Vancouver YVR Airport Terminal Map Overview

Main Terminal / Concourses at Vancouver YVR Airport

Terminal Layout; US Arrivals/ Departures; Getting Around,  and Terminal Details:

The passenger terminal complex at Vancouver Airport includes 3 passenger terminals: International & Domestic Terminals and  the South terminal
used for small carriers  & accessible via shuttles. Domestic & International terminals are connected on level 2 at their unsecured areas, housing from east to west: Fairmont Hotel, US check-in; US & International Arrivals, International check-in (in center), & walkway to Canada Line, and Canada check-in.

U.S. Arrivals/ Departures:

1. International & U.S. Arrivals (on level 2) need to go through Canada's customs & immigration process - (passport check, pick up bags, go through customs clearance; if continuing journey, proceed to your connecting terminal/ gate. 
2. Departing passengers to the United States
will be able to go through U.S. Preclearance, saving time on arrival at the U.S.; however, eligible passengers departing Vancouver Airport for the U.S. are now able to use BorderXPress APC kiosks - which reduce US Customs inspection by 89 percent, & passenger wait time is cut in half.   NOTE: It is recommended to arrive at least 3 hours before scheduled flight, particularly for flights departing 4-9am & 3-5pm and Holidays & Spring Break. Proceed to the US departures area.

NOTE: starting June 26, 2015 China Eastern announced direct flights between the YVR Airport & the City of Cunming (via Shanghai Pudong Airport) . Cunming is the largest city  in Yunnan Province.

Getting around: 

Signs to gates are clearly marked:
Domestic A, B & C gates: marked with Canadian flag;  International D gates: marked with blue globe or American Flag.
   For flights to the US,
follow international sign, then US connections sign (yellow circle, person & US flag), leading to E gates.
Transfer from South Terminal to either the International or Domestic terminals: Board the shuttle inside the South Terminal, near the baggage carousel. If you need to transfer from the International or Domestic Terminals to the South Terminal, go to the second level. 
From Vancouver to Domestic /International terminals: take the Canada Line, an elevated people mover, to the ‘Canada Line Station’, located across the parking garage, with walkways to US & International and Domestic departures on Level 2.
From Vancouver to the float plane facility or South Terminal: take the Canada Line from Vancouver to the Bridgeport Station & transfer to the C-92 bus which stops in front of both facilities.
The Train to the City can be accessed from level 4 of the International Terminal.
Passenger Pickup:  After International /U.S. arrivals procedures, passenger will enter the International Reception Lounge - there, follow exit sign & proceed through the glass door to International Arrivals area on level 2, where your party will await ou.


The Domestic Terminal, which was recently renovated, has four levels:
    Level 1 is the Airport Service Plaza,
    Level 2 is the Arrivals level and houses baggage carousels 1-6,
    Level 3 is the departure level and houses domestic check-in counters for International check-in (left) and Canada check-in (right) with food court; and security checkpoints on opposite ends leading separately  to A, B & C gates:  A gates 1-12, B gates 11-28,  & C gates 29-52 divided into 4 areas, and with gates 50-52 to the right - with a pre-security connection to International check-in. The gate areas offer some services & amenities, and there is a food court in the C gate area.  NOTE: the new A/B connector offers increased gate capacity, expedited baggage system, & new dining & shopping venues.
    Level 4 houses the public observation area.

The International Terminal has a US Preclearance Annex for US-bound flights. Shops, restaurants & services are available at pre- & post-security areas of all four levels.
    Level 1 is the Service Plaza  offering restaurants, shops & services.
    Level 2 on street level is for check-in & for international  & US arrivals. It is divided into: (a) left:  international check-in - at left, and (b) right: USA check-in and the Fairmont Hotel.  Both sides offer information counters & banking facilities, & have separate security check areas.  The food court in the center serves both sides.  While international departure passengers (other than those heading for the U.S) can proceed after security check to their gates, US-bound travelers - after security check, will go through US Customs & Border Protection services before proceeding their gates.
    Level 3, the Departure level, is also divided between US Departures & all other international departures:
(a) U.S. Departures (left) use E gates 67-99 - divided into two piers with E gates 71-87 & 90-96;
(b) All other international departures (right) use D gates 48-78.  A food court is between gates 67 & 53. 
Duty-free &  large World Duty Free shopping areas are both available at post-security.
    Level 4 leads to the elevated train station to the City.

The South Terminal, and the public Seaplane Facility on Fraser River, are located on Airport South (a regional hub for small aircraft float planes, helicopters, and corporate charters). Airlines serving on a regular schedule are KD Air, Orca Airways, Pacific Coastal, and Island Express. Shuttles run between the South Terminal , the International Terminal at Arrivals Level 2, Busbay 1; and the Domestic Terminal at Arrivals Level 2, exit door F.

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