A quick guide to Lyon airport in France (LYS)

Lyon-Saint Exupéry is the international airport in France serving the city of Lyon and the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, however, many passengers arriving through LYS for either business or leisure purposes can transfer to a wide variety of destinations across the country from this point. This is thanks to the excellent transport network operating from the TGV railway station in Lyon airport (Gare TGV Lyon-Saint Exupéry) as well as other transportation methods which include electric car hire, shuttle buses and trams.

The international airport in Lyon, France, has recently been undergoing remodelling and there are still improvement actions being carried out in order to effectively connect all passenger terminals by walkways. As a consequence, navigating Lyon airport and changing terminals will be much easier from summer 2018 onwards. Below, you will find useful information about where you should go depending on the airline you will be flying with.

Staying close to Lyon airport in France

If you are having a short layover in town or travel for business purposes, you may want to stay in a hotel near Lyon airport. In such case, we recommend the NH Lyon airport hotel, a 4-star establishment of this reputed chain conveniently located next to the terminals, and the Kyriad Lyon Aéroport Saint Exupéry, a 3-star accommodation close to Lyon airport that operates free shuttle services for guests with a reservation.

Which terminal in Lyon airport should I go to?

Lyon-Saint Exupéry is divided into three areas: Terminal 1 (Hall A), Terminal 1 (Hall B) and Terminal 2. Before departing, check our airline grouping so that you know which terminal your flight will depart from. The information provided does not vary for departures, but take into account that it may change for arrivals, and your inbound flight to Lyon may land in a different terminal from the one specified here.

Departures from T1 Hall A: Aer Lingus, Flybe, Royal Air Maroc, XL Airways, Blue Air, Air Algerie and Aigle Azur.

Departures from T1 Hall B: Aegean, Aeroflot, Air Canada, Austrian Airlines, Easyjet, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Emirates, Eurowings, Lufthansa, Pegasus, Wizz Air, Turkish Airlines and Transavia.

*Travel Advisory: departures from T2 have temporarily been moved to T1 due to renovation works at Lyon airport. This affects flights operated by Air France, Air Transat, Iberia and Iberia Express flights, HOP!, Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM), Tap Air Portugal, Wow Air and Vueling.

Travelling from Lyon airport in France

We recommend the following means of transport from Lyon airport to the city centre as well as between its terminals and other destinations within France. For any of the three options below, head to the TGV railway station located within short walking distance from the airport complex (estimated time: 5 minutes).

The Express Tram connecting Saint Exupéry airport to central Lyon has services running every day of the year from 04:25 until midnight. Trams depart every 15 minutes, yet the time interval between trains is extended to 30 minutes during the night hours. You can purchase your tickets at the kiosks in the railway station or online.

-When travelling to a destination other than Lyon, the high-speed trains at the TGV station in Lyon airport can take you to Marseille, Avignon, Grenoble, Aix en Provence, Montpellier and Paris, to mention but a few. At present, Gare TGV Lyon-Saint Exupéry provides links with a total of 24 French cities.

-If you want to get around Lyon and other nearby places independently, hiring an electric vehicle from the Bluely office right opposite the train station can be a really good idea, especially if you are an environmentally conscious traveller.

Passenger services at Lyon airport

Will I get free Wifi in Lyon airport? That is the big question whenever we are catching a flight from an air passenger terminal for the first time. Yes, Lyon-Saint Exupéry has unlimited complimentary WiFi internet available for anyone going through its terminals.

In addition to that, the Welcome Area situated at Le Square (Level 1) features tablet devices that can be freely used to catch up with work during the wait before boarding or perhaps to search for last-minute info to plan your trip. If you have lost your documentation or need an emergency passport replacement, know that the photo booth in this area comes in handy, plus it ensures that your ID photo adheres to the current French regulations.

When it comes to eating at the airport, LYS offers a good selection of traditional brasseries, franchised outlets specialising in French bread and pastries and cafés. Most are located in the area known as Le Square, in T1B or T2 and their opening hours vary according to nearby gates and operations. Nevertheless, early-morning flyers will be happy to find out that the Starbucks Coffee at Le Square opens at 05:30 every day and the Brioche Dorée in T1B starts working at 04:30 Monday through Sunday.

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