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Getting from Lyon Airport to Alpe d'Huez

Alpe d’Huez is a popular ski resort and a prime destination for cyclists, hikers and outdoor enthusiasts. This tourism hotspot is located 147.9 km from Lyon Airport, with many options to choose from when travelling from the airport to this setting. 

Once you have landed at Saint-Exupéry Airport (LYS), you can consider four options to travel from Lyon Airport to Alpe d’Huez. You can choose between a taxi, a combined trip using both a taxi and a train, or a journey by bus and taxi. The fastest option for a Lyon Airport to Alpe d’Huez transfer is a private taxi commute of 1 hour and 55 minutes.

Another travel option would be to utilise the Flixbus service, however, the trip isn’t direct so it would take about 2 hours and 10 minutes, not including waiting times or taking into account extreme traffic conditions. Taking a train and taxi to cover the distance to Alpe d’Huez would also take about 2 hours and 10 minutes at a lower cost.

Welcome Pickups offers meet and greet services and a friendly introduction to Lyon at the same price as a regular taxi. Click here to see the cost.

Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Welcome Pickups €328 115min 24/7 Book
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Taxi €307 115min 24/7
Train + taxi €166 130min 09:09–21:09
Bus + taxi €220 130min 07:30–23:30

How to get from Lyon Airport to Alpe d’Huez via taxi

When travelling from Lyon Airport to Alpe d’Huez, if you value privacy and convenience, a taxi or private transfer would be the best choice for you. Midweek transfers cost less than a taxi service on a Saturday, while Sunday transfers are also cheaper. Travel time via private taxi is about 1 hour and 55 minutes, depending on traffic conditions.

Taxi fare from Lyon Airport to Alpe d’Huez

Your one-way taxi transfer from Lyon Airport to Alpe D’Huez will include one suitcase (90 x 75 cm) and one holdall (56 x 45 cm) per person. This is included in your fare of about €307.

Cost

€307

Trip Duration

1 Hr. 55 Min.

Prices may vary unless booked in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 from Lyon Airport (LYS).

Where do I get the taxi from?

You can find your way to the taxi rank via either Terminal 1 or Terminal 2. You simply need to follow the ground transportation signs and you’ll see the line of taxis waiting right outside the terminal building.

Convenience

Taking a taxi from the doors of the airport to the door of your exact destination is essential if you value privacy and comfort as a traveller. Avoid delays due to multiple stopovers or waiting for other passengers who are not part of your travel party and get directly to your destination without the stress and hassle of public transportation.

Editor’s Note

You can secure a private personalised ride the moment you land by pre-booking with a provider like Welcome Pickups. That way, you won’t need to wait in line for an available cab among other travellers who might have arrived at the same time as you.

Useful Tips

Always use official taxis. You can rest assured that registered drivers and vehicles adhere to the government’s regulations, and are safe and trustworthy. Avoid any individuals who may approach you as you exit Arrivals, offering questionable taxi services.
Not all drivers will accept card payments. Ensure you have cash on hand, or check with your taxi provider what your payment options are before setting off.

How to get from Lyon Airport to Alpe d'Huez via train and taxi

An alternative option would be to combine a train and taxi, where the train will only take you a little closer to Alpe d’Huez, but you would complete the journey by taxi to get to your desired destination. 

A typical journey would be taking a TVG inOui train from the airport to Grenoble – which is approximately a 60-minute long journey, followed by a taxi transfer of 1 hour and 10 minutes, depending on traffic conditions.

What's the cost of the Lyon Airport to Alpe d'Huez train and taxi trip?

The train ride will set you back by a minimum of €13 per passenger, while an on-demand taxi from Grenoble to Alpe d’Huez will be around €140 for up to 4 passengers. 

It’s worth keeping in mind that ticket prices for the train may range from €13-19.50 for Economy and from €17-64 for 1st Class, depending on the date and time of your selected service and how far in advance you book your tickets. Booking your taxi ahead of time will help you further secure a competitive set fare with no hidden fees and a personalised door-to-door transfer.

Cost

From €153

Trip Duration

2 Hr. 10 Min.

There are usually around 7 departures every day and you may have a wait of up to 4 hours, depending on your arrival time.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

There is a direct TVG inOui train service from Lyon St-Exupéry TGV to Grenoble from 09:09 to 21:09 on weekdays, 09:09 to 20:09 on Saturdays and 09:09 to 22:09 on Sundays.

Where do I get the train from?

You can get quick access to Lyon-Saint Exupéry SNCF train station which is attached to Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport. You’ll simply need to walk around 5 minutes from the Arrivals terminal, following the signs for P4/Gare TGV.

Convenience

A trip via train and taxi is the second fastest way to get you to your destination, which makes this travel option ideal for travellers who want to spend less but also appreciate comfort and speed. However, it does require more effort and coordination to catch a train right after your flight, than simply taking a cab for the whole journey to Alpe d’Huez, so ensure you plan in advance to have a safe and stress-free journey.

Editor’s Note

Check the train timetable before you travel and ensure you know which line departs closest to your arrival time. Booking tickets in advance is advised, to ensure availability on your selected service and avoid long waits at the ticket counter or self-service machines.

Useful Tips

The carriages are modern with an entertainment portal, power outlets and WiFi so you can truly relax during your train ride.
Luggage is included in the cost of the fare.
There is a limited number of trains per day, so plan your journey accordingly.

How to get from Lyon Airport to Alpe d'Huez via bus and taxi

Another travel option from Lyon Airport to Alpe d’Huez would be to travel via bus. Similarly to the taxi and train combined trip, you’d need to catch a bus to Grenoble bus station and then get a taxi transfer to your exact destination in Alpe d’Huez. The Flixbus bus trip lasts just over an hour, in light traffic and the taxi would take approximately 1 hour and 5 minutes to reach Alpe d’Huez.

There are various independent providers available to choose from including BlaBlaCar and BensBus. Some of the operators, like BensBus, offer direct service from Lyon Airport to Alpe d’Huez once or twice per day, but only on selected Saturdays and during the high season. It’s worth looking into the latest schedules for each company before travelling. 

Bus and taxi cost from Lyon Airport to Alpe d’Huez

A one-way shuttle bus fare from the airport to the Grenoble bus station will cost about €40 per traveller. To reach Alpe d’Huez from there, a taxi will cost you about €140 for up to 4 passengers, traffic-dependent.

Cost

€180

Trip Duration

2 Hr. 10 Min.

There is a 30-60 minute wait between Flixbus departures.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Flixbus runs between 07:30-23:30 on weekdays, 07:30-21:30 on Saturdays and 08:30-23:30 on Sundays.

How do I get the bus from?

The Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport bus station is just a short 2-minute walk from the terminals and the TGV station. The bus station can be found at Level 0 of Terminal 1 on the outside.

Convenience

Keeping in mind this isn’t a direct journey, a combined bus and taxi trip isn’t the most convenient choice. Considering the higher cost per head for the bus and the possibility of an extended travelling duration due to high traffic, if you’re on a budget you’re better off opting for the train and taxi option.

Editor’s Note

A single piece of checked luggage and a hand luggage item can be transported free of charge. Try to only keep essentials and valuables closely - such as money, identification and travel documents, and store your main luggage in the dedicated travel compartment, so that you have enough room and a comfortable commute.

Useful Tips

Flixbus vehicles offer power outlets and WiFi so you can stay connected during your journey.
If you buy your ticket onboard or at a sales point inside the airport, you can pay by cash or card. If you purchase your tickets online or through the Flixbus app you can simply show the QR code to your driver. No need to print your tickets!

Welcome Pickups transfer

Welcome Pickups

Getting from Lyon Airport to Alpe d'Huez

If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Lyon. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

Best drivers

Hand-picked english-speaking drivers

Flight monitoring

Drivers are always on time

Quality support

24/7 email & phone support

Cancel up to 24 hours before the pickup and get an 80% refund

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Prices

DAYTIME
€328.0
NIGHTTIME
€357.0
Same price as a regular taxi from the line

PRICES FOR

Sedan Car

4 pax, 4 pieces of luggage

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Welcome Pickups - Airport Taxi Services

Welcome Pickups launched its five-star airport taxi service in Athens, quickly moving to Rome, then Paris, and Barcelona, offering English-speaking drivers and advanced technology for flight monitoring, live tracking, and 24/7 customer support. The company then expanded its operations to Lisbon, followed by Budapest and Prague, maintaining consistent service standards with efficient airport transfers.

The expansion continued with Amsterdam, then Tel Aviv, each city benefiting from the same high level of operational technology and customer service. Welcome Pickups began operations in Madrid, Berlin, and  Dubai, rounding out their network. In 2024, the service will be available at over 350 airports worldwide, projecting to welcome more than 2 million passengers.

Frequently asked questions

How can I get from Lyon Airport to Alpe d'Huez?

To travel from Lyon Airport to Alpe d’Huez, you can choose a direct taxi or private transfer, a combined train and taxi trip or a combined bus and taxi journey. 

A private taxi ride would take 1 hour and 55 minutes, while either of the other two options would take around 2 hours and 10 minutes, excluding any potential wait times. A taxi-only trip will allow you the most freedom and privacy during your journey and a totally hassle-free door-to-door ride

How far is Alpe d'Huez from Lyon Airport?

The distance from Lyon Airport to Alpe d’Huez is 147.9 km. The commute time would be around 1 hour and 55 minutes by car or taxi.

Is there a direct bus from Lyon Airport to Alpe d'Huez?

There is only one direct late-morning bus service every Saturday operated by BensBus, taking you from Lyon Airport to Alpe d’Huez, but it only runs from 23rd December 2023 – 30th March 2024.

If you’re travelling outside of that period or the daily itinerary doesn’t suit your arrival but you want to opt for a bus service to keep costs as low as possible, you can combine the Flixbus service from the airport to Grenoble, then get a taxi to complete your journey.

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