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Cover Page - shares
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2019
Oct. 27, 2019
Cover page.    
Entity Central Index Key 0001123360  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2019  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q3  
Amendment Flag false  
Document Type 10-Q  
Document Quarterly Report true  
Document Period End Date Sep. 30, 2019  
Document Transition Report false  
Entity File Number 001-16111  
Entity Registrant Name GLOBAL PAYMENTS INC  
Entity Incorporation, State or Country Code GA  
Entity Tax Identification Number 58-2567903  
Entity Address, Address Line One 3550 Lenox Road  
Entity Address, City or Town Atlanta  
Entity Address, State or Province GA  
Entity Address, Postal Zip Code 30326  
City Area Code 770  
Local Phone Number 829-8000  
Title of 12(b) Security Common stock, no par value  
Trading Symbol GPN  
Security Exchange Name NYSE  
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes  
Entity Interactive Data Current Yes  
Entity Filer Category Large Accelerated Filer  
Entity Small Business false  
Entity Emerging Growth Company false  
Entity Shell Company false  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   300,548,018