|Transportation for Lyon, France|
Lyon-Saint-Exupéry International Airport (LYS), 30 km (19 miles) east of Lyon's Place Bellecour (map), is an Air France hub and serves flights to many European cities. It has its own TGV train station (see below) with direct high-speed TGV trains to Paris, Marseille and other cities. More...
Take the Rhônexpress train right from the airport to Vaulx-en-Velin La Soie and change to Métro line A, or to Lyon Part-Dieu for the Gare de Lyon Part-Dieu SNCF (see below) and to reach your hotel or other destination in Lyon. Adult one-way tickets cost about 16€ for the 30-minute ride. More...
MyDriver by Sixt offers an excellent airport transfer service: book your transfer online, your driver meets you at the airport arrivals area holding a sign bearing your name, helps with your luggage, and drives you in a late-model German car or van to your destination. Four classes of service, with approximate prices:
—Economy Class, BMW 2 series auto, up to 3 passengers and two suitcases: 86€
—Business Class, BMW 5 series auto, up to 3 passengers and two suitcases: 94€
—First Class, Mercedes-Benz S-class auto, up to 3 passengers and 3 suitcases: 126€
—Business Van, Mercedes-Benz V-class van, up to 5 passengers and 4 suitcases: 118€
These fares compare very well to taxi fares and spare you the confusion of having to find a taxi, pay the fare after your ride, calculate and pay a tip, etc. For MyDriver, you pay in advance online, and there are no additional charges for help with luggage, tip, etc. It's all taken care of.
If your flight is late, the driver will know, and plan accordingly. There is no surcharge for waiting time. If you must cancel, you may do so without penalty up to one hour before your scheduled pick-up time.
It's a great system, with luxury cars, all operated with German efficiency! Check fares here.
Gare de Lyon Part-Dieu SNCF
Lyon's main train station, at 5 Place Charles Béraudier, 2.5 km (1.5 miles) east of Place Bellecour (map), serves fast long-distance TGV trains as well as regional TER Rhône-Alpes trains. The station is connected to the rest of Lyon by Métro Line B, the Rhônexpress train from Aéroport Lyon Saint-Exupéry, and trams T1, T3 and T4.
Gare de Lyon Saint-Exupéry TGV
Many fast TGV trains arrive and depart at Lyon's newest train station, the Gare de Lyon Saint-Exupéry TGV within the Aéroport Lyon-Saint-Exupéry, 30 km (19 miles) east of Lyon's Place Bellecour (map). The TGV station is 300 meters (328 yards) west of the main airport terminal. Tram RX connects the airport TGV station with the city center.
Gare de Lyon-Perrache SNCF
This city-center train station at 14 Cours de Verdun, 1.2 km (3/4 mile) southwest of Place Bellecour along rue Victor-Hugo (map), serves local, regional and some national trains, though most TGV trains arrive and depart at Lyon's other two train stations.
TCL is the organization that operates Lyon's four Métro, five tramway lines, two funiculars, and more than 130 city bus routes. A TCL ticket is valid for one hour in one direction, and takes you anywhere you want to go on the system, by any means.
Just remember that you must validate your ticket whenever you board the TCL system, and every time you change from one mode of transport to another (except when you change Métro lines).
A standard ticket costs 1.80€ when bought prior to travel (2€ if you buy it from the driver on a bus), but TCL offers a variety of special Liberté tickets and transit passes that can save you money if you plan to make several trips in the same day or evening. More...