The cheapest times to fly from SNA to LYS are

  • October 1st to April 1st (except the week of December 17th)

based on data collected exclusively by Champion Traveler across tens of millions of flights. Among all the dates above, the very cheapest time to fly from SNA to LYS is late January and early February. Prices can be as high as $1700 for Saturday flights during late June, or as low as $654 for Tuesday flights around late January and early February.


When to Fly to Lyon

Flying from Santa Ana, CA (SNA) to Lyon (LYS) will usually cost between $793 to $1575 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late January and early February with an average ticket price of $766. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late June, with an average price of $1599. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $834 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1210 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SNA to LYS flight.

See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the SNA to LYS route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.

SNA to LYS Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SNA to LYS flight is slightly more expensive than the average and costs slightly more than the average flight leaving from Santa Ana. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.13, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Saturdays are the most expensive days to fly out or take a return trip. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $140 (11%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Tuesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $1073. Return trip prices are from the LYS to SNA flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

Return Day Prices


Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from SNA to LYS can generally find a 2-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 11 hour 36 minutes may not be realistic.


Alternative Nearby Airports

Champion Traveler tells you which airports are nearby and whether tickets might be cheaper alternative airports nearby. Sometimes it’s worth it to fly into a closer airport and then commute to your destination. Remember that there is not usually a nonstop flight from SNA to LYS while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Geneva Airport (GVA) in Geneva

  • 61 miles (98 km) away from LYS
  • Usually 35.58% less expensive than LYS
  • 1-layover flights available

See SNA to GVA flights

Destination alternative #2: Torino Airport (TRN) in Turin

  • 130 miles (209 km) away from LYS
  • Usually 25.37% less expensive than LYS
  • 2-layover flights available

See SNA to TRN flights


Flight Hacking SNA to LYS

Flight hacking is when you book two tickets instead of a layover, sometimes with different airlines. You will need to either bring only a carry-on bag (highly recommended) or leave yourself plenty of time to go through security again. Flight hacking is completely allowed, but airlines don’t always tell you the cheapest way to get from SNA to LYS — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: London (SNA > LHR > LYS)

  • Price for both tickets: $543
  • Average savings: $668 (55.17%)

See SNA to LHR flights

Hack #2: London (SNA > LGW > LYS)

  • Price for both tickets: $562
  • Average savings: $649 (53.6%)

See SNA to LGW flights

Hack #3: Barcelona (SNA > BCN > LYS)

  • Price for both tickets: $621
  • Average savings: $589 (48.68%)

See SNA to BCN flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from SNA to LYS? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 19 major airlines flying this route most often: Aer Lingus, Aeromexico, Air Canada, Air France, Alaska, Alitalia, American, Austrian, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Delta, Finnair, Iberia, KLM, Lufthansa, Tap Air Portugal, Turkish Airlines, United, Virgin Atlantic, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Lyon Saint Exupery Airport to John Wayne-Orange County Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 5896 miles or 9489 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from SNA to LYS?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop SNA to LYS flight is about 11 hour 36 minutes.

How many flights go between Santa Ana, CA and Lyon?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 19 available flights from SNA to LYS.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code SNA
Origination airport name John Wayne-Orange County Airport
City Santa Ana, CA
Country the United States
Latitude 33.7
Longitude -117.9

Return Airport

Destination code LYS
Destination airport name Lyon Saint Exupery Airport
City Lyon
Country France
Latitude 45.7
Longitude 5.1


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