Strategic location

Setting up in Lyon puts Europe at your fingertips! Lyon is situated on the main north-south European axis and has an extremely well-developed, optimised transport network that connects it with major European capital cities in under 2 hours. The Lyon area boasts an excellent transport system.

Air transport

Lyon is not only in an exceptional location, but the area also boasts an international airport, Lyon-Saint Exupéry part of the Aéroports de Lyon group, just 25 minutes away from the city centre.

  • Less than 2 hours from Europe’s leading capitals
  • More than 130 destinations (national, European, intercontinental) accessible on a direct flight
  • More than 11.74 million passengers in 2019 at Lyon-Saint Exupéry airport
  • It is possible to take a return trip to Europe’s major business cities in a day.

Rail transport

Lyon has direct links to Paris and Europe and its 3 high-speed TGV railway stations operate 30 return trips to Paris a day (every 30 minutes during rush hour) taking just 1 hour 50 minutes and a new Eurostar connection makes it possible to reach London in under 5 hours.

Lyon has 3 railway stations, providing rapid connections with the major other European cities:

  • Marseille (1 hr 40 mins)
  • Montpellier (1 hr 45 mins)
  • Nantes (4 hrs 20 mins)
  • Barcelone (4 hrs)
  • Brussels (3 hrs 45 mins)
  • Turin (4 hrs 30 mins)
  • Frankfurt (6 hrs)

Road transport

Lyon’s size and geographical location mean that it has an excellent road network, providing access to the rest of the agglomeration and connecting it to other large national cities.

Lyon is at the junction of a number of national motorways:

  • The A6 (to Paris via Villefranche-sur-Saône)
  • The A7 (heading to Valence and Marseile)
  • The A42 (going to Bourg-en-Bresse and then Geneva via the A40)
  • The A43 (to Chambery, Grenoble and the Fréjus tunnel). The A432 extension connects it to Lyon Saint Exupéry airport.
  • The A46 (bypassing Lyon to the east and linking the A6 and A7). The bypass allows those on the Paris – Marseille route to avoid Lyon. The peripheral ringroad also encircles Lyon and Villeurbanne to the east.
  • The A47 (heading to Saint Etienne)
  • The A89 (which connects Bordeaux and Lyon, passing through Clerment-Ferrand)

The network of national or main roads to Lyon is also excellent and provides complementary routes to the same destinations (in particular the A7 road to Marseille via the Rhone valley). Lyon is just one day away by motorway for 180 million Europeans. Lyon’s central location makes road logistics easy, meaning that goods can be transported to major centres in Europe in just one day.

Urban mobility

Lyon’s transport system lets you move easily around the metro area. Eco-friendly modes are highly developed and offer many options:

  • More than 100 bus and trolleybus lines
  • 4 metro lines, serving 40 stations on 32.05 km of network
  • 6 tramway lines
  • New hybrid bikes : 5,000 Vélo’v including 2,500 self-service electric Hybrid Vélo’v at 348 stations
  • Almost 1000 km of bicycle paths (In the global Top 5 cities where bicycle use has increased the most) Source : Index Mondial du Vélo Eco-Compteur

In 2018, Lyon was awarded the accolade of “Europe’s most accessible city” for people with reduced mobility, whatever their disability. Lyon is also the only European city to win at the Global Smart Cities Congress awards in 2019 !

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