GMT -8 (GMT -7 from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November).
Electrical current is 120 volts, 60Hz. American-style flat two-pin plugs and a plug with a third round grounding pin are standard.
The currency used is the Canadian Dollar (CAD). Banks and bureaux de change will change cash, as will some hotels. Major credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are widespread. US Dollars are widely accepted.
The international access code for Canada is +1. The outgoing code is 011 followed by the relevant country code. The outgoing code is not necessary for calls to the US and the Caribbean. Hotels, cafes and restaurants offering free wifi are widely available. As international roaming costs can be high, purchasing a local prepaid SIM card can be a cheaper option.
911 (all emergencies)
The Canada Line connects the airport to downtown Vancouver in about 25 minutes. The service runs every 8-20 minutes. Scheduled buses are available to downtown Vancouver, Whistler, Vancouver Island and Washington State. Courtesy shuttles transport passengers to the Long-Term Parking Lot, South Terminal, local hotels and other destinations near the airport. Public bus services to Vancouver, Richmond and further afield are available at the Airport Station Bus Terminal.
Car hire companies Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, National, and zipcar are represented next to the terminal building on the ground floor.
Metered taxis are available around the clock outside the terminals. Look for the green signs which indicate a taxi pick-up position. Prices and journey times are higher during rush hour. A tip of 10 to 15 percent is expected.
A courtesy shuttle is available to the Airport South terminal.
The main terminal has ATMs, bureaux de change, and a bank. There is a selection of bars, restaurants, and fast food outlets scattered throughout the airport, as well as a variety of shops, including duty-free, baggage storage, and a medical centre. Children's play areas are also available.
Vancouver International Airport offers a range of parking options in the parkade directly opposite the terminals. Hourly parking starts at C$9.50 per hour but reduced daily and weekly rates are also available.
Wifi is available free of charge throughout the airport.