Lyon Budget Tips

Lyon Budget Tips - Lyon, France

Need help planning your visit in Lyon, and want to save some euros along the way? We’ll let you know where to find the tourist office, as well as information about museum and transportation passes and discounts for students and seniors.

Tourist Office Information

The tourist office can be found at Place Bellecour in the Presqu’île neighborhood. Opening hours are 9 AM to 6 PM every day. The office is closed May 1, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

You can also ask at your hotel for suggestions of what to see and do while in Lyon.


Museum Pass

The Lyon City Card provides free access to all public transport as well as admission to 27 museums, attractions and activities, including the Beaux-Arts Museum, the Lumière Institute, river cruises and the Guignol (Puppet) Theater. City Card holders also are entitled to discounts at places like the Opera House and city bus tours. A one-day pass costs €18, a two-day pass is €27, and a three-day pass is €36.


Transportation Pass

A one-day pass for Lyon’s public transportation network costs €4.50. For more information on transportation, see Getting Around Lyon.


Senior Discounts

Members of the AARP receive discounts on hotels, airfares and car rentals in Lisbon. They can be reached in the United States at 1-800-424-3410 or accessed online at the AARP website.


Student Discounts

There is a reduced price for students for the Lyon City Card; rates are €14 for one day, €21 for two days, and €28 for three days.

The International Student Identity Card, ISIC, the most widely accepted form of student ID, provides discounts on sights, accommodations, food and transportation. In Lyon, for example, card holders receive a discounted rate of €6.70 (versus the full price of €8.90) for a one-way ticket on the airport shuttle bus.

Some places offer admission discounts of 20%-50% to ISIC members. All cardholders have access to a 24-hour emergency helpline. In the United States call 1-800-223-7986 or click onto the ISIC site. Applicants must be degree seekers of a secondary or post-secondary school and must be at least 12 years of age. The card costs $22 and is valid until the end of the year issued.

For non-students 25 years or younger, the International Youth Card, IYTC, also offers many of the same benefits as the ISIC. The card costs $22 and is valid for one year from the date issue.

Travelers with student cards, such as ISIC and IYTC qualify for big discounts from travel agencies. Most flights from budget agencies are on major airlines, though peak season deals might be on less reliable chartered aircraft.


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