a VirtualTourist member from London
I have a 3.5 hour layover at the airport mid afternoon and was hoping for some suggestions for what to do.
Is there anything interesting to see nearby?
I am considering going into town for a few hours but am worried about missing flight due to traffic so would prefer something more local to the airport.
3.5 hours might seem like a long time but it's not. First of all you spend about 30 min leaving the plane and going to the waiting area (that is if the plane arrives on time). Then when you go outside, you have to try and get some transport somewhere and then head back to the airport... I wouldn't recommend you to leave the airport. Take a good book with you and have a nice meal while you wait.
Nothing really interesting nearby. A cab ride into town will run maybe 20 minutes. I wouldn't worry about traffic. We're talking about Newfoundland.
YYT is a really small airport, so getting past security doesn't take much time at all. There are always plenty of taxis out there also.
If you end up doing this, I would plan on staying about 90 minutes, at the most, in town. You can walk around, see the city, maybe grab a bit to eat or a drink (great bars in town). Signal Hill and the Battery may also be worth checking out. If you do that, take the cab up to Signal Hill and walk back down. It'll be easier for you.
Near the airport, there's Torbay, which is very, very pretty but, honestly, there's really not much there, so I don't know what you would do without a car.
There's also the question of what to do with your luggage. If you're okay with walking around with it, then that's fine, but it's a pain, especially with the hills in central St John's. Then there's the weather. Newfoundland, the Atlantic-facing side especially, has weather that can turn on a dime. It's very likely that you'll encounter a quick rain storm. There's also a good chance that it'll be relatively cold, even in the summer.
Hope that helps.
Thanks [VT member 93f85], looks like a book then