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City break (noun): a short holiday spent in a city, such as when on business travel.

Before there was bleisure travel, there was the city break—the short space of leisure time that grants you access to the cultural and culinary amenities that big cities offer. In this series from TripIt, we explore some of the world’s best cities for planning a quick getaway or extending a work trip.

Here are our tips for making the most of your city break in Vancouver.

Where to fly in

Located about 25 minutes from downtown Vancouver, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is the main airport travelers fly into for domestic and international trips alike. 

Once on the ground, you have a number of options for getting to your hotel or vacation rental. A taxi or ride share is likely the quickest and easiest way to get to your destination. 

Taxi stands are located on Level 2 once you exit the terminal. Note that taxis use a zoned rate fare and the cost will vary based on your destination.

Uber is also (but only recently) available from the airport.

Alternatively, SkyTrain’s Canada Line provides rapid rail service between the airport and downtown Vancouver. Trains depart the YVR station approximately every seven minutes. The trip to downtown Vancouver takes about 26 minutes, stopping in downtown Vancouver at Yaletown, Vancouver City Centre and Waterfront. 

For maps, schedules and additional fare information, visit the TransLink website.

Where to stay during your city break

It’s hard to resist booking a room with a view in Vancouver—and why should you? Hotels like The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver and the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel offer views of the harbor as well as the North Shore Mountains. 

If you’re attending an event at the Vancouver Convention Centre, you can’t beat the convenience of the Fairmont Waterfront. The hotel and convention center are connected by a covered walkway, so you can easily bounce between the two without a second thought about the weather.

If a hotel in a prime Vancouver location is what you’re after, look no further than the Delta Hotels Vancouver Downtown Suites. The hotel is just a few minutes walk from the convention center, with convenient access to Gastown, Vancouver’s original downtown. By day, Gastown is a great home base for exploring the city, accessing many of the must-see and must-dos. And by night? Gastown twinkles, romancing you with its…

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