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12-hour overnight layover at YVR

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12-hour overnight layover at YVR

Hello,

I'm from Phoenix, Arizona in the United States, and next month I'm flying through Vancouver International Airport (YVR) on my way to mainland China. I have a 12-hour layover at YVR, and although I understand that there are plenty of things to do at the airport, there's a catch: My layover is from 11:30pm until 11:30am!

I'm looking for any advice that anybody can give me about things to do during a 12-hour overnight layover at YVR. I looked into staying at the fairmont hotel, but I'm not exactly excited at the prospect of paying $300.00 for a short night. Is it worth it to make my way into the city and check out the night life? Are there cheaper hotels that are near enough to the airport that it would make sense to book a room there? Additionally, the flight from Vancouver to China is 14 hours, so in my mind it may actually be better to try to stay up all night and then sleep during my horrendously long flight to China.

Any advice given is greatly appreciated,

-Herman

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1. Re: 12-hour overnight layover at YVR

The only problem going to downtown is the last train from downtown back to the airport is around 1:00am. Service doesn't start up again till 5:00am. There is the River Rock casino if you want to spend some money and time there. Also the #9 Chinese restaurant at Landsdowne mall is open 24 hours if your feeling hungry after your flight.

There are cheaper hotels on Bridgeport Road if you want to sleep the night. If your flying with Air Canada the flight isn't too bad. I flew with them and watch a few movies plus managed to get some sleep on the plane.

In the morning you could definitely take the train into town and see the harbour and Stanley Park before your flight.

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2. Re: 12-hour overnight layover at YVR

Its been a long time since I was wandering the streets of Vancouver at 3 am, so I don't know how much good advice I can give you. This sounds like a vandan/CFUNS question. :>

If it were me, I'd want to tackle that next leg well rested. Head to one of the many airport hotels which provides a free shuttle bus for customers. There isn't much to do around the airport itself, so you would have to either take a taxi into downtown for some nightlife, or just give up on that idea and hang out around the hotel. For a 11:30 am flight to China, you need to be back at the airport by at least 8:30, so up around 7:30, and if you don't get to your hotel until after midnight (by the time you've collected your bags, passed through customs and picked up the shuttle bus), that only leaves you with about 7 hours to sleep at the most.

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3. Re: 12-hour overnight layover at YVR

There is nothing to do at the airport as almost everything is closed except for 24 hour coffee. The downtown Granville Street bars are open until 3AM. Prices of downtown hotels are cheap via Hot-Wire and similar sites if it is a winter visit.

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4. Re: 12-hour overnight layover at YVR

Even on a Friday or Saturday night you will find things kind of peter out downtown by 3am, so staying up all night might be a bit of a drag. Best get a hotel room. Stay at one of the hotels with a shuttle on Bridgeport as mentioned above. From there you can either a) take a taxi (or train if still running) downtown for some fun, b) head to the casino near your hotel for a while and gamble, or c) go to bed.

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5. Re: 12-hour overnight layover at YVR

Personally I would just try and get as comfortable at the airport as possible, no $300 hotels for me and wouldn't bother with the nightlife either as night time temps in Feb can be on the chilly side

Edited: 7:24 pm, January 16, 2013
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6. Re: 12-hour overnight layover at YVR

Another vote for sleeping near the Airport. Can wholeheartedly recommend Accent Inn, Holiday Inn Express and the Travelodge. All are decent properties. Inexpensive, have breakfast, near a place for a beer upon arrival and have shuttles to and from the airport. Pick one and contact them about shuttle times ect.

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7. Re: 12-hour overnight layover at YVR

The River Rock Resort and Casino is 8 min down the Canada Line, costing $7.75 to get there and $2.75 to get back to the airport. There is a shuttle to the shopping centres and for other hotels to and from the casino, but not to the airport.

There is also the Holiday Inn which advertises a 24 hr shuttle. The following hotels have complimentary shuttles but no indication if they are 24/7. Accent Inn - Vancouver Airport, Travelodge - Vancouver Airport and Richmond Sheraton. I think you would find one of these quite fine.

Accent Inn has an IHOP Restaurant attached.

http://www.ihop.com/ -

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8. Re: 12-hour overnight layover at YVR

I say go to the Fairmont and have a night cap. Check at the deskthat for $15 you can have a shower in the Absolut spa, maybe a swim. Then find a quiet place in US departures and a long bench and go to sleep. Security may wake you from time to time but is highly unlikely to throw you out.

The US departures area gets active quite early because a lot of departures to the US leave at 0600 and thereabouts. At this point if too noise, go to international departures and check in as early as you can. Then go back to the Fairmont, have breakfast and have a swim and a shower.

The time will pass more quickly than you think and you will probably be better rested and a $100 ahead than if you went to a hôtel to sleep.

Be back to go through security by 10:30.

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9. Re: 12-hour overnight layover at YVR

I work that flight often and just want to point out that you do not need to be there 3 hours before like a previous poster mentioned. Two hours is plenty to drop off your bags and clear security. Don't forget to checkin online 24 hours before to pick the seat you want.

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10. Re: 12-hour overnight layover at YVR

"Then find a quiet place in US departures and a long bench and go to sleep. Security may wake you from time to time but is highly unlikely to throw you out."

No reason for him to go through US departures as he is flying to China the next day not the US.