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The Ultimate Business Traveler’s Guide to Vancouver Airport

The Ultimate in Safety, Service and Satisfaction

Whether we like it or not, being a frequent business traveler involves spending a great deal of time in airports. Rather than wasting this time feeling frustrated and unable to find the services you need, why not hang around at the airport and make it enjoyable? We wanted to give you the inside scoop on one of the best airports in North America: Vancouver YVR Airport.


Some may think of lounges as unnecessary luxuries, however, there are a number of ways in which these can make or break a trip for a business traveler. Lounges typically provide comprehensive office space so you can get work done while waiting for a flight. Also, a number of lounges now offer showers and nap rooms so you can get rest if you are on a long layover or a flight has been delayed.

Many airlines have their own lounge in major airports where frequent fliers and business-class travelers can enjoy a variety of perks. Plaza Premium Lounge is offered to all fliers regardless of their airline and has three locations in Vancouver’s YVR Airport. You can pay a single fee or purchase a membership and visit the lounge located in the domestic, international or U.S terminal. Plaza Premium Lounge provides a full-host of healthy food options as well as nap and shower rooms so you can arrive to your destination feeling rested and restored. The lounge also has free Wi-Fi and a fully equipped working station so you can put the finishing touches on a report or touch base with a client while waiting for your flight. YVR also has three Air Canada Maple Leaf Club lounges at the domestic, international and U.S terminals as well as a Cathay Pacific first and business class lounge located in the international terminal.


Aside from the fare offered in lounges, YVR has a wide selection of great places to grab a bite. Caffeine addicts can rest easy knowing that there is a Starbucks in every terminal of YVR. If you need something a little stronger, you can head to Vino Volo or Milestones in the International Terminal for a drink. Looking for something fancier? Try Globe @ YVR in the Fairmont Hotel above the U.S Terminal. Globe offers a gourmet breakfast, lunch and dinner menu, and an award-winning wine list. Finally, if you are dying to catch the game the Canucks Bar & Grill will be the place for you.


Sometimes there is no better way to pass the time than to indulge in some shopping. YVR has a number of World Duty Free locations where you can pick up everything from lipstick, to Grey Goose and souvenirs. You can treat yourself to retail therapy at Brook’s Brothers, or a nice book at Hudson Booksellers. There are also tech shops across all terminals so you can pick up anything you may have forgotten or need for your upcoming business trip. If you are feeling like you really need to relax before a big presentation, you can even book a service at the Absolute Spa & Hair Salon.

Banking & Currency Exchange

YVR has three currency exchange desks so you can arrive to wherever you are headed with the right cash. ICE Currency Services is located in the International, US and Domestic Terminal. If you need to do some banking, you can head to the Royal Bank found in the Domestic Terminal.


One of the first things people inquire about in an airport is “where is the free Wi-Fi?!” The wonderful thing about YVR is that there is free Wi-Fi located across all terminals. It is fairly speedy and does not require a password to access. There are also a number of outlets near departure gates so you can charge your devices before heading onto a flight.


Sometimes you get stuck with a ridiculously early flight or a long layover. YVR happens to have a beautiful hotel on site where you can get a good night’s rest and not worry about missing your flight as you are literally minutes away from the departure gates. The Fairmont Vancouver Airport is a four-star hotel located in YVR. No matter what time you arrive, you can enjoy the Fairmont’s full range of services as they are open 24 hours.

Being one of the top-rated cities to live, it is no surprise that Vancouver has an airport where relaxation and enjoyment are truly possible, and it would come as no surprise that YVR has won several notable international best airport awards; it won the Skytrax Best North American Airport award  6 years in a row from 2010 to 2015.

Getting Around

There are a variety of options for leaving the airport and getting into the city but we recommend one that is able to offer you an exceptional experience when it comes to airport transfer and ground transportation to your business meetings.

Griffin Transportation is a leading provider of chauffeured transportation services in Vancouver, B.C. and around the world.  No matter your need: chauffeured car services, airport limousine services, corporate limousine service or groups & meeting transportation, Griffin Transportation delivers quality, value and exceptional services.

The Griffin Transportation mission is clearly defined: “we will support our clients with the exceptional worldwide ground transportation services they need to remain on top of their hectic and complicated lives.“

Our tagline is more than just “marketing”.  You can depend on us each and every ride you take because: We provide Exceptional Service. Exceptional People. Exceptional Value.  Each and every time.

Posted on May 10 2016

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