French airports are only available with rude, unmotivated and unfriendly staff.
8 reviews of Aéroport Saint-Exupéry in English
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The airport is around 25 km outside of Lyon, there is tram from
Behind the main station that takes around 30 mins. A taxi from Lyon can be over 50 euros.
The airport has 3 terminals, some parts are very dated and terminal 3 has just limited facilities and is like a shed, there’s lots of walking and lots of standing as not enough seats etc.
Shopping and eating facilities are not great.
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Aéroport Saint-Exupéry is a small and average airport, outside of Lyon. Waiting time, check-in, security control, cleanliness of washrooms, prices of refreshments and snacks - nothing extraordinary.
Small airport with bad signage, rude staff and too long ways for a small airport. Some lifts didn't work which made the way even longer. Connection to city centre is good but expensive (13 Euro for a 30 min tram ride).
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Besim Karadeniz, 4 November 2010:
Fairly small airport, but well laid out.
Transfers into Lyon are fairly poorly documented, since they changed in August 2010.
The RhoneExpress tram has replaced the Satobus for transport into Lyon town centre. It suited us well, since our hotel was very close to the destination at Part-Dieu, but it could be annoying if you are relying on one of the other stops the Satobus used to use. The cost is a bit higher than the bus, 23Euros return for adults, 19Euros return for ages 12-25, and free for under 12s. As far as I could see, the only alternative to the RhoneExpress is a taxi or private car.
The staff on the RhoneExpress were extremely helpful, even whlie there were riots and demonstrations going on throughout Lyon, they got us to the airport in good time, laying on a coach for the last stage of the trip since the tram-lines were blockaded by schoolkids.
I have a love-hate relationship with Lyon Airport. I love the architecture of the train station; and the new nh hotel - and the fact that there is an hourly bus service to Grenoble. I hate the fact that the luggage comes out so slowly, especially during the winter when there are so many skis (and travel with carry-on whenever I can), and hate the astronomical taxi prices to get to Grenoble (200-300 EUR). Shops are a waste of time, and the food options aren't that great either.
The Pizza Hut outlet is the most obvious - but terribly slow at peak times. If you've got more time to kill there's a bar at the back of the airport with a place you can setup a laptop and plug in to charge (although WiFi isn't free). There is a nicer bar upstairs, although I forget what it's called.
At some times of the year - they put out a few deck-chairs - which are great for snoozing in - but don't miss your flight.
If you do get stuck there overnight - due to the Grenoble bus finishing at 11:30 (unless you pre-book the 00:30 72 hours in advance of when your flight will be delayed!) - the nh hotel is just across the transport area - and offers great rooms at a walk-up rate of 99 EUR (or did when I walked up).
A lot of my journeys were including Lyon airport as a connexion hub and I've spent hours there, waiting to catch my flight.
The buildings are truly modern and welcoming. the one in which I am used to wait is decorated with designers furniture.
Warning: security checking is less tolerant than anywhere else I have ever traveled.
Lyons 'Aeroport Saint-Exupery’ is in my opinion a shining example of a modern transport hub. Although better known for the striking architecture of the connecting train station it should be famous for being an excellent Airport. I worked for Thomson during the winter of 2007-2008 and had to transfer guests every week from Lyon airport to the French alps. During the winter there are around 15 flight from the U.K, which means thousands of people wanting to get to their destination a quickly as possible. The downside to this is the luggage system of the airport struggles to cope with the shear amount of cases and skis. It can regularly take over an hour to get from the plan to actually retrieving your luggage. The next problem with Lyon is that there is no where close to the airport for coaches to pick up guests, once they have collected their luggage they have to walk for at least 10 minutes across the sky walk, through the train station and across the car park to the waiting coaches.
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