Are you planning on fighting traffic to get back home or are you planning on staying in the downtown core?
Taylor Swift will be in Vancouver for her hugely popular Eras Tour next year — but you might want to book your downtown accommodation soon.
While the songstress won’t be performing until December 2024, people from around the world will likely travel to the city to see her perform. She’s playing three concerts at BC Place and they will undoubtedly sell out.
While you will definitely want to snag your concert tickets as soon as they become available, you won’t be able to book a downtown accommodation right away. In some cases, hotel rooms can’t be booked more than a year in advance.
You might want to book a hotel near the venue if you don’t want to drive home after the big night. Also, it will be difficult to get a taxi or use a ride-hailing app since everyone will be exiting BC Place around the same time.
When should I book accommodation for the Taylor Swift concert in Vancouver?
For a stay with a waterfront view, The Fairmont Pacific Rim doesn’t have booking availability listed online beyond November 2024. However, it is constantly updating its website, meaning that you will be able to book in the upcoming month or so. If you are looking to stay at a popular, posh accommodation like this, it will likely be booked quickly. It isn’t located beside the concert venue but it is located by the Waterfront SkyTrain Station, which is only one stop away. Keep in mind, however, that the SkyTrain will likely be pretty packed following the show.
There are several accommodations located closer to BC Place, but they are also unavailable for booking at this time. The YMCA Vancouver is adjacent to the venue, offering the best price in the surrounding area for a hotel stay. Prices typically start at just under $140 but include a “shared bathroom.” Rooms with private ones start at about $20 more. Other options in a slightly higher price range include the nearby boutique Georgian Court Hotel and the Sandman Hotel Vancouver.
For a slightly nicer stay, the Hotel BLU Vancouver is a luxury hotel that features “elegant suites and exclusive two-story New York style loft units” within steps of BC Place.
Other accommodations are already available to book for this time period, however, such as apartments and rooms in private accommodations.
You can also book accommodation located in the city centre — or in nearby cities like Burnaby and North Vancouver — but you will face crowds on the SkyTrain or long waits getting a ride.
Once you have tickets secured, select a handful of places you’d like to stay. If your top picks aren’t available, you can call reservations to ask if you can book directly. If not, ask when they expect that they will and check back around that time.
Accommodation prices around concert dates
The Grammy Award winner has a dedicated fanbase across the globe. When she announced her Toronto concerts on Aug. 3, flight searches to Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) saw a soaring 5,000 per cent increase, while searches for hotels shot up a whopping 8,000 per cent for the week of Nov. 14 to Nov. 16, 2024, according to Expedia.
The online travel agency notes that this sharp increase happened in the “first five days after the tour dates were announced compared to the 14 days before.”
There was also an increased interest in Toronto flights (up 2,000 per cent) and hotels (up 2,000 per cent) for the second round of shows from Nov. 21 to Nov. 23, 2024.
Swift will play six shows in Toronto, with the first kicking off on Nov. 14, 2024.
Since hotel pricing is based on availability, pricing for the night of the first Toronto show is already higher than the 2023 ones.
South of the border, hotel prices have increased by 50 per cent to 75 per cent in places like Seattle, Los Angeles, and Minneapolis when the “Look What You Made You Do” singer is in town.
Following these averages, Vancouverites can expect to see hotel prices start at over $300 per night (compared to around $150) and run up well over $1,000, depending on the type of accommodation you book.