Transport in Lyon

Public transport: Bus, Metro & Tram

Lyon’s public transport network, ran by TCL, consists of 4 metro lines, 6 tram lines, 2 funicular railways and over a hundred bus routes.

 

Methods of transportation in Lyon, France

 

(Update, March 2024)

How much does the Metro cost in Lyon?

A single ticket costs €2 and can be used for any mode of public transport (bus, metro or tram).

The ticket lasts for one hour and you can use it as many times as you want within this hour. However, you must validate your ticket every time you board a new bus/tram.

The book of 10 1 hour tickets (€19.50)  is also a good option if you are travelling in a group or as a couple.

How much does the funicular in Lyon cost?

The ticket price is €3.50. This ticket is valid for a round trip on the same day on the Fourvière and Saint-Just Funiculars.
To reach the Fourvière hill, take the funicular from the Saint Jean station, located in Old Lyon.

Remember also that public transport is free with the Lyon City Card.

 

How to Buy Tickets for Lyon public transport?

You can purchase tickets from the machines found at all metro/tram stations and major bus stops.

If you’re wondering, “Can I purchase a bus or metro ticket using my bank card?“, the answer is yes.
Most of the ticket machines at metro stations and major bus stops accept credit and debit cards.

Here’s a step-by-step guide:

  • Locate a Ticket Machine: These are usually found at metro stations, tram stops, and major bus terminals.
  • Select Your Preferred Language: The machines typically offer multiple language options, including English.
  • Choose Your Ticket Type: Whether you’re looking for a single ride, a day pass, or a week-long pass, the machine provides various options.
  • Insert Your Bank Card: Follow the on-screen instructions and make sure to retrieve your card and ticket once the transaction is complete.

Remember, using your bank card is not only convenient but also ensures a contactless and safe transaction.

Bus drivers also sell single-journey tickets, but they cost €2.30 and will hold up the queue, so best avoid it.

There are several other types of ticket that may help you save money.

Check out the table below to find out which suits you best.

 

Length of stay Estimated total number of journeys Option What it gives you Price Price per ticket
Couple of hours 2 or more Ticket 2 heures Unlimited travel for two hours €3.60 n/a
1 night (7pm onwards) 2 or more Ticket liberté soirée Unlimited travel from 7pm until end of service €3.60 n/a
1 day 4 or more Ticket liberté 1 jour Unlimited travel from beginning to end of service (NOT 24 hours) €6.70 n/a
2-7 days 9 or more Carnet de tickets (book of tickets) Each ticket is like a normal 1-hour ticket as described above €19.50 €1.95

Directions: Maps and Best Apps for lyon transport

TCL has a fantastic mobile app available for iPhone and Android phones.
It features an interactive map and journey planner, allowing you to easily find your way around.
If you prefer a traditional paper map, they can be found at the TCL agencies at the Part-Dieu train station and Place Bellecour.
Also, feel free to ask any of the TCL representatives often posted in the main tourist areas, who will be able to point you in the right direction.

Map of Lyon Metro, Tram & Bus (TCL): stations & lines.

 

Velo’v bike rental

Lyon has over 540 kms of cycling paths, making biking a great way to get around the city. Vélo’v is comparable to London’s Boris bikes.

 

Recognisable by their distinctive red mud guards, the bikes can be rented at any one of the almost 350 stations around Lyon.

JCDeaux, the developers of Vélo’v, replaced 2,500 Vélo’v manual bikes with Vélo’v hybrid bikes across the Greater Lyon area.
Users of this service can choose between a manual bike or an electrically-assisted self-service bike, using a portable, personal battery.
You can pay for a subscription to own one of these portable batteries for just €7 extra each month.

A single ride ticket costs €1.80 (a €180 deposit is secured), with the first 30 minutes of each journey free.
If after 30 minutes you have not returned the bike, then you will be charged for each consecutive 30 minutes. Simply return the bike and hire it again to reset the counter.

A Velo’v day pass costs €4. With this pass, you can take as many rides as you want in 24 hours.

Additionally, If you have purchased the 3-day Lyon City Card, you can get three days’ rental for only €5.

For more information, visit the Velo’v website (in English).

 

River Boat Shuttles

The Vaporetto

A fun alternative to the public transport system is the Vaporetto.
This boat shuttle service is managed by the Confluence shopping centre, and operates along the Saône river between the Vieux-Lyon (old district) and the trendy Confluence area.

A single ticket costs 5€ including tax (tickets purchased on board).
Tickets for children between 5 and 12 years old cost 3€ and children under 5 travel for free.

There are 4 stops:

  • Confluence stop (14 quai Antoine Riboud, 69002 Lyon – opposite the Confluence shopping centre)
  • Bellecour stop (11 quai des Célestins, 69002 Lyon)
  • Saint-Paul stop (16 quai de Bondy, 69005 Lyon)
  • Vaise stop (9 quai Arloing, 69009 Lyon)

 

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The shuttle runs every day from 1:30pm to 6:50pm, each journey taking less than half an hour.
There is a departure every 1 hour and 20 minutes.

As of 2020, take a seat at the front of the boat on their new outdoor benches!
Also as of 2020, users of this service have the option to pay for a 1-year unlimited pass priced at 39€.

Water Taxi Lyon

The Water Taxi Lyon, run by local entrepreneur Jeff, is another solution to visit the city center through the Rhône and Saône rivers.
Navigate and discover the city’s sights alternatively, accompanied by the useful tips and the friendly atmosphere brought by Jeff.

Starting from the Confluence marina, this water taxi explores the Saône and its riversides with up to 10 stops towards the Ile Barbe.
A quick turnaround at the confluence, and passengers can visit the Rhône river until the Cité Internationale.

Price: starting from 25€/person for an hour.

 

Driving in Lyon

Getting around Lyon in a car can be a rather stressful experience, especially as finding parking places often proves to be difficult and costly.

 

Car rental

Renting a car is therefore generally not recommended nor needed given the extensive public transport system.
However, if it cannot be avoided, then most major car hire companies operate in the city (Europcar, Avis, Sixt, etc.).
There are several underground car parks, and most street parking is pay-and-display.

 

Top Tip: most short/medium-stay street parking is free on Sundays, public holidays and all of August.

 

Car Sharing in Lyon: Cheap Car Rental Deals

Zity

Zity is a carsharing service where you can rent a car from your phone and drive wherever you want.
The service is available in Lyon and Villeurbanne, but you can still drive outside the service area.
The cars are 100% electric and have no emissions.
You can use the Stand by mode to take a break while keeping the rental.

Leo&Go

This is a car-sharing service where you can use a car whenever you want and wherever you want. Everything is done through a digital app, so you don’t need any keys or badges.
The price is all-inclusive, which means parking, insurance, and energy or fuel is included.
You can sign up for free and choose from different pricing plans, including an airport package.
The service is available in Lyon, Villeurbanne, Écully, Caluire, Bron & Saint-Exupéry airport.

Citiz

Citiz is a carsharing service in Lyon. You can subscribe and use their cars whenever you want for an hour or more.
They have different pricing plans for individuals and businesses. Insurance is included in their rates, and there’s an option to reduce the excess amount.
They have a free-floating service called Yea! cars, available with the same subscription as Citiz cars.

 

how to reach Lyon city centre from Lyon Saint exupery airport

How to get to Lyon

Lyon-Saint Exupery Airport (LYS) is just over 20 miles away from Lyon city centre. The ‘official’ ways to get to and from the airport are the Rhone-Express tram or taxi.

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