Plaza Premium Lounge in the Transborder Terminal (USA Departures) at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) Review

The Plaza Premium Lounge in the Transborder Terminal is available to passengers who have a flight to the United States. Vancouver International Airport has five Plaza Premium Lounges, one in each terminal. The USA Departures is by far the worst one.

plaza premium lounge (usa departures)

plaza premium lounge (usa departures)

Where to find the Plaza Premium Lounge (USA Departures)

The Plaza Premium Lounge (USA Departures) is located after the security checkpoint for US Transborder Departures (Gates E), across from Gate E87. 

Lounge hours:

  • 05:00-19:00 Sun-Fri
  • 05:00-18:00 Sat

Who can access the lounge

The Plaza Premium Lounges are in the Priority Pass network. Anyone with a Priority Pass may enter the lounge. 

If you don't have a Priority Pass, below are the rates:

  • 2 hours- CAD $40 
  • 3 hours-  CAD $50 
  • 6 hours-  CAD $70  

Food and beverage

Complimentary food and drinks are available. The buffet setup usually consists of one hot entree and a side. When we visited, the complimentary hot food bar consisted of minestrone soup, sweet and sour pork, and white rice. The trays are almost empty because we visited 30 minutes before closing. 

sweet and sour pork

sweet and sour pork

white rice

white rice

hot and coldfood bar

hot and coldfood bar

The lounge also features a small complimentary cold food bar which consists of sandwiches, salads, and cheese. 

cold sandwiches, salads, and assorted cheese

cold sandwiches, salads, and assorted cheese

A limited selection of complimentary soda. 

soda

A self-serve alcohol bar is available after 11 AM. Beer is available upon request.   

alcohol available after 11 am

alcohol available after 11 am

self serve alcohol bar

self serve alcohol bar

bar and snacks

bar and snacks

Lounge seating

The lounge itself is relatively small compared to it's counter parts in the Vancouver International Airport. There are a few nooks for privacy, and the lounge can seat up to 60 people. 

lounge seating

lounge seating

The seats near the window have a view of the arrivals hall. 

seats witha a view of the arrivals hall

seats witha a view of the arrivals hall

lounge seating 2

lounge seating 2

Conclusion

If you have complimentary access through Priority Pass, then the lounge is worth visiting for a quick snack. Showers are not available at this location. 

Otherwise, save the CAD $40 and head to the food court.