Quebec City’s Jean Lesage International Airport handles 1.7 million passengers a year. Quebec City has direct flights to and from over 30 destinations across eastern Canada, the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Europe operated by 10 airlines including Air Canada, Air Inuit, Air Transat, American Airlines, PASCAN, Porter, PAL Airlines, Sunwing Airlines, United, and WestJet. Generally, it is a pretty quiet airport and only the 12th busiest in all of Canada.
Airport Code, Location, and Contact Information
Quebec City’s Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB) is named after a former Quebec Prime Minister who served from 1960 to 1966. It's located in Sainte-Foy, a suburban neighborhood west of downtown Quebec City.
Know Before You Go
Since Quebec City’s Jean Lesage International Airport has only one terminal, all departures and arrivals, domestic or international, go through there. Arriving domestic passengers enter by the western end of the terminal, while international passengers must go through Canadian customs before entering the eastern end of the terminal.
From 2006 to 2008, the airport underwent major modernization work to increase the terminal’s capacity and substantially enhance the level of passenger service. The airport’s new configuration was completed just in time for the start of Quebec City’s 400th anniversary, in June 2008. In 2016, the airport underwent more construction to improve the airport by doubling the size of the terminal and improve the passenger experience with a self-service customs area, automated bag drop off, and dynamic signs.
In 2019, a brand area opened in the international arrivals area of the airport, which honors the culture of the Huron-Wendat Nation. The space illustrates an indigenous village with a traditional canoe and contemporary photographs of members of the nation. The exhibition is part of an effort to introduce international travelers to Quebec's original inhabitants and worth checking out if you have some time.
Quebec City Airport Parking
The airport’s only parking lot is directly in front of the terminal. A number of parking spaces near the terminal entrance are reserved for persons with reduced mobility and vehicles must display a valid handicapped parking license to be allowed to park there. Updated rates can be found on the airport website, where you can also reserve and book your parking space in advance.
If you are picking someone up from the airport, you can avoid parking fees by going to the cellphone waiting area called CellPARQ. Here, you can wait in your car for free until you receive a call or text from the person you are picking up.
Getting to the airport from downtown Quebec City is a 9 mile (15 km) ride that takes about 20 minutes by car or taxi. The airport is also accessible from Quebec City’s main highways (20 and 40) as well as from the Quebec Bridge. Traffic is rarely an issue, but plan for extra time around rush hour.
Car rental companies Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, and National/Alamo all rent out cars at Quebec City’s Jean Lesage International Airport. Their service desks are located on the main floor of the airport’s administrative building, right across the drop-off lane. There is a covered and heated pedestrian walkway that allows passengers to cross over safely from the terminal’s second floor.
Public Transportation and Taxis
It's not very practical to opt for public transportation since the bus routes will not take you directly to the city center, but there are a number of ways to get from the airport to downtown Quebec City.
- There are two buses you can take from the Quebec City Airport. Route 76 will connect you to the bus and train station in Sainte-Foy and Route 80 will take you to Les Saules terminus, from which you can connect to another bus that will take you to Old Quebec or other neighborhoods. The public transportation authority (the RTC) has vending machines onsite.
- Taxis are readily available at the airport’s terminal, but they are notoriously expensive. There are two fixed rates: the first covers the downtown area and the second covers a small perimeter surrounding the airport and allows visitors to get to nearby restaurants and hotels. All other areas are charged by meter.
- Uber is available at the Quebec City Airport.
Where to Eat and Drink
The airport does not have a large range of dining options. Before and after security, you can grab coffee and croissant or a small meal at Café Origine. After security, you can also grab a slice of pizza at Pidz or a coffee at Starbucks.
The Quebec City Airport has one VIP Lounge, which is open to passengers who belong to loyalty programs or pay general admission from 3:30 a.m to 9 p.m. The modern lounge is located on the left-hand side after security on the second floor and is equipped with a conference room, business center, refreshments, and free Wi-Fi, which may be useful if the general airport Wi-Fi is being slow.
Wi-Fi and Charging Stations
A reliable wireless high-speed internet connection is accessible for free to all passengers in all sections of the terminal. Smartphone charging stations are located throughout the terminal.
Airport Tips and Tidbits
The airport is small but does feature a number of additional amenities for travelers:
- A currency exchange kiosk is located near the entrance of the airport on Level 1.
- On Level 2, you'll find the largest selection of restaurants, cafes, and bars.
- The Duty-Free boutique, for international passengers only, can be found on Level 2 near the escalator.
- The family zone includes a play area for children between Gates 29 and 30.
- There is a business center with 14 free-to-use desks available for passengers after security.
- If you need store luggage or check your coat, you can do so at the Information Booth on Level 1 before passing through security.