There are currently no direct flights from Stansted to Lyon, meaning you'll need to take a connecting service when travelling on this route.
The most likely destination for a stopover is Vienna, and Stansted to Lyon flights can involve legs as short as five hours, with a favourable connection time. Be aware that some services include a long or overnight connection, which may not be suitable for some travellers. Outbound flights tend to depart around 8am or 8pm; with the later services usually involving a wait for a connection of around eight hours.
Lyon-Saint Exupery Airport is around 13 miles outside of Lyon’s city centre, and is well-served by public transportation. The Lyon Express Tram takes 30 minutes to reach the city centre, heading to Lyon Part-Dieu, where the central train station is found. Tickets for the tram can be purchased from machines at the station, or from the steward.
The airport also has a train station, which can be used to reach parts of the region or cities further afield. There are services to Aix en Provence, Avignon, Marseille, Montpellier and Paris, amongst other destinations.
There are shuttle buses available to places such as Grenoble, in addition to ski resorts including Courchevel, Meribel and Val Thorens. Regular bus routes such as lines 29 and 30 also head to parts of East Lyon such as Genas and Meyzieu.
Taxis to the city centre can be expensive due to the distance, with a trip during the day costing 50 – 55 euros, increasing to 65 – 70 euros at night. Those looking to hire their own vehicle have a range of rental companies to select from, including Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt. There is a free shuttle service that links the passenger terminals to the location of the rental companies.