Sleeping in Airports

Victoria Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Victoria Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

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Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us about their time at Victoria International Airport.

What to expect

Victoria International Airport consists of a small two-level terminal with a couple of eateries and shops on each side of security. After eateries and shops close at night vending machines provide the only drink and snack options. WiFi is available and power outlets can be found for charging mobile devices. There are no lounges at this airport.

Where to Sleep

The airport terminal closes between the hours of 1:00AM and 3:00AM, but airport security reportedly allows passengers to spend the night if they ask in advance. Find security personnel at the airport, or contact them by telephone at 250-953-7511, to request such arrangements. Security personnel will reportedly provide directions on where you can sleep, which may be the observation area or a seating area near a restaurant. Reviewers have reported that both are conducive for sleeping. For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Lounges

As of this update, there are currently no pay-per-use or airline lounges at this airport.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping at the Victoria Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Victoria Airport Travelodge – (5 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
  • Best Western Emerald Isle – (5 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • The Cedarwood Inn & Suites – (6 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Victoria Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Victoria Airport. Connect to the “Telus” network.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

Art in the Airport – Rotating art exhibits are on display in the airport.

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Landside, across from the gift shop • Airside, in the lower level departure lounge.

Baggage Carts – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage carts are available free of charge.

BC Aviation Museum – An interesting and informative display of aircraft and artefacts in a museum dedicated to the history of aviation in Canada. Location: Adjacent to the airport. Hours: 10:00AM – 4:00PM (May 1st – Sept 30) or 11:00AM – 3:00PM (Oct 1st – April 30). Closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Children’s Play Area – Location: Upper Departure Lounge, airside

Currency Exchange – International Currency Exchange (ICE) has kiosks available in the airport. Hours: 8:00AM – 5:00PM. Holiday hours vary.

Duty Free & Shopping – Harbour Walk Shops is the airport’s airside duty-free gift shop. Hours: 4:30AM – 8:30PM. Breakwater Boutique is the airport’s landside gift shop (non duty-free). Hours: 5:30AM – 9:00PM.

Family Room – Location: Landside, across from the Breakwater Boutique

Food & Drinks – Food concessions in the airport operate on varying schedules:
» Landside: Starbucks (Hours: 5:30AM – 10:30PM) and Tim Hortons (Hours: 5:00AM – 8:00PM).
» Airside: Spinnaker’s on the Fly (Hours: 4:30AM – 9:00PM).
» Vending machines are also available.

Information Desk – Red Coat Ambassadors assist travellers with general questions about the airport and local area. Location: The Information Desk is located across from the rental car counters in the arrivals area. Hours: 8:30AM – 5:30PM (Mon – Sat), 10:00AM – 4:00PM (Sun) • open until 8:00PM in the summer (Thurs and Fri only).

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Mobile Charging – At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Observation Lounge & Eagles Landing Historical Exhibit – Location: 3rd Floor, landside.

Rest Zones – Not available.

Showers – Not available.

Smoking – Smoking is prohibited anywhere inside the terminal. A smoking shelter can be found outside in the Short Term parking lot located at the Arrivals end of the terminal.

Workstations – Location: upper departure lounge, airside.

Airport Hours

The terminal is open 3:00AM – 1:00AM. Overnights guests MUST advise airport security of their intentions to spend the night in the airport.

Airlines

As of March 2018, Victoria airport is served by the following airlines: Air Canada • Air Transat • Delta • Horizon Air • Island Express • Orca Airways • Pacific Coastal Airlines • Sunwing Airlines • United Airlines • VivaAerobus • WestJet.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Airport Shuttle

The YYJ Airport Shuttle offers shuttle service between the airport and downtown Victoria. For fares and schedule information, visit the YYJ Airport Shuttle website.

Bus

BC Transit offers frequent service (up to 28 departures) between the airport and McTavish Transit Exchange and Swartz Bay, the Saanich Peninsula, and downtown Victoria.

Car Rentals

Avis, Budget, Hertz and National are available onsite in the Arrivals area, across from the information desk. Enterprise Rent a Car serves the airport from a nearby offsite location.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide airport transportation service as a courtesy to their guests. Here are a few hotels offering airport shuttle service: The Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa   •   Victoria Airport Travelodge Hotel.

Taxis and Shuttles

Metered taxis and shared-ride shuttle services are available at the airport.

Last updated: 2018-10-23

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.