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Airports in Canada

Vancouver International Airport (YVR)

Overview

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.

Location

The airport is located eight miles (13km) south of Vancouver.

Getting to the city

The Canada Line connects the airport to downtown Vancouver in about 25 minutes. The service runs every 8-20 minutes. Scheduled buses are available to downtown Vancouver, Whistler, Vancouver Island and Washington State. 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.

Time

GMT -8 (GMT -7 from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November).

Contacts

Tel: +1 (604) 207 7077.

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Calgary International Airport (YYC)

Overview

Located 11 miles (17km) northeast of Calgary, Calgary International Airport is one of the biggest and busiest airports in western Canada, serving more than 12.5 million people per year on non-stop flights to many destinations throughout Canada, the United States, the Caribbean, Central America, Europe, and East Asia.

The terminal at Calgary International airport is sunny and airy, divided into four concourses and offering amenities like family play areas, a hair salon, and even places to walk your dog; there are also dozens of shops, and restaurants ranging from Subway to sit-down restaurants.

One of the advantages of flying into Calgary International Airport is that it is one of only eight airports in Canada with US Border Pre-Clearance Facilities, allowing passengers to pass through customs before landing in the US.

Location

The airport is 11 miles (17km) northeast of downtown Calgary.

Getting to the city

There are a number of bus services running between the airport, the city centre and other Alberta destinations. Calgary Transit provides a public bus service to and from the airport. There is also an Airport Shuttle Express, which services most hotels in the Calgary area, and several hotels offer a courtesy shuttle service. Airport taxis are available outside Arrivals.

Time

GMT -7 (GMT -6 from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November).

Contacts

Tel: +1 (403) 735 1200.

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Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW)

Location

The airport is situated six miles (10km) south of Ottawa.

Getting to the city

There are hotel shuttle and limousine services available to downtown Ottawa. Bus 97 departs from outside the Arrivals area. Taxis are also available.

Time

GMT -5 (GMT -4 from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November).

Contacts

Tel: +1 (613) 248 2000.

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Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ)

Overview

Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport is the busiest airport in Canada. It's connected to a number of public transport options, making it an easy airport to use when travelling in or out of Toronto.

Toronto International Airport's staff have a reputation for being friendly and helpful. The numerous public art displays add to a positive airport experience. The airport is just 14 miles (22.5km) from Toronto and has a range of shopping and dining options for passengers to choose from.

Location

The airport is located 14 miles (22.5km) northwest of downtown Toronto.

Getting to the city

The LINK Train offers free transportation between Terminals 1 and 3, the Sheraton Gateway Hotel and Viscount Station. Several companies provide bus and shuttle transit services to and from the airport into Toronto and surrounding areas. The UP Express train links the airport to Downtown Toronto in just 25 minutes. The airport is also easily accessible on various public transportation routes with providers such as Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) and GO Transit.

Time

GMT -5 (GMT -4 from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November).

Contacts

Tel: +1 (416) 247 7678 (Terminals 1 and 2), and +1 (416) 776 5100 (Terminal 3).

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Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL)

Overview

One of the busiest airports in Canada, Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (usually shortened to Montréal Trudeau International Airport) serves the greater Montreal area, including northern Vermont and New York State, from its location about 12 miles (20km) from central Montreal.

Serving nearly 13 million passengers each year, Montréal Trudeau International Airport is a modern facility with plenty of shops and restaurants, and other facilities to make the transition into Canada a smooth one. Unfortunately, the airport has a reputation for long queues and disorganised customs and security screening, however the friendly and helpful staff is always on hand.

Flights to Montréal Trudeau International Airport come in from all around the world, including international hubs like New York, Amsterdam, Cancun, Doha, Mexico City, Paris, Chicago, Lisbon, Panama City, Dallas, London, Rome and Barbados.

Location

The airport is located 12 miles (20km) west of Montreal.

Getting to the city

There is an airport bus service into the centre of Montreal and to the major downtown hotels.

Time

GMT -5 (GMT -4 from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November).

Contacts

Tel: +1 (514) 394 7377.

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Halifax Robert L. Stanfield International Airport (YHZ)

Overview

Located 22 miles (35km) away from downtown Halifax, Halifax Robert L. Stanfield International Airport is the seventh-busiest airport in Canada. Serving more than 3.5 million passengers each year on flights to destinations including London, Toronto, New York, Cancun, Frankfurt, Chicago and Havana, the facility is the primary gateway to Halifax and mainland Nova Scotia.

Halifax International Airport is in the final stages of a massive reconstruction project, which has included runway renovations, terminal and parking expansions, and a new pre-clearance area designed to save time for passengers travelling to the US. Personal touches like live music in the main lobby, children's play areas and massage tables make the relatively small airport a friendly place.

Location

The airport is 17 miles (27km) north of Halifax.

Getting to the city

An airport shuttle service serves the main hotels in the metro area, and a variety of other bus services connect to various destinations in the region. Taxis are available at the side of the road outside the airport building.

Time

GMT -4 (GMT -3 from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November).

Contacts

Tel: +1 (902) 873 4422.

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Vancouver International Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.

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