Hiring a car from Vancouver airport
Why hire a car at Vancouver airport?
That all-important first mile: driving out of Vancouver airport?
Vancouver airport Q&A
Where are the car hire desks?
The car rental desks are located just outside the terminal in the car park, or as the locals call it, the 'Parkade’.
What should I buy at duty free?
Duty free stores are a great place to pick up last minute souvenirs of your trip and there’s quite a selection of them at Vancouver Airport. One of the best is Thinking Canada on Level 3. They will sell you a variety of mementos including ammolite jewellery, clothing, and bears dressed as mounties. Perfect.
Are there any cashpoints?
Cash machines and currency exchange points are located throughout the airport.
Where's the best place to eat?
If you’re hungry before your flight you’d better visit Milestones. They serve big, tasty portions from a menu which caters for everyone. Gluten free meals are available here.
The secret tip
Canada is a beautiful country and the locals want it to stay that way. If you can’t find a bin for your litter, hang onto it until you can. Dropping it will make you very unpopular.
Vancouver airport the gateway to...
Distance: 8 miles
In the city, you’ll find plenty of parks, coastal walks, fishing spots, Victorian architecture, galleries, museums and street side cafes to spend time in. However, it’s an easy place to be satisfied by simply sitting with your eyes open, and yes, everything you see is real.
Distance: 85 miles
Known globally as one of the best ski locations on the planet, Whistler draws thousands of visitors to its slopes each year. However, not all of them go for some piste action, aside from the mountains there are great shops, restaurants, bike and hike trails, championship golf courses and spas.
Olympic National Park
Distance: 169 miles
Canada is perhaps best known for its wildlife and its wilderness. To experience both, the Olympic Park is little more than a three hour drive south of Vancouver and is picture postcard perfect. Here, you’ll find racoons, bears, deer, moose and abundant birdlife. Take a camera, a map, a torch and something secure to lock your food in. You do not want to be woken by a bear rummaging in your backpack.