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Four hour stopover between flights

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Four hour stopover between flights

Suggestions for sightseeing between flights

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1. Re: Four hour stopover between flights

See top questions on this page. You can go downtown in 30 minutes by subway so 60 return. That does not give much time for exploring, but some. River Rock Casino is on the same subway line 5 minutes from the airport. Consider that the airport and city are about what you would get connecting in Sydney and decide whether it is worth the effort. Another option is to use the spa facilities of the airport Fairmont hotel.

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Sightseeing on a four hour stopover is a challenge as you'll have to go through airport security again to get to your departure gate and it will take some time to travel to and from YVR.

A taxi from the airport to Queen Elizabeth park is probably a hour return. On a good day you'll get a gorgeous view of the Vancouver area from the top of the park. Get take-out enroute for a picnic in the park.

Canada Line from YVR to Waterfront station, transfer to the Sea Bus, traverse Burrard Inlet, return to YVR on the same fare. Grab a bite to go at Waterfront Station. Canada Line from Marine Drive to Waterfront Station is underground.

Exit Waterfront Station and stop in next door at Steamworks in Gastown for an in house brew. Sit at a table that faces the Burrard Inlet and the North Shore Mountains and enjoy the view.

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Click "contact" on the Steamworks site for a mini map of the area:)

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Hi Dave,

I agree with GlobalBliss. If you're feeling like you need to stretch your legs. Take the Skytrain from YVR Airport to Canada Place. The return trip will eat up about one hour, leaving you with less than 3 hours.

I suggest buying a One Day Transit Pass is outstanding value - Translink DayPass $9.75 Adult Fare. Good for all zones all day, bus, skytrain and Seabus.

Once at Canada Place, you can wander to Coal Harbour, or Gastown - lots of great food and coffee shops (Caffè Artigiano).

Or as you'll already have a One Day Transit Pass good for the Seabus - take the Seabus from Canada Place, and get a lovely view of Vancouver from the water. The ferry is enclosed, can't sit al fresco not like the Sydney Ferries, but it's a quick and picturesque ride!

Enjoy!

ClaireFromYVR

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5. Re: Four hour stopover between flights

Claire, a $9.75 One Day pass costs more than two $4 two zone tickets. Remember there is a surcharge leaving the airport adding $5 regardless of which ticket bought. Each two zone ticket is good for 90 minutes or about all the layover time.

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6. Re: Four hour stopover between flights

Well, the things I learn on TA, and in researching on TA questions.

Here is the portion of the translink website dealing with the Add-on fare -

translink.ca/en/…Canada-Line-YVR-AddFare.aspx

Apparently, you cannot buy daypasses at the three Sea Island Canada Line Stations - including the station at YVR. So, if buying at the YVR Station, you have no choice for travel into Vancouver, except to buy a two-zone ticket, if travelling during the week before 6:30 PM, which will include the $5.00 surcharge.

However...... you can go to the outlets on Level One, Arrivals, domestic terminal and buy Daypasses. If you buy the Daypass there, you do not pay the $5.00 surcharge (but would validate the Daypass at the YVR Station validation box before you left YVR). The downside is that you would consume valuable time out of your 4 hours in doing this.

Do factor the time of day (for light) and the weather (rain?) into your decision as well.

Edited: 02 February 2013, 22:36
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7. Re: Four hour stopover between flights

Itchy, glad you pointed that out about the day pass not getting the $5 add-on before Claire clobbered me. So day pass is $9.75 in total and 2 two zone tickets would be $13 including the surcharge unless it were off hours or weekends where it would be $10.50. Thanks for that and apologies to Claire.

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8. Re: Four hour stopover between flights

Itchy, that's interesting. A simple computer programming command would allow the day pass purchase on the platform to be exempt from the $5, saving some people the detour over to Domestic Terminal.

Sometimes the question doesn't have enough info to be able to advise well. Day of week? Time of day? 4 hours net from post Canada Customs to pre Security upon return, or not?

Edited: 02 February 2013, 23:21
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9. Re: Four hour stopover between flights

To clarify above, Translink just told me that you CAN buy a day pass on the platform but it would be subject to the $5 surcharge.

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10. Re: Four hour stopover between flights

Now that is really interesting, Mufti, because the Translink website says -

"Please note that DayPasses are not available at Sea Island Station TVMs."

So, I wonder if they did make a change to their computer programming, as you note, and forgot to update their website?