Tips and ideas on how to best spend a layover at Vancouver airport. Got a favorite quiet place to connect to wifi? A great bar or restaurant? Maybe an exhibit or a walk? Share your YVR Airport layover experiences with others, or post a question and get notified when there is a response.


Is there a sleeping lounge in the airport that can be booked ahead of time?
Hi, I just bought a ticket from New York to Philippines by August and I have a 22 hours of layover in YVR. Do I need to have a visa before I could go out in the airport to visit while waiting for my flight the next day? And also are there any tour package that I could get in the airport to tour me around vancouver? Thanks!
Hi,I have travelled through your beautiful airport many times,I have an overnight from Kelowna,arriving late,leaving early, on the way to Cancun next month ,travelling alone,I am wondering if there are sleeping pods in the airport that I can rent for a few hours? I thought someone had told me they were available in YVR. Thanks for your reply
Hi. Wife and may be flying only Air Canada from Victoria (YYJ) to San Diego (SAN), with a 1.5 hour layover in Vancouver (YVR). How does that work for US customs' new enhanced pre-clearance?
As there is no preclearance in YYJ, will we then have to book separate flight legs instead?
I have a 5hr (almost 6) layover at YVR (Manila-Vancouver-Edmonton) and plan to meet up with a friend at the departure terminal for a quick chat. Is it possible? If yes, how?
trip to Mexico from the Philippine but connecting flights from Guangzhou then stop YVRVANCOUVER.do I need a transit visa or can get on my flights to Mexico city smoothly without any problem
you need a transit visa.
thank u so much.that helps slot and save my money .more power
I have a 3 hour layover on a flight from Kamloops before a flight to Toronto. Is it a challenge to exit security to meet a friend for lunch and passing back in before my second flight? Canadian citizen flying on one ticket so no baggage issues.
It's enough time if you can eat lunch in an hour.
I am flying from PDX and connecting a flight to PEK. The lay over time is 1 hour. Since I am not Canadian or US citizen, do I need to clear the custom? Should I do the security check again?

We're arriving from San Francisco and heading to Tokyo Saturday AM. We have a 5 hour layover and were hoping to visit our fave Chinese restaurant in town.
a) Is 5 hours enough time to exit, visit W Broadway street and re-enter the airport? (assume we take the skytrain and need to check-in 2 hours before departure)
b) How long does the customs and immigration (exit and re-enter airport) process take?
c) If we decide to stay at the airport during our layover, do we still need to cross customs from arrival to departure? (arriving and departing flights are Air Canada)

Thanks in advance!
hi, I'm a Filipino citizen but a US green card holder. I'll be flying in from Shanghai to Denver and have an 18-hour layover in Vancouver. Do i need a Canadian visa to transit at YVR? Will i be allowed to go out of the airport?
thank a lot for any info.
US Permanent residents do not need a visa to visit or transit Canada, however, you do have to complete eTA.
thank you very much