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 N7 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.


To find out more about the Lyon region’s road network see ONLYMOOV.

Learn more about the air and rail networks in the Lyon region.