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Getting from Lyon Airport to City Centre

There are two main transportation options for anyone looking to get from Lyon Airport to the city centre of Lyon; taxis and the tram. Tram is a popular option for anyone looking for a budget-friendly mode of transport. The tram service is called the Rhonexpress and travels directly from the airport to the main train station Part-Dieu. The journey takes 30 minutes and costs €16.10 per traveller. For those looking for a more comfortable and private option for their journey from Lyon Airport to city centre, a taxi is a perfect choice. Lyon airport to city taxis take the same time to reach the centre in light traffic, although the trip will cost a little more – approximately €50.

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Comparison of the options

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

How to get from Lyon Airport to city centre by taxi

Taxis are readily available at Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport (LYS) to transport you to your end destination easily. A private airport taxi is the most convenient option to get from Lyon Airport to the city centre, especially for those arriving with lots of luggage or outside the hours the tram is in operation. The transfer takes 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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Night time
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26 min
59 min
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33 min


Trip Duration

30 Min

*Rates may vary unless booked in advance.

Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 from Lyon Airport.

Where do I get a taxi from?

Taxis are available outside of the airport arrivals at a dedicated rank where you will have to queue to take one.


Taxis are by far the most convenient option for those who want door-to-door service from Lyon Airport to the city 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.
Do not accept ride-offers from people at the airport - always take a taxi from the airport ranks.

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 30 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 tram from Lyon Airport to city centre?

A single fare on the Lyon Airport to City tram is 16.10€. However, if you purchase your ticket online in advance, then you can get it slightly cheaper at 14.90€.



Trip Duration

30 Min

There can be a 15 minute wait between trams.

Value for Money

The service from Lyon Airport to City is available between 05:00-00:00.

Where do I get the tram from?

The Rhonexpress is available from the airport train station, located around 5 minute’s 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, the 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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Book a trained, English-speaking taxi driver to pick you up at the same price as a regular cab from the line

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.

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Frequently asked questions

How many transportation options are there from Lyon Airport?

There are two transportation options if you’re looking to get from Lyon 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.

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

Taxis in Lyon are metered. If you take a taxi from Lyon airport to the city centre you can expect to pay around 50€ for the journey. The cost may be affected by nighttime rates and is not fixed, so if you’re looking for a set-rate fare and no hidden fees to secure your peace of mind, then it’s recommended to pre-book your ride with Welcome Pickups.

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

The airport is located under 25km away from the city centre. The Rhonexpress is a popular option to get from Lyon Airport to the city, as it takes about 30 minutes to reach the Part-Dieu station downtown.

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