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Layover in Lyon, France

| January 27, 2014

Stuck on a layover at Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport (LYS) in France? As a hub of Air France, the airport (formerly known as Lyon Satolas Airport) is located in Colombier-Saugnieu which is roughly 13 miles from Lyon city center, which makes it an accessible destination to those stuck on long layovers. If you’re trying to determine whether you can leave the airport during your Lyon layover, click here for useful tips.
Lyon France Layover
If you’re stuck in the Lyon airport during your layover, there’s plenty of shops (including duty free and regular), bars and restaurants, and services to keep you entertained. The airport offers services including currency exchange, changing stations, chapel, showers (ranging from 7-12 Euros), baggage storage (Phone +33 (0)4 72 22 83 38), Game Ares in Terminal 1 – depart 15 and Terminal 2 – depart 21. In addition, the airport also offers a post office in Le Centre (Phone : +33 (0)4 72 23 81 04), Dry Cleaning in Le Centre (Phone: +33(0) 4 34 00 70 40), Photo booth and digital photo service in Le Centre.

For business travelers, there’s a Business Center in the main airport complex. There are also Private Lounges (some with showers – reservation required) and Business Lunches can be arranged.

If you arrive at night, or are looking for a place to rest, there are two airport hotels located at the Lyon Airport — The NH Lyon Aeroport and the Hotel Kyriad. For a full listing of hotels of varying price points in Lyon, click here.

If you’re planning on leaving the airport during your Lyon layover, there are many transportation options. You can take a taxi (click here for rates), or travel by busrailtram, or car rental.

Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On A Lyon, France Layover:

Lyon Tours

There are an endless amount of activities and tours available in Lyon. You can book anything from electric bike sightseeing tours to french cooking classes. To find and book Lyon tours, click here!

Mt. Fourviere

If you’re looking for a good panoramic view of the city, Mt. Fourviere is your best bet. Home to a statue of the Virgin Mary, here you can also find an archeological museum and a light show in the summer months.

The Old City

Located at the base of Mt. Fourviere, the Old City of Lyon has stunning architecture, shops and cafes. It’s a great way to get a feel of the city and check out the charming neighborhood.

Parc de la Tete d’Or

With over 260 acres, and a zoo and a botanical garden, the Parc de la Tete d’Or is a great place to stretch your legs or take kids on a Lyon layover. There’s a train that connects the various areas.

The Gallo-Roman Amphitheater

Built in 19 A.D., this impressive amphitheater was once a part of the Roman Empire under the rule of Tiberius. An interesting destination to check out, and don’t forget to check out the museum and artifacts on display.

None of these interst you? For more attractions to visit on your layover in Lyon, France, click here.

Have a suggestion for a Lyon layover? Leave a comment below!

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