Lyon Airport is officially known as Lyon Saint-Exupéry International Airport (LYS), and it is located in the heart of the Rhône-Alps region in France. It is a major hub for airport transfers to ski resorts in the region. Lyon airport was formerly known as Lyon Satolas Airport (being renamed in 2000), and it was opened in 1975 to replace Lyon Bron Airport. Situated in Colombier-Saugnin, the airport is around 24 km east of Lyon city centre. It is the 4th busiest airport in France, handling 6.5 million passengers annually in 2 terminals served by 44 airlines.
Lyon is the capital of the Rhône-Alpes region and the second largest city in France. Although Lyon Airport is slightly further away from ski slopes than other airports in the region (Grenoble-, Chambéry-, and Geneva airports), it is served by a large number of regular airlines, which will give you a better choice of flights. Always check Lyon if you can't get a good deal on flights to Geneva. Despite the distance to most ski resorts, Lyon airport transfer travel times are relatively short due to its connection to the French motorway network via the A432. The airport is used by many who are visiting the popular ‘Les Trois Vallees’ ski area. Public transport options are available, but for most travellers the choice of an airport transfer to the resort is the easiest method of travel. There are also car hire facilities at the airport.
Lyon airport transfers give easy access to several French ski resorts. A one to one and a half hour transfer can take you to the following ski resorts:
Chamrousse, Autran, Corrençon en Vercors, Gresse en Vercors, Laus en Vercors, Lelex, and Villard de Lans.
Ski transfer from Lyon Airport can be arranged to take you to several ski resorts within 2 hours: Albiez, Montrond, La Toussuire (both in Les Sybelles Ski Area), Aussois, Besse, Bramans, Bride-les-Bains (opened from December to May), Champagny en Vanoise, Flaine, La Clusaz (opened from December to April), Le Carroz (in Grand Massif Ski Area), among others.
Airport transfer from Lyon airport can also take you to: Auris-en-Oisand (Grandes Rousses Ski Area), Chamonix, Combloux (both in Ski Pass Mont Blanc Area), Courchevel, La Tania, Méribel (all last three in Three Valleys Ski Area), Le Deux Alpes (Grande Galaxie Ski Area), Val Cenis, Tignes, Val d’Isere (both in Espace Killy Ski Area), and Montriond (Portes du Soleil Ski Area).
Transfer time is about 2 to 2,5 hours for most resorts. Check our airport transfer time calculator to get an estimate on all transfer times from Lyon to all ski resorts nearby.
It is possible to get to most ski resorts by bus, shuttle or taxi instead of a private Lyon airport transfer. Lyon airport has also a rail link to the centre of Lyon itself in a journey that takes around 30 minutes. A coach service also connects Lyon Airport to the city as well as to Chambery and Grenoble among others. Bear in mind that using public transport may mean making many changes. This will extend the journey time to your resort. We strongly recommend the use of airport transfers as the most sensible, and direct, method of getting to your destination.
Check out the offical Lyon Saint-Exupéry website for a list of public transportation options.
For groups of 3 or more it is often best to arrange a ski transfer Lyon in advance with one of the Lyon airport transfer operators. Booking a private Lyon airport transfer will allow you to start you holiday without the stress of getting to the bus stations and paying expensive taxi fares. It is also the quickest method of getting to and from your chosen resort.