Situated on Sea Island, Vancouver International Airport is the second busiest airport in Canada. It is conveniently located in close proximity to downtown Vancouver and offers passengers a host of activities as well as shopping opportunities, snack bars and great scenery.
Sea Island is also home to a great conservation project, which
is designed to offset the carbon emissions and environmental impact
of Vancouver International Airport. The airport is also well
connected to airports across the world and has a range of non-stop
flights to Asia, the Americas and Europe.
The airport is located eight miles (13km) south of Vancouver.
Getting to the city
The Canada Line, part of the city's AirLink network, connects the airport to downtown Vancouver in about 25 minutes. The service runs every 8 to 20 minutes and costs $8.75 to downtown during the weekdays, $7.50 on weeknights and weekends. Scheduled buses are available to downtown Vancouver, Whistler, Vancouver Island and Washington State; the Airporter bus to downtown Vancouver costs C$13.50 one way. Courtesy shuttles transport passengers to the Long-Term Parking Lot, South Terminal, local hotels and other destinations near the airport. Public bus services to Vancouver, Richmond and further afield are available at the Airport Station Bus Terminal, near the Delta Hotel; information on schedules and fares is available at TransLink, Tourism InfoCentres and Customer Service counters in both terminals. Car rentals and taxis are also available, as are Highend Limousines (604 298 1000).
GMT -8 (GMT -7 between the first Sunday in April and the Saturday before the last Sunday in October).
Tel: +1 (604) 207 7077.
Car hire companies Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, National and Thrifty are represented next to the terminal on the ground floor. Highend Limousines (604 298 1000) are also available to rent.
Metered taxis are available around the clock outside the terminals. Look for the green signs which indicate a taxi pick-up position. Taxis charge around C$27 for the 30 minute journey into downtown. Price and journey time is higher during rush hour. A tip of 10 to 15 per cent is expected.
Transfer between terminals
The two terminals are within walking distance of each other, but a courtesy shuttle is available.
Both terminals have ATMs, bureaux de change and a bank. There is a selection of bars, restaurants and fast food outlets scattered throughout the airport, as well as a variety of shops, including duty-free, Internet access, baggage storage and a medical centre. Children's play areas and a nursery are also available.
Vancouver International Airport offers a range of parking options in the parkade directly opposite the terminals. Hourly parking starts at C$8.50 per hour, but reduced daily and weekly rates are also available. The cheaper economy lot is within short walking distance from the terminal, while the long-term parking lot is conveniently connected to the terminals via a shuttle bus.
Flights to Vancouver International Airport are available from most major airports in North America as well as worldwide airports ranging from Tokyo to Hong Kong, London and Paris. Airlines such as Lufthansa, British Airways, Scandinavian Airlines, Korean Air, Alaska Airlines, CanJet, Air New Zealand, Sunwing Express, WestJet, Delta, and many others, all offer flights to Vancouver International Airport.
Wifi is available free of charge throughout the airport.
Business travellers will find internet access, photocopying and fax services as well as workstations provided by CDS Ltd. Baggage Services on level three of the International Terminal. Fully equipped conference facilities are also available.
Vancouver International Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.