Transportation from the Vancouver International Airport

Vancouver International Airport

General Information

Most passengers arriving from International & U.S. destinations, not connecting to another destination, will come to the Public Greeting Area in the International Terminal after clearing the customs and immigration processes and collecting their baggage.

Most passengers arriving from Canadian destinations, not connecting to another destination or arriving at YVR’s South Terminal, will come to the Public Greeting Area in the Domestic Terminal. This area includes the baggage carousels for arriving passengers.

A good, obvious meeting spot for all arrivals (for ride share ease) is the The Spirit of Haida Gwaii, The Jade Canoe sculpture. Located in the centre of YVR’s International Terminal, at six metres long and four meters high, its presence is hard to miss. With tiered benches all around the sculpture, the Haida Gwaii is a natural gathering and meeting point.

Taxi

Taxis

More than 500 licensed taxis currently serve the airport, including wheelchair accessible taxis.

Taxis are a quick and easy way to get to and from Vancouver International Airport. Our taxis are available 24-hours a day, seven days a week. Taxis charge a metered rate based on time and distance. The approximate fare to downtown Vancouver is between $30 - $32 (taxes included). No reservations are required for mini-vans or wheelchair accessible taxis. Let the curbside staff know your needs and we’ll get the right vehicle. Arriving from Canada on a domestic flight and need a taxi?

If you have just arrived and are picking up luggage, you are located in the Domestic Terminal Arrivals, Level 2. Simply make your way outside of the terminal on Level 2 to the taxi stand.

Arriving from the U.S.A or an international destination and need a taxi?

Once through the customs and immigration process, you’ll enter the International Arrivals Greeting Area. Walk outside the building on the same level and look for the taxi stand.

All taxis who pick up passengers from the airport are fully licensed and all drivers must complete a training course in safe driving, customer service and helping people with special needs.

Public Transportation

Canada Line Skytrain

The Canada Line is Vancouver’s new rapid transit rail link connecting YVR to downtown Vancouver in 26 minutes and to downtown Richmond in 18 minutes. It’s a fast and easy way to get to the city centres. You can conveniently access trains from both the International and Domestic Terminals.

Arriving from within Canada?

If you’re picking up checked bags, you are at Arrivals, level 2 of the Domestic Terminal. Go to Level 3, and walk toward the Link Building (located in between the International and Domestic Terminal). Follow the signs marked Canada Line or ask any of our Customer Care staff in red or green vests for assistance.

Arriving from the U.S.A or an international destination?

Once through the customs and immigration arrivals process, walk toward the exit to our International Arrivals Greeting Area. Exit the building following signs marked Canada Line. Before the parkade entrance, an escalator and elevator will take you up to the Canada Line platform.

Fares

PLEASE NOTE: As of January 18, 2010 all transit users traveling on the Canada Line leaving Vancouver International Airport will be subject to a $5 Canada Line YVR AddFare in addition to the regular zone fare. Anyone using prepaid fares, such as DayPasses, FareCards, FaresSaver Tickets, U-Passes, Employer Passes and the BC Government Bus Pass Program will be exempt from the Canada Line YVR AddFare, and the AddFare only applies when traveling from the airport, not when going to the airport.

DayPasses, Monthly FareCards and FareSaver Tickets are available for purchase at the airport 7 Eleven and Pharmasave in the Domestic Terminal, Arrivals level, 1 or any FareSaver dealer in Metro Vancouver.

FareCards and FareSaver Tickets are not only exempt from the Canada Line YVR AddFare but offer significant discounts over regular, single fare tickets. The fare to downtown is 2-zones, so a ticket with the Canada Line YVR AddFare is $9.00 (M-F until 6:30p) or $7.75 (M-F after 6:30p and all day weekends), but a book of 10 (2 zone) “red” FareSaver tickets is only $31.50 with no additional Canada Line YVR AddFare required, for a per-trip cost of only $3.15. NB - for those arriving/departing Sat/Sun, the 1-zone “yellow” tickets can be used for YVR-Hotel, also with no additional fare. The 1-zone tickets are also usable during the week (downtown), and a book of 10 for $21.00 is a great deal.

The fare for travel in and around downtown Vancouver is 1-zone, $2.75 at all times - there's a zone map on TransLink's web site. Another option is to buy a book of 10 (1-zone) FareSaver tickets for $21.00 - for trips to or from the airport M-F before 6:30p, purchase an additional $1.25 addfare ticket to cover the second zone from a ticket vending machine before boarding the train.

A day pass is $9.00 and good on all rapid transit and buses. Any day pass or ticket bought from 7-11, Pharmasave or any other FareSaver dealer has to be validated in the transit station or on the bus, otherwise you haven't paid your fare, and a fare inspector may impose a steep fine ($173.00). Day passes are also available from vending machines in transit stations, but NOT in the airport Canada Line stations.

The Canada Line YVR AddFare is being levied and collected by Translink. The Airport Authority receives no portion of the money collected from the Canada Line YVR AddFare.

To get to the IETF 88 Meeting Venue (Hyatt Regency Vancouver, 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada V6C 2R7) via the Canada Line Train

Take the Canada Line Skytrain from YVR-Airport to Waterfront Station, transfer to the Millenium or Expo line for one stop to Burrard Street Station. Exit the station and the Hyatt is across the street (Melville Street).

Alternatively, take the Canada Line Skytrain from YVR-Airport to Vancouver City Centre Station and walk northwest up West Georgia Street three blocks to the Hyatt Regency Vancouver hotel.