Description Change this. Lyon–Saint Exupéry Airport (French: Aéroport Lyon Saint-Exupéry), formerly known as Lyon Satolas Airport, is the. The Lyon-Satolas Station is the terminus for the TGV trains connecting the airport to the city of Lyon, 30 kilometers to the south. The almost forty. Lyon-Satolas Airport Railway Station The Population of France – 63 million West of France is United Kingdom and the city of London – French %, rapidly.

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Gare de Lyon Saint-Exupéry – Wikipedia

Calatrava’s expressive railway station hall is built astride an existing TGV high-speed train track adjacent to Lyon airport. It provides a TGV station for the airport, but also a connection point for both TGV and airplanes into the regional road and rail system. The building’s most striking profile, based on two converging steel arches meters long and 40 meters high.

The building is most obviously expressive of a bird, symbolizing flight with even more dynamism than Saarinen’s TWA terminal in New York, the two lyon-xatolas arches coming together at the bird’s beak.


TGV railway station, Saint Exupery airport, Lyon Satolas, France

Calatrava insists this was not its origin: Arriving from the airport, one enters the hall from a connecting pier, arriving at the ‘back of the bird’, at an elevated level. Escalators lyln-satolas down into the main concourse, from which wings spread out on either side above the railway tracks, with further escalators down to the platforms.

The expressiveness of Calatrava’s structure continues inside the building as much as outside.

Two concrete ‘tongues’ are cantilevered like the prows of ships over the main concourse. The disappointment is that the energy of the building is not matched by its role as a transport hub.

TGV railway station, Saint Exupery airport, Lyon Satolas, France Stock Photo: – Alamy

Catering for only a handful of TGV trains per day, the cavernous concourses spend most of their time dailway successfully prestigious but also rather empty and unexploited.

Simon Glynn Additional photography Sam Glynn By car, follow the A43 motorway southeast from Lyon, and take the spur A motorway north into the airport.


The closest parking for the TGV station is car park P6. By train, the station is served directly by TGV from Paris and other cities, and by local trains. The train airpott it sits on, however, runs past Lyon and not into it; getting to the airport from the city center by public transport is best done by lyon-watolas. For practical information please visit www. Books and other web sites. Click the book title to view and to order direct from.

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