Lyon Saint Exupéry, formerly known as Lyon Satolas, is used by many people to for ski holidays but also operates during the summer months too.
Resorts in the Southern Alps (2 Alpes & Alpe d'Huez) are around a 2 hour drive from Lyon, the Haute Savoie (Chamonix, Morzine & Avoriaz) and 3 Valleys resorts (Courchevel, Meribel & Val Thorens) take about 2.5 hours, resorts in the Espace Killy (tignes & Val d'Isere) or Paradiski (Les Arcs & La Plagne) can be reached in about 3 hours and Verbier takes just a little longer at 3 hours 15. The timings are just a guide though, as lots of traafic and snow can often delay driving in winter.
Lyon Saint Exupéry has 2 main terminals and 1 smaller one; although there are facilities throughout the airport most of the shops and services are based in the Centre between terminals 1 and 2. The airport is named after Antoine de Saint Exupéry, Lyon-born pilot and author of novella The Little Prince.
- Airport Code: LYS
- Distance from Lyon city centre: 37km
- Number of terminals: 3
- Accepted Currency: Euros (€)
- Information Desk: There are 3 Information Desks throughout the airport; the main one is located in the Centre, the others are in Terminal 1 Arrivals B and Terminal 2 Departures 3.
Travel & Transport:
- Parking: Lyon airport has five long-stay car parks, all of which are open 24/7 and offer different access and rates according to what you need. Car parks P5 and P6 are linked to the terminals by free shuttle buses that run every 15-20 minutes. You pay for your parking on exit by credit card, or you can book your space in advance online. Check tariffs and availability.
- Car Hire: Avis, Europcar, Hertz, National Citer and Sixt all have car rental desks at Lyon airport. There are free shuttles buses to take you from the terminal to the rental company car parks. They run every 6 minutes (15 minutes on weekends and bank holidays); the first stop is for Avis, Hertz and Europcar, the second stop is for National Citer and the third stop is for Sixt. Car Hire.
- Travelling to Val Thorens: The most common methods of getting from Lyon Saint-Exupéry airport to Val Thorens are by transfer bus or hire car. Read our article on Transfers Guide to find out more.
- Ski buses: A number of regular bus shuttles operate from Lyon Saint Exupéry to many of the French ski resorts. Find information on the destinations they travel to & timetables.
- Shuttle Buses also operate between the airport and bus stations at Chambery, Bordeaux, Bourg en Bresse, Grenoble, Perigeux and Voiron. Find information and timetables.
- Taxis: The taxi ranks are situated by the entrance to the Centre (next to P2 car park) and behind the train station (next to P6 car park). They provide transport to the city centre, the local area and many of the French ski resorts. You can pay in cash, by credit card (see which logos are displayed on the vehicle) or by cheque (unless otherwise indicated). Extra charges may be incurred for baggage, animals, more than 4 passengers, road tolls, having to drive in icy/snowy conditions – the cost of the trip should always be displayed on a meter inside the taxi. You can see the price list here .
- Railway Station: There is a TGV (high speed) train station just 5 minutes from the airport terminal buildings, access is via a connecting bridge with a moving walkway. You can book train tickets online through SNCF. To find out how to get to Val Thorens by train take a look at our Transfers Guide.
- Airlines: A range of international airlines such as fly in and out of Lyon Saint Exupéry daily. Find a full list of all airlines operating out of Lyon. Note that the cheapest airport to fly into may not always be the most economical overall; it is a always worth researching how much your Airport Transfer will cost before you book your bargain flight!
Services & Facilities:
- Restaurants, Bars & Takeaways: 7 restaurants serving a range of hot and cold food, as well as 8 bars/coffee shops. Most are open daily, the earliest opening at 05:00 and the latest closing at 23:00.
- Shops: There is a range of shops throughout the airport, with the main concentration being in the Centre between terminals 1 and 2. Here you will find clothes, jewellery, regional products and beauty shops, along with a pharmacy. Duty free stores are situated in terminals 1 and 2. Generally speaking most of the shops are open between 08:00 and 20:00 365 days a year. Read on for more details.
- Showers: Shower facilities can be accessed on production of a flight ticket at the Information Desk.
- Conference Rooms: Lyon Saint Exupéry has a 80-seat conference room in the Centre d’Affaires in the Centre of the airport, with restaurants, shops and amenities nearby. The Centre d’Affaires also offers individual offices and meeting rooms. It is air-conditioned and WiFi enabled; audiovisual facilities, secretarial services and catering can be provided on request. Meeting rooms can be reserved from Monday to Friday from 07:30 to 19:00.
- Internet Access: Visitors can access the Hub Télécom hotspots in all public areas of the airport and train station. You can purchase pre-paid cards or pay online with a credit card.
- Smokers: Lyon Saint Exupéry airport is entirely non-smoking, so if you need one last cigarette before boarding you will have to step outside the terminal building before going through to Departures.
- Cash & Currency: You can buy/sell foreign currency at Le Square or in Terminal 1 at the Travelex currency exchange. There are two cash dispensers, one in each terminal building.
- First Aid: The Medical Centre ‘Infirmerie’ on the ground floor of the Arc building in the Centre offers medical assistance from 06:30 to 22:00 7 days a week. If you need emergency treatment outside of these hours please alert airport staff, who will contact the 24 hour service. There is also a pharmacy to collect essential supplies which is open continuously from 08:00 to 20:00.
Luggage / Animals
- Lost Luggage: If you have arrived at your destination but your luggage has not arrived with you, you should report it to your airline and the baggage handlers. Please report property that has been lost within the airport at the Information Desk. There is also a left luggage service.
- Animals: The general policy is that animals weighing less than 5kg and carried in a bag can be brought into the cabin, providing you have prior authorisation from the airline. Any animals weighing over 5kg must be transported in the hold, in a secure cage that can be bought from the airline. This must be arranged in advance of the flight and will be charged at the same rate as excess baggage. Guide dogs are allowed to travel in the cabin free of charge as long as they are muzzled and kept on a lead. All animals should have the correct vaccinations and medical records.
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