Lyon Airport or Lyon Saint Exupery Airport as it is officially known is one of 2 airports in the city of Lyon. It serves the Rhones –Alpes region and is the 4th busiest airport in France with over 8 million passengers per year. If you have car hire at Lyon Airport, the city is an easy 20 km drive away.
Lyon Airport has one main terminal building and lots of facilities for the traveller. There is a concierge service and business centre, if you need to work or need assistance during your time at the airport. For all your money needs, there are ATMs and currency exchange booths and there is also a pharmacy and post office. Internet terminals and a games centre will keep you busy, whilst you wait for your flight. There are 13 shops, if you wish to buy last minute gifts and souvenirs. Browse jewellery and watches at Danael and locally made cosmetics at L’Occitane. For snacks and a magazine, head for Relay and shop for duty free bargains at Aelia. When you need to eat, there are 18 food outlets to choose from including the Food Village, which has a wide selection of hot and cold meals. For a quick snack, try the sandwiches at Brioche Doree or for something more substantial try OL Brasserie. If you need somewhere to stay, The NH Lyon Aeroport is on-site.
Lyon is the 3rd largest city in France and known for its history and gastronomy. It is also known as the ‘City of Light’ as many of its landmarks are illuminated at night, including the City Hall and Hotel Dieu. The Fourviere Basilica is probably the most splendid attraction and from there you can see great views of the city. Explore the streets of Vieux Lyon with its courtyards, traboules and renaissance buildings and the Roman Theatre ruins. Look out for St Jeans Cathedral with its Astronomical Clock and visit the Palais St Pierre too. For a little history, visit the Musee Gadagne or for fine art visit the Musee de Beaux Arts. For gourmets, a walk around the Halls de Lyon Paul Bocuse and the Croix Rousse Market are an absolute must, to see the finest local produce. Out and about with car hire in Lyon, you can drive out to the medieval town of Perouges or see the pretty lakes and canals of Annecy.