Stuck on a layover at Calgary International Airport (YYC)? As the main hub for Air Canada, the airport is the fourth busiest in Canada. It is located roughly 11 miles from downtown Calgary which makes the city an accessible destination for those on a long layover. If you’re trying to figure out if you can leave the airport during your Calgary layover, click here for useful tips.
If you’re stuck in the airport, you’ll find that there are plenty of services and activities to keep you occupied until your connecting flight. There’s a Spaceport for kids to learn about space flight located in the Mezzanine & Destinations Food Court as well as a Flippers arcades with video games and a golf machine open 24 hours in all Concourses and Departures Level East. The airport also provides shopping options (listed here by location), dining options (listed here by location), shoe shine luggage wrap in Departures Level East, a UPS Store and a medical clinic on the Mezzanine Level, Plus 15.
As for health and beauty, the airport offers Cut & Jet Hair Salon, a full-service salon in the Mezzanine & Destinations Food Court and OraOxygen Wellness Spa with oxygen and spa treatments in the Departures Level East & West. There are Shiatsu Plus automated massage chairs in the Arrivals Level (pre and post security) and the Departures Level post-security. The airport also is planning a Wellness Centre coming soon.
The airport offers two complimentary lounges with business facilities and refreshments. The Servisair Chinook Lounge is open to passengers departing from Concourse D and the Rocky Mountain Lounge is open to passengers departing from Concourse C (U.S. departures). There is also Air Canada’s Maple Leaf Lounge for select passengers available for those passengers traveling through Concourse A.
The airport offers free Wireless Internet (Wi-Fi) throughout the terminals. Link to the “YYC.Free.Public.WiFi” network when you are at the airport and if you need assistance, contact BoldStreet at 1-866-353-3537.
There is a coat and luggage storage service available for passengers and airport staff on the arrivals level of the at the information booth. It is open from 6a.m. to 11p.m. (except Christmas and New Years when it closes at 6p.m. Cost varies from $1.00 to $5.00 per item. Click here for more information.
If you have an overnight layover, there’s a number of hotels near the airport. The Radisson Hotel Calgary is 10 minutes from the airport and has full facilities. For a comprehensive list of Calgary hotels at varying price points, click here.
If you plan on leaving the airport, taxis are located at the Arrivals level. Fares are determined based on meter rates, and approximate fare to downtown is $40-$45. Allied Downtown Shuttle Service provides regular shuttle buses between designated stops in downtown and at the airport. Shuttles depart the airport every half hour at Bus Bay #8. To purchase tickets, visit the Allied Shuttle counter on the arrivals level near gate “C” or reserve tickets online. There are also car rentals and public buses.
Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On A Calgary Layover:
If you have limited time in Calgary, a tour might be your best bet to see the sights. There are many to choose from including day tours, bus and bike tours, night cruises, dinner theater, outdoor activities, and more.
Want to get a great birds-eye view of Calgary? If so, the Calgary Tower is a must see. Standing 627 feet high in downtown Calgary, the tower has a revolving restaurant, Sky 360, observation deck and at the base is an information center and Internet café.
The Calgary Zoo, which includes a botanical garden and prehistoric park are a great stop for those with kids. With over 1,000 animals, the park and zoo-nique playgrounds will keep you very busy.
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