Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport
Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport was renamed in 2000 after the French aviation pioneer and writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, and uses the official code of LYS. This modern, well equipped airport is 13 miles east of Lyon. Serving 8.5 million passengers per year, LYS has become France’s 4th busiest airport, in France’s 2nd largest city.
Terminal Information & Amenities
Two twin-level airport buildings house three terminals. Arrivals are on the lower floor and departures are on the upper level. Information Desks are located in Terminal 2, Departures 3; Terminal 1, Arrivals B; and, the main information point is located in the Central Hall between terminals.
Amenities provided in the airport include a business center with 11 meeting rooms and space for 80 people; private office, secretarial services, audio-visual equipment, ATMs, currency exchange, post office, and VIP lounge. There are facilities to leave your luggage, a travel agent, chemist, showers, and a 24-hour medical centre. Above the connecting hall is the four-star Sofitel Hotel, while two other hotels are within 800 meters of the airport terminals.
Transportation & Parking at Lyon-Saint Exupery Airport
Lyon Saint-Exupéry accommodates multiple forms of transportation in and out of the airport. Transport services used include personal automobiles, TGV (high speed train), Rhônexpress (light rail train), taxis, buses, rental cars, and motorbikes.
Easily accessible by car, the airport’s car parks accommodate 10,000 vehicles. Car parks P0, P1, P2, and P6 provide parking for less than 3 days. P5 parking is long term, 3-90 days.
Free shuttle service is provided to and from car parks P5 and P6 every 10 minutes. Car park payments are made at machines in the parking areas, or at the Car Park Information Desk in the airport. Have your parking ticket with you. A drop-off area is in front of Terminal 2.
The TGV high-speed train station is located in front of the terminal buildings. It is connected to the terminals by a walkway, and escalators at the back leading down into the main concourse. The Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport was the first in France to be served by the high-speed train station.
TGV has daily direct connections to Paris, and the French Alps and the South of France regions. There is convenient parking over the train station in car park P6, and a drop-off area in front of the station. This wing-like structure, costing 750 million francs to build, was opened in 1994.
The Rhônexpress links the Lyon Saint-Exupéry TGV station with Lyon’s main station, Lyon Part-Dieu, in less than 30 minutes. Service is provided every 15 minutes, and tickets can be bought on-line, at station ticket vending machines, or from the Steward. Lyon Part-Dieu is the main station for France’s high-speed train.
Taxis are found outside of Terminal 1 and operate 24/7. Credit card logos displayed represent the credit cards accepted. Trip costs and extra charges are displayed at the start of your trip.
Several times a day, the Satobus network connects the airport to mountain resorts and cities in the Rhône-Alps region. The coach station is in front of the Central Hall and reservations are required. Book on-line or at the ticketing desk in the Hall.
LYS houses six car rental companies across from car park P5. Free shuttle transfer is provided, and the busses are color coded for each terminal. There is a petrol station at the airport.
Motorbike taxi services travel to the city and railway stations. They can be used to deliver letters or small packages. Available for 1-4 people and allowing one cabin bag, a laptop and 1 backpack per person. Equipment provided includes helmets and protective gear. Reservations are required.