Getting to Vancouver Airport

Vancouver International Airport is Canada’s second largest airport, while Toronto Pearson International Airport is the largest. The airport of Vancouver handled just over seventeen million passengers in 2011, which was a greater number than recorded in 2010, and is destined for even higher passenger recordings in the future. The airport has the code of YVR, it is considered as one of the best airports in North America, and has more than adequate facilities for arriving and departing passengers. Vancouver Airport directions are quite simple to follow as well. A few main roads are found close by to the airport grounds, and directions can be obtained online or from the airport.

Vancouver Airport is located in the British Columbia region of Canada, and on Sea Island, approximately 12km, or 7.5 miles south of Downtown Vancouver. It is also in the area of Richmond, and particularly nearby the Fraser River Park, the Mcleery Golf Course, the Point Grey Golf and Country Club, Marpole and Thompson. Vancouver and the airport are right alongside the western coastline of the country, and are to the northwest of American cities such as Bellingham, Marysville, Everett and Seattle, in Washington State. Surrey, Delta and Langley are also to the southeast of the airport, but are Canadian areas. The border between Canada and the United States is nearby White Rock and Abbotsford. To the north of Vancouver are the two small towns of Squamish and Whistler and to the northeast is the city of Kelowna, alongside the Okanagan Lake. Land to the west of Vancouver Airport is Vancouver Island, with the towns of Nanaimo, Sidney and Victoria.

The airport road is Grant McConachie Way, and leading to this road are various other roads and highways. Those of importance for airport access include Granville Street, Oak Street, the Highway 99 and SE Marine Drive. The Highways 7 and 91 are used for airport access as well.

Vancouver Airport directions from Downtown Vancouver and the north

From the city centre and other areas to the north of the airport motorists should follow signs to the Highway 99, and head in a southerly direction. Continue south along Granville Street, and cross over the Arthur Laing Bridge at Marpole. Signs will then indicate Grant McConachie Way, which is the airport road. From areas far north such as Whistler and Squamish, the Highway 99 is used. This road is also known as the Sea-to-Sky Highway, and runs along the western coastline of Canada. Areas passed along the way include Darrell Bay, Britannia Beach, Minaty Bay, Lions Bay and Whytecliff. The Highway 99 becomes the Trans-Canada Highway and passes North Vancouver, crossing the Iron Workers Memorial Bridge. Motorists could then take the exit to E 1st Avenue, travel south on Rupert Street and connect to the Highway 7, or E Broadway. Travel E Broadway west until Granville Street, and follow the directions above. Alternatively, various roads lead south to SE Marine Drive, which in turn leads to Grant McConachie Way.

Vancouver Airport directions from the south

An important road from the south is the Vancouver-Blaine Highway, or Highway 99. This road leads to Bridgeport Road east of the airport, and then to the Airport Connector that takes motorists to the airport. Highway 99 can be taken all the way from Douglas and White Rock, and it even continues across the border between Canada and the U.S. From Surrey or Delta, the Highway 91 can be used as an alternative route.

Vancouver Airport directions from the east

From New Westminster SE Marine Drive provides access to the airport, and from areas further east the Highway 7 (Lougheed Highway) and the Highway 1 can be used.

All main roads in Vancouver can suffer from congestion during rush hours, therefore always leave in plenty of time for the drive. It is also wise to allow time for finding parking at the airport, and time to check-in and pass through the security control procedures. A few hours before an international flight is recommended. Passengers who would prefer not to park at Vancouver Airport can arrive by bus, train or taxi. Vancouver Airport is the only Canadian airport that has its own train station. The Canada line links the airport to the downtown areas of Richmond and Vancouver. Airport buses take passengers to Vancouver Airport from the downtown areas as well, and from many popular hotels in the nearby vicinity. There are also buses from Whistler, Squamish and Victoria on Vancouver Island, and the QuickShuttle brings passengers from Seattle. Taxis are available from all areas of the city.

Vancouver Airport consists of three terminal buildings. The South Terminal is a remote building connected to the main passenger terminals (the Domestic Terminal and the International Terminal) by a free airport shuttle bus. The South Terminal is used by a few regional airline companies, and has its own parking area. The main passenger terminals are from where the majority of airline carriers depart, and are used for domestic, international and U.S. bound flights. The International Terminal has a U.S. Preclearance Anexe for U.S.-bound flights. Both terminals are extremely well equipped with facilities for their passengers. There are plenty of airport shops and restaurants, a full service postal outlet, a branch of the Royal Bank of Canada, currency exchange services, a pharmacy, medical clinic and dental clinic. The airport also has a chapel, Plaza Premium Lounges for all passengers who prefer a more relaxing environment before their flight and baggage services. The Fairmont Vancouver Airport is a luxury hotel located within the airport. It is the only airport hotel listed on Condé Nast magazine’s ‘Top 100 Gold List’, and offers conference facilities, a Health Club, a sauna,, a mechanized lap pool and many other services.

Vancouver Airport directions in further detail can be obtained online at, or passengers can contact the airport for all further information required. Contact number: 604-207-7077.