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Lyon Airport Bus

Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport (LYS), also known as Lyon Satolas Airport, is the international airport serving the third biggest city in France. It is situated  in Colombier-Saugnieu, 20 kilometres from the centre of Lyon. The most common airline companies on this airport are Air France and EasyJet. Annually, more than 11 million passengers pass through the Lyon Airport and the number is rising every year.

How to get from Lyon Airport to Lyon

Airport shuttle

This airport is particular because it doesn’t have shuttle bus to the city centre, but instead, it has the so-called Rhone Express tram.

  • The journey lasts about half an hour and the single ticket costs €13.60 for youth between 12-25 and €16.30 for adults, which is a bit pricey, even for French standards.
  • The tram runs every 15 minutes from 6:00-21:00, and every half an hour from 21:00-5:00.
  • Tickets can be bought online, at vending machines or on board (the most expensive option).
  • The tram connects the airport with Gare Lyon Part-Dieu, the main train station.

NOTE: There is an option of buying a Lyon City Card, a 1, 2, 3 or 4-day pass for an unlimited access to public transport, including the airport transfer. It also includes access to museums, various tours, river cruises and more. Check the prices and order your card here.

Taxi services

Since there is no other mean of public transport to get to the city centre besides the express tram, you can get yourself a taxi as an alternative option.

  • The price of the journey to Lyon Part-Dieu station is €45-50 by day, and €65-70 by night
  • To Lyon centre – €50-55 by day and €65-70 by night


Probably the most convenient option is booking a door-to-door transfer, especially if you are in a larger group or you need direct transport to your accommodation. The drivers will wait for you outside the terminal with your name sign. Don’t worry if your flight is late, since it is being monitored by the transfer company.

Renting a car at Lyon airport

Car rental companies available at Lyon Airport include Hertz, Europcar, Enterprise if you decide to rent it on spot. Alternatively, you can also book your car online.

Renting a bus at Lyon airport

If you are travelling in a larger group, and you want to visit the surrounding area, you might consider renting a bus. You should contact the bus rental agency at least a couple of weeks in advance, to arrange all the details (like the pick-up point at the airport).

Direct routes from LYS:

LYS – Paris LYS – Annecy LYS – Dijon LYS – Grenoble
LYS – Avignon LYS – Valence LYS – Marseille LYS – Geneva

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Accommodation near Lyon Airport

Lyon Airport FAQs

I arrive late at the airport. Will it be a problem for me to get to the city?

No, the express tram runs frequently but in case you miss all the departures, you can always call an official airport taxi which operates 24/7.

I have an early morning departure from the airport, are there any airport hotels I can stay at?

The nearest hotel located directly in front of the airport – Hotel NH Lyon Airport (4*) and it has free Wi-Fi. There is a fee for the hotel parking.

I would like to spend one day in Lyon in between flights. Is that possible?

Yes, of course. The best way to do so is to take the express tram. You can leave your luggage at the luggage storage facility located at the airport.

I am continuing my journey outside Lyon. Are there any direct bus lines from the airport to other cities?

There are numerous direct routes from the airport, as some of them can be found in the table above, but you can search for any other desired route directly on GetByBus.

Can I exchange money at the airport to pay for my transfer?

Yes, the ATMs and exchange service are located at Terminal 1 and 2, but it would be better to exchange the money before the trip and have some euros on you since the rate will be a lot higher on the spot and no currency other than euro is accepted.

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