It is not complicated as Lyon is really well served by its major roadways and highways

You can travel on the vast motorway to get to your destination quickly by taking the toll roads, or can take your time by using the national roads which are free. You can choose either route to arrive in Lyon by car.

Last updated date : 19/12/2022

Indeed, the city is the center of a vast road network of over 1000 km, which connects Lyon to all major cities in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region and to major European cities.

  • From Geneva: it takes 1 hour and 40 minutes to Lyon
  • From Clermont-Ferrand: 2 hours to Lyon 
  • From the ski resorts in the French Alps: roughly 2 hours and 15 minutes to Lyon
  • From Turin or Marseille: it takes 3 hours to arrive in Lyon
  • From Paris: it takes 4 hours and 20 minutes to arrive in Lyon
  • From Barcelona: it takes 6 hours to arrive in Lyon.

Don’t get caught out!

As part of its fight against pollution, Greater Lyon has introduced a ‘Zone à Faibles Emissions’ (ZFE – Low Emissions Zone) covering Lyon, Villeurbanne and Caluire, as well as Bron and Vénissieux, within the ring road.
As of 1 September 2022, privately owned vehicles with a Crit’Air 5 or ‘Non classé’ (non-classified) disc, as well as vehicles without a disc, will no longer be allowed to drive and park on roads within the area concerned. Checks will be carried out by the police and offences will be recorded. 
Further information is provided on the Greater Lyon website (in French)

Is your vehicle (car or motorcycle) registered outside of France?
Visit the French Ministry of Ecological Transition's website to order your Crit'Air disc.

Be smart:

In August, lots of parking spaces are free! Get all the latest info at:

To find out about traffic conditions and choose your route and travelling times accordingly. See road traffic in Lyon in real time, or get traffic forecasts on:  or  to find out all about the public transport system servicing Lyon’s surrounding urban sectors.

To see the number of places available in the relay parks :

You can also check out or for affordable travel.

Prefer to car share? Go to or 
To get about in Lyon and the outskirts of the city, opt for

Prepare your trip: book trains, buses and their combination on

Safe journey!

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