Vancouver Airport Informational Guide to Vancouver Airport (YVR) - NON OFFICIAL

Vancouver Airport Terminals

Vancouver Airport has one main terminal building divided in two different areas: International Terminal and Domestic Terminal.

On the other hand, the South Terminal and the Seaplane Facility, operate some flights.

Given their location at the south sector of the airport, they are located separated from the Main Terminal.


Inter-terminal transportation

There is no need to take any shuttle to move from the domestic and international areas, since they are located within the same terminal building.

If passengers wish to get to the South Terminal, there is a Courtesy Shuttle which connects the South Terminal and the Main Terminal.


See below the pick up and drop off locations:

- South Terminal: Outside the arrivals door, at the south end of the terminal.

- Domestic Terminal: Outside the Domestic Arrivals, level 2.

- International Terminal: Outside the International Arrivals, level 2, Bus bay 3.


Service Hours:

- Weekdays:

International Terminal: 06:45 am - 08:05 pm

Domestic Terminal: 06:50 am - 20:10 pm

- Saturday:

International Terminal: 07:05 am - 07:05 pm

Domestic Terminal: 07:10 am - 07:10 pm

- Sunday:

International Terminal: 07:35 am - 07:45 pm

Domestic Terminal: 07:40 am - 07:50 pm


To the Seaplane Facility:

Passengers who wish to transfer to the Seaplane Facility, there is a courtesy shuttle to the Main Terminal and South Terminal.


See below the pick up and drop off locations:

- South Terminal: Curbside.

- Main Terminal: Outside International Arrivals, level 2.




See below further information about the Main Terminal and the South Terminal:


Main Terminal

The Main Terminal stands for the main building which consists of both terminals: The International and the Domestic Terminals:


International Terminal

The International Terminal at Vancouver Airport handles all inbound and outbound international flights.

It has the gates numbered from 48 to 99. All gates can accept flights arriving from all international and US origins.



See the levels at Vancouver International Terminal:

First level: Service Plaza: Just an amenities and services level.

Second level: International, US Arrivals and check-in level. The level is divided into the international check-in, USA check-in and also the Fairmont Hotel.

The International check-in leads to both security check and international boarding gates.

The USA check-in leads to both security check and US boarding gates.

Services: The following services are available at both sides of the level: Information counters, banking facilities, food court, duty free stores, drink, food and retail concessions.

Third level: Departures. This level is split into the Domestic, US Departures and International departures.

Fourth level: Elevated Train Station to Vancouver.



The International Terminal has a couple of concourses: D and E. See the gates distribution below:

- Concourse D: It is home of boarding gates D48 to D78. There are 2 jet bridges that can handle the Airbus A380. Gates D50, D51 and D52 sometimes are used to handle domestic flights.

- Concourse E: It has boarding gates E67 to E99. Gate E95 stands 95A and 95B. It operates with the majority of US-bound flights with the exception of flights from an international origin or flights that depart after 08:30 pm.


Domestic Terminal

The Domestic Terminal at Vancouver Airport hosts domestic and regional flights within the country.



The Terminal consists of four levels as follows:

First level: Airport Service Plaza: Just an amenities and services level.

Second level: Arrivals level. Find here baggage carousels 1 to 6.

Third level: Departures level. This level is split into various check-in areas:

- International


- Canada

Note that the Canada check-in sector leads to both security check and C gates (29 to 52), to A gates (1 to 12) and to B gates (11 to 28).

There is a connector between concourses A and B, where passengers can find several concessions.

Fourth level: Public observation area



It has three concourses: A, B and C. See the gates distribution below:

- Concourse A: It has gates (temporary): Gates A1 to A12.

- Concourse B: It has 15 gates: from B12 to B23 and from B26 to B28.

In the future, it is planned that gates B14 and B17 are going to handle some international arrivals.

- Concourse C: It has gates C29 to C52.

Gates C48 and C49 can handle US/International arrivals.


South Terminal and Seaplane Facility

In Vancouver Airport there is also the South Terminal. It serves regional airlines which fly mostly within British Columbia, in addition to chartered and helicopter flights.

The terminal also houses a floatplane terminal and the corporate headquarters and the main base of Harbour Air and Pacific Coastal Airlines.



See the airlines in Vancouver Airport Terminals



The following services can be found at Vancouver Airport Terminals:

- Information counters
- Banking facilities
- Food court
- Duty free stores
- Drink, food and retail concessions
- Chapel
- Children’s play area
- Health care services
- Dog relief area
- Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel


Airport Hotels

Vancouver Airport Main Terminal counts with the Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel, which is located in the International Terminal, above US departures terminal.

This is a luxury and spa hotel which has won 2017 Skytrax World Airport Awards as the best Airport Hotel in North America.

Services: Meeting rooms, indoor pool, healt club and full service spa.

Other guest services: 24-hour in-room dining, day use rooms, fit on the fly, airport chauffeur and fish valet.


Airport Lounges

Vancouver Airport Terminals counts with the following lounges:

- Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge: Locations: International Terminal, level 3, Domestic Terminal, level 3, US Terminal, Gate E85. Opening hours: Daily, 06:00 am to 08:00 pm.

- British Airways Lounge: Location: International Terminal, Gate D64. Opening hours: Daily, 04:00 pm - 08:00 pm.

- Cathay Pacific Lounge: Location: International Terminal, Gate D67. Opening hours: Sunday to Saturday from 10:15 am to 01:30 pm - 07:00 pm to 01:39 am.

- Plaza Premium Lounge: Locations: Domestic Terminal, Gate B17, International Terminal level 3, US Terminal Gate E88, Domestic Terminal Gate C29. Several opening hours according to lounge.