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Aeroport de Lyon St Exupery
BP 113
69125 Lyon St exupery Aeroport

Airport Code:  LYS

Tel: 0826 800826

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Lyon - LYS

Lyon airport informationFrance’s second city has, as you would expect, an important airport just 25km to the east of the city is Lyon airport.

The two terminals are linked by a central hub containing most of the facilities.

Inside the terminal at Lyon airport is a team of “Airport Helpers”.  Identified by their badges these people are there to offer assistance if you have a problem in the building - from losing your luggage to simply finding the toilets. 

Be aware that there are two airports designated “Lyon Airport”.  The other, smaller one, Lyon –Bron, is mainly a business airport.

Lyon Airport Car Hire

Overwhelmed by the choice of car hire at Lyon airport?  Then read our guide to getting the cheapest delas for Lyon Airport Car Hire and for an immediate online quote.

All the big names are here: Avis at Lyon airport,  Budget at Lyon Airport,  Europcar at Lyon airport, National/Citer at Lyon Airport,  Hertz at Lyon Airport and Sixt at Lyon Airport. 

The car hire desks for Lyon airport car hire are just in front of you as you exit baggage reclaim in terminal 2.

Lyon Airport Arrivals

Most international Lyon airport arrivals come in at terminal 2.  There are airbridges available but some low cost airlines do not use them. 

The main facilities of the airport are found in the central hub of the terminal on level 1.  Lyon airport arrivals gain access through extensions on either side of the building.  This means there is some walking involved on arrival at Lyon airport.

The different levels are linked by escalators, lifts and stairs.  Conveniently, the luggage trolleys will accept either a 1 euro coin or a £1 coin. Live details of incoming flights can be found on our Lyon Airport Arrivals page.

Lyon Airport Departures

Lyon St Exupery is a busy airport and you need to check  the screens to find your correct check-in desk for Lyon airport departures.

The departure lounges are on the first floor which is the main floor of the building.  There is plenty to do in the terminal, (see Lyon Airport Bars and Restaurants and Lyon Airport Shops) so don’t be in too much of a hurry to get through security at Lyon airport departures.  Check the screens for your gate number and then follow the signs.

Live information of all outgoing flights are shown on our Lyon Airport Departures page.

Lyon Airport Taxis

Taxis at Lyon airport wait outside the main arrivals lounge linking terminals 1 and 2.  Expect to pay roughly 50 euros into the city for a 40 to 50 minute journey.

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Grenoble is about 1 hour away by road.  You could well find it more economical and convenient to hire a car.  The best deals around can be found by reading our guide to Lyon Airport Car Hire.

Lyon Airport Transfers

Lyon airport transfers can be a nice way of getting from Lyon airport to your destination if you don't fancy Lyon airport car hire or getting a shuttle bus. Friends of mine have used holiday taxis loads of times and swear by them so you might like to get an online quote from them for your Lyon airport transfer.

Lyon Airport Buses

There are Lyon airport buses to a large number of destinations including Lyon, Annecy, Aix les Bains, Valence and Grenoble.  There is an information and ticket sales desk for buses at Lyon airport on the ground floor near arrival gate 17.

Lyon Airport Trains

Lyon airport trains offer a direct link to the magnificent TGV station which in theory gives acces to most of the major towns in the country.  In practice few trains seem to stop there and the large, impressive building is mostly deserted. So if you're thinking of using Lyon airport trains think carefully.

You can always visit the French rail's English website for more information.

Lyon Airport Parking

There is a huge amount of Lyon airport parking available.  A shuttle bus connects the furthest Lyon airport car parks to the terminal. 

P0 and P1 are covered and start at 6.50 euros per hour.  P2 is short stay, P6 is ideal up to 3 days but for longer than that choose P5. 

It is possible to reserve your parking space on line.  Go to and follow the links to E park.

Lyon Airport Bars and Restaurants

There are about a dozen Lyon airport bars and restaurants as well as cafés to choose from ranging from quick snack bars to smart restaurants offering the superb lyonaise cuisine of the region. 

Many Lyon airport bars and restaurants are in the public areas but in the departure lounges also it is possible to eat and drink whilst waiting for your flight. 

Take the escalator up to the second floor and you will find Espace le Bec which has, in addition to the restaurant, a comfortable bar/lounge with fewer crowds than downstairs.  Above this is the Sofitel hotel.

Lyon Airport Shops

A shoppers paradise!  That's what Lyon airport shops have been called.

The ten or so names offer in excess of twenty actual outlets where you can buy a huge range of products from a humble newspaper to exotic gifts.  Duty-free Lyon airport shops are found in the departure lounges. 

Before you buy though, remember, if you are departing, you have to get it through security.

Lyon Weather

Lyon marks the beginning of Le Midi – the southernmost third of France.  There is a noticeable improvement in between Lyon airport weather and the UK.

Summers will be warmer and although the winters can be cold, they are generally shorter and much brighter than is found further north.  For a look at the current weather at Lyon airport as well as a ten day forecast click on our Lyon Weather page.

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