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    Car Hire at Lyon Perrache Train Station - Exploring Eastern France

    Lyon Perrache Train Station (Gare de Lyon-Perrache, in French) is one of two busy railway hubs in the centre of Lyon, a large city in the east of France. Located at the end of the Presqu'ile peninsula, it is the main station for regional routes in and out of the city, along with many longer-distance trains from other parts of France. It also connects with regular services from Paris and Marseille and is the terminus for trains arriving from Geneva in neighbouring Switzerland.

    Opened in 1857, the station was originally designed as a central station and took the French architect François-Alexis Cendrier eighteen months to build. It remained the city's most important transport facility until the nearby Part Dieu Train Station was inaugurated many years later. Today, Lyon Perrache Train Station caters for an increasing number of regional (TER) and intercity trains, as well as the occasional a high-speed TGV service. It is also well connected with Lyon's efficient metro system, as well as the city's popular tram lines (T1, T2, T3 and T4).

    The bustling city of Lyon (now the third-largest metropolis in France) is a fast-growing tourist destination with a wealth of interesting attractions, a fact greatly assisted by its excellent connections and first-rate transport facilities. Most first-time visitors head for Quartier Saint-Jean and Quartier Saint-Georges, two of the oldest parts of the inner city where many top sights can be found, including the Lyon History Museum (Musée d'Histoire de Lyon) portraying the city's long and very eventful past and the Puppet Museum (Musée des Arts de La Marionnette), one of the best in Europe and always a hit with the kids.

    Book your car hire at Lyon Perrache Train Station the next time you visit Lyon in order to take full advantage of this great city and all its magnificent attractions. With almost 70 years of car rental experience, Auto Europe can offer you the widest selection of vehicle options and always at the cheapest prices on the market. Call our rental specialists on +441233225114 and they'll be happy to find you the best deal. For added peace of mind, please check out the comments posted by previous Auto Europe customers in the city on our Lyon car hire reviews page.

    Station Information

    Built on a 6-metre-high embankment, Lyon Perrache Train Station forms a rampart between the north and south on Cours de Verdun, one of the city's main thoroughfares. In the mid-19th century when the station was first built, the area flourished with dozens of factories and the district was one of the most thriving parts of Lyon. The same is true today with more than 200,000 passenger movements on over 1,500 trains arriving at and departing from the station every day, including a growing percentage of tourists looking to discover this fine city, which continues to establish itself as the modern gateway to the enchanting and very scenic Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region.

    Where to pick up my car hire at Lyon Perrache Train Station

    Many of the world's most prestigious car rental suppliers have offices and pick-up points in very close proximity to Gare de Lyon-Perrache, making it very easy for drivers to rent a car at Lyon Perrache Train Station and be on their way in just a few minutes. Please make sure that you have all the necessary car rental documents with you prior to arrival, most notably your passport, driving licence and a copy of your Auto Europe car rental voucher.

    Avis Car Hire at Lyon Perrache Train Station Avis at Lyon Perrache Train Station
    14 Cours Verdun Rambaud
    Lyon, France 69002
    +33 472771443
    Opening Hours:
    Mon-Fri 8am-7pm (closed Sat & Sun)
    Enterprise Car Hire at Lyon Perrache Train Station Enterprise at Lyon Perrache Train Station
    12 Cours Verdun Rambaud
    Lyon, France 69002
    +33 977 403269
    Opening Hours:
    Mon-Thu 9am-5pm and Fri 9am-7pm (closed Sat & Sun)
    Hertz Car Hire at Lyon Perrache Train Station Hertz at Lyon Perrache Train Station
    14 Place des Archives , Parking Q-Park, Level -1 Gare Perrache
    Lyon, France 69002
    +33 478 422485
    Opening Hours:
    Mon-Fri 7am-7pm and Sat 8am-1pm (closed Sun)
    Sixt Car Hire at Lyon Perrache Train Station Sixt at Lyon Perrache Train Station
    14 Cours de Verdun Rambaud
    Lyon, France 69002
    +33 482 250282
    Opening Hours:
    Mon-Fri 8am-6pm and Sat 8am-1pm (closed Sun)

    Station facilities

    As one of the city's main transport hubs, Lyon Perrache Train Station has a good range of facilities both on-site and in close proximity to the main entrance. Chief among these are the popular and very well-stocked Carrefour Express supermarket, along with a tobacconist, newsagent and an upmarket brasserie serving hot meals all day long. Other essential amenities include fast food outlets, automatic TGV ticket machines, luggage-storage lockers, a nursery area and parking spaces adjacent to the station building. Furthermore, there's a very comfortable three-star hotel less than 50 metres from Lyon Perrache Train Station. Gare de Lyon-Perrache also gives priority to disabled passengers, meaning that they do not need to queue like other passengers.

    How to get to and from Lyon Perrache Train Station

    Due to its convenient location on the edge of the city centre, you'll find that it's relatively easy to pick up and drop off your car rental at Lyon Perrache Train Station. Located in the Perrache district, right on the confluence of the Saone and Rhone rivers, the station is a short drive from downtown and many of Lyon's top tourist attractions. There are several ways to reach it using Lyon's efficient public transport system, with a succession of local trains and a well-designed metro system offering the quickest ways of getting to and from the station. Metro lines A and D are connected to Gare de Lyon-Perrache and trains run all day from 530am to midnight throughout the week at regular intervals. Buses are also in abundance around Lyon city centre, with several key routes passing the station, including C20, C21, C22, S1, 8, 31, 32, 46, 49, 49D, 55, 63, 73 and 91. Likeiwse, Lyon's tram lines (T1, T2, T3 and T4) are another popular way of getting to Lyon Perrache Train Station at any time of the day. The station is well linked with other major cities, such as Paris (2 hours) and Brussels (4 hours). The main taxi rank at the station is located on Rue de Villette or Place Beraudier just outside the main entrance and regular shuttle services operated by Satobus connect the station with Lyon Airport.

    Parking tips

    As the third-largest city in France, parking in Lyon can be a little stressful if you don't know where to go. There are several large car parks in the city, plus there are plenty of on-street parking spaces available. Much depends on the time of day and also the season during which you visit. It's wise to allow extra time for your journey if you're driving on a particular schedule. To find your way around with a car hire from Lyon Perrache Train Station, you'll definitely benefit from a sat nav or a decent street map with all the main car parks clearly indicated. Parc Opéra, for instance, is a town centre car park between the Rhône and Saône rivers, very close to the Lyon Opera, the town hall and fine art museum. Use one of the many centrally-located car parks or the money-saving Park and Ride (P&R) facilities on the outskirts of Lyon which have excellent transport options into the centre.

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