More Merry, Less Harried: Holiday Travel Tips

Travelling through YVR this season? The weather outside may be frightful, but that doesn’t mean holiday travel can’t be delightful. Here are a few tips to keep your festive spirit intact while in transit.

Go online and save some time.  Flight status, online check-in, the latest weather info and security restrictions is all available at   Visit the website before you leave the house so you know what to expect.

Remembering to pack your mitts and gloves is almost as important as remembering that restrictions still apply for liquids, gels and aerosols in your carry-on luggage. Be sure to check the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority’s website for the latest packing do’s and don’ts at While tempting, don’t wrap gifts before packing; they may need to be inspected during security screening.

Have a transportation plan.  On-airport parking is available this season at just $39.85 per week, one of YVR’s lowest rates yet. The Canada Line is another great option, whisking travellers and their bags from central Richmond to YVR in less than 26 minutes. 

Arrive early. Keep those spirits bright by arriving with plenty of time to get to the gate.  Our dining, shopping and children’s play areas will keep families occupied until boarding time.

Toast your loved one’s safe arrival to YVR with a flight of your own - three B.C. wine tasters at Vino Volo. Located in the public International arrivals area, this beautiful wine bar is open just in time for the holidays. 

Forgotten someone on your list? From locally-made ceramics at Crafthouse to the latest golf wear at the PGA Tour store and popular electronics at iStore, YVR has an incredible array of stocking stuffers, gifts and gift certificates in the public areas of the airport.

Travellers can enjoy complimentary gift-wrapping for any purchase made at any YVR store. This service is available at three after-security locations: Domestic Departures, C Gates; International Departures, D Gates; and U.S. Departures, E Gates.

Questions? 24-hour Customer Care staff and Green Coat volunteers are always on hand to help.


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