About Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
Address: Vancouver Intl Airport, 3211 Grant Mcconachie Way, Richmond, V7b0a4 , Bc, Bc
Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is perched on Sea Island in the suburb of Richmond, approximately 12 km (7.5 mi) south of downtown Vancouver. More than seven major airport car rental companies service Canada’s second busiest airport. Rental kiosks for National, Alamo, Hertz, Dollar, Thrifty, Avis and Budget are located on the ground floor of the Parkade (parking lot), just a short walk from the terminal. Meanwhile, Enterprise runs a free shuttle bus to its nearby off-site location. Look for signs that read: Courtesy Shuttle Zones.
Canadians have a reputation for polite kindness, and Vancouver drivers are known to be notably courteous and respectful on the roads. However, they’re also known for slow driving. Thus, getting around Vancouver shouldn’t be too much of a hassle, just as long as you’re not in a very big hurry to reach your destination.
Most of the greater Vancouver area is laid out in a very plain north-south-east-west grid, except in downtown Vancouver, which has a grid based on topographical orientation. Nevertheless, it’s still very neat and orderly. The only thing to really watch out for is the traffic signal situation. Flashing green lights don’t change unless a pedestrian presses the walk button. On thoroughfares with flashing green lights, cross streets are posted with stop signs.
Choosing your car
Parking spaces in underground parking facilities tend to have very narrow parking slots, so a compact Toyota is ideal for the city. On the other hand, B.C.’s most popular ski resort, Whistler, is only 90 miles (154 km) from the airport, so anything from a intermediate Hyundai to a Ford SUV are good for highway driving. If you’re heading to the slopes with groups and gear, a Dodge 7-9 seater is the best way to travel. And with Vancouver’s majestic mountain backdrop, you could rent a Chevrolet Camaro convertible. Whatever your means, (YVR) choosing your airport car rental is easier with so many options at your fingertips.
Tips and advice
Daytime running headlights are required for all motorists in Canada.
Throughout Canada, but particularly in Vancouver, parking lots and garages are called parkades.
Metered parking in Vancouver is limited to two hours, and parking enforcers are known for marking tires — a tacit that forces drivers to move their vehicles. Consider parking in one of the more pricey parkades.
You won’t find any toll roads in the Vancouver area, but there are two toll bridges: the Golden Ears Bridge and the Port Mann Bridge. Cash payment is accepted, but who knows if that will change in the future to electronic tagging.
Fuel prices are remarkably consistent in Vancouver, so it’s not necessary to drive around looking for the cheapest price. Gas is sold per liter — as Canada employs the metric system. And don’t forget, all prices are posted in Canadian dollars.
The City of Vancouver has a moratorium on expressways within city limits; therefore, there are no highways in Vancouver. For instance, if you’re heading downtown from the airport on Highway 99 (Grant McConachie Way), it turns into Granville Street as you cross the river. Once you get reach the city center, Granville Street splits into Seymour Street (northbound) and Howe Street (southbound).