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Document and Entity Information - shares
6 Months Ended
Nov. 30, 2016
Jan. 04, 2017
Document And Entity Information [Abstract]    
Entity Registrant Name GLOBAL PAYMENTS INC  
Entity Central Index Key 0001123360  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --05-31  
Entity Filer Category Large Accelerated Filer  
Document Type 10-Q  
Document Period End Date Nov. 30, 2016  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2017  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q2  
Amendment Flag false  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding (shares)   152,263,156