The Lyon Saint Exupery Airport is the fourth biggest airport in France and serves the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. While it’s not a hub for a major airline, it offers very good connections to several cities in Europe and beyond. In this Airport Guide, we’ll explain what you need to know about the airport.
Lyon’s Saint Exupery Airport comes with two active terminals and two runways and serves nearly 10 million passengers a year, which makes it rank fourth in France behind Paris CDG, Paris Orly and Nice Airport. Lyon is a focus city for HOP!, easyJet and Transavia France. Besides dozens of flights to French and European cities, there are also a few long haul routes, including flights with Air Canada to Montreal, Emirates to Dubai and XL Airways to Saint–Denis de la Réunion.
When departing at Lyon Airport, you’ll find several shops, mainly focusing on the usual daily travel needs. There are book, souvenir, luggage shops, pharmacies and more. You can find all of those in both terminals and some before, other after security control.
The airport also has the typical duty free shops as well as some fashion and cosmetics shops. As you’d expect, there are also several dining options. Most places are focusing on to go snacks and coffee, including the likes of Starbucks and Brioche Dorée. There are also a few bars, cafés and restaurants in case you are looking for a place to sit down.
Spending the night at Lyon Saint Exupery Airport isn’t a problem as the airport terminal is open 24 hours a day. Passengers recommend sleeping at Terminal 1 if you are looking for a relatively quiet place to spend the night at Lyon Airport. There are a couple of benches to sleep on. If you are looking for a more comfortable night, I’d recommend booking one of the airport hotels nearby.
The NH Hotel Lyon Airport is located right opposite of Terminal 1 and thus the best option. The four-star property usually costs between 100 and 200 Euro. Other options near the airport include two Kyriad Hotels, an ibis budget and a Campanile Hotel. Those are either 2 or 3 star properties and are somewhat cheaper than the NH Hotel.
There are three lounges at Lyon Airport, two in Terminal 2 and one in Terminal 1. None of those lounges is operated by an airline. However, neither of the lounges is accessible with Priority Pass, which is quite odd. You can pay at the door, however, if you’d like to gain access.
The price usually is 25 Euro per person. Access is also given to premium passengers of certain airlines (Business & First Class). You may also access the lounge with certain frequent flyer status in conjunction with an Economy Class ticket.
Overview of all lounges at Lyon Airport:
Lyon Airport is very well connected to the city with the Rhôneexpress tramway, which takes approximately 30 minutes to Lyon. The price is quite steep with 15 Euro per person per way though. Other options include buses to other nearby cities like Grenoble. The Lyon Saint Exupery Airport also has its own TGV high speed rail station, which is allowing easy and quick connections to cities like Paris or Marseille. If you are travelling to Lyon, you can also take an Uber or a taxi, but prices are significantly higher than with public transportation.