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Car Hire from Lyon Airport

Car Hire at Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport

This information is correct as of July 2015.

When in Lyon, some of the attractions to visit include Vieux Lyon, Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourviere, La Croix-Rousse, Parc de la Tete d’Or, and Lyon Cathedral, in addition to many more. Enter Lyon via Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport and rent a car from the trusted car rental operators at the airport to get around Lyon and its surrounding areas.

Where to hire a car at Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport

At Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport, car rental providers that operate here are Avis/Budget, Hertz, Europcar, Enterprise, National/Citer, and Sixt. The car rental counters at the airport are located near the A42 road that leads to Lyon-Nord. For more car rental options other than those at the airport, there are also car rental providers operating near Part-Dieu and Perrache railway stations, and offer pick-up services to the airport.

What to expect when hiring a car from Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport

The minimum age to rent a car in Lyon, France is 21 years old. Furthermore, additional an additional charge may also apply for drivers renting a car under 25 years old. Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport is located at the heart of the Rhone-Alps region of France, 15 miles from the city centre of Lyon. Getting to the Lyon city proper as well as other major cities within the region is easy through an extensive motorway network leading from the airport.

Driving around Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport

The city of Lyon can be found in the middle of a road network that consists of several highways namely A6, A7, A42, and A43, to Paris, Marseille, Geneve, and Grenoble, respectively. Furthermore, the city is now bypassed by A46, a double motorway tunnel that passes under Fourvière, and connects A6 and A7, forming the “Autoroute du Soleil”. When driving around the city, it is best to expect congestion within some parts of the city with parking spaces difficult to find and often expensive. Please be aware that there are few directional signs within Lyon. Be on the lookout for signs that say “Presqu'île” since these areas along with other central neighbourhoods have prohibited parking spots where vehicles are most likely to be towed. Be sure to pay for parking since getting tickets for unpaid parking is possible with penalties starting at €11 (16.16 AUD), and can go up to €35 (51.43 AUD) for parking within the prohibited area, and €135 (198.36 AUD) for parking in a dangerous area.

Getting to your destination

Drop by other destinations in France like Toulouse, Nice, and Bordeaux, among others. Drive to these destinations with the help of the driving directions provided below. Please be advised that the instructions have been simplified to work as a quick reference when driving within and around Lyon and its surrounding areas.

Toulouse
Get to Toulouse and visit Toulouse Cathedral, Basilica of St. Sernin, and Museum de Toulouse, among others. Toulouse is the capital city of Haute-Garonne in France.

For more than five hours, covering approximately 584 kilometres from point of origin, get to Toulouse from Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport by taking Aéroport Lyon Saint-Exupéry, Avenue de Satolas Green, D606, and D147 to D302 in Meyzieu. Get to A89, A71/E11, A89/E70, A20/L'Occitane, and A62/E9 to Route d'Agde/D112 in Toulouse, then take exit 15-La Roseraie from A61. Drive down Route d'Agde/D112, then take Avenue Yves Brunaud, Avenue Georges Pompidou, Boulevard de Marengo, and Allée Jean Jaurès to get to Rue Roschach to get to your destination.

Nice
Nice is home to Promenade de Anglais, the French Riviera, Nice Cathedral, Musee Marc Chagall, and more. The city is the fifth most populous city in all of France and is called “Nice la Belle”, which means “Nice the Beautiful”.

Getting to Nice from Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport is possible by driving down Saint-Laurent-de-Mure then A7 and A8/E80 to get to Boulevard Georges Pompidou/M6202 in Nice. Take exit 50-Nice-Promenade des Anglais from A8/E80, then drive down Boulevard René Cassin and Voie Mathis/Voie Pierre Mathis/Voie Rapide to get to Place du Général de Gaulle in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, and reach your destination. Please be advised that there are toll roads along the way.

Bordeaux
When in Bordeaux, visit Grand Theatre de Bordeaux, Bordeaux Cathedral, Tour Pey-Berland, and Pont de Pierre. A port city, Bordeaux can be found on the Garonne River within the Gironde department of south-western France.

When driving to Bordeaux from Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport, expect travel time of around five hours and 21 minutes for 596 kilometres from point of origin. Start the trip by taking D517E to D302/D332. Next, go down A432, A89, A71/E11, and A89/E70 to reach Boulevard des Frères Moga in Aquitaine. Lastly, get to your destination after driving down Boulevard des Frères Moga.

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