Vancouver Airport Reviews



3.9 out of 5 stars

Based on 39 user reviews

Facing a flight delay, layover or overnight sleepover at Vancouver Airport? Read reviews by travellers in the Sleeping in Airports community who have been there or share your own airport experiences, tips and photos!

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Reviews from the Community

    • Guest
    • 0 helpful votes

    Primo airport sleeping!



    Pros: Quiet, warm, friendly

    Showed up in Vancouver the night before for a 7 am domestic flight but it seems as though they close down the domestic terminal overnight and only open it at 4:30. I went in search of a nice place to sleep and found a great one!

    There’s a mezzanine above the international departures terminal (landside), also close to domestic security entrance for the C gates. I took my sleeping bag upstairs and stretched out on the carpet – no other sleepers, minimal foot traffic (only airport staff), quiet, and nice and warm. I only heard one loud cleaner overnight.

    As a bonus the information desk was great about helping me find the best sleeping spots. Go YVR!

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    • Guest
    • 1 helpful votes

    Domestic luggage carousels area



    Pros: Quiet after midnight. No roaming security. Big screen TV to watch.Bathrooms available. Lots of space.

    Cons: Cleaner came thru at 3a.m.

    Quiet after midnight. No roaming security. Big screen TV to watch.Bathrooms available. Lots of space.

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    • Guest
    • 1 helpful votes

    Tiny Airport!



    Pros: Good WiFi, fast security and check in

    Cons: Airport closes from the afternoon until the evening. No food

    Very small airport but has pretty good WiFi! If you arrive during its closed hours you can still use the WiFi outside the departure entrance. There is no outside washroom though. The area has seats and covered overhead. I would bring food there, although there is a tiny store inside.

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    • Guest
    • 9 helpful votes

    More on YVR



    (Review by Eric) Here’s some more on Vancouver International for those who cannot enter airside International Departures. The info is based on my night in YVR on August 22. I might be 63, but that makes me an Old School traveler who’s reluctant to pay $140 or more for one of the airport hotels in Richmond because Air Canada refused to do the right thing when they managed to miss my connection.

    – If you’re stuck in YVR for a domestic transfer, you cannot stay in the Domestic airside departure area. All services stop around 11 p.m. and the area is cleared by 1 a.m.
    – Go to the baggage claim help desk for Air Canada (other airlines might do this to) and ask for a blanket and pillow. They have throwaway kits with a light blanket, blow up pillow (the collar type used in your seat on the aircraft), eye shade and ear plugs. (I did not have to prove I was an Air Canada passenger.)
    – Proceed to landside International Departures. As you’re looking at the big departure information boards, the best area to sleep is at the far right of the concourse, beyond the 24-hour Starbucks. There are lots of armless chairs. To the left, beyond the 24-hour Tim Horton’s, there are fewer seats and somewhat more pedestrian traffic.
    – If those areas are full (as they were when I went looking), you can go up to the mezzanine and sleep on the carpeted floor. It’s very, very quiet up there.
    And it’s warmer, too, being closer to the ceiling of the concourse.
    – The information desk back downstairs on the main concourse has a few sleeping mats to lend. Nice! Be sure to return them in the morning.

    Keep in mind that this comment is for anyone NOT in airside International. Outside of that area, one downside is lack of seating to meet what looks like robust overnight demand. Another is that 24-hour retail (apart from airside International) is limited to 2 chain coffee shops and 1 burger joint. If that doesn’t suit or you need an antacid, bandaid or reading material… you’re out of luck. Still, minor complaints compared to most airports.

    Sleepinginairports is a wonderful info source. When my travel site is up, I’ll encourage travelers to contribute. Keep up the helpful work!

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    • Guest
    • 2 helpful votes

    Sleeping Area



    (Guest Review by Isabel J) US Domestic Terminal – Near the US Domestic flight area (near the Starbucks kiosk which is open 24 hours) there are several places to lie down and sleep. Most of the seats do not have armrests and it's right next to a restroom, Starbucks, and Wendy's which is also open 24 hours.

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