Transportation to and from Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport


What is the distance from Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport to the centre of Lyon?

By car it takes about half an hour to get to the centre of Lyon, the distance is 28 kilometres / 17.4 miles.

From LYS Airport to Lyon City centre by Car
28 km
30 min

Public transport

Rhônexpress to Lyon

For travelling to and from the airport, Rhônexpress is the most comfortable travel option. The tram runs every 15 minutes between Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport and the main railway station Lyon Part-Dieu. The journey time is 29 minutes with intermediate stops located at Meyzieu Z.I. (tram line 3) and Vaulx-en-Velin La Soie. You can transfer to the metro at Vaulx-en-Velin La Soie (metro A) and Lyon Part-Dieu (metro B).

Metro A takes you to the centre of Lyon, the big square Place Bellecour. You can reach the station of Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport by following the Rhônexpress symbols in the terminals.

Tram tickets

Tickets are available at the ticket vending machines on each station, from the tram driver (+ € 4.00) and online through the website. Children under 12 years always travel for free. Buying tickets online is the most economical, especially if you opt for return tickets and book early in advance.

The first tram from the city departs at 04.25 hours from Lyon Part-Dieu, the last tram from the airport leaves at 00.00 hours. Please consult website and timetable Rhônexpress for more information. The Lyon City Card for 1, 2, 3 or 4 days is also available including an airport transfer.

Prices Single Return
Adults € 16.10 € 27.80
Youth, 12 up to 25 years € 13.40 € 23.50

The historic centre of Lyon is on the UNESCO World Heritage List and can also be seen from the water, book an interesting and inexpensive 1-hour boat trip on the rivers Rhône and Saône.


Lyon City Card: 1, 2, 3 or 4-Day Pass

€ 25

Get the exclusive Lyon City Card for 1, 2, 3 or 4 days and let the city gates open to you!

Lyon City Card with Airport Transfer

€ 42

Get the exclusive Lyon City Card for 1-4 days, including RhôneExpress tickets which will take you from the airport to the city center and back! Enjoy unlimited access to public transport, an airport transfer, 23 museums, cruises and a guided tour.

Lyon E-Bike Tour and Paul Bocuse Market Tasting

€ 77

Cruise around Lyon with ease on an electric bicycle and enjoy spectacular views with minimal effort. Visit Bellecour Square and monument of Antoine St Exupery, explore the secret traboules, visit a famous Lyon fresque, and indulge in Lyon food.


Lyon: Half-Day Gourmet Food Tour with Tastings

€ 69

Discover Lyon with this unusual and gourmet tour which will show the highlights of this beautiful region. Enjoy an exceptional time to take in all the wonders of this region, from its history to its wine.

Lyon City Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour

€ 21

Discover the city of Lyon on a convenient hop-on hop-off bus tour. See all the top attractions, including the Basilica de Notre Dame de Fourvière and Place Bellecour. There are 14 stops along the sightseeing route.

Golden Stones Beaujolais Wine Tasting Trip from Lyon

€ 89

Discover Southern Beaujolais with this unusual and gourmet tour which will show the highlights of this beautiful region. Enjoy an exceptional time to take in the wonders of this region, from history to wine!

Tours and transport

Lyon: Guided Sightseeing Cruise

€ 13.50

Discover Lyon and its UNESCO World Heritage Site attractions on a 1-hour river cruise along the Saone River. Admire the monuments at the confluence of the Saone River, discover the Renaissance buildings of Vieux Lyon and much more.

Lyon Old District Guided Walking Tour

€ 15

Discover in 1 hour and 15 minutes the main wonders of the Old Lyon district. You will share the visit with other customers but the group size will stay at 25 people maximum to maintain a certain quality.

Lyon: 1.5-Hour Segway Discovery Tour

€ 42

See the sights of Lyon on a 1.5-hour Segway tour, and benefit from a training session on your personal transporter before you journey through the streets with a guide. Follow the banks of the Rhône River and discover the downtown and Vieux Lyon district.


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