YVR Airport Transportation – Taxi Or Limo?

Bustling YVR Airport
With over 17 million annual passengers (or over 40,000 passengers a day!) making their way in and out of its terminals, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is the second busiest airport in Canada. Close to 1000 flights go in and out every day, flying to all parts of the globe with non-stop flights to Asia, Mexico, Europe and the many parts of the United States.

Growth at YVR
YVR has experienced many expansions and improvements in the past, such as the terminal renovations completed for the 2010 Winter Olympics and the Canada Line transit system. Currently, work is happening in a large lot just east of the airport where a high profile luxury outlet mall is being constructed. It is scheduled to be completed in Spring of 2015, will be given the name “McArthurGlen Designer Outlets”, and will be the first designer outlet in the Vancouver Metropolitan area. Shoppers will be able to peruse luxury name brands such as Versace, Michael Kors, Paul Smith, Armani, Gucci, and more. The outlet will be sure to draw a lot of shopping traffic, offering luxury brands at prices up to 70% off, year round.

>Sea Island, where the airport and up and coming luxury outlet are located, will become a location that brings through an increasing high density of people. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself heading through there in the near future. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself heading through there in the near future. The question is… how will you get there, and how will you leave?

Taxi or Limo?
Unless you’re renting a car, getting picked up or taking public transit, your only two other options are to take a cab or a limousine.

Instinctively, most people default to simply taking a taxi to and from the airport. However, many have never compared the two side by side. And if you’re one of the many, you may be pleasantly surprised that a limo can often be cheaper than taking a cab.

Yes, cabs are great for all your last minute transportation needs, on short notice. You can simply step out of the airport, flag a taxi down and hop in. So getting a cab can be convenient at first. However, when you consider the fact that taxis generally are the cleanest of places, drivers may be a little less than polite, and the cab fare can be higher than that of a limousine, suddenly there’s a little more to consider.

When booking a limo, it’s true that you’ll have to reserve and arrange for the limousine service beforehand. But once you’ve done that, the rest of the experience is rather pleasant.

Riding A Limousine TO YVR
After booking your airport limo, your chauffeur will arrive at your doorstep 15 minutes prior to your arranged pickup time. You will be created politely by your driver, who will then carry and load all of your luggage for you, open your door to be seated in the clean luxurious interior of the limousine, and finally, offer you some refreshments to enjoy on the way to the airport. Until your arrival at the airport, your only job is to kick your feet up and relax. Once you arrive, your limo driver will park at your designated terminal, unload your luggage for you, and send you off with a smile.

Riding A Limousine FROM YVR
If you’re flying into Vancouver and require transportation to your hotel or home, your chauffeur will “meet and greet” you as you exit the terminal in the baggage claim area. Your chauffeur will be dressed formally holding a card wiht your name on it, greet you with a smile and handle/load your luggage into the limousine for you. As always, your driver will open your door for you and offer you some refreshments to enjoy while on the way to your final destination.

Sure, taxis don’t need to be scheduled before hand and you can just wave one down when you step out of the terminal. But do you really want to forego all the benefits of being chauffeured around in your own luxury limousine?

So what’s it going to be…  Taxi or Limo?