About Lyon – Airport (LYS)

Address: Aeroport Lyon Saint Exupery, Lyon, 69125

Lyon is the gastronomic capital of France, and visitors flying into Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport will delight in discovering the area’s rich culinary heritage, whether they are coming for business or leisure. A car hire is the best way to get to Lyon’s renowned city center, which is about 18.6 miles (30 kilometers) from the airport. It will also allow you to discover other nearby destinations such as Vienne, which has spectacular Roman ruins (including the Temple of Augustus and Livia); Vienne is located about 30 miles (48 kilometers) from the airport.

  Getting around

To get to the city center, you will need to count approximately 30—40 minutes, depending on traffic conditions and whether any construction is ongoing. Lyon is located in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, and the Lyon airport is about 56 miles (90 kilometers) from Grenoble, which takes just under an hour by car.

The Lyon Airport is conveniently located directly adjacent to several highways, making it easy and quick for you to get on the road and on your way to your final destination.

  Choosing your car

Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport car rental companies include Europcar, Enterprise, National, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Hertz, Thrifty and Sixt. They are connected to Terminals 1 and 2 via a free shuttle bus. If you are visiting Lyon for a business event, consider renting a fun sports car or an elegant sedan that has comfortable amenities. Families will want to go for a more spacious option, such as an SUV, minivan or people mover from a manufacturer such as Peugeot.

  Tips and advice


As the airport car rental agencies are not located directly at the passenger terminals, give yourself extra time to pick up or drop off your car. The Lyon airport can get busy, which could result in additional delays.


Lyon and the surrounding area have an exceptional history, and the best way to discover the region is to rent a car. Enthusiasts of ancient history will love discovering well-preserved Roman ruins, and Francophiles will enjoy seeing charming nearby villages such as Saint-Étienne or Pérouges.


For international flights, the Lyon Airport advises arriving two-and-a-half hours ahead of your scheduled departure time in order to make it through security, especially during peak hours. If you are returning your rental car before an international flight, be sure to add on the time it will take to park the car and return the keys.


If you are a wine enthusiast looking for a vacation idea, try planning a road trip of the Rhône valley (“Vallée du Rhône” in French), which is dotted with world-class wineries. The Lyon airport is a great starting point.


There are ample parking spaces in downtown Lyon, so you can explore the old part of the city (the “Vieux Lyon” in French) by foot, then hop back in your car rental.


Lyon is only about 93 miles (144 kilometers) from Geneva; however, if you plan on crossing the border into Switzerland, be sure to check with the rental car company if there is a surcharge for bringing the vehicle into a different country.