Lyon Tourism Office Opens a Temporary Branch in Saint-Jean Area
It’s a few minutes past 9 o’clock, on this Monday morning June 25. Between the entrance to the Saint-Jean subway station and the cathedral, the temporary branch of Lyon’s Tourism Office just opened its doors for its first day.
And a Thai visitor is already coming in to ask how to get to the Fourvière Basilica. Behind the counter, an advisor brings a map out and gives the indications in English, advises him to take the funicular railway.
A better-quality reception for the Vieux Lyon tourists
This summer, over 50 000 people should stop by this OnlyLyon Tourism branch, which has its main reception at place Bellecour (500 000 visitors a year).
Tested for the first time two years ago, this temporary structure had welcomed 26 000 people in 2016, then 49 600 people in 2017, but in two small, uncomfortable wooden cabins.
“This success comforted us in our choice to invest in a better-quality building, for the visitors’ reception as well as the advisors’ working conditions”, indicates François Gaillard, director of OnlyLyon Tourism.
The neighbourhoods’ inhabitants were also asking for a more welcoming structure in order to better guide the tourists in the most visited neighbourhood of Lyon.
Vieux Lyon, the most visited neighbourhood in the city
This time, it consists of a prefab made of glass and wood, with air conditioning, and accessibility to persons with reduced mobility.
Open everyday from 9:15 AM to 6 PM, place Edouard Commette, this reception location allows you to get personalized advice and ensures the sale of touristic products such as the Lyon City Card or guided visits.
On the right bank of the Saône, Vieux Lyon (Lyon 5th district) is the most visited neighbourhood in the city. Over 2.5 million people make their way to the Fourvière basilica every year. And around 100 000 guided tours are organized each year in the traboules and the streets of Vieux Lyon.