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    Car Hire at Lyon Part Dieu Train Station - Gateway to the Alps

    Lyon Part Dieu Train Station is one of France’s busiest railway stations and a conveniently-located transport hub right on the edge of the city centre. Recently upgraded and expanded, it is served by high-speed TGV services from all over France as well as several other European countries, including Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Spain. A major gateway for not just the Lyon metropolitan area but the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region as a whole, Lyon Part Dieu (or Gare de la Part-Dieu, as it is known locally) comprises several important public spaces, cultural attractions, shopping centres and pivotal public transport services. Originally opened for freight in 1859, the station today handles more than 30 million passenger movements every year, of which a large percentage are travellers en route to the Alps or the sun-baked beaches of the South of France.

    The third-largest city in France (after Paris and Marseille), Lyon has a great amount of tourist appeal due to its long, fascinating history stretching all the way back to the Romans. Located in the heart of the picturesque Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, it is dominated by two hills - Fourvière to the west and Croix-Rousse to the east - both of which afford outstanding vistas of the city and its environs. Don't miss the Musée des Beaux-Arts considered the next best fine arts museum in France after the Louvre, nor the atmospheric Old Town known as the Quartier Saint-Jean.

    With a car hire from Lyon Part Dieu Train Station you'll have good access to the Alps (Mont Blanc, Europe's highest mountain, is only 150 kilometres away) and many of the most beautiful and interesting parts of eastern France, including the Livradois-Forez Regional Natural Park where you can visit some lovely little villages and eat some of the traditional dishes of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. Furthermore, Lyon is only a two-hour motorway drive from Geneva, one of the most enchanting cities in central Europe.

    Operating in over 24,000 locations in more than 180 different destinations, Auto Europe is one of the world's top car rental companies with a good selection of convenient pick-up points in many parts of Lyon and its surroundings, including Lyon Airport and Lyon Perrache Train Station. As a market-leading car hire broker, Auto Europe works very closely with all the world’s top car rental companies, including Avis, Europcar, Budget, Sixt and Hertz, which means we can offer you the cheapest rates and the widest choice of vehicles for your next visit to Lyon.

    If you need any help at all with your reservation or require advice and assistance with your travel plans, just call our award-winning rental specialists on +441233225114 and they will be only too happy to get you the best deal and put you on the right road. For additional peace of mind, please take a look at the ratings and comments posted by some of Auto Europe's other customers in the city on our Lyon car hire reviews page.

    Station Information

    Situated on the main Paris-Marseille line, Gare de la Part-Dieu is the primary railway station in Lyon. The current building was constructed in 1978 as part of the new Part-Dieu urban neighbourhood project, which was constructed in conjunction with a shopping centre (the largest in France outside of Île-de-France), a major government office complex and the tallest skyscraper in the area (affectionately known as Le Crayon - The Pencil) due to its shape. Connected to both the French (SNCF) and international rail networks, it is a significant railway hub with many lines running through it, notably from Paris, Marseille, Valence, Saint-Étienne, Nice, Montpellier, Perpignan, Barcelona, Rouen, Roissy, Lille, Brussels, Geneva, Tours, Metz, Strasbourg, Nantes, Rennes, Grenoble, Bordeaux, Avignon, Aix-en-Provence, Le Havre, Karlsruhe and Frankfurt.

    Where to pick up my car hire at Lyon Part Dieu Train Station

    Most of the companies offering car hire at Lyon Part Dieu Train Station have their offices on Avenue Georges Pompidou, in very close proximity to the main station building, including Avis, Europcar and Sixt. Before arriving to pick up your car hire at Lyon Part Dieu Train Station, please make sure you have all the necessary documents with you, including your passport, driving licence, voucher and a valid credit card in the name of the main driver.

    Avis Car Hire at Lyon Part Dieu Train Station Avis at Lyon Part Dieu Train Station
    8 Avenue Georges Pompidou
    Lyon, France 69003
    +33 04 27 19 30 57
    Opening Hours:
    Mon-Fri 7am-9pm, Sat 8am-4pm and Sun 11am-7pm
    Europcar Car Hire at Lyon Part Dieu Train Station Europcar at Lyon Part Dieu Train Station
    5 Avenue Georges Pompidou
    Lyon, France 69003
    +33 825 002522
    Opening Hours:
    Mon-Thu 7am-9pm, Fri 7am-10pm, Sat 9am-6pm and Sun 10am-1pm/3-8pm
    Sixt Car Hire at Lyon Part Dieu Train Station Sixt at Lyon Part Dieu Train Station
    8 Avenue Georges Pompidou
    Lyon, France 69003
    +33 820 00 74 98
    Opening Hours:
    Mon-Fri 8am-9pm, Sat 9am-5pm and Sun 2-9pm

    Station facilities

    Subject to ongoing development and improvement works, Lyon Part Dieu Train Station boasts a growing range of modern on-site facilities and amenities offering passengers a wide range of shops, sandwich kiosks and burger bars in various parts of the station compound. There's also a good selection of restaurants, cafés and takeaway food outlets from which to choose, along with a newsstand, several bookshops and places to purchase souvenirs and other tourist-related items. The station also has free Wi-fi throughout the premises and several ATM machines available, along with a comfortable waiting room, numerous WCs, a busy luggage-storage centre, post office and tourist information desk. Along with several parking spaces close by, passengers with reduced mobility are well catered for with raised platforms, lifts and specially-adapted toilets in the main part of the station hall near the ticket office.

    How to get to and from Lyon Part Dieu Train Station

    It's very easy to get into the city to pick up your vehicle when you rent a car at Lyon Part Dieu Train station. The city is well served by a large network of public transport facilities covering the entire city, plus the station is only 2 hours from Paris (with a train every 30 minutes), 3 hours from Lille, 1.40 hours from Marseille (with no less than 22 round-trips every day) and just over 5 hours from Barcelona. France's high-speed TGV trains also serve Chambéry, Annecy and Brussels, as well as many other large European cities. Lyon also has a modern metro system and Part Dieu is on Line B, which only takes two stops to Saxe-Gambetta then Line D with three more stops to Vieux Lyon to reach the old town. It's easy to transfer between the station and Lyon Airport on the dedicated Rhône Express airport tram which operates every 15 minutes from early morning until late evening, with a journey time of about half an hour. There are several bus stops near the railway station with routes heading in different directions, plus the nearest taxi rank is in Béraudier Square, a stone's throw from the main entrance.

    Parking tips

    With around fifty large car parks from which to choose, you'll never have a problem finding a space once you've picked up your car rental at Lyon Part Dieu Train Station. Many of them are located close to the city's top tourist attractions and most historic sites, which makes visiting Lyon a dream at any time of the year. For instance, Parc Opéra is a town centre car park conveniently situated between the Rhône and Saône rivers, very close to the Lyon Opera, town hall and fine art museum. Other popular centrally-located car parks include Antonin Poncet, Célestins, Cordeliers, Fosse aux Ours, Hôtel de Ville, Les Halles, Morand, République, Saint-Georges and Saint-Jean. On-street spaces (around 30,000 in all) are also in abundance with metered parking available throughout the city, with P1 zones being the most expensive as they are located in the centre.

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