How to reach Lyon


Arriving to Lyon by plane


Lyon has two airports: Lyon Saint-Exupéry International Airport and Lyon-Bron Business Airport.

Find all the practical information you need to access the different airports or the city centre of Lyon from Saint-Exupéry airport. Have a nice trip!

Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport

Terminal 1 :

Terminal 1 receives regular and low-cost airlines, such as EasyJet. Twenty or so new retail outlets and restaurants, relaxation areas and a children’s play area supplement existing facilities in the other terminals: numerous restaurants, bars, boutiques duty free stores, services (car rental, etc.), meeting rooms, and two hotels.

Please note: Terminal 2 is currently closed for renovation. All activity is being transferred to Terminal 1.

Short and long-term parking (14,700 parking spaces and 2,000 member-only spaces) and shuttle services that link the airport to the main regional towns and cities. Lyon-Saint-Exupéry TGV train station is directly accessible from Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, and the close proximity of the motorway makes this airport very accessible.
All the informations on the website of Lyonaeroports



The tram service connects Rhônexpress Lyon Part-Dieu in Lyon to St Exupery Airport in less than 30 minutes guaranteed.
It provides this transportation service 365 days a year!

- Departure every quarter hour from 6 am to 9 pm.

- Departures every half hour from 4.25 am to 6 am and from 9 pm to midnight.

All practical information (schedule, prices, online ticketing) on the website of Rhônexpress.

Going to the Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport by bus

You can get to the airport by taking two bus lines to the airport stop:

-  Bus line 47: service provided from 5.30am to 11.40pm, every 30 minutes, journey time from Meyzieu ZI (T3 tramway terminus) to the airport: 35 minutes. See the route and timetable of line 47.

-  Bus line 48: service provided from 6.30am to 8.30pm, every 35 minutes, journey time from Bornicat to the airport: 30 minutes. See the route and timetable of line 48.

All the information on the website of TCL.


Arriving to Lyon by train


3 TGV train stations and a network of TER regional trains: something for everyone!

With 2 stations in the city center including Part-Dieu and Perrache, you will be sure to find your way in and out of the city. The TGV or fast speed train places Lyon in the center of Europe today: 2 hours from Paris (a train every 30 minutes), 3 hours from Lille, 1.40 hour from Marseille (22 round trips daily), 5 hours from London (by Eurostar) and 5.10 hours from Barcelone. The TGV also serves Chambéry, Annecy and Brussels as well as many other European cities...

Good train plans

SNCF-CONNECT offers you the opportunity to book your train tickets online at reduced prices to more than 30 destinations in France, from or to Lyon.  More information on the SNCF website.

OUIGO offers low-cost fares from €10 for a one-way trip and a single, fixed fare of €5 for children. More information on the OUIGO website.
TRAINLINE offers travel throughout Europe by combining the fares of different carriers, taking into account the discount cards available in the 19 countries covered by their offer. More information on the TrainLine website.
TRENITALIA offers to book train tickets from or to the following cities: Lyon (Part-Dieu and Perrache), Paris, Chambéry, Modane, Bardonecchia, Turin and Milan. Accessibility, comfort and quality made to measure, the Dolce Vita at high speed. More information on the TrenItalia website.

A dense TER network

Consult all the information on the regional public transport network: routes, timetables on the Oura website.

You can find more information on the TER Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes network as well as the full range of regional fares and exclusive promotional offers on the TER-SNCF website

To prepare your trip: choose and book the best mode of transport: train, bus and their combinations on the TicTacTrip website.


Arriving to Lyon by car


It is not complicated as Lyon is really well served by its major roadways and highways

You can travel on the vast motorway to get to your destination quickly by taking the toll roads, or can take your time by using the national roads which are free. You can choose either route to arrive in Lyon by car.

Indeed, the city is the center of a vast road network of over 1000 km, which connects Lyon to all major cities in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region and to major European cities:

- From Geneva: it takes 2 hours to Lyon
- From Clermont-Ferrand: 2 hours to Lyon 
- From the ski resorts in the French Alps: roughly 2 hours and 15 minutes to Lyon
- From Turin or Marseille: it takes 3 hours and 10 minutes to arrive in Lyon
- From Paris: it takes 4 hours and 30 minutes to arrive in Lyon
- From Barcelona: it takes 6 hours and a quarter to arrive in Lyon. 


To find out about traffic conditions and choose your route and travelling times accordingly. See road traffic in Lyon in real time, or get traffic forecasts on the Coraly website or L'Agence des Mobilités to find out all about the public transport system servicing Lyon’s surrounding urban sectors.

To see the number of places available in the relay parks :

You can also check out the Flixbus website for affordable travel.

Prefer to car share? Go to the Klaxit website or Blablacar (in French).

To get about in Lyon and the outskirts of the city, opt for En Covoit' (in French)

Prepare your trip: book trains, buses and their combination on the TicTacTrip website
Safe journey!