Lyon’s comprehensive public transport system, run by TCL includes Metros, buses, trams, trolleybuses and funiculars. The city also has a bike program similar to the one in Paris. Explore the city on foot, cruise down one of the rivers, or take a taxi to your destination.
Getting Around Lyon
Lyon has four lettered Metro lines running from the city center to the outskirts of town. Each station features maps of the transportation network, Lyon and the local area.
There are 100 bus lines operating within the Lyon and neighboring Villeurbanne. Pick up a bus map at the tourist office.
Four tram lines run through Lyon. Lines T2 and T4 service the southern part of the city and suburbs, line T1 runs north to south through the city center, and line T3 services points east.
There are two Cristalis trolleybuses: C1 starts in the city center and goes north, and C3 runs pretty much on the east-west axis.
Two funiculars on the west back of the Saône River run up the Fourvière hill to the Notre Dame de Fourvière Basilica and the Roman theaters.
Metro, Bus, Tram, Trolleybus and Funicular Tickets
One ticket for the entire TCL network costs €2.30. The ticket is valid for two hours from the time it was first stamped, starting at 9 AM Monday to Saturday and from when service opens on Sunday, until service ends. A carnet of 10 1-hour tickets costs €13.30.
For the best value, opt for a day pass for €4.50. There is also an evening ticket, valid from 7 PM until service ends.
Naviginter offers afternoon river cruises on the Saône and Rhône from April to November and evening cruises in July and August. Boats depart from the Quai des Célestins, and the cruise lasts about an hour. Tickets cost €9.
By Bike and On Foot
Like Paris’s Vélib’ bike system, Lyon’s Vélo’V offers short-term bicycle rentals at 340 stations throughout the city. The bikes are available 24 hours a day. Find a map of bike routes at the tourist office.
After a €1 registration fee for a one-day Vélo’V pass, the first 30 minutes of each ride are free. Use from 30 minutes to 90 minutes costs an additional €1, and then every hour after that costs €2. If you’re staying a bit longer, opt for a 7-day ticket, with registration costing €3 and then the same fees as a one-day ticket for use.
While Lyon itself is fairly spread out, many of the main sights can be found within easy walking distance in the areas known as Vieux Lyon (to the west of the Saône River) and Presqu’île (between the two rivers). Wander through the passageways of the old city to discover some of the character of Lyon.
Multiple taxi companies operate in Lyon. Ask at your hotel or the tourist office for the number of a reliable service.