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Lyon Airport Transportation

Located on the far east side of Lyon, the capital of France’s Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, Lyon-Saint-Exupéry International Airport is an efficient-sized airport known for its modern design and relatively easy access to the city. Make your trip through the east side easy by booking the right ride for the right situation, whether it’s a work function that can benefit from the hassle-free option of taxis, stretched limousines, and shared ride vans, or a family vacation that could use the added privacy of sedans, SUVs, vans, and buses.

LYS Transportation
With fast light rail connections via the on-site Gare de Lyon Saint-Exupéry Train Station, Lyon’s popular Rhonexpress tramway takes less than half an hour to reach downtown. Coach links are also available through surrounding French Alps ski resorts and small towns, while small electric cars are available for rent through an on-site pay station. Book a shuttle through either area shuttle or sedan companies to make things simple, also checking with nearby airport hotels for shuttle services before you book.

Shared Ride Van
For simple one-time rides to your hotel or resort, book a shared ride van with area shuttle companies, checking into the classic ambiance of Okko Hotels by the canal, or looking forward to the all-in-one amenities at Hotel Sofitel Lyon Bellecour.

Private Van
Get up to a dozen passengers through narrow streets and colorful roundabouts at your own pace, booking a private van with area transfer service providers to enjoy all the city’s luxuries, whether you’re taking the family to the centuries-old Lyon Zoo or interested in the 16th-century ambiance of Place de Jacobins.

Private Sedan
Those interested in Lyon’s intimate side should reserve a private sedan from local sedan providers, taking in the architecture of La Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière, which rests on a gorgeous downtown hilltop, afterward enjoying unique street art and busy passerby in the Mur des Canuts neighborhood.

Local Personal Drivers
Get to know the lay of the land from within, getting a local personal driver to show you Lyon’s most treasured backdrops, asking which canal-side cafés offer the quintessential French experience as well as where to get lost in the epic trails and greenery of surrounding national parks.

Private SUV
Move up to six passengers without wasting any time by booking a private SUV from area companies, trying your luck at treetop obstacle courses, the most popular being City Adventure and France Adventure, while looking forward to the seasonal joy of Mini World Lyon, famous for bringing the seasons to life with detailed miniature cities.

Taxi Cab
Those arriving to the Centre de Congrès de Lyon should get to the busy canal-side event center with a taxi, cutting down on time by skipping parking as well as bypassing the busiest roads. Also perfect for late-night lifts and red-eye flights, the ride’s commitment-free options make it the most reliable choice.

Stretched Limousine
See the upscale side of Lyon with a stretched limousine as your horse and chariot, witnessing it all by reserving with area limo providers ahead of time, whether it’s an opulent night at the Burgundy Lounge or a world-class performance at either the historic outdoor Gallo Roman Theater or the ornate accents inside Célestins, Theater of Lyon.

Chartered Bus
Those wanting to carry over a dozen passengers should get a chartered bus to make things easy as pie, enjoying expansive lookouts from a diverse array of locales, whether it be artifacts ranging from ancient to modern at The Lyon Museum of Fine Arts or a stroll through the expansive 19th-century lake and landscaping at Parc de la Tête d'Or.

LYS Airport Terminals
LYS Airport is a modern facility home to 3 separate terminals, each offering their own unique dynamic.

Terminal 1:
- Level 1: Check-in, child care facilities, strollers, play area, information desk, medical services, shops, and restaurants.
- Level 2: ATMs, banks, lounge areas, cafes, and duty-free shops.

Terminal 2:
- Level 1: Check-in, child care facilities, strollers, information desk, medical services, and games area.
- Level 2: Le Square (meeting area and shopping plaza), pharmacy, chapel, showers, restaurants, and spa services.

Terminal 3:
- Limited space – old terminal with few amenities.


Lyon Airport Shuttles

Located several miles east of downtown Lyon, Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport is about half an hour from downtown, making rides to where you need to be especially difficult if you’re relying on public transportation. Book a shuttle through either area shuttle or sedan providers instead, enjoying the sights with a ride you know is waiting.

Find out what part of the city you want to enjoy before scheduling your drop-off, choosing between the 9 arrondissements across town, from the water-bound excitement of 2nd to the shopping malls and museum of 3rd on the east side. For west, choose between the 9th or 5th, looking forward to a wide variety of ornate cathedrals, including the stoic hilltop views of La Basilique Notre Dame. For uptown elegance intertwined with the busy surroundings of Claude Bernard University, indulge in the riverside town of Villeurbanne.

Focus on your shuttle reservations ahead of time to make sure you don’t get left behind later, the easiest way to do so by printing out your confirmation email. Do the same with your hotel bookings, keeping all important documents somewhere safe, whether it’s in the pockets of your travel journal or stored away on a flash drive. Keep back-up scans of personal documents as well, storing away your passport, prescriptions, and driver’s license for easy access in the worst situations.

About Lyon-Saint-Exupéry International Airport
Located on the far east side of the city, Lyon-Saint-Exupéry International Airport is a little under 19 miles (30 km) from downtown, making nearby hotels especially convenient. The closest option is Hotel NH Lyon Airport, located in front of the facility and offering 4-star delights, plus easy access to the train station. Other nearby options can be found on Rue d'irlande, including upscale choices like Hotel Kyriad Lyon Aeroport and business-friendly options such as the 2-star Ibis Budget Hotel.

A massive facility with modern perks, delays at Lyon-Saint-Exupéry can easily be turned into something worthwhile. Grab some light breakfast and coffee at Confluences Café in Terminal 1, also enjoying some local reads at Monop Daily next door, or if you’re in Terminal 2, look forward to sit-down eats from Paul, afterward browsing through the many department stores and souvenir shops that make up Le Square, a vast shopping plaza located on the upper level of Terminal 2. Also home to private VIP lounges and huge waiting lounges, getting some quiet time is easy to find.Get to know the many surrounding parks and getaways on the east side if you plan to stay close to the airport, looking forward to the many natural backdrops that surround the region, from the massive acreage and greenery at Grand Par Miribel Jonage, which offers elevated trails, beaches, and lakeside golf courses, to the incredible lookouts from Chartreuse Natural Regional Park, famous for its coveted access to the French Alps. An especially popular eatery in the area is La Boucherie, a western-style steakhouse offering the perfect blend of casual and modern.

Lyon Destinations
As the capital of France’s scenic Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, Lyon is a beautiful city just west of the French Alps, offering an ethereal mixture of old architecture and modern art. Start the day with an idyllic stroll across Parc de la Tête d'or, home to classic 19th-century landscaping and tranquil lakes perfect for kicking off a honeymoon, afterward moving onto Place Bellecour, a renowned public plaza that offers easy access to downtown cafes, museums, and a seasonal ice-skating rink. Explore the city’s adornment of the arts as well, enjoying a walk through the Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon for instant access to an old abbey filled with astounding works, afterward enjoying the detailed miniature sets and old film artifacts at the Movies & Miniature Museum.

Consider some family-friendly locales before ending the day, choosing between the thousands of fishes at the Aquarium du Grand Lyon, or the world’s many exotic creatures from Lyon Zoo, a pillar of the city since the 19th century. End the evening with a stunning view of the skyline from Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière, located west of downtown and offering historic towers that show the city’s unique glow at dusk. Behind the famed church is the Ancient Theatre of Fourvière, a relic of ancient Rome now used for concerts and festivals so loud the entire city can hear. Be sure to try some classic French cuisine at Restaurant Le Musée as well, trying eclectic dishes in a space known for its home-cooked meals and one-on-one chef time before each meal.

Lounges at Lyon Airport
- Hegoa Lounge: Located in terminal 1. Perks include free Wifi, drinks, reading material, and TVs.
- Dzhari Lounge: Located in Terminal 2. Perks include free Wifi, reading material, drinks, and TVs.
- Solano Lounge: Located in Terminal 2. Perks include free Wifi, reading material, drinks, and TVs.

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