Getting Into Lyon

Getting Into Lyon - Lyon, France

Lyon-Saint Exupéry airport, to the east of the city, is serviced by several European carriers like Aer Lingus, British Airways and Luftansa, as well as low-cost carrier EasyJet. For those who prefer traveling by train, we’ll outline how to get around from each of the three main stations.

By bus

The Satobus shuttle bus runs from the airport to the city center, making stops at two of the main train stations, Gare Lyon Part-Dieu and Gare Lyon Perrache. The journey takes between 35 and 50 minutes, depending on where you get off.

Buses depart from the airport every 20 minutes between 6 AM and 11:40 PM. A one-way ticket costs €8.90.

By taxi

Multiple taxi companies offer service between the airport and the city center. Fares vary depending on distance traveled, number of passengers, amount of luggage and time of day, but should run between €30 and €55 to the city center. There is a taxi stand between terminals 1 and 2 and another outside the airport train station.

Learn more about Lyon’s airport on the official website.

Arriving by Train

Lyon has three main train stations: Gare Lyon Saint Exupéry at the airport, Gare Lyon Part-Dieu on the east bank of the Rhone River and Gare Lyon Perrache on the west bank. TGVs and local and regional trains service all three stations.

Trains at the airport train station arrive from Paris and Milan, as well as around the Rhone-Alpes region and along the French coast. The station is open from Monday to Saturday from 6 AM to 10 PM and on Sunday from 7:10 AM to 10 PM. It should be noted that there are no connections by train between Saint Exupéry and the stations within the Lyon city center, so use the airport shuttle or a taxi to reach your hotel from here.

Gare Lyon Part-Dieu provides service to such destinations as Paris, Normandy, Marseille, Dijon, Nice and Brussels, as well as regional destinations. The station is located at 5 Place Charles Béraudieropen and is open every day from 5 AM to 12:45 AM. Metro line B, the T1 tram, the C1 and C3 Cristalis trolleybuses, and several bus lines all stop at this station.

Those arriving from Paris, Bordeaux, Strasbourg and towns in the Rhone-Alpes region come into Gare Lyon Perrache, found at 14 Cours de Verdun. The station is open from 4:45 AM to 12:30 AM from Monday through Saturday, closing at 1:30 AM on Sundays and holidays. Transfer here to Metro line A, the T1 or T2 tram lines, or one of several city buses.

Flying into Lyon

Visit our Lyon budget flights section for more information on low-cost airlines flying into and out of Lyon.

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