwick has its own train station with services to Glasgow Central station. Once you arrive at Glasgow Central, there is a five minute walk to Glasgow Queen Street Station from where the train to Dundee leaves.
There are regular direct trains from Glasgow Queen Street Station to Dundee. All trains to Aberdeen (or Dyce) stop at Dundee. Glasgow Queen Street is a main station with many facilities, such as places to eat, however you must keep your luggage with you at all times. (There are paid left luggage facilities at Queen Street station.)
Glasgow Central Station is for trains to London via the West Coast of Britain. There are no trains to Dundee from Glasgow Central, only Queen Street.
The cost of a standard single fare from Prestwick to Dundee is approximately £45.80 upwards on the day. You must buy a ticket from a ticket machine on the concourse as there are ticket operated barriers to reach the platforms. Tickets will be checked by an inspector on the train who will validate your ticket on-board during the journey.
At Prestwick, choose Dundee as your destination and the machine will dispense tickets for both parts of your journey. You will need to use the correct ticket to activate the barriers at the stations in Glasgow and to leave the station in Dundee.
Alternatively, if you get the Stagecoach X77 bus to Glasgow and then take the train from Queen Street Station the total cost is approximately £30.90 (£6.30 for bus, £24.60 upwards for the train)
It can be cheaper to book your train ticket in advance and pick it up at the station using the credit card you used to pay as identification. Some advance tickets are only valid for particular train company services (such as ScotRail or LNER). Please read the details on the ticket website carefully before buying.
Travel to Dundee by taxi
Taxis are available outside the airport terminal. See current rates at airporttaxis-uk.co.uk, prices start from £135. This option is the quickest, but most expensive method of transport. If there are two or more students travelling together this may provide a cost-effective option.
On arrival in Dundee
- taxis are available outside the railway and bus stations
- fare is £5 - £8 to city campus
- let the taxi driver know the name of your accommodation (Belmont, Heathfield, Seabraes, or West Park) as they know the quickest routes to each
- you can also call the taxi company TeleTaxis on: +44 (0)1382 825825 or freephone +44 (0)800 123 4444.