Car Hire in Lyon Airport
This information is correct as of May 2015
Lyon is a lovely city to visit, however you may well just be visiting this airport to reach another city in the region – did you know you can reach most major French cities in the region in under an hour from Lyon airport?
Where to hire a car in Lyon airport
There are five car rental companies to choose from in Lyon airport. As you head through departures in Terminal 1, you’ll see the booths for Avis, Hertz, National, Sixt and Europcar. If you can’t see the booth you’re looking for, it may be located outside of the terminal. However, the airport have made it easy to find them by supplying interactive maps in the terminal.
There’s a good variety of cars available from Lyon airport, as it is quite a big one. Check out the charges for little sports cars, family carriers and vans by using the Skyscanner car hire comparison tool.
Petrol stations near Lyon
You should always check whether you need to return your car with a full tank. La Croissanterie Relais Total is located on the roundabout as you exit the airport, so you’ll always be able to top up before you leave your car here. The next closest one is to the south of the airport in Saint-Laurent-de-Mure.
Driving around Lyon airport
It’s definitely worth mapping out your journey before you exit the airport, as it’s planted into the middle of a motorway nest. The majority of travellers head west when leaving the airport, to Lyon, Saint Etienne or Vienne on the A43. If you need to reach Bourg or Geneva, you’ll be heading east.
Destinations to drive to from Lyon airport
A large motorway network serves Lyon airport, with links to Marseille, Paris, Geneva and Saint-Etienne.
Lyon is one of the best up-and-coming cities in Europe – see it now, before everyone else gets here.
The city of Lyon is northwest of Lyon airport. If you need to get to the city, take the first exit at the airport roundabout when leaving onto the D29 and continue onto the D302. You will then merge onto the D383 after 16km. Keep right and merge onto Boulevard Laurent Bonnevay, then take exit 61 to get into Lyon city centre. It’s not easy to drive around Lyon, so they do recommend that you find a car park as soon as you enter the city – there are also park and ride locations on the outskirts of the city.
In fact, we think the interior of the airport is pretty kooky. Check out the top 10 things to do in Lyon whilst you’re there.
The Loire Valley is known for it’s blooming red wines and long, rolling green landscapes. It’s a popular destination to hole up in a cottage and get away from it all. It takes an hour to reach Saint Etienne from Lyon airport, including toll roads. You’ll be taking the second exit from the airport roundabout at Lyon, heading toward the A 432 so you can merge. At San Priest, take the A46 to Marseille, and continue onto the A47 until you see the signs for Saint-Etienne. Saint-Etienne is a mid-sized town, and there are plenty of car parks in the centre.
The South of France (Marseille, Montpellier, Avignon)
It takes 3 hours to drive to Avignon, the gateway to the south of France. Before you bypass the rich countryside in favour of the glittering beaches, check out the local produce and castles in this area. When you do move on, you can reach Marseille and Montpellier with ease from here. You’ll be following the signs for Marseille, taking the second exit at the airport into Saint Preiest, then drive south until you’re able to merge onto the A7. It’s then a long and winding road into the very south of France (a 3 hour journey, to be precise!)