Turkish Airlines flies from Lyon to Istanbul twice every day; as at midday and at afternoon. You may take off at Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport (LYS) and reach Istanbul Airport (IST) with these direct flights which take nearly 3 hours.
Istanbul Airport (IST) also serves as a transit point for Turkish Airlines flights departing from Lyon. You may therefore reach easily your destination from Istanbul Airport, after purchasing your Lyon-Istanbul flight ticket.
Being a home to many historical artifacts and many regions under protection of UNESCO, Lyon stands out with a lot of enchanting spots from Renaissance palaces to the historical ruins of Roman period. The city cherishes several sightseeing opportunities such as Rhône River, Old Lyon, Basilica of Notre Dame de Fourvière and the Presqu’île standing for the term “peninsula” in French and is in UNESCO World Heritage List. Making its mark by the gastro-culture and as a household word with the Old City, Lyon offers to its guests the traditional dish quenelles, a mixture of creamed fish combined with breadcrumbs as well as the savory fondue and very well-known Lyon salad bearing the name of the city.
Lyon has two airports as Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport (LYS) and Lyon-Bron Airport (LYN). Flights by Turkish Airlines to Istanbul take place at Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport (LYS).
A couple of alternatives are available for reaching Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport (LYS) located 25 kilometers from the city center. You may reach the airport via the express train services departing from the train station named Gare de Lyon Part-Dieu in frequent intervals starting towards morning.
The closest subway station to the airport is Mermoz-Pinel. This station is on the green line; you may take from Saxe Gambetta the subway heading towards Gare de Vénissieux, get off at this station and take a cab to reach the airport.
Undertaking as a duty to host tourists from all over the world, Istanbul has established a presence amongst the most significant metropolises worldwide by its history, architecture and culture. This magnificent city embraces many visitors both from abroad and within the country with its palaces, mosques, historical artifacts, museums and its streets full of art. City welcomes its guests through two different airports as Istanbul Airport (IST) and Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport (SAW). It would be recommendable for your convenience to prefer your point of destination by your accommodation spot while buying your ticket to Istanbul. However, the point of destination is solely Istanbul Airport (IST) for Turkish Airlines flights taking off from Lyon to Istanbul.
Istanbul Airport is located on the European side, between Tayakadın, a neighborhood on the Black Sea coast, and Akpınar villages. Istanbul Airport is 35 km from the city center.
From the airport there are many modes of transportation, such as taxi, rent-a-car and airport shuttles. There are rent-a-car companies available at Istanbul Airport (IST) that set off from the city center, ensuring you a smooth journey. If you are looking for a cheaper, quicker option then you can benefit from the Havaist and IETT bus services. Travel comfortably with the airport shuttles that run day and night; these shuttles reach many places in the city. In addition, you could pay 100-110 TL for a 30-minute taxi drive from the city center.
For more information on transportation from Istanbul Airport, check our transport information page