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Rhônexpress logo
RhônExpress Stadler Tango 102 - Aéroport Lyon Saint-Exupéry.JPG
LocaleLyon, Rhône-Alpes, France
Transit typeExpress tram/Express train
Number of lines1
Number of stations4
Began operationAugust 9, 2010; 9 years ago (2010-08-09)[1]
Number of vehicles6 Stadler Tango trainsets
System length23 km (14 mi)
Top speed100 km/h (62 mph)
System map
Project map for Rhônexpress (T3 tramline in green)

Rhônexpress is an express tram-train service which links central Lyon, France, with its airport, Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport, and the TGV train station located there.

The route is 23 kilometres (14 mi) long, and served by six tram-train sets, built by Swiss manufacturer Stadler Rail. The route from the airport to the city's business center at Part-Dieu Villette (Lyon-Part-Dieu railway station) by way of Vaulx-en-Velin – La Soie (for transfer to Metro Line A) and Meyzieu takes roughly half an hour. Services run every 15–30 minutes.

The project included building 8.5 kilometres (5.3 mi) of new tracks, while the remainder of the route runs along the existing T3 tram line, on which passing tracks were built in some stations to allow express service. The service is independently run and is not a part of the TCL system, although it appears on TCL maps. The Conseil général of the Rhône franchised the operation of this line for 30 years to Rhônexpress, a consortium including Vinci SA (28.2%), Veolia Transport (28.2%), Vossloh Infrastructure Service (4.2%), Cegelec Centre Est (2.8%) and the Caisse des dépôts et consignations.[2] It opened on 9 August 2010.[1]


Rhônexpress Route
Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport
Meyzieu Station
Vaulx-en-Velin Station  A 
Lyon-Part-Dieu Station  B 
 T1  T3  T4

Rhônexpress uses the line T3 infrastructure built by Sytral from Lyon to Meyzieu (a hub for commuters with a large surface parking lot available). From there, new tracks were built specifically for Rhônexpress all the way to Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport. There are four stops:

Rolling stock[edit]

The six Tango 12 tram-train sets were built by Stadler Rail at its factory in Wilhelmsruh, Berlin. Rolling stock was chosen after a tender, taking into account the technical criteria (speed up to 100 km/h [62 mph]), durability, security and compatibility with the common use of the T3 line infrastructure, economics (capacity adapted to the traffic and prospects for their development) as well as comfort and aesthetics. The interior and exterior designs of the Stadler Tango were created by RCP Design Global, who had already designed the tramways in Le Mans, Angers and Paris.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "13 Euros pour un billet Rhônexpress" [13 Euros for a Rhônexpress ticket]. Lyon Magazine (in French). 11 June 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-16.
  2. ^ Ville et transports. 17 January 2007. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "LESLYS, premier tramway express français vers l'Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport" [LESLYS, first express tram in France to Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport]. Transport Urbain (in French) (110). July 2007.

External links[edit]

Media related to Rhônexpress at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 45°45′37″N 4°51′43″E / 45.7602°N 4.8620°E / 45.7602; 4.8620