Travel to Lyon: Cheap buses, trains and flights

About Lyon

Located in the centre of France close to the Alps, the country’s third largest city and second largest metropolitan area is a popular tourist hotspot. Boasting historic points of interest, contemporary attractions and neighbourhoods, and well-known events such as the annual Fête des Lumières (Light Festival), Lyon is an important cultural and economic metropolis. The city is located on the convergence of two rivers, which also allows for scenic cruises along the waterways. The city was founded in 43 BC and originally known as Lugdunum. Soon after it became the capital of Gaul and a major trading hub in Europe. Throughout history, and numerous wars, the city grew and became a main site of architectural significance. Many of the preserved architectural structures are a draw for thousands of visitors annually, and are the reason the city has earned its UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Some of the most visited attractions in Lyon include Fourvière basilica and the views from its observatory, the St Irénée church and Parc de la Tête d'Or, a sprawling urban park which offers boating on its large lake. The city is most popular with tourists between May to August, with July and August being the peak months for summer weather.

Lyon is one of nine host cities in France for the 2016 Euro Championship. See below for further details.

Host City of the UEFA EURO 2016



The European Football Championship takes place this year in France. In 10 stadiums the matches will be played to Europe's football crown and GoEuro shows the best route to each game. Lyon is one of the host cities for the UEFA EURO 2016.

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Lyon

Demographics

Local Time 13:23
Euro
Population 472,300
Region Rhône-Alpes
Languages French

How expensive is Lyon?

An Average Meal

An average meal in a restaurant in Lyon costs 13.9% less than in the rest of the country.

Shopping

Prices in Lyon are on average 0.1% higher than in the other cities in France.

Public Transport

Public transport in Lyon costs around 12.5% more than national average.

A Night in a Hotel

A night in a hotel in Lyon is about 50.5% less expensive on average than in the rest of France.

Arriving in Lyon

Nearly 9 million passengers pass through this facility, the 4th largest in France, annually. It is located around 25 kilometres from Lyon, and services flights to the majority of large European cities, North Africa, Canada, the Caribbean, Senegal and the Middle East. The majority of large European airlines operate here.

Transporting 26 million passengers a year, this is the largest train station in France outside of Paris. Its popularity is in part to the large number of connections it serves from within France and Europe. Opened in 1983 it served French connection exclusively until 2011 when services to a from Germany began. It currently also serves connections to Spain and Italy.

This facility is actually part of the train station but serves a large number of regional, national and international destinations. Destinations in Italy and Spain have the highest number of direct services from here, however Geneva, Karlsruhe and Munich are also accessible. Eurolines and iDBUS both operate here.


How to Get Around in Lyon

Public Transport in Lyon

With an reliable and efficient public transport system, metro, bus or tram stops can be found every 300 metres or so. There are no zones so tickets are valid city-wide.

  • Public Transport Provider: TCL
  • Cost of a Ticket: 1 hours access to the transport system will cost around 1.80 Euro, or 2 hours is approximately 3 Euro. A day ticket is around 6 Euros, or 10 separate journey tickets will cost approximately 16 Euro. You can also buy a week ticket for just under 20 Euro. An evening ticket, valid from 7:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. will cost 3 Euros.
  • Discounted Ticket Types: A monthly student ticket is just under 30 Euro, or just over 30 Euro for those about 65 years of age.
  • Availability of Public Transport at Night: From 1:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. night buses "pleine lune" are in service.

Cycling in Lyon

Cycling in Lyon is relatively common with many locals as well as visitors making use of the bike rental service. The municipal provider, Vélo'V has been in operation since 2005 and is considered one of the best bike rental services in Europe. Alternatively independent hire companies are available at a cost of around 15 - 30 Euros a day. As a word of warning for inexperienced city cyclists, many of the bike lanes here are shared with bus lanes.

  • Official Municipal Bike Provider: Vélo'V
  • Rental Costs: A ticket will need to be purchased to access the bikes the cost of which begins at 1.50 Euro for a day. 7 days of access will cost around 5 Euro, whilst a year is priced at around 25 Euro (15 for those under 25 years of age). Once a ticket has been purchased the first 30 minutes of riding is free and then charged at 1 Euro for every additional 30 minutes.

Taxis in Lyon

Taxis are readily available in all of the expected areas; train stations, bus stations, airports and busier parts of the city centre. Taxi Lyon is a useful app which will help you book a taxi service, or save the following contacts to your phone; Taxi Lyon (+04 72108686), Taxi Lyonnais (+04 7826 8181) or Allo Taxi (+04 7828 2323).

  • Base Minimum Fare: This is charged at just under 7 Euro.
  • Cost: Around 1 kilometre per hour.

Driving in Lyon

Although the public transport is efficient and well connected, many residents and visitors to Lyon also drive in the city. That being said driving should be avoided during rush hour periods. Some free parking is available in Lyon, however much of it will cost. Averages parking costs are between 50 cents and 1 Euro per hour.

Walking Around Lyon

In comparison to most French cities sidewalks in Lyon are fairly wide. In addition there are many pedestrianised zones. These two factors make Lyon a great city to explore on foot.

UEFA EURO 2016 Host City

The stadium was a completely new build for the tournament and will offer 59.000 seats. The construction work started in 2013 and the opening was in January 2016. It is now the new home of the football club Olympique Lyon.


Stade des Lumières

How to get there:

  • TAXI: TAXI: The journey takes 20 minutes and costs 32,40€ during the day and 45,30€ during the night Adress: Avenue Simone Veil, 69150 Lyon

Matches in Lyon

DATE MATCH
13 June 2016 21:00 Belgium v Italy
16 June 2016 18:00 Ukraine v Northern Ireland
19 June 2016 21:00 Romania v Albania
22 June 2016 18:00 Hungary v Portugal
26 June 2016 15:00 Winner Group A v Third Group C/D/E
6 July 2016 21:00 Winner match 45 v Winner match 46

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