Document and Entity Information - USD ($)
7 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2016
Feb. 22, 2017
Nov. 30, 2016
Document And Entity Information [Abstract]      
Entity Registrant Name GLOBAL PAYMENTS INC    
Entity Central Index Key 0001123360    
Entity Filer Category Large Accelerated Filer    
Document Type 10-KT    
Document Period End Date Dec. 31, 2016    
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2016    
Document Fiscal Period Focus FY    
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31    
Amendment Flag false    
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding (in shares)   152,230,376  
Entity Well-known Seasoned Issuer Yes    
Entity Voluntary Filers No    
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes    
Entity Public Float     $ 10,361,276,769