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Airport: Saint Exupéry - LYS
some twenty kilometres to the east
of the city of Lyon, beside the outer orbital motorway A432, just to
the north of the A43 Lyon-Grenoble motorway.
It is also easily accessible from the Lyon-Geneva and
Lyon-Bourg-en-Bresse motorway, as well as from other motorways in the
Lyon is France's second city, and Lyon
Saint Exupéry airport
known as Lyon Satolas, and airport code LYS) is one of the
provincial airports in France. It serves a whole sector of central and
central eastern France, and is the most convenient major airport for
the Rhone Alpes
region of France, and parts of the neighbouring regions of Burgundy
It is very easily accessible from the cities of Lyon, Grenoble,
Chambery, St. Etienne and Valence.
a choice of hotels in and around Lyon
There are two
hotels actually on the airport at Lyon Saint Exupéry, the
four star NH
and the three star Comfort
hotel.. The next closest hotel is the ** Campanile
4 km from the terminal buildings.. but there is no free shuttle.
Otherwise, choose a hotel in or near Lyon
► Access to Lyon airport by fast tram
The airport offers easy and rapid access to and from the
Rhonexpress light-rail link in just 29 minutes, with
services every 15 minutes. The Rhonexpress airport shuttle takes you
directly to Lyon Part-Dieu station, Lyon's main train station.
Access to Lyon airport by TGV train
St. Exupery Airport also has its own high-speed rail line,
offering direct TGV connections with Paris, Provence, Annecy,
Valence, other parts of southern France, and even Turin.
TGV services are far more frequent from Lyon Part-Dieu station.
The Airport has parking space
for over 6000 cars, though rates are
relatively expensive. There are private operators offering car parking
a short distance from the airport, at considerably cheaper rates.
Of the official airport car parks, Lyon airport's "e-Park" is
cheaper than other airport parkings (45 € for up to 1 week, 55
to 2 weeks + reservation fee).
Finding clear information on Lyon airport's official
is not easy – and the site is notoriously
lacking in transparency on parking tariffs.
off and picking up
, the very-short-stay carpark
located in front of Terminal 2 (photo right), offers 20
FREE parking, but after that the rates are exorbitant, 1 euro every
four minutes extra. Be warned! This parking area is just a
metres from the terminal building, so twenty minutes is quite long
enough to accompany someone into the terminal, say goodbye, and return
to one's car, or else meet an arriving visitor at a pre-arranged time.
Car hire and rental
The major car-hire companies all provide full services at this airport;
smaller local suppliers also offer services at Saint
Exupéry, often at
cheaper rates - though check out a range
of car hire companies
Lyon is a provincial airport, so terminals are not far apart. The three
terminals can be easily reached on foot from the "depose minute" car
park, and from each other.
The Airport authorities recommend checking in at least one hour before
your flight is due to depart.
Lyon Saint Exupéry airport has developed considerably in
► There are
scheduled flights to many countries in Western and central Europe, and
Scandinavia, including flights to London
Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted.
are regular flights to and from New
York (Air France / Delta), and Montreal and Toronto (Air
companies operate scheduled flights to the Mediterranean area (Europe,
North Africa) and to Eastern
has established a hub at Lyon, with a dozen regular destinations and
other seasonal ones.
There are also a large number of charter flights
serving holiday destinations.
Official Lyon Airport website