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Lyon Airport Guide

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In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our Lyon Airport Guide with info on WiFi, lounges, facilities and services....and yes, even the names of some airport hotels in case you decide that sleeping in the airport is not for you!

I don't think airport snoozing is really that common in france, the staff looked at me slightly oddly but left me be. -Lesley

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us during their time at Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport.

What to Expect

  • A modern international airport with three separate terminals for domestic, international and low-cost carrier flights. A wide variety of shops, restaurants and services are available, mainly in Terminals 1 and 2.
  • WiFi is available. See WiFi information in the airport guide below.

Where to Sleep

  • Don’t bother trying to sleep in the stingy and uncomfortable Terminal 3! Terminal 1 is the popular terminal for sleeping, with its ample supply of comfortable seating and couches (mostly near bars and restaurants that are closed for the night), peaceful atmosphere, power outlets a-plenty, and free WiFi.
  • Have earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones handy to block out any annoying overhead announcements!
  • For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

Good to Know

  • Economy class passengers can pay to enter one of the airport’s first class lounges. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for locations and rates.
  • According to one reviewer, vending machines in the airport train station are cheaper than the vending machines inside of the airport terminal.

For more information about the services and facilities available, scroll down to continue exploring our Lyon Airport Guide. Send us your airport tips to help us keep this information up to date.

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Lyon Airport Information

In this guide we may refer to locations as "landside" and "airside". Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

Airline Lounges

If you are a First or Business Class traveller you may have access to the lounge listed below. For more information, check the airline’s web site.

  • Air France Lounge - Location: Terminal 2, Airside.

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Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Lyon Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • NH Lyon Aéroport - (30 steps from Terminals 1 and 3) Day rooms are offered according to availability.
  • Hotel Kyriad Lyon - Aéroport Saint Exupéry - (800m from the airport) Free 24-hour airport shuttle departs every 30 minutes.
  • Ibis Budget Aeroport Lyon Saint Exupéry - (6 minute walk from the airport) Free airport shuttle runs from 3:00AM to 2:30PM and 4:45PM to 11:30PM (weekdays) and 3:00AM to 10:30AM and 4:45PM to 11:30PM (weekends and public holidays).
  • Hotel Campanile Lyon Est - Aeroport Saint Exupéry - (5 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available from the hotel to the airport (24 hours a day). From the airport to the hotel, the shuttle is available on request. You need to call 04 78 40 40 11 to be collected and it costs 6,00€ per person.

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Lyon Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

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Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Lyon Airport.

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More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

  • ATMs / Cash Machines - Locations: T1, landside, Check-in area on Level 1 • T2, landside, Check-in area on Level 0.
  • Baby Care Facilities - Diaper changing rooms are available 24 hours a day in T1 and T2. Loaner strollers are available for use, free of charge. Request one at the Information Desk.
  • Baggage Trolleys - Available for use for a refundable deposit of €1 (coin-only). If you don’t have a €1 coin handy, free tokens are available in the car parks and Arrivals halls.
  • Chapel - There is a spiritual and interfaith centre located in Le Square.
  • Children’s Play Area - Two locations: T1, landside, Level 0 near the tour operators • T2, airside, Departures lounge.
  • Currency Exchange - Locations: Travelex, Le Square. Hours: 8:15AM - 6:00PM (Mon, Wed, Fri - Sun). Travelex, Terminal 1, Hall B. Hours: 5:30AM - 8:15PM (Mon, Wed, Thurs & Fri), 5:30AM - 7:00PM (Tues).
  • Duty Free and Shopping - The airport offers 3 Duty Free shops as well as a selection of other shops including Relay (newspapers, magazines, snacks, etc.).
  • Food & Drinks - Food concessions throughout the airport operate on varying schedules, with some open as early as 4:30AM or 5:00AM. At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options.
  • Games Area - Locations: Terminal 1, départ 15 and Terminal 2, départ 21.
  • Information Desk - Locations: T1, Level 0. (Hours: 8:00AM - 11:00PM) • T2, Level 0. (Hours: 6:00AM - 11:00PM) • Welcome Area - Le Square, Level 1. (Hours: 6:00AM - 11:00PM).
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers - Cloakroom service is available for the storage of coats, shoes, helmets, and other items for €2 per item; small hand luggage items (knives, etc.) for €5 per item; and a key / document drop for €5 per item. Location: Welcome Space - Le Square - Level 1. Hours : 6:00AM - 10:00PM.
  • Luggage Wrapping - Available for €10 per bag. Location: Terminal 1, Hall A. (Hours: 6:00AM - 8:00PM).
  • Medical Services - Urgent and emergency medical care is available at the Infirmary (Bâtiment Arc, Level 0) and at the walk-in Medical Practice (Arc Building, Level 0). Infirmary hours: 8:00AM - 8:00PM. Medical Practice hours: Open 24 hours.
  • Mobile Charging - There are 5 tables in the restaurant area of Terminal 1 that enable mobile charging.
  • Pharmacy - Location: Le Square, airside, Level 1. Hours: 8:00AM - 8:00PM (Mon - Fri) • 8:00AM - 7:00PM (Sat) • 10:00AM - 8:00PM (Sun).
  • Prayer Area - There is an interfaith Religious Centre located on Level 1 in Le Square. Hours: Open 24 hours.
  • Rest Zones - Not available.
  • Showers - Freshen up before or after a long flight! Two options are available: € 7 for Eco shower or € 12 for Comfort shower. Location: Le Square, Level 1. Hours: 6:00AM - 11:00PM.
  • Spa & Salon Services - Express manicure and pedicure services are available at Mademoiselle Vernis Express Nail Bar. Location: T2, airside, Departure lounge. Hours: 2:00PM - 8:00PM (Sun-Fri). Closed on Saturdays.

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Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

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As of February 2018, Lyon airport is served by the following airlines: Aegean • Aer Lingus • Aeroflot • Aigle Azur • Air Algérie • Air Arabia Maroc • Air Armenia • Air Canada • Air Corsica • Air France • Air Malta • Air Transat • Austrian Airlines • Blue Air • British Airways • Brussels Airlines • Chalair • Croatia Airlines • easyJet • Emirates • Eurowings • Finnair • Flybe • Hop! • Iberia • Iberia Express • Jet2 • Jetairfly • KLM • Lufthansa • Montenegro Airlines • Nouvelair • Pegasus Airlines • Royal Air Maroc • S7 Airlines • TAP Portugal • Transavia • Tunisair • Turkish Airlines • Twin Jet • Volotea • Vueling • Wizz Air • WOW • XL Airways.

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Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


The airport is well connected to the bus system, whether you are travelling to the city, a nearby town or heading to the slopes, there should be a bus than can get you there. For fares, routes and schedules, visit the Lyon Airport website.

Car Rentals

A free shuttle service links the airport with the car rentals area. The following agencies are located onsite: Avis/Budget, Enterprise/National/Alamo, Europcar, Hertz/Thrifty, Sixt and Total.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide airport transportation service as a courtesy to their guests. Here are a few hotels offering airport shuttle service: Ibis Budget Aeroport Lyon Saint Exupery (Shuttle Hours: 24 hours)   •   Campanile Lyon Est   •   Premiere Classe Lyon Est.


Metered taxis are readily available at the taxi rank just outside of the airport. Accepted methods of payment include cash, credit cards and bank checks. The following average daytime rates (7:00AM - 7:00PM) were current at the time of this December 2017 update: Lyon Centre € 50 - 55; Eurexpo € 45 - 50; Cité Internationale € 45 - 50; Grenoble € 150 - 160; Moutiers € 230 - 240.


Lyon Airport is connected by train to over 24 towns in France and Italy, with service provided by TGV high-speed trains or low-cost OUIGO trains. For more information on train services from Lyon Airport, visit the SNCF website.

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Last Updated: 15 February 2018

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning and is subject to change at any time. The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors, or to add/change any items mentioned in the guide, please contact us .