LYON Airport (LYS)

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Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport (IATA: LYS, ICAO: LFLL), in French Aéroport de Lyon-Saint Exupéry, is the main international airport serving Lyon and transport hub of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. It is located in the town of Colombier-Saugnieu, at 20 km southeast of Lyon. Since 1997 is the main hub for Air France.



Lyon Airport was built to replace the former Lyon-Bron Airport, whose facilities were outdated.


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About the name: In the past, Lyon Airport was named Lyon Satolas Airport, even though, in 2000, along with the train station, the airport was renamed after Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, a notable Lyon citizen: An aviator pioneer, writer and laureate of the Grand Prix du roman de l’Académie française, who died in WWII.

Lyon Airport is a transport hub for the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in France.

Lyon Airport registered a total flow of 9,553,250 passengers in 2016.

Terminal Information

Given the recent terrorist attacks that struggled France, it is recommended to arrive at Lyon Airport 2 hours prior in case you board a domestic or EU flight and 3 hours prior if you board other destinations to pass through security.


Lyon Airport is the main transportation hub of Lyon city and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. With the completion on 2020 of the new Terminal 1, it will be able to host over 11 million passengers. Lyon Airport facilities consists of two passenger terminals linked one to each other by The Square building:


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Facilities and Services

Lyon Airport offers the following services to passengers:


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The following means of transport are available at Lyon Airport to get to the city centre:


Train: By Tram Lyon Express (Rhône Express).

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Bus: There isn't any shuttle bus from Lyon Airport to the city centre.

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Taxi: Get to Lyon city centre within 40 minutes.    

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Car rental: Hire a car through our search engine or in the ground level of both terminals. 

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Contact information:

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B.P. 113 Lyon-Saint Exupéry Aeroport, 69125, FRANCE


Phone: : (+33) 426 007 007

About Lyon

Lyon is located in the east-central of France in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, which is its capital city. It is the third largest city in France after Paris and Marseille, with a total population of 506,615 inhabitants.

The city is well-known for its cuisine, gastronomy and historical landmarks, since it is an UNESCO World Heritage Site, for the Vieux Lyon mediaeval city and the Croix-Rousse.

Lyon is an important cultural center regarding cinema: The Lumière brothers where from Lyon.

About landmarks, you shouldn’t miss the Cathedral of Saint John, the City hall, the Vieux Lyon medieval town, the Croix-Rousse, the Opéra nouvel, the Parc de la Tête d’Or and the Jardin botanique de Lyon.

Regarding events, every 8 of December takes place the Festival of Light (La Fête des Lumières) to honour Virgin Mary, who supposedly saved the city in the Middle Ages from a deadly plague. During it, the locals place candle at their windows and the city hosts large-scale lights shows in the monuments. 

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