Vancouver International Airport Guide (YVR)

Airport info
Code: YVR
Address:
3211 Grant McConachie Way, Richmond, British Columbia, V7B 1Y7, Canada
Location:

Vancouver International Airport is located 13km (8 miles) south of Vancouver city, in the city of Richmond on Sea Island.

No. of terminals: 3 Dialling code: +1
Telephone:
(604) 207 7077.
Timezone: GMT -08:00
Map:
Vancouver International Airport map

One of the busiest airports in Canada, Vancouver International Airport is located on Sea Island, in the city of Richmond, which is near Vancouver. Browse our Vancouver International Airport guide for useful information on airport contacts, facilities, nearby accommodation options and transportation.

Airport news

In 2012, airport authorities announced a 10-year, C$1.8 billion programme of improvements and upgrades to terminal facilities, including the installation of moving walkways, new high-speed baggage handling systems and general facelifts to the main terminals.

Information

Customer service counters can be found on the departures level of both the Domestic and International Terminals. Green Coat Volunteers can also assist with queries.

Tourism British Columbia information centres are located on the arrivals level of the two main terminals; these can help with accommodation booking, sightseeing and ground transportation tickets. Multi-lingual services are also available at these desks.

Website
www.yvr.ca
Transfer between terminals

The Link building, which connects the International and Domestic Terminals, provides access between the two. A glass walkway within the Link allows quick and easy connections for passengers transferring between domestic and international/US flights. A free shuttle runs between the International and Domestic Terminals and the South Terminal.

Driving directions

From the city centre, follow Highway 99 southwards, and then head across Arthur Laing Bridge to Sea Island, where the airport is located. From nearby Richmond, cross to Sea Island via Gilbert Road or Bridgeport Road and follow signs to the terminals.

Public Transport

Public transport rail

Rail: The Canada Line rapid transit rail link (tel: (604) 953 3333; www.thecanadaline.com) offers frequent services from between the International and Domestic Terminals and central Vancouver (journey time: 26 minutes).

The fare from Vancouver to the airport is C$4, but the fare from the airport to Vancouver is C$9 due to an additional C$5 'Ad Fare' levied by the transit authority. Late at night, the N10 night bus takes over from the Canada Line services.

Public transport road

Bus: Buses are available from Bridgeport Station and nearby Marpole to various destinations in Richmond and Vancouver city respectively – these stations can be accessed via the Canada Line.

Long-distance bus services are available to Whistler and Squamish.

Bus schedules are available from Customer Service Counters and Visitor Information Centres in Arrivals.

Taxi: Numerous licensed taxi companies operate from outside the Domestic and International Terminals, 24 hours a day. The journey time to central Vancouver is around 30 minutes, and fares start at around C$34 to C$36.

Terminal facilities

Money

The Royal Bank of Canada has a branch in the Domestic Terminal and there are ATMs in all terminals. Bureaux de change are located in the International and Domestic Terminals.

Food

Licensed bars and restaurants, fast-food outlets, snack bars and coffee shops are located throughout Vancouver International Airport.

Shopping

Most shops are located in the international and domestic departure areas. Duty-free shopping is available in the International Terminal, with one outlet also available in the domestic departures area.

Luggage

Left-luggage facilities are available from CDS Baggage Storage (tel: (604) 303 4519), which is located in the arrivals area of the Domestic and International Terminals.

Lost and found items should be registered at the Customer Service Counter (tel: (604) 276 6104) on level 3 of the International Terminal. Alternatively, an online form should be filled in on the airport’s website.

Porters (tel: (604) 834 5916) are available to assist with luggage for a fee.

Other

There is a pharmacy, medical clinic and dental clinic at the airport. Those with some time before boarding can make use of the on-site spa services, while there is a 24-hour nursery and children's play areas to keep children entertained.

Airport facilities

Conference and business

The CDS Business Centre (tel: (604) 303 4500) in the International Terminal offers fax and photocopying facilities, computer workstations and Internet ports. Full meetings and conference services are offered by the Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel (tel: (604) 207 5200; www.fairmont.com) above the US terminal.

Disabled facilities

Vancouver International Airport is fully accessible to disabled passengers. Toilets, disabled parking and wheelchair-accessible taxis and inter-terminal shuttles are available to those with physical disabilities. There is a general information telephone line for the hearing impaired (tel: (604) 207 7070).

Car parking

The multistorey Parkade is the closest car park to the Domestic and International Terminals; level P1 is for the pick-up and drop-off of passengers, while levels P2 and P3 are hourly, daily and weekly parking. Hourly or daily parking is also available opposite the South Terminal.

The economy car park, which is next to Parkade, offers cheaper long-term rates. Additional long-term parking is available at a remote car park that is accessed via a shuttle service.

A 24-hour valet parking service operates at the Domestic and International Terminals.

Car rental

Car hire companies Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, National/Alamo and Thrifty have facilities on the ground floor of the Parkade, close to the terminal. Off-airport companies Discount and Enterprise can be contacted at the pick-up location near the economy parking lot.

Hotels

There is one on-site hotel at Vancouver International Airport, with others located nearby in Richmond. Accommodation booking is available through the travel agent in the arrivals hall of the Domestic Terminal or the British Columbia Visitor Information Centre on the arrivals level of the International and Domestic Terminals.


Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel

(604) 207 5200.

Offering soundproofed rooms, The Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel is located within Vancouver International Airport, above the US departures area. Among its facilities are a health club and spa, bar and a restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea.

Vancouver International Airport, 3111 Grant McConachie Way , Vancouver, V7B 0A6, British Columbia, Canada

Vancouver Airport Marriott

(604) 276 2112.

Also housing a ballroom, meeting space and on-site dining, Vancouver Airport Marriott is just 5km (3 miles) from Vancouver International Airport, in the city of Richmond. As with most hotels in the vicinity, a complimentary shuttle service is provided to guests to/from the airport.

Radisson President Hotel & Suites

(604) 276 8181.

Boasting a heated pool, restaurant and business centre, Radisson President Hotel & Suites is located near Vancouver International Airport and provides a free shuttle bus service to/from the airport. Extensive conference and event facilities are available for hire, including a ballroom.

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