Car Hire at Lyon Airport
This information is correct as of May 2015
The best way to get around the Rhone-Alpes region is to hire a car at Lyon Airport. Whether you’re planning a skiing holiday on the Swiss border or a booze cruise in Burgundy, the right rental car will ensure your trip runs smoothly.
Where to hire a car at Lyon Airport
Avis, Hertz, Europcar, National/Citer, and Sixt all have desks at Lyon Airport. The car rental centre is outside the airport past the TGV train station.
Petrol stations near Lyon Airport
Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.
There is a petrol station beside the P6 car park on the airport grounds.
Driving around Lyon Airport
The airport has a good road network surrounding it. When you leave the airport you will find yourself on a dual carriageway, and from here you can easily get onto smaller suburban roads or onto the motorway if you prefer. The nearest motorway is the A47, which connects Givors to Saint Etienne. The motorway is a five minute drive south of the airport.
Getting to your destination
France’s gastronomic capital and the birthplace of cinema, Lyon is packed with delights: take a look at our ten favourite things to do in Lyon to learn more.
It takes about half an hour to drive to the centre of Lyon from the airport. The car parks in Lyon are designed by renowned artists and architects so finding somewhere to park your car is an experience in itself. Lyon boasts nearly 50 car parks, 22 of which are within walking distance of the main sights. Parking is free throughout the month of August, but during the rest of the year you will need to pay. If you’re staying for a few nights, choose a hotel with car parking. You will usually need to pay a supplement, especially if you want to stay near the city centre, but we think it’s worth it for the peace of mind.
The ‘Venice of Savoie’ is known for its medieval town centre and azure canals which run straight out of the glacial Lac Annecy.
It takes about an hour and fifteen minutes to drive to Annecy. Most of the car parks in the town are pay and display during the day and free at night. Parking is also free on the outskirts of Annecy. Some hotels in the town have their own guest car parks, although this is less common the closer to the centre you get.
Beaune is renowned for its annual wine auction, where the best bottles of Burgundy are sold off at jaw-dropping prices. The charming town centre is packed with fantastic little cafes, restaurants, and wine shops.
It takes just over an hour and a half to drive to Beaune from Lyon Airport. There are nearly 5000 parking spaces in Beaune, and many of the hotels on the outskirts of the city have free parking for guests. There are nine free car parks in the town, and four pay and display ones.