Planning to fly out of YQB in the next few months? Make sure you’re prepared by following these tips!
Plan your trip to the airport
There are plenty of ways to get to Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport.
Drive yourself and park in one of our parking lots
The airport has an outdoor parking lot and a parking garage right in front of the terminal. You can even check the rates and prepay for your parking on our website.
Take a cab or a limo
You can book your ride in advance by calling one of the companies that serve YQB. Booking ahead will help avoid unpleasant surprises on the day you leave.
Take the bus with the Réseau de transport de la Capitale (RTC)
RTC routes 76 and 80 run between Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport and Sainte-Foy and downtown Québec City, respectively. Visit their website to learn more.
Use a ride-sharing service
Uber and the Eva ride-sharing cooperative are both available at Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport. Download their mobile apps to book your ride.
Ask someone you know
Ask a friend or a family member to drop you off. There are reserved drop-off spaces right in front of the terminal, so it’s a simple, easy option. And when it’s time to pick you up again, they can even take advantage of our CellPARQ waiting area. They can wait there until you call or text them to say you’re ready to go.
Make sure you have the right documents on hand and check in online
In addition to your valid passport and plane ticket, you may need other travel documents like your visa, a confirmation of where you’ll be staying, your travel insurance documents, or your driver’s license or health card. We recommend scanning or printing a copy of these documents so you can still access them if you lose the original. Better safe than sorry! Many airlines also give you the option to save time by checking in and selecting your seat online within 24 hours of your flight.
If you’re travelling before June 20, 2022, you will also need proof of vaccination: the Government of Canada requires all travellers aged 12 years and older to be fully vaccinated in order to board domestic, cross-border, or international flights departing from a Canadian airport.
Similarly, upon returning to Canada, you will need to have your proof of vaccination and have completed an ArriveCan form to be considered fully vaccinated.
Make sure you have the documentation you need to re-enter the country: Government of Canada – COVID-19
Visit the CATSA website
We know it can be tricky to figure out what you can and can’t bring on the plane. There’s no need to worry, though— the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) website is there for you. It has all the information you need on what you can pack in your checked and carry-on baggage.
It even has tips for getting through security smoothly!
If you need information on the number and size of the bags you can bring with you, check your airline’s website.
Learn about the current health measures and download ArriveCAN
In Canada, masks are still required at airports. It’s important to learn about the requirements at your destination, as well. For instance, some countries require proof of a negative COVID-19 test for entry. If that’s true for your destination, you can go to the Complexe Capital Helicoptère on the airport property between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. for a rapid antigen test. Make your appointment at www.testcovidquebec.com (note that the site is in French only).
Download the ArriveCAN app to make your return easier. It has a health questionnaire that you will need to complete within 72 hours before your return to Canada.
For more information on measures in Canada and abroad:
Leave yourself plenty of time
Arrive at the airport early, with everything prepared! Once you arrive, give yourself time to check your bags and go through security. Check your carrier’s opening hours to arrive well in advance.
Our partner’s counters usually open at the following times:
- Air Canada: two (2) hours before the scheduled departure time
- Air France: three (3) hours before the scheduled departure time
- Air Inuit: one (1) and a half hours before scheduled departure time
- Air Transat: four (4) hours before the scheduled departure time
- American Airlines: two (2) hours before scheduled departure time
- PAL Airlines: two (2) hours before the scheduled departure time
- Pascan: one (1) hour and a half before the scheduled departure time
- Porter: two (2) hours before the scheduled time of departure
- Sunwing: three (3) hours before the scheduled departure time
- United Airlines: two (2) hours before the scheduled departure time
- WestJet: two (2) hours before scheduled departure time
Please note that airlines close their counters one (1) hour before boarding time. In addition, be aware that the opening hours of airlines check-in counters vary and may change at any time.
After that, you can enjoy the stores, restaurants, rest areas, and even massage chairs in the terminal. Visit our website to see the directory and opening hours.
Looking to make your wait even more enjoyable? Get a pass to the V.I.P Lounge by Club Med. Enjoy the constantly changing variety of all-you-can eat snacks and light meals, a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, complimentary high-speed WiFi and plenty of outlets for charging your devices. Buy your pass here.
In the meantime, if you have any further questions, please feel free to check our FAQ section.