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What’s the easiest way to get to Lyon-Saint-Exupery Airport without spending too much money there? One of the most important French airports in terms of passenger numbers is served by the Rhone Expressa fast tram that connects the Part-Dieu train station in the center of Lyon to the airport in 30 minutes from morning to evening.
But there are other cheaper but longer alternatives that use the classic TCL tram and bus network at the price of a bus ticket of 1.90 euros or with its subscription.
Tram T3, then bus line 47
One of the alternative solutions to the Rhônexpress is the combination of the T3 tram and the 47 bus line with one connection. This line is used by travelers who are in less of a hurry but want to save money on transfers to Lyon-Exupéry Airport.
To get to the airport you can take the T3 tram from Part-Dieu Villette station to the Meyzieu ZI terminus and then continue by bus Line 47 towards Maréchal Juin. About ten stops later you have to get off at Aéroport Saint-Exupéry Bus. A few minutes’ walk are enough to reach the airport area.
In summary: T3 Part-Dieu > Meyzieu ZI, then bus 47 Meyzieu ZI to Saint-Exupéry airport bus.
Count more than 1 hour of travel but at an unbeatable price (1.90 euros one way or included in the TCL subscription).
Metro A, bus 67 and bus 47 or bus 48
Less directly from the A Laurent Bonnevay metro, it is possible to take the 67 bus to Meyzieu ZI and the 47 bus to Lyon Saint-Exupéry airport. This route is less fast but allows connection to Metro A, but like the previous route.
It is also possible to take bus line 48 that connects Genas and Lyon airport.
The Rhônexpress, 30 minutes but more expensive
Among the obvious solutions for passengers in a hurry, the Rhônexpress is the most direct way to catch a flight in Lyon. The line runs directly from Part-Dieu station, fast (30 minutes) and regular (every 15 minutes).
But fares can more than cool down, as the one-way ticket is charged at 16.30 euros (cheaper online).
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While the future East Lyon bus line will not make it as easy to get to the airport from Part-Dieu, the Rhône Express remains the quickest and most practical solution. But with a ticket costing 16.30 euros, the train that goes to the airport is often criticized for its prices.
“If we take a plane, we’re not even worth anywhere near 10 euros,” assures Jean-Charles Kohlhaas. But an ongoing project could make the price more attractive. By September 2023, Sytral will set up a zonal network tariff system that could result in a drop for Rhône Express, the elected official assures.
“This will democratize Rhône Express at a cheaper price,” he says. Even if he doesn’t know the future price list yet, he assures us that it must be more interesting than renting a parking space for a week at the airport.
According to Jean-Charles Kohlhaas, this application of tariffs by zones will in fact lead to a reduction in Rhône Express tariffs. “There are already youth tariffs (10 euros one way) or for those with a TGV at the airport station (also 10 euros)”.
A new bus route that will connect Vaulx-en-Velin La Soie to the airport will be operational in 2025, but not all buses will go to the terminus and it is a service for employees who are opposite Saint-Exupéry passengers to be favoured .
There are other solutions, but they are more expensive: taxi or VTC for at least 50 euros per trip, own car with the airport parking lots, carpooling with applications such as carpooling, long-distance buses, the TGV in the airport station.
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