Access and transport
How to get to and around Lyon?
Right at the heart of Europe, just a 2-hour TGV high-speed train ride from Paris and less than 2 hours by air from the capital cities of Europe, Lyon enjoys a strategic position at the intersection of European transport networks.
Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport
The 3rd French airport offers direct flights to more than 131 destinations and worldwide travel thanks to its connecting flights to other major European hubs, allowing for efficient, speedy connections.
Fully interconnected, the airport is a multimodal hub, which can be easily and rapidly reached by motorway, high-speed train, and the Rhônexpress tram shuttle service (every 15 minutes) and by taxi 24 hours a day, or by TCL bus. Lyon-Saint-Exupery airport is situated only 25 minutes from the city centre.
Lyon’s rail network
High-speed TGV and express trains connect Lyon with all major French cities. Services depart from the city’s 3 TGV stations: Part-Dieu, Perrache and Lyon Saint-Exupéry.
The SNCF (French Railways) offers no fewer than 23 daily journeys in each direction on weekdays, carrying passengers to Paris in under 2 hours. There are also train services from Lyon to Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Belgium and the UK.
HST trips from Lyon:
- Barcelona: 5h08
- Brussells: 3h43
- Geneva: 1h50
- Lille: 2h56
- London: 4h57
- Marseille: 1h40
- Milan: 5h19
- Nice: 4h21
- Paris: 1h57
- Strasbourg: 3h19
- Turin: 3h53
Lyon public transport (TCL)
TCL’s very dense network of metros, trams and buses lets you travel around the Lyon urban community and the region easily and rapidly.
In addition to its 4 metro lines, 7 tram routes, and the 2 funiculars on Fourvière Hill, Lyon is also served by 140 bus routes, 8 of which are operated by trolleybuses.
For cycling enthusiasts, 5,000 self-service bikes are available from 428 docking stations.
With 10 years’ experience behind it, the Vélo’v network – which has just introduced the next generation Vélo’v bike – currently has more than 72,000 members.
If you’re looking for an eco-friendly way of getting around, hire a Cyclopolitain.
These electric tricycles are specially designed for short journeys in the city centre and cost only €1 per person per kilometre.
List of recommended hotels
Click to download a list of recomended hotels (xlsx Excel-file): Lyon-Accomodations (update Feb 11th 2023)