Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport is the international airport serving the city of Lyon, in the Rhône-Alpes region of France. It is situated in Colombier-Saugnieu, 20 km east-southeast of Lyon's city centre. The former name of the airport was Lyon Satolas Airport. Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport resides at an elevation of 821 ft (250 m) and has two runways, 18R/36L and 18L/36R, both of which have asphalt surfaces.
Where to go
Ancient Theatre of Fourvière - The Ancient Theatre of Fourvière is a Roman ancient theatre built next to the hill of Fourvière in Lyon. The theatre was first built around 15 BC, with a diameter of 90 m. This was expanded to 108 m to allow for a seating capacity of 10,000 people at the beginning of the 2nd century. Today, it is still used as a cultural venue, but is primarily a tourist site.
Basilique de Fourvière - The Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière is a minor basilica occupying the site where the Roman forum of Trajan, the forum vetus, used to be situated. The basilica was built between 1872 and 1884, dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Each year, Lyon shows appreciation to the Virgin Mary for saving the people of the city from the bubonic plague, or the Black Death, that plagued Europe in 1643. The event of giving thanks is called the Fête des Lumières or Festival of Lights, as candles are lit throughout the city of Lyon in early December.
Parc de la Tête d'Or - The Park of the Golden Head is a large urban park in Lyon. It occupies an area of about 117 acres in the 6th arrondissement. Boating is a popular activity on the lake at the centre of the park during the summer months. Other features in the park are a small zoo and sports facilities. Parc de la Tête d'Or is frequented by joggers, cyclists, and anyone else looking to relax or go for a stroll.
Those looking for a city with cafe culture and soulful music should look into travelling to Lisbon, capital of Portugal. The city's most iconic landmark is Castelo de São Jorge, also one of its top tourist destinations. The Moorish castle sits on a hilltop overlooking the historic centre of Lisbon and Tagus River. Other top attractions in Lisbon include the UNESCO World Heritage Site Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, Oceanário de Lisboa, and the collection of Western and Eastern Art in Museu Calouste Gulbenkian.
There are no direct long-haul destinations served by the Lyon-Saint-Exupéry Airport. Travellers are advised to transfer to the main airport serving France, located in Paris, for destinations that take over six hours of flight time such as cities in the Americas, Oceania, and Southeast Asia.
How to get out
Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport offers scheduled domestic and international passenger service to Dublin, Algiers, Constantine, Oran, Sétif, Annaba, Batna, Biskra, Nice, Paris, Casablanca, Toulouse, Bastia, Bologna, Florence, Milan, Venice, London, Brussels, Vienna, Cologne, Limoges, Berlin, Brest, Lisbon, Nantes, Rome, Madrid, Düsseldorf, Amsterdam, and several others. Airlines serving Lyon-Saint-Exupéry Airport include HOP!, Iberia Express, Jetairfly, KLM, Lufthansa, Air Algérie, Air France, Airlinair, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, easyJet, Emirates, Swiss International Air Lines, TAP Portugal, Tunisair, and Turkish Airlines.
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