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Transfer Options from Lyon Airport to City Centre

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How to get from Lyon Airport to city centre

Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport offers two major transportation options from the airport; private taxis and the tram. The most popular option is to travel by tram. The tram service is called the Rhonexpress and travels directly from the airport to the main train station Part-Dieu. The journey will take exactly 29 minutes and will cost you €16.10. If you take a taxi, be prepared for quite an expense. The journey is the same as the tram, around 30 minutes in standard traffic, but will cost around €50 to reach the city centre.

Comparison of the options

Tram €32.20 29min 05:00–00:00
Taxi €50 30min 24/7

How to get from Lyon Airport to city centre by tram

The Rhonexpress is the most popular transfer option to get from the airport to the city centre. It has a direct line between the airport and the city and goes directly; therefore it only takes 29 minutes to get to the city's main train station of Lyon, Part-Dieu. From there you are able to take a taxi, bus or metro to your next destination.

How much is the train from Lyon Airport to city centre?

The train cost for a single ticket is 16.10€. However, if you purchase your ticket online in advance, then you can get it slightly cheaper at 14.90€.



Trip Duration

29 Min

There can be a 15 minute wait between trains.

Value for Money

The train service is available between 05:00am - 00:00am.

Where do I get it from?

The Rhonexpress is available from the airport train station, located around 5 minute walk from the arrivals terminal. Follow the signs for P4/Gare TGV and Lyon Express.


The Rhonexpress is a great option for those who wish to save some money getting into the city. It leaves directly from the airport and goes to one of the hubs of transport in the city of Lyon. It takes around the same time as taking a taxi and from there you can continue your travel to reach your final destination. However, tram does not operate 24/7 and requires an extra step for transport from the Part-Dieu station to your next destination. It is also quite a struggle if you have lots of luggage.

Editor’s Note

The queues at the airport for the tickets for the tram can be tedious, therefore it is advisable to get a Lyon City Card which includes all public transport, as well as a free ticket back to the airport on the Rhonexpress.

Useful Tips

You get a discounted fare for the tram if you are between 12-25 years old, and kids under 11 years old travel for free.
It is best to purchase a ticket before boarding the tram, either from the automatic machines or online, as there is an extra 4€ charge for purchasing on the tram.
Always check the strike notices before you take the tram as they are common in the city.

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How to get from Lyon Airport to city centre by taxi

Taxis are readily available in Lyon to transfer you from the airport to your final destination. Lyon airport taxis are the most convenient option for those arriving with lots of luggage or outside the hours that tram is operating. The transfer takes around the same time as the public transportation, around 30 minutes, but the journey can be affected by rush hour traffic. However, be aware that taxis in Lyon do not come cheap.

Taxi fare from Lyon Airport to city centre

Taxis are metered in Lyon, so you may find that the price is significantly affected by traffic if you take a taxi at rush hours. You can expect to pay, in standard situations, around 50-55€ for a taxi. Additionally, after-hours fares are in effect at evenings after 19:00 pm which can almost double the price of a transfer.

Taxi prices
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Taxis are by far the most convenient option for those who want door to door service or arrive with lots of luggage. Taxis operate around the clock from the airport and are the most comfortable option for anyone short on time.

Editor’s Note

Ensure that the taxi driver turns on the meter as soon as you enter the cab. There have been many tales of drivers scamming their passengers.

Useful Tips

There can be a long wait for taxis at peak hours or when there are strikes on the tram.
Always carry cash with you as drivers are not obligated to have card facilities.
Do not accept ride-offers from people at the airport - always take a taxi from the airport ranks.

Frequently asked questions

How many transportation options are there from Lyon Airport?

There are two transportation options from the airport to the city centre. The most convenient, but most expensive, option is a taxi. Alternatively you can get the tram from the airport to the Part-Dieu station in central city.

How much is a taxi from Lyon Airport to city centre?

Taxis in Lyon are metered, and not cheap. If you take a taxi from the airport you can expect to pay around 50€ for the journey. The cost is also affected by night time rates.

How long does the Rhonexpress takes from the airport to the city?

The airport is located around 39km away from the city centre. The Rhonexpress takes about 30 minutes to reach the Part-Dieu station in the central city.

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