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    Car Hire at Lyon Saint Exupery Train Station - Exploring Lyon

    Lyon Saint Exupery Train Station (formerly known as Satolas-TGV) is a major high-speed railway station located in Colombier-Saugnieu, a small town approximately 20 kilometres to the East of Lyon. An important gateway to France's picturesque Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region, it serves Lyon Airport and is mainly used by passengers arriving and departing by air.

    Part of the main line running from Paris to Marseille, the station is a fully interconnected transport facility that offers excellent accessibility through its motorway network, adjacent airport and the popular Rhonexpress which connects with downtown Lyon in less than 30 minutes. Regular train services run throughout the day to and from many key cities in France, most notably Paris, Marseille and Avignon.

    From Lyon Saint Exupery Train Station you can also reach towns in Rhône-Alps and Provence, including Aix-les-Bains, Aix-en-Provence, Annecy, Arles, Avignon, Chambery, Grenoble, Marseille, Milan, Montelimar, Montpellier, Nice, Orange, Toulon, Turin and Valence, while regular high-speed TGV trains travel internationally to Turin and Milan. Marseille is a 90-minute journey, Paris takes 2 hours, Nice 4 hours and Italy 3 and a half hours.

    Along with its fine-dining tradition, the magnificent city of Lyon has a rich cultural heritage with a gorgeous historic centre classified in 1998 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are numerous first-rate attractions to visit, including the excellent Museum of Archaeology and the Musée des Tissus (Fabric Museum), one of the finest in Europe. Make sure you take a stroll through its old medieval districts, particularly the Quartier Saint-Jean quarter which is arguably the most atmospheric.

    Lyon is one of the most fascinating places in France and with a car hire from Lyon Saint Exupery Train Station you'll have direct access to some of the most picturesque parts of the country, namely Provence and the French Alps. With Auto Europe you can enjoy the freedom of this beautiful city and all its tourist attractions before taking a drive into the countryside to visit vineyards and dine in some of the lovely little medieval villages dotted around the surrounding countryside.

    For help with your itinerary, just get in touch with our rental specialists on +441233225114 and for more information about driving around south-east France and other parts of the country, please consult our guide to driving in France. And don't forget to take a look at the user ratings and comments posted by some of Auto Europe's previous customers in the city on our Lyon car hire reviews page.

    Station Information

    Lyon Saint Exupery Train Station started operating in 1994 with the purpose of catering for high-speed TGV trains. It is connected to Lyon Airport by a footbridge equipped with a travelator; in fact the airport is historically the first in the world to be served by such a rail facility. The architect was the Spanish designer Santiago Calatrava and today his innovatively designed building is considered a masterpiece of modern art. located 25 kilometres from the centre of Lyon, it serves trains travelling between Paris and Marseille. It comprises five trench tracks, with the two central tracks being isolated in what is known as Tube 300 for trains travelling at full speed (around 300kph). A city landmark, the dramatic shape of Lyon Saint Exupery Train Station resembles a bird at the point of flight and is envisioned as a symbolic gateway to the region of Lyon.

    Where to pick up my car hire at Lyon Saint Exupery Train Station

    Saint-Exupéry Train Station offers the only connection between Lyon Airport and Lyon city center thanks to the Rhônexpress express tram service. For many travelers the station is therefore the starting point for their onward journey to Lyon. If you wish to pick up your rental directly at the station premises, please be aware that only Avis has an office inside the station itself, but many more rental companies are located inside the airport terminal and include Sixt, National, Europcar, Alamo, Hertz, and Budget. Some suppliers have their offices in the terminal within walking distance of the station, while others are located elsewhere on the airport grounds. Suppliers with offices outside the terminal building offer a free shuttle bus that will take you to the office. On your reservations voucher you can find the exact location of your chosen supplier.

    Avis Car Hire at Lyon Saint Exupery Train Station Avis at Lyon Saint Exupery Train Station
    Lyon Saint Exupery-Gare SNCF TVG
    Lyon, France 69125

    +33 8 20 61 16 60
    Opening Hours:
    Mon-Fri 7am-11pm, Sat 8am-3pm and Sun noon-8pm

    Station facilities

    When you first arrive at the station you enter a huge entrance hall comprising ticket offices, retail shops, restaurant facilities and access to and from the airport next door. There's a large SNCF information and ticket area, as well as automated ticket machines. For travellers planning to park their car rental at Lyon Saint Exupery Train Station, the main P6 car park is close to the station, plus passengers can be dropped off right in front of the station building. The car park has automatic machines for payments. There's a WI-fi area and a taxi rank and the walk from the Lyon Airport buildings takes just 5 minutes via a dedicated walkway. Travellers with limited mobility looking for assistance to board their train need to arrive at the platform at least 30 minutes before departure. Wheelchairs and boarding ramps are available if required. The station also offers an automatic luggage storage service from earlu morning until late at night. Lyon Airport, likewise, has several options for passengers who want to enjoy a snack, meal or a casual drink before or after their trip. There are sit-down brasseries and restaurants and numerous shops located within the terminals, ranging from duty-free boutiques to clothing and beauty shops, boutiques offering souvenirs, gifts, local products and electronics, and international newsstands.

    How to get to and from Lyon Saint Exupery Train Station

    Located about a 30-minute drive from the city centre, visitors shouldn't have any problems picking up or dropping off their car hire at Lyon Saint Exupery Train Station . The best route is to take the A48, A43 and then the N346, or vice versa. Alternative destinations such as Grenoble and Geneva in Switzerland or Turin in Italy are all easily reached from the station. A tram link is also available to and from the city centre called Rhônexpress which departs every 5 minutes from outside the station. Travelling between Lyon-Saint Exupéry airport and Lyon Part-Dieu train station, the Rhônexpress has its own platform to serve downtown Lyon in less than half an hour. Lyon’s public transport network, ran by TCL, consists of 4 metro lines, 6 tram lines, 2 funicular railways and over a hundred bus routes. Lyon Saint Exupery Train Station also provides great links throughout the region and into the Alps, including routes to Paris and Marseille. Coaches are available for connections to nearby towns, and a handy shuttle service is on-hand to take travellers to many of the best ski resorts in the area.

    Parking tips

    With over 50 car parks in and around the centre, the city has plenty of options for people who choose to rent a car at Lyon Saint Exupery Train Station. A popular choice is Parc Opéra which is located very close to the Lyon City Hall and the Fine Art Museum. Other possibilities include the car parks of Antonin Poncet, Célestins, Cordeliers, Fosse aux Ours, Hôtel de Ville, Les Halles, Morand, République, Saint-Georges and Saint-Jean. Lyon is a large city and has many on-street parking spaces available which are zoned and metered, with those in the central P1 zones being the most expensive. There are no less than 10 car parks located at Lyon Airport, some of which are located at the terminals and others a short distance away.

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