Airport Guide to Lyon-Saint Exupery (LYS)

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Airport Name
Lyon-Saint Exupery Airport

Airport Location
The airport is located 15 miles from Lyon.



+33 (0)4 2600 7007, from abroad.

Airport Overview

Lyon-Saint Exupery International Airport (LYS) is located 15 miles from the city center of Lyon. Easily accessible via the direct high-speed train lines from Marseille and Paris, its location gives travelers a wonderful opportunity to explore three of France’s most vibrant cities without having to do too much traveling.

Lyon-Saint Exupery International Airport also caters for younger travelers, providing them with “Space Games” areas to play in – a welcome distraction for parents who need to entertain energetic kids.

Lyon-Saint Exupery Airport, formerly Lyon Satolas Airport, is named after French pilot and writer Antoine de Saint-Exupery. It’s an important transport hub for the Rhone-Alpes region which includes Burgundy (Bourgogne) and the westernmost parts of the Alps.

The fourth-busiest airport in France, flights to Lyon-Saint Exupery Airport come from all over the globe. Passengers consistently rate the airport highly as it is modern, efficient and easy to navigate.

Terminal Transfer

The airport has two terminals connected by a free bus shuttle service.

Getting into Town

Taxi: You can find taxis in the designated pickup area outside Terminal 1.

Train: Passengers can board the TGV from the train station, which is connected to the main airport buildings. The TGV departs from Lyon-Saint Exupery to a number of French cities at regular intervals. Please consult the airport’s guide for more specific information.

Bus: There are regular buses into Lyon, as well as other main cities in the region.

Car Parking

The airport has several short- and long-term options available for those traveling by car. The parking areas further away from the terminals are serviced by a free bus shuttle service every ten minutes.

Information Desks

The airport has a designated information center in the heart of the building to provide travelers with a range of services.

Airport Facilities

Money and communications: There are six ATMs located at the entrances of both terminals, currency exchange in Le Center, and a post office.

Luggage: Baggage services available at Lyon-Saint Exupery include a luggage check, left luggage and a dry-cleaning service. There’s also a luggage-wrapping service that costs €8 per bag and is available from 6am to 8pm daily.

Conference and business: There’s a range of business services, including a designated business center, meeting rooms, secretarial services and even working lunches.

Shopping: Lyon-Saint Exupery International Airport has a wide variety of shops to browse through before your flight. From fashion, accessories, perfumes and cosmetics to the duty-free section, there’s something in the airport for everyone. The airport also has a bookshop, newsstand, jewelry store, toy shop and delicatessen.

Food and drink: As is to be expected, Lyon’s primary airport has a number of restaurants and bars where travelers can relax and enjoy some superb French cuisine. Choose from a brasserie, cookie shop, Pizza Hut and a few cafes to a selection of bars and restaurants in the food village.

Other facilities: There are good disabled facilities, but travelers with special needs need to inform their airline before arrival of any special requests.

Wi-Fi: There are Wi-Fi zones available in the airport, but they’re not free. Ask the local staff regarding the pricing plans. There’s also a multimedia lounge with Internet stations.

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Airport Guide to Lyon-Saint Exupery (LYS) was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Amanda Festa
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