Ski Resorts near Lyon Airport

The proximity of the French Alps makes Lyon a popular airport choice for skiers and boarders. There are a number of ski resorts that can be reached within the hour but these are some of the smaller, lesser known resorts like Les Haberes and Orcieres-Merlette.That said, depending on good road conditions you can reach a number of well known resorts in around 2 hours.

Popular for ski package holidays, ski resorts near Lyon airport mostly involve a 2 hour transfer and by nature are usually by bus! For example, Val d'Isère or Avoriaz are about 2 and a half hours and Châtel is 3.5 hours. The reason many skiers choose to fly here is the large number of airlines, including budget airlines, that fly here. Finding out about transfer times will help you make the right decision about which ski resort to holiday in. For more detailed information about the resorts including accommodation, types of pistes and apres ski check out the more detailed resort guides.

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Lyon, France

Lyon is well worth  a visit if you have the time particularly if you love food and culture, what are the highlights?

What's in Lyon?

With a deep history Lyon has much to offer in terms of buildings, art and culture. It's a beautiful city to walk around. The old quarter has beautiful Renaissance architecture and along with the former workers district on Croix Rousse are both part of the world heritage site status that UNESCO has conferred on the city.Alongside this there is a striking opera house. Then, there is the food.

The restaurants in Lyon are legendary. To date there are 2000 restaurants with 22 Michelin stars. For many Lyon is the birthplace of French cuisine, so enjoy! But don't enjoy too much, you will still need to fit into those salopettes....

Accessing the Alps

Lyon is a popular destination for winter holidays. For many it is a good choice due to the sheer number of airlines that fly here, particularly the low cost airlines, making it a good choice for your wallet.


Lyon Airport is officially known as Lyon Saint Exupery International Airport and is about 24km east of Lyon. As Lyon is Frances second largest city and also a major financial hub it is well served with flights from the UK.

It is possible to fly direct to Lyon from London Gatwick, Stansted, London Heathrow, Manchester and Birmingham. It is possible to fly from Newcastle and Glasgow but you may need to fly via Amsterdam. The following airlines operate flights including easyJet, British Airways, Air France, KLM and Air France.


It is pretty easy to hire a car from Lyon airport and drive yourself to resort. As Lyon is situated in the heart of the Rhone-Alps region it is part of an extensive motorway network so driving to resort is fairly easy. Transfer times to key resorts are all listed above but at around 2 hours you can be at Les 2 Alpes, Vaujany and La Clusaz.


There are good alpine bus shuttle services that run from Lyon Airport direct to a number of ski resorts. This can be a good cost effective way to transfer. A large number of resorts are served in this way but they include resorts like Valmorel, Val Thorens, la Plagne and Tignes.


There is a tram service that will get you into Lyon in less than 30 minutes. You can also get to a number of key cities in Lyon including Annecy in about 2 hours, Chambery in 1 hour and Grenoble in 1 hour 10 minutes. The main downside of getting the train is that it will take longer and involve changing which isn't always great fun when you are travelling with ski equipment.