This is the international arrival area at YVR. You arrive through the door on the left, and that Information counter is available from both sides.
Closeup of the door you arrive from
As you walk through the door, this is the international meeting area
or officially the "Greeting Area"
Follow the signs to "PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION" (and the car park)
Very busy mid day on a Wednesday, such is the summer rush
There is a small sign saying "Canada Line", but everyone is exiting through the same doors
just outside the doors are the fix priced limo service
but keep walking toward the car park (find everyone)
View of the YVR Canada Line Station from the arrivals area of the airport
It's a covered walkway, so don't worry about the weather
Your choice up to the Canada Line Station, on the left elevators (large elevators, that easily hold luggage carts), on the right, escalators
Did I mention they were large elevators
Apparently the elevators are where people like to abandon the (free) YVR luggage carts
Looking back toward arrivials
I rode the escalator, but if you had luggage, the elevator is probably easier
Nice view of the Fairmont Vancouver Airport and US Departures wing
See how close it really is?
Picture of the train entering the station
Map of Vancouver transit system (just showing the major services). All of it is including with your $3.75 ticket
In fact, you can actually check in for your flight on the Canada Line platform (those are checkin machines that work with all the major airlines -- how cool is that)
Busy day, I think everyone was out trying out the new system
If you're going to the Canadian departures, you actually can take a different long walkway straight from the platform level to the Canadian checkin counters
ticket machines take cash, debit and credit cards. I saw a couple of people fumbling with debit cards, but credit cards should be no problem
platform at YVR station. The long walkway in the distance goes straight to the Canadian departures area
platform at YVR station
You're actually on the top deck of the car park
and the train arrives
note that unlike London, you don't have to worry about 'the gap'. Easy level entry.
This nice gentleman shows off how much room there is at his seat, with his carryon in front of him.
Trains were crowded today with lots of people riding it like me to see what it was like
The 1st major stop off the Airport property "Bridgeport". You change trains here to get to a Richmond bound train (trains from downtown either go to YVR or to Richmond). The big building on the left is the River Rock Casino, and the parking garage for the casino/transit.
Another view of coming into Bridgeport station
leaving Bridgeport station
the bridge over the Fraser River
Fraser River looking west toward the airport
and arriving at Marine Dr station (the last above ground station)
Marine Drive station
heading north again toward downtown
and we go underground
One of the stations along the way. I think this is Oakridge, but I can't remember.
On the train is a nice display of where the next and final stops are
train was fairly busy today
I got off at Broadway/City Hall station to have a look around
"WAY OUT" not Exit. I wonder why
Inside this station is two stories high underground. It's quite interesting
Again, at Broadway/City Hall station, a YVR airline checkin machine
Street view of the station (looking south on Cambie)
a better shot of the payment machines
The lonely YVR checkin machine at Broadway/City Hall Station.
view of a southbound train from the northbound platform
From the southbound platforms, you go up and over (there is an elevator)
Waterfront Station the exit toward the main Waterfront Station building.
If you're going to Canada Place, DON'T FOLLOW THIS ROUTE, but instead use the Granville Street exit (behind you)
Waterfront Station: the Granville St @ W.Hastings St exit.
I think this is actually the preferable exit to Canada Place as it's slightly shorter, and downhill to Canada Place vs slightly uphill from the Cordova St/Waterfront exit.
taking the Cordova St (waterfront station) exit, is a long walk underground
past some interesting photos of contrstruction
more construction photos
then up either the elevator or escalator
into the Waterfront Station building. From here, Skytrain (expo/millenium lines), Seabus are to your left, Cordova st exit to your right.
Another less crowded view
Coffee shops, fast food in Waterfront station building
this is the area you go through to reach the old Skytrain lines, plus seabus. The same ticket is good on all the Skytrain/Bus/Seabus systems within zones one and two (which is everything except the far suburbs)
exit Waterfront station to Cordova St
Walking along Cordova towards Canada Place
about a 3 block walk, but slightly uphill
Canada Place is now one block to your right
Ah Ha! There it is
Notice the Carnival Spirit at dock
Looking back from Canada Place.
Yes, this is an escalator down to the Skytrain, but it's the expo & millenium lines of Skytrain not the airport's Canada Line; and also where taxis line up for Canada Place
Looking back at Canada Place from Howe St @ W.Hastings
from the same location, looking back to Waterfront Station on Cordova St (the brick building)
This is the other exit from the Canada Line @ Waterfront. Elevators and Escalators to the corner of W.Hastings and Granville. To use this exit, just don't follow everyone else and use the exit/elevator/escalator behind you on the Waterfront platform. Unfortunately it's not that well marked
You can just make out the tip of the Carnival Whale tail from this photo against the mountains in the background.
Another view of the Escalator - yes there's street construction right now, but the exit is open, and you can see the cruise ships from here, you're almost there.
Escalator/stairs to Canada Line/Waterfront Station. This is the Granville St@W.Hastings entrance to the Canada Line platform. Again notice how close to the cruise terminal you are, that's a Carnival Whale tail straight ahead
Note the digital sign on the platform showing where the next train is going to. If you're heading to the airport, make sure the sign says "YVR AIRPORT" and not "Richmond-Brighouse" as the line splits just before the airport
nice view of some of the tunnel
the end of the tunnel back into open air at Marine Drive heading toward the airport.
Again looking west from the Fraser River bridge
More views of River Rock Casino
Shots of the "Bridgeport" station. If you want to head to Victoria, this is where you transfer to the #620 bus.
at Bridgeport you can walk straight into the new transit/Riverrock Casino carpark
or down to the bus loop
If you have pre-paid tickets, these are the machines that validate them (not the big ticket machines). All the old validators on the old system are square blue boxes, took me a while to find these. Also tickets go in upside down compared to the old machines. Enough to confuse us old folks...
How you validate pre-paid tickets
All stations have elevators, but not all stations have DOWN escalators. Here there's only an up escalator
view from the platform level at Bridgeport station, looking down to the ticketing level
All platforms have nice digital signs show where and when the next trains are. There are announcements too
Bicycle and luggage area on the train
Note on the train there are large areas w/o seating for putting luggage
lots of people w/ luggage on the train
again, notice almost no gap at all. Easy to wheel your luggage over this
digital displays on the train showing next station
Looking over to the airport terminal and Fairmont Vancouver Airport hotel
view from the platform toward the terminal building
people rolling luggage on the train
you can see the walkways to intl departures (upper) and intl arrivals (lower)
you can bring your luggage cart pretty much right up to the Skytrain
and there are (free) luggage carts right there
04:55 to 01:36. early and late enough for darn near any flight, except that pesky 2am CX arrival from JFK
YVR airport signage in English, French and Chinese
Elevators down from Skytrain platform at YVR station
Escalator down from Skytrain Platform