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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Lyon St Exupéry Airport
Economy
Peugeot 108 or similar
Peugeot 108
  • 4
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Ok Mobility
$14.64 / per day
Lyon Limonest
Compact Commercial Van/Truck
Renault Kangoo or similar
Renault Kangoo
  • 2
  • 8
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Enterprise
$24.63 / per day
Lyon East
Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Keddy
$35.40 / per day
Lyon-Part-Dieu Train Station
Intermediate
Peugeot 308 or similar
Peugeot 308
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
RentScape
$38.46 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Lyon-Part-Dieu Train Station
Standard
Volkswagen Passat or similar
Volkswagen Passat
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Alamo
$49.95 / per day
Lyon-Part-Dieu Train Station
Compact Elite
BMW 1 Series or similar
BMW 1 Series
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
$63.10 / per day
Lyon-Part-Dieu Train Station
Premium
Mercedes Benz C Class or similar
Mercedes Benz C Class
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
National
$87.49 / per day
Lyon St Exupéry Airport
Full-size SUV
BMW X1 or similar
BMW X1
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
SIXT
$88.07 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 18:07 on 2024-05-20. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Languages
French
Currency
EUR
Drive on
Right-hand side
Country code
+33
Average car rental price
$50 per day
Average car rental length
6 days
Speed limit within town
50 km/h or 31 mph
Speed limit out of town
80 - 130 km/h or 50 - 81 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Rating
8.8 / 10
Average gasoline price
$2.05 per liter or $7.74 / 1 gallon
Lowest gasoline price
$1.84 per liter or $6.96 / 1 gallon
Highest gasoline price
$2.16 per liter or $8.19 / 1 gallon

Why rent a car in Lyon?

Lyon is a fascinating city to explore. Full of interesting historic buildings and sites, and not just in its downtown, it is considered very picturesque even for France. Its convenient central location also means that from it you can go on to explore the Alps in the east, the French Riviera in the south, or Paris in the north.

Lyon

One-Way Car Rentals in Lyon

The most popular one-way rental options for pick up in Lyon and drop off in another city include:

  • From Lyon to Paris - 176 offers from $37.46 per day
  • From Lyon to Munich - 66 offers from $93.09 per day
  • From Lyon to Chambery - 67 offers from $32.10 per day
  • From Lyon to Milan - 18 offers from $400.43 per day
  • From Lyon to Marseille - 87 offers from $37.46 per day

Top ways to enter Lyon

  • Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport: Also known as Lyon-Satolas, the airport hosts flights to and from many destinations in Europe as well as North Africa and Asia. It served more than 12 million travelers in 2022. Lyon Airport is located about 20km (13 miles) southeast of downtown Lyon.
  • Grenoble Alpes–Isère Airport: Serving the French city of the same name and the region surrounding it, Grenoble Airport is an important hub for those trying to reach the French Alps. The airport is located 81km (50 miles) southeast of Lyon, a distance that can be driven in 1 hour and 10 minutes.
  • Clermont-Ferrand Auvergne Airport: Another small airport in south-central France, it hosts a number of domestic flights and also provides air connections to the Netherlands, Portugal, and Morocco. Clermont-Ferrand Airport is 166 km (103 mi) west of Lyon and can be reached in about two hours.
  • Montpellier–Méditerranée Airport: The 10th-busiest airport in France serves one of the fastest-growing coastal cities in the country. Served by 13 different airlines, it handles more than 10 million travelers every year. Montpellier Airport is about a three-hour drive south of Lyon.
  • By rail: If you’re arriving in Lyon by train, you can conveniently pick up your rental car at the Lyon-Part-Dieu Railway Station or Lyon-Perrache Railway Station.

City facts

  • Lyon has a semi-continental climate with oceanic influences. Thanks to the moderating influence of the nearby mountains, its summers are warm, but tolerable, with an average high temperature of 27°C (86 °F) in July, the hottest month. Its winters range from cool to mild, with an average temperature of 3.2 °C (37.8 °F) in January. The precipitation is even year-round, with winters months being only slightly more dry than summer.
  • Lyon is famous for its delectable food, so much so that the 20th-century culinary guru Curnonsky labeled it “the Gastronomical Capital of the World”. Try to visit a local Bouchon restaurant where you are certain to be offered such delicacies as coq au vin (chicken with wine, lardons, and mushrooms), quenelle (creamed fish, or sometimes meat, with egg binding), and rosette de Lyon (cured French sausage). If you crave something more simple and fast, try the famous Lyon Tacos that were invented in the city less than 20 years ago and remain a top choice of street food among locals.

Top destinations and activities

  • St. Jean Cathedral. The foundations for this church were laid in the 12th Century, but it has been constantly improved and renovated over the years resulting in an eclectic mix of Gothic and Romanesque styles. With its many chapels and impressive astronomical tower, it is one of the symbols of Lyon. Combine a visit here with seeing the nearby St. Jean Archaeological Garden which has buildings dating back to the 4th Century A.D.
  • Institut Lumière. A unique museum, it celebrates the life and work of Auguste and Louis Lumière, the pioneering French filmmakers who are often called the fathers of cinema. With many items from the very first films ever made, coming here feels like a wonderful trip back in time. That the museum is housed in a beautiful building that still belongs to the Lumière family and was opened by the grandson of Louis only adds to the authenticity of the experience.
  • Parc de la Tête d'Or. Large and picturesque, this unique park is considered by many to overshadow the famous gardens of Paris. It is a perfect place to spend a day outdoors or have a picnic. There are also various attractions inside the gardens, including the botanical garden, the greenhouses where exotic non-native plants grow, and the “Africa plain” area where you’ll see plenty of wild animals.
  • Roman theaters. Lyon was founded as Lugdunum during the rule of Ancient Rome, and this heritage is best exemplified by the two classical theaters that have survived to this day. Remaining in surprisingly good shape, the theaters continue to host plenty of events and festivals during the summer months. They can be found in the neighborhood of Fourvière, the most elevated part of the city, and are near the Gallo-Roman Museum and the Museum of Religious Art.
  • This is just a small sample, be sure to read more about the best things to do in Lyon to find more to do when you're there.

Traffic and parking

  • The speed limit in cities is 50km/h, although in certain areas the speed limit may be reduced to 30km/h. Unlike that of inter-city roads, the urban speed limit is unaffected by the weather.
  • Outside cities and as of May 2019, the speed limit depends on the type of the road. Highways are limited to 130km/h, 4-lane expressways to 110km/h, and 2- or 3- lane roads to 80 or 90km/h. When it is raining, the limits are respectively lowered to 110km/h, 100 km/h, and 80km/h. The general speed limit is lowered to 50km/h during periods of heavy fog or other times when visibility is impaired.
  • Proof of insurance and the car’s documentation needs to be in the car whenever you’re driving.
  • If you are driving, you need to have your passport or ID card with you at all times.
  • As of 2019, hands-free mobile phone use is banned in France and the fines are hefty.
  • The legal alcohol limit is 0.05% for experienced drivers and 0.02% for novice drivers.
  • The emergency number is 112.

Toll roads

Most of the main highways in France (autoroute in French) are toll roads. Their names start with a letter A and you can recognize them by their red number sign. The fee for taking a toll road depends on the specific route, distance traveled, as well as the type of vehicle - trailer cars and caravans have to pay more than regular cars. You can pay by credit card or in cash. You’ll be given a ticket that you have to keep while on the toll road.

Some rental cars are equipped with toll road transponders that can be used at the automatic toll road payment booths (Télépéage). Ask your rental car provider to find out if they offer cars with toll road transponders. 

Ideas for day trips

  • Beaujolais. If you’re traveling with a friend, a partner, or someone else you can share the driving duties with, you simply have to visit the famous Beaujolais wine region. There are many outstanding wine-tasting tours you can take. In the many picturesque villages of local domains, you can also learn about the history of winemaking, different technologies used, and wine’s importance for the local economy. The Beaujolais region is just a short drive north of Lyon.
  • Annecy. Located in the foothills of the French Alps and sitting on the northern coast of the lake of the same name, Annecy is one of the most picturesque small towns in Europe. Often labeled the Venice of Savoie for its system of small streams of turquoise blue water, it is also famous for its old churches and many different city festivals that take place here nearly once a month. Annecy is about 146km (91 miles) east of Lyon, a distance that can be traveled by car in less than two hours. 
  • Chamonix. The Winter Olympics were held here in 1924, and Chamonix still remains the winter sports capital of France and, perhaps, Europe. With even the town’s lowest parts at least 1,000m (3,250ft) above sea level, it is located deep inside the French Alps. There are plenty of opportunities for skiing and snowboarding, as well as glaciers, hiking trails, and panoramic viewpoints to explore. The most ambitious of travelers will be happy to find out that Mont Blanc, the highest summit of the EU, is also within reach. Near the border with Switzerland and Italy, Chamonix is about a 2 hour and 30-minute drive east of Lyon.
  • Saint-Etienne. Sometimes seen as a rival of Lyon, especially when it comes to football, Saint-Etienne is best known for its former industrial prowess, but can actually be a very classy place to visit. The city is characterized by several large squares, many heritage buildings, and interesting cultural institutions (some of them dedicated to a rather recent history like the Museum of the Mine and the Urban Transportation Museum). Located just an hour’s drive southwest of Lyon, Saint-Etienne is definitely worth a visit.

Most popular cars

The most popular rental cars in Lyon are the Citroen C3, the Opel Corsa, and the Ford Focus. The most popular rental car types are economy, compact, and intermediate.

Further destinations

  • Avignon. With an impressive medieval architecture; ancient, fortified town center; and having played a crucial role in France’s religious and revolutionary history, Avignon is a unique place to visit. History buffs will love the many buildings and museums related to the city’s Papal past, while anyone else will appreciate the special atmosphere of the narrow, labyrinthine streets snaking among the steep gothic buildings. Avignon is slightly less than a three-hour drive south of Lyon.
  • The French Riviera. As picturesque as it is glamorous, the French Mediterranean Coast is one of France’s top tourist destinations. Places like Cannes, Saint-Tropez, and the tiny principality of Monaco are known for their stunning beaches and lavish lifestyle, but just as much joy can be found in the region’s fish markets, sleepy little villages, and impressive coastal cliffs. Nice, the Riviera’s largest city, is 472km (293 miles) southeast of Lyon and can be reached in less than five hours.
  • Geneva. Switzerland’s largest French-speaking city is known as a global diplomatic and financial center, but it is also a fine travel destination. Its picturesque city center, architecture and many museums can be explored for days. And if you ever feel like escaping the city, the shore of Lake Geneva and the nearby Alps offer the perfect getaway. About 150km (93 miles) east of Lyon, Geneva can be reached in only two hours. Keep in mind that you’d be crossing a national border, though, so first, make sure your rental car provider permits it.
  • Vanoise National Park. Celebrating its 60th birthday in 2023, Vanoise is the oldest national park in France — and more importantly, it’s also one of the most impressive ones. Characterized by snowy Alpine peaks, the highest of which reaches 3,885 m (12,745 feet), it is near a number of winter sports bases, but also is home to wildlife such as mountain hares, chamois, and bearded vultures. If your car rental supplier permits crossing into Italy, you can also visit the Gran Paradiso National Park that’s just on the other side of the border.
  • Clermont-Ferrand. This underrated city in the region of Auvergne is a fantastic place to explore. Visit the beautiful black volcanic-stone cathedral, stroll in Jardin Lecoq, see the main square Place de Jaude, enjoy gorgeous hikes in the surrounding countryside, and discover the fascinating dormant volcano Puy de Dome nearby. Clermont-Ferrand is 168 km (104 mi) from Lyon, which is only about a two-hour drive.

Car Rental Prices in Lyon

  • Convertibles - from $79 per day
  • Station wagons - from $50 per day
  • Large cars - from $25 per day
  • Medium cars - from $21 per day
  • Vans - from $49 per day
  • Premium cars - from $53 per day
  • Small cars - from $15 per day
  • SUVs - from $25 per day

Money-saving tips

Follow these tips to get a good car rental deal in Lyon:

  • Compare the rates of different rental car providers
  • Book your rental car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit during the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Lyon is the cheapest in September when renting a car is about 23% cheaper than the yearly average and an entire 50% cheaper than visiting in March. Come enjoy the end of summer in Lyon!
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Map of Car Rental Locations

What is the cheapest month to rent a car in Lyon?

Car rental prices in Lyon vary by time of year. This graph shows the average prices per month to help you find the best time of year to rent.
Average rental costs per day in Lyon
$39.78
January
$49.91
February
$52.38
March
$45.08
April
$52.01
May
$66.47
June
$77.63
July
$62.85
August
$62.69
September
$50.24
October
$33.96
November
$48.35
December
The cheapest month to rent a car in Lyon is November (when prices average $33.96 per day). This is 36% cheaper than the yearly average and 56% cheaper than renting in July (when prices average $77.63).

This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. How much your car rental will cost will depend on the type of vehicle you rent, how long you’ll rent it for, and how far ahead you book. Simply enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see the exact prices.

What’s the usual rental length in Lyon?

How long travelers keep their rental cars for varies from month to month: in July, the average renter keeps their car for 8 days, and in September, they keep their car for 5 days.
Average number of rental days in Lyon
6
January
6
February
6
March
6
April
6
May
7
June
8
July
8
August
5
September
5
October
6
November
6
December

What's the most popular month to rent a car in Lyon?

Based on the number of searches by our customers, the most popular month for renting a car in Lyon is January, and the least popular is August.
Monthly searches in Lyon by pick-up date relative to the average
127%
January
112%
February
119%
March
79%
April
97%
May
85%
June
81%
July
70%
August
109%
September
114%
October
94%
November
113%
December

Car Rental Information

Car rental locations 13
Airport locations 1
Popular suppliers RentScape, Ok Mobility, Alamo, Keddy, Budget
Popular car categories Small cars, Medium cars, SUVs, Large cars
Lowest price $15 per day
Cheapest supplier Ok Mobility

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
RentScape Peugeot 208 5 1 Small cars
RentScape Peugeot 2008 5 2 Medium cars
RentScape Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
Ok Mobility Seat Ibiza 5 1 Small cars
Alamo Peugeot 308 4 2 Medium cars
Ok Mobility Peugeot 108 5 1 Small cars
Ok Mobility Peugeot 2008 5 2 SUVs
Keddy Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
Alamo Renault Twingo 3 1 Small cars
Europcar Volkswagen Golf 5 2 Medium cars

Our Customers' Reviews

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have an option to post a review here. Instead, we ask each and every customer to leave a review after they return their rental car. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

United States of America (USA)
Audi A1
November 6, 2023
We drove to Voiron and Saint-Pierre-de-Chartreuse and back as a day trip to explore all we could about Chartreuse the region, the people, and, most importantly, the liquor.
Portugal
Peugeot 208
September 9, 2023
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Romania
Toyota Yaris
March 27, 2023
Skiing
United Kingdom
Renault Clio
February 19, 2023
Skiing
Turkey
Hyundai Kona
February 16, 2023
The Alps were amazing but the charging stations disappointed us as some of them were old technology and some of them were out of service. Also the effective range is %50 of the one written on the paper especially if it’s cold weather, so we had to AC(slow) charge on our way to Briançon. Other than that we are given seres 3 instead of Hyundai Kona electric that we had expected which is a bummer. Hyundai is a much smarter car and maybe could tell us about the charging stations and battery management more than the seres did.
Norway
Peugeot 308
March 11, 2022
We was on a ski vacation and went to Meribel. It took only 2 hr by car (167 km). 7 days with blue sky and sun.
Israel
Peugeot 508
February 11, 2022
For the tourists going to Alps in winter: you will definitely need snow chains or "snow socks" (even 2 pairs).
France
Fiat 500X
February 5, 2022
Next time!
France
Ford Fiesta
June 13, 2019
Lyon is great although driving can be tricky in the busy city with a lot of one way streets. a GPS is definitely necessary. However driving between cities in France is so easy with good quality roads and highways.
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Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
Alamo
8.7 / 10
)
Lowest rated company
RentScape
6.4 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
28
Total rental companies
15
Average daily price
$50.22
Lowest daily price
$14.64
Total cars available
829

Top 15 Suppliers in Lyon in 2024

Alamo
Alamo
Very good 8.7 / 196 reviews
2 locations
$46 - $198
Enterprise
Enterprise
Very good 8.5 / 77 reviews
3 locations
$25 - $210
SIXT
SIXT
Very good 8.3 / 83 reviews
7 locations
$38 - $210
Ok Mobility
Ok Mobility
Very good 8.2 / 73 reviews
1 location
$15 - $62
Europcar
Europcar
Very good 8.1 / 60 reviews
5 locations
$41 - $77
Keddy
Keddy
Very good 8 / 157 reviews
5 locations
$35 - $78
Dollar
Dollar
Very good 8 / 16 reviews
7 locations
$40 - $52
Thrifty
Thrifty
Very good 8 / 14 reviews
7 locations
$42 - $111
Budget
Budget
Good 7.9 / 33 reviews
3 locations
$40 - $134
Sicily By Car
Sicily By Car
Good 7.8 / 4 reviews
2 locations
$38 - $110
Flizzr
Flizzr
Good 7.8
6 locations
$38 - $105
Hertz
Hertz
Good 7.7 / 26 reviews
4 locations
$41 - $124
Avis
Avis
Good 7.6 / 29 reviews
5 locations
$46 - $133
National
National
Good 7.5 / 27 reviews
2 locations
$48 - $195
RentScape
RentScape
Satisfactory 6.4 / 210 reviews
3 locations
$17 - $99
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