If you need a car hire in Lyon, Auto Europe is here to assist you. As the second largest metropolis in France after Paris, Lyon offers much to see. Travel through centuries of history beginning at the 2,000-year-old Fourviere Hill, home to Lyon's ancient Roman Theatres and to Vieux Lyon (Old Lyon), a neighbourhood ripe with well-preserved Renaissance history. Or choose to discover the more modern side of Lyon by heading over to contemporary New Lyon. With over 50 years of experience in the car hire industry, Auto Europe affords you the best rates and superior service for any car rental needs.
As the second largest city in France, there is generally heavy traffic within the city and its surrounding motorways, particularly during the summer holiday season. Be prepared for significant traffic delays in late July and early August in particular. Also, note that driving in the old district of La Croix Rousse can be challenging due to the steep and narrow one-way streets.
If travelling outside of the city, you will find an extensive network of motorways that lead to other areas of interest, including Geneva, the Alps, Marseille, Grenoble, Nice, and Paris. Our driving information for France gives you more information on driving your car hire in Lyon and the surrounding areas.
Beware of the 'prohibited parking' areas, and be sure to pay any required parking fees, as you may be ticketed by the city police if you fail to do so, and the tickets can be quite expensive. If you accidentally park in a dangerous location (for instance in front of a fire hydrant or blocking an exit), you could be given a high fine and find that your car has been towed.
Lyon is divided by two rivers (the Rhone and Saone), which join in southern Lyon. The area between the two rivers forms a peninsula that is referred to as 'Presqu'île'. Within that peninsula sits the city centre, and to its west lies the historically rich original city, the Vieux Lyon.
With regard to weather, Lyon is classified as a semi-continental climate, with cold winters (temperatures can be under -5°C) and hot summers (temperatures can reach 35°C in July and August). Precipitation levels are modest with thunderstorms in the summer and mostly rain in the winter, although occasionally a short-lived snowfall does occur. If you prefer a more temperate climate, plan to visit Lyon in spring or fall.
Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport (LYS)
Telephone: +33 426 007 007
Lyon's Saint-Exupéry Airport is 25 kilometres east of the city. While the airport welcomes a few intercontinental flights, it is more of a European hub. Among the airlines that service LYS are Air France, EasyJet, and Air Méditerranée. Most major European airlines operate flights between Lyon and their hubs.
To get to the city of Lyon from LYS, you could ride the Rhônexpress (an upscale tram train), that will deliver you to the city centre in 30 minutes. The Rhônexpress connects in the city at the main Lyon Part-Dieu station, in addition to connecting with the metro (line A) at Vaulx-en-Velin La Soie, which is convenient for travellers staying in the Presqu'île district. If you prefer a taxi, they can be found outside of Terminal 1.
Grenoble-Isère Airport (GNB)
Telephone: +33 476 6548 48
Grenoble-Isère Airport is roughly an hour from Lyon and is served by many economy airlines. Shuttle bus services from Grenoble to Lyon are available.
Lyon has three central train stations serving national and regional destinations:
There are also smaller stations that serve suburban and regional destinations.
High Speed Rail
The TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse) links Lyon to many popular European destinations, including Paris (two hours), Marseille (one hour 36 minutes) and Brussels (four hours). Perrache and Part-Dieu stations operate daily TGV services to Paris.
International bus services are operated by Eurolines and arrive at and leave from Perrache station. Lyon also offers local buses with almost 100 bus lines throughout the city that can take you almost anywhere you would like to go. Electric trolleys are part of some of the lines.
The Metro (Underground) System
There are four metro lines (A-D) with trains running every two to ten minutes. Information screens above the platforms display the waiting times for the upcoming two trains and other useful information such as delays and closures.
Taxis can be quite expensive in Lyon. There may be a minimum charge per trip as well as a number of additional charges for 'extras', such as bringing an animal, or a piece of large luggage, or even adding a fourth passenger. Unlike many cities, you may not hail a taxi on the street, but must either travel to a taxi station or call for a taxi.