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How to get from Lyon Airport to Lyon Part Dieu

Travelling from Lyon Airport to Lyon Part-Dieu Train Station is a common journey for travellers. Part-Dieu is one of the country’s most visited stations and a major railway hub, connecting Lyon with numerous French cities and even with other countries, like the UK, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Spain! 

When arriving at Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport (LYS) and needing to reach Lyon Part-Dieu Train Station, travellers have two main transportation options to choose from; a taxi or private transfer, and the tram. A taxi is a comfortable means of transport – especially great for heavy packers or families with children or elderly members. A local cab costs €55 during the day and €70 at nighttime for a 30-minute ride. The tram service, Rhônexpress, on the other hand, also takes 30 minutes to cover the route, at €16.30 per traveller.

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How to get from Lyon Airport to Lyon Part-Dieu by taxi

To get from Lyon Airport to Lyon Part-Dieu Train Station by taxi, you can get one of the local on-demand cabs from the designated taxi rank just outside the airport, or you can pre-book your private personalised transfer ahead of time. The journey typically covers a distance of approximately 20 km and takes around 30 min, depending on traffic conditions.

Taxi fare from Lyon Airport to Lyon Part-Dieu

Taking a taxi from Lyon Airport to Lyon Part-Dieu usually costs around €55 during the day. The price can vary based on things like traffic or other special fees that may apply depending on the operator. Keep in mind, that at night, prices increase so you should expect to pay closer to €70 for the same trip.


From €55

Trip Duration

30 Min.

Prices may vary unless booked in advance.

Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport.

Where do I get a taxi from?

Taxi ranks are located outside both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. As you exit the Arrivals Hall you’ll find signs directing you to the taxi area. Simply follow them and you’ll see the designated taxi stands right in front of you as you exit the terminal building.


Taking a taxi from Lyon Airport to Lyon Part-Dieu station is the most convenient choice offering a direct ride to the door of the train station whilst keeping your personal belongings and travel companions safe. If you value speed, privacy and comfort this is definitely the best choice for you – especially if you’re travelling with heavy luggage.

Editor’s Note

If you take a taxi, you can explore the surroundings of the city on the way and travel comfortably.

Useful Tips

Most taxis have no way of accepting credit cards so make sure to hold some cash in the local currency.
Note that the price will be closer to €70 at night as a night-trip surge applies.
There can be long waits for a taxi at peak hours or during tram strikes. Keep this in mind when organising your trip.

How to get from Lyon Airport to Lyon Part-Dieu by tram

To get from Lyon Airport to Lyon Part-Dieu station by tram, you can take the Rhônexpress tramway service. The tram departs directly from the airport terminal and provides an efficient and low-cost connection to Part-Dieu. The journey takes approximately 30 minutes, making it a convenient transportation option for travellers on a budget heading to the train station from the airport.

What is the cost of the tram from Lyon Airport to Part-Dieu?

A single one-way tram ticket from Lyon Airport to Lyon Part-Dieu station usually costs €16.30. However, if you buy your ticket online in advance, you can get it a little cheaper, with a 7% discount for €15.20.



Trip Duration

30 Min.

There can be up to a 30-minute wait between trams.

Value for Money

The service from Lyon Airport to train station Part Dieu is available between 05:00-00:00 daily.

Where do I get a tram from?

Upon your arrival at Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport, you’ll find a straightforward and well-marked path to the Rhônexpress tram station, located just a 5-minute walk from the Arrivals terminal. 


Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport is seamlessly connected to Lyon Part-Dieu Train Station via the Rhônexpress tram service. This direct line offers travellers a cost-effective, swift and efficient 30-minute transit. However, the tram does not operate 24/7 and it may be tricky to navigate if you have a lot of luggage – especially if you happen to travel on a crowded rush-hour service.

Editor’s Note

If you're a solo traveller or a couple travelling on a tight budget, the tram is a great choice at €16.30 per traveller. However, if your group comprises more people, you’re better off choosing a private taxi instead, as the tram cost would end up being higher or more or less the same as the taxi fare.

Useful Tips

If you do not buy a ticket ahead of time, you will have to queue to purchase yours before boarding the tram, which requires time and patience and adds effort to your journey.
Allocated luggage space is limited for travellers. it is advisable to use the tram only if you’re travelling light, or at least to arrive early to secure a more comfortable spot for your luggage.
Travel for kids under 12 years old is free.
Beware of pickpockets whilst travelling on busy services.

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Frequently asked questions

How can I get from Lyon Airport to the Lyon Part Dieu train station?

There are two transfer options if you wish to get from Lyon Airport to Part Dieu. Taxis are readily available 24/7, covering the approximately 20 km distance between the airport and Part Dieu in 30 minutes and costing €55-70, depending on the time of the day. The Rhônexpress tram is another convenient choice, with a 30-minute journey time, operating daily from 05:00-00:00; the tram will set you back by €16.30 per traveller. 

How long does a taxi from LYS Lyon Airport to Lyon Part Dieu Station take?

The distance from Lyon Airport to Lyon Part Dieu train station is approximately 20 km (12.4 mi). The duration of a taxi ride from Lyon Airport to Part Dieu typically takes around 30 minutes, depending on traffic conditions. To avoid waiting around at the airport for a free cab among other passengers who might have just landed too, it is recommended that you pre-book your prompt pickup and door-to-door transfer with Welcome Pickups and have your driver meet you at Arrivals.

Is there a direct train from Lyon Airport to Lyon Part Dieu?

You can easily connect from Lyon Airport to Lyon Part Dieu using the Rhônexpress tram-train service, which is available between 05:00 and 00:00. The journey takes approximately 30 minutes and at €16.30 per person. 

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