Lyon airport guide

Formerly named Lyon Satolas, Lyon-Saint Exupery (LYN) is now the third biggest airport in France. It is situated 20 km east south east of Lyon city centre and has good access from the Alps by road and a train station with a direct link to Paris and Marseille.

In 2013 Lyon airport served over 8,500,000 passengers, which was an increase of over 1 % on the previous year.

The airport has three terminals, terminal 3 being the main hub for low cost airlines and this shows with the lack of facilities provided here for passengers.

If you have waiting time there is a lot more to do in terminals 1 and 2 with some great bars and restaurants spread throughout the modern building. Shopping includes the usual duty free, high tech stores and plenty of jewellers and watch shops.

Located close to the airport are several hotels so if you need to catch an early flight this can be a good option to make your morning a little more sociable. Try the NH Hotel and the Ibis Hotel both very close to the airport.

Passenger Information:

  • Give your self plenty of time to walk between terminals as it is quite a distance.
  • Give yourself plenty of time to walk between security and boarding.
  • Baggage trolleys are available in the car parks and accept 1 euros coins. Free tokens are also available at the arrival hall.
  • British Airways flies to Lyon as well as Flybe, Easyjet and KLM to name a few. Lyon is the furthest distance from ski resorts but due to the route being mostly motorway takes about the same as Grenoble.

Lyon airport transfers

Mountain Rescue offer Lyon airport transfers, 7 days a week, to all of the ski resorts in the Tarentaise valley.

Tignes, Val d’Isère, Saint Foy, Les Arcs, La Plagne, Meribel, Courchevel, Val Thorens and many more.

For more information about the route and transfer times go to our transfer routes page.

Lyon airport transfers

Useful links for Lyon airport

LYON AIRPORT INFORMATION: Official airport site in English

LYON TRAIN STATION: Lyon saint Exupéry TGV information and connections

Lyon airport location

Zoom in on the MR pins to view the Mountain Rescue pick-up point in Lyon airport.

Lyon airport snow forecast

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