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7 Things to do on a layover at Calgary Airport

If you have found yourself with a layover at Calgary International Airport, you may now be wondering what to do with your time….besides sleep! While options are limited at YYC, you should be fine for a short visit.

Here are seven things to do on a layover at Calgary Airport.

1. Grab a bite to eat

Airport DiningYou’ll have a decent amount of dining options. However, most are casual, food court situations, with Subway, Chick-fil-A, Starbucks, fast Thai and Japanese options, plus Canadian staples like Tim Hortons and Swiss Chalet Express. Experience Canadian beer culture at the Molson Brewhouse and Belgian Beer Cafe. Your best bets for a leisurely sit-down meal are The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck, Yakima Social Kitchen + Bar, and Bubbles Tapas and Wine Bar.

2. Hang out in a lounge

Airport LoungesPassing your layover in a relaxing airport lounge isn’t just for First Class flyers these days. A few lounges here are open to any traveller, regardless of their airline or flight class. Pre-book a pass online, use your lounge membership program, or pay at the door to gain entry. Locations and amenities are available in our Calgary Airport Guide.

3. Go shopping

ShoppingYou can get your steps in while browsing the shops on your layover. You’ll find airport staples like convenience stores, travel shops, Duty-Free, and a few international brands. The airport does an excellent job of providing local culture. Shop at Lammle’s Western Wear and the Heritage Trading Post for art and goods from area artisans, plus delicacies like salmon and maple syrup from across Canada. Locally-made chocolates from Cococo Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut make perfect souvenirs.

4. Relax at the spa

Recenter yourself between flights with a spa treatment. The OraOxygen Wellness Spa has two locations that provide massage treatments, oxygen therapy, nail and waxing services, and more.

5. Explore Calgary

Layover SightseeingCalgary Airport is located only 11 miles north of downtown, so it’s an easy option if you want to stretch your legs and get some fresh air about town. Just make sure you have at least 6 hours between flights.

Local bus route 300 BRT connects the airport with downtown in about 40 minutes, departing every 30 minutes from Bus Bay 8. For speedier service, opt for a taxi, which will get you downtown in about 25 minutes for about $45. If you need to stash your bags before heading out, stop by the Information Booth in Arrivals on the public side of the airport.

Once downtown, head to Calgary Tower for panoramic views from 525 feet high in the sky! Heritage Park Historical Village offers a range of activities, including an antique midway, a steam train, a skating rink, and the unique Gasoline Alley Museum. A reader recommends visiting one of the art galleries in town or the nearby Cross Iron Mills shopping center.

Remember to return to the airport with plenty of time to pick up your stored luggage and process it through security before your next flight.

6. Get connected

Stay connected to friends and family, update your social media accounts or surf the internet using the airport’s free WiFi.

7. Sleep

Airport HotelsWe don’t blame you if you want to spend your layover just catching up on sleep. The good news is that airport staff are generally OK with folks sleeping, even if it means camping out overnight. The even better news is that there’s plenty of space to spread out. Travellers particularly recommend the Starbucks on Floor 2, which has cushioned seats and benches and is pretty secluded. Banff Hall also has comfortable leather chairs. Wherever you’re sprawled, bring an eye mask and earplugs to avoid airport chaos. Sleeping in an airport isn’t quite your thing? The Marriott In-Terminal Hotel and the Delta Calgary Airport In-Terminal Hotel are located on the premises. Several hotels within a few minute’s drive from the airport offer complimentary shuttle service. For details, see our Calgary Airport Guide.

These are just a few things to do on a layover at Calgary Airport. Visit our Calgary Airport Guide for more information about services and facilities, such as food, WiFi, mobile charging, luggage storage, nearby airport hotels, and much more.