Skiing near Lyon

Ski holidays in resorts near Lyon airport. Chalets, hotels and apartments.

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Lyon Airport (LYS), also known as Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport, is an international airport located 20km outside of the city of Lyon, the third-largest city in France. The airport is an important transport link for the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region serving many ski resorts in the French Alps. If you require a quick transfer to resort but prefer a more established airport, Lyon Airport is a more suitable alternative to neighbouring ski airports Chambery and Grenoble. Some of the best ski resorts in France are within 2 and a half hours from Lyon Airport, including Chamonix, Alpe d’Huez, La Plagne, Les Arcs, Les Deux Alpes and Les Gets. British Airways, EasyJet and Jet2 fly from the UK to Lyon.

Built as a replacement for the old Lyon-Bron Airport, Lyon -Saint Exupéry Airport was an immediate success when opened in 1975 when an increasing number of passengers were flying. The new high-speed train line opened in 1994 connecting the airport directly to large European cities making travelling to the airport easier than ever. In 2000 the airport was renamed Lyon–Saint Exupéry Airport after the native French pilot and author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. In 2018 the airport welcomed over 11 million passengers. To meet the growing traffic demands Airport owner and operator Aéroport de Lyon has invested €260m into improvements including expanding Terminal 1 to hold more check-in desks, commercial space, baggage claim space and built to high environmental quality (HQE) specifications.

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Closest ski resorts to Lyon Airport

Best ski resorts within two hours of Lyon

Brides Les Bains, France
Distance: 170km
Hotels from £773
Apartments from £541
La Tania, France
Distance: 180km
Chalets from £887
Hotels from £1186
Apartments from £612
Valloire, France
Distance: 191km
Apartments from £216
Sainte Foy, France
Distance: 202km
Apartments from £592
St Francois de Longchamp, France
Distance: 168km
Les Saisies Hauteluce, France
Distance: 168km
Valfrejus, France
Distance: 196km
La Toussuire, France
Distance: 175km
Hotels from £579
Vaujany, France
Distance: 143km
Hotels from £762
Apartments from £507
Montchavin, France
Distance: 189km
Le Corbier, France
Distance: 174km
Apartments from £628
Les Sybelles, France
Distance: 174km
Le Grand Bornand, France
Distance: 159km

Best ski resorts within two hours and a half of Lyon

La Plagne, France
Distance: 196km
Chalets from £588
Hotels from £549
Apartments from £268
St. Martin De Belleville, France
Distance: 180km
Val Cenis, France
Distance: 230km
Les Arcs, France
Distance: 212km
Chalets from £873
Hotels from £573
Apartments from £290

Best ski resorts within three hours of Lyon

La Joue du Loup, France
Distance: 184km
Superdevoluy, France
Distance: 184km

Where is Lyon Airport?

Lyon Airport is located 20km southeast of Lyon city, nestled in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in east-central France. With direct access to the motorway, ski transfers are easy to nearby ski resorts. Lyon Airport is often used in package holidays to Alpe d’Huez and Les Deux Alpes. Closest alternative airports are Grenoble (44 km away), Chambery (62 km away) and Geneva (98km away).

Lyon Airport terminals

There are 2 terminals at Lyon Airport, both split by 2 levels.

Terminal 1 is the main terminal serving both regional and international flights. In the Arrival Hall on Level 0 of Terminal 1, you'll find the car rental offices, bus stops, taxi ranks, short-stay parking and an information desk. Level 1 is the Departure Hall, which accommodates the check-in desks, several cafes, shops, a business centre, prayer rooms, a medical centre, an information desk and security gates.

Terminal 2 is smaller and is the main hub for Air France. The layout is the same as Terminal 1 – with arrivals on Level 0 and departures on Level 1. When the expansion on Terminal 1 is complete, Terminal 2 will close permanently.

Lyon Airport services

Lyon Airport has many of the services that you would expect from a modern airport. There is free Wi-Fi, several restaurants, shops, ATMs, currency exchange, a pharmacy, prayer rooms and a medical centre.

Lyon Airport shops

Passengers can enjoy world-class shopping at Lyon Airport. There is a great range of shops in both terminals. In Terminal 1 you will find a Duty-Free shop, gift shop, nail salon, pharmacy, L'Occitane and several more shops selling fashion clothing, electronics and children's toys. In Terminal 2 there are newsagents, Duty-Free, electronics shop, clothing shop and a nail salon.

Bars and restaurants at Lyon Airport

From traditional French baked goodies to contemporary international cuisine, Lyon Airport has a decent selection of bars and restaurants in Terminal 1 and 2.

Terminal 1:

  • Alpage Lounge restaurant and bar
  • Burger King
  • Confluences self-service café
  • Exki healthy takeaway cafe
  • Monsieur Albert American style takeaway restaurant

Terminal 2:

  • Paul bakery
  • OL Brasserie sports bar
  • Fly Me To The Food takeaway cafe
  • Starbucks
  • Atelier des 2 Rives gourmet restaurant
  • Brioche Doree restaurant serving seasonal hot dishes and sandwiches
  • 221 café
  • Cafe LUG
  • Les Marche self-service restaurant with terrace

Lyon Airport lounges

The lounges at Lyon Airport offer a great base for guests travelling on business or as a special start to your trip. There are 2 lounges in each of the terminals. Salon Confluence and Salon Mont Black in Terminal 1 and Air France Lounge and Salon Solano in Terminal 2. Each lounge has different opening times and facilities.

Transport at Lyon Airport

Most of our ski holiday packages include transfers from Lyon Airport already, but if yours doesn't, a few companies offer transfers independently. Always pre-book your transfer from Lyon Airport and check with the operator where you need to meet them.

There is a taxi rank outside both Terminals (on level 1) and at the train station. It takes 40 minutes to get to Lyon city centre by taxi.

Hiring a car is easy at Lyon Airport. Avis, Alamo, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, National, Hertz, Thrifty and Sixt operate car rental from the airport. Offices are located on the ground level of both terminals.

Lyon Airport has both a train line and a tram line. The 'normal' TGV and OUIGO trains run to 29 cities every day, including Paris, Grenoble, Marseille, Milan and Turin. The Rhônexpress fast tram shuttle runs between Lyon Airport and Lyon's Part-Dieu train station. Taking just 30 minutes to reach the city centre, this is the fastest way to get to Lyon. The tram runs every 15 minutes between 6 am – 9 pm. The train station is located just a few minutes' walk from the airport.

No public buses run from Lyon Airport to Lyon city centre.

Lyon Airport FAQ:

Lyon Airport is 20km to the south-east of Lyon city in France. Lyon is one of France’s oldest cities and famous for its food and historical landmarks. The airport has excellent transport links to the city centre, surrounding cities and ski resorts.

There are over 100 ski resorts in France, Italy and Switzerland that are within a few hours of Lyon. The most popular resorts near Lyon are Avoriaz, Morzine, Alpe d’Huez, Les Deux Alpes, Meribel and Courchevel.

British Airways, Easyjet and Jet2 fly directly from the UK to Lyon.

Direct flights to Lyon are available from most major UK airports including all London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Bristol, Edinburgh and Manchester.

Lyon Airport is 20km outside of the city of Lyon. Regular trains can get you from the airport to the city centre in 30 minutes – take the Rhônexpress tram from the train station.

The easiest way to get to Val Thorens is to book a ski package with transfers included as there is no train connection between Lyon and Val Thorens. Alternatively, you can hire a car or book a shared transfer with Benbus or Alps 2 Alps. Val Thorens is approx. 3h 30m drive from Lyon Airport.

Most of our ski packages to Alpe d’Huez will include transfers from the airport. If you are making your own way to resort, you will need to hire a car or book a shared transfer with Benbus or Alps 2 Alps. Alpe d’Huez is approx. 2h 30m drive from Lyon Airport.

Skiing near Lyon Airport

Resort Country Distance (km) Est. time (hr) Chalets Hotels Apartments
Brides Les Bains France 170 2 £773 £541
La Tania France 180 2 £887 £1186 £612
Valloire France 191 2 £216
Sainte Foy France 202 2 £592
La Toussuire France 175 2 £579
Vaujany France 143 2 £762 £507
Le Corbier France 174 2 £628
La Plagne France 196 2.15 £588 £549 £268
Les Arcs France 212 2.3 £873 £573 £290

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