Getting around in Lyon: info, costs and advice

Lyon is one of the most important cities of France. It is located in the central-eastern area of ​​the country, not far from the border with Italy and Switzerland. With its historic center and part of the World Heritage Sites, Lyon is a lively and also surprising city, did you know for example that Lyon is the cradle of French cuisine?

In this article, however, we focus on how to move within the territory, the city can be divided into 4 large areas, there are the Fourvière hills and the Croix-Rousse, there is the Old Town and there is the Peninsula between the Rhone and Saone rivers. Here's everything you need to know about how to move in Lyon: info, costs and advice.


  1. Useful Tips
  2. How to get from the airport to the center of Lyon
  3. How to get around on foot
  4. Con i mezzi pubblici
  5. By car
  6. User questions and comments

Useful Tips

Due to its extension, Lyon is quite difficult to get around on foot. If you love walking, a walking tour with a local guide is recommended to make sure you don't get lost and don't waste time searching for points of interest. Alternatively, for a first approach you can rely on the evergreen tour on the hop-on hop-off tourist bus.

Lyon is an increasingly bike-friendly city, so the bike or e-bike option is also recommended. Specifically, the e-bike is perfect for a 2-hour panoramic tour.

The public transport network is well organized and widespread, punctual and reliable. The city has in fact more than 100 bus lines, 4 underground lines, 5 tram lines, 2 funiculars and a network of bicycles with fixed locations scattered throughout the metropolis.

Therefore, if you want to rely on public transport to visit Lyon, we recommend the Lyon City Pass dedicated to tourists, which in addition to discounts for museums, free guided tours and freepass for some museums, also includes theunlimited use of transport for its entire duration. Instead, the Lyon City Card also includes the airport transfer!

  • Recommended solutions and means: metro, tram, bike sharing to the center
  • Solutions and means not recommended: car, taxi
  • City cards and season tickets recommended: Lyon City Pass (from € 27,00 -), Lyon City Card with airport transfer (from € 43,00 -), 24h ticket € 6,20, 48h ticket € 12,00

How to get from the airport to the center of Lyon

The city of Lyon has its own airport, the Aéroport Lyon-Saint Exupéry, located quite close to the city, less than 30 km. The city is connected by the main Italian cities by direct flights, mainly operated by low cost airlines.

To reach the center from the airport, and vice versa, you can use the train, bus or taxi. The most recommended route is the one in train thanks to the Rhoneexpress service (30 min, departures every 15 min) which leads to the central station of Gare de Lyon Part-Dieu. The bus runs are active from 6:00 to 23:00, departures every 20 min (duration 40 min). By purchasing the Lyon City Card, the airport transfer is included in the card!

Lyon Saint Exupéry Airport

  • Distance from the center: 28 km / travel time: 30 min;
  • By train: Rhoneexpress lines / ticket cost € 15,00
  • By taxi: average cost € 40,00 / travel time: 45 min
  • By bus: average cost € 6,50 / Shuttle Bus lines
  • Private transfer: private airport transfer service

How to get around on foot

Being a big city, Lyon is difficult to get around on foot from side to side. It also has two hills with quite challenging climbs. For this reason we advise you to move on foot only inside the historic center, more content and liveable for pedestrians, and then use the public transport service available to get around the rest of the city. We recommend a guided walking tour of the historic center especially for a first approach to the city. The best would be a combined walking tour with a boat trip, to get a complete and original perspective of the old and new city.

If you are eco friendly and care about the environment, in Lyon you can use the local bike sharing. The service is available in the summer months, suitable for short trips and has a very economical cost (€ 1,50 for 24h or € 3,00 for 3 days). Alternatively, we advise you to book an E-Bike tour.

Con i mezzi pubblici

Between metro, trams, buses, as well as funiculars and a network of cycle paths, there is one in Lyon wide choice to move around by public transport. Surely the simplest and most comfortable way is to use the subway and tram. Thebus they will be very useful for the night service, when the metro and trams are out of order. Below we see in detail all the possibilities.


The Lyon metro consists of 4 lines indicated with the letters A, B, C, D. Crossing at several points, they allow you to explore a large part of the metropolitan area in a simple and fast.

I Tickets they can be purchased at vending machines, kiosks and directly from the staff on board the train. It is important to know that the single ticket does not include the return, it is valid for 1 h and is valid for all other public transport in Lyon, such as buses and trams. If you plan a day with several trips, the 24h ticket is recommended for € 6,20.

  • Downloadable map:
  • by 5: 00 24 to: 00
  • Ticket / single ride cost: € 1,76
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: 2h ticket € 3,20, 24h ticket € 6,20, 48h ticket € 12,00


Together with the subway it is the most efficient service and ideal for tourists interested in the central areas of the city. The main tram lines 4 sleep (T1, T2, T3, T4) and connect the entire historic center with the more peripheral areas.

I Tickets they are the same as the metro and bus. The single ticket lasts 1 hour and costs € 1,76. For days with many movements, the 24-hour ticket is recommended, at € 6,20, which can be used on all means of transport.

  • Downloadable map:
  • 5:00AM - 24:00PM
  • Ticket / single ride cost: € 1,76
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: 2h ticket € 3,20, 24h ticket € 6,20, 48h ticket € 12,00


Buses make up one Valid alternative to tram and metropolitan transport, especially for longer hours compared to other means. They are counted 130 lines, guarantee a permanent service throughout the year (even during school holidays). Of these hundreds of lines, 26 are most used, easily recognizable by the letter "C" which identifies them.

I Tickets they are the same as for metro and tram. The single ticket lasts 1 hour and costs € 1,76. For days with many movements, the 24-hour ticket is recommended, at € 6,20, which can be used on all means of transport.

  • Downloadable map:
  • from 5: 00 to 1: 00
  • Ticket / single ride cost: € 1,76
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: 2h ticket € 3,20, 24h ticket € 6,20, 48h ticket € 12,00


The Lyon funicular system can be considered a real means of transport, as it is an integral part of the public system, the departure stations are in fact close to the metro or bus stops. The funicular has been active since 1862 and originally had 5 lines. Today only they remained active 2 lines: Saint Jean-Saint Just (near the Saint Just bus stop) and Saint Jean-Fourviere (near the Vieux Lyon-Cathédrale Saint Jean metro station)

With regard to rates, the funiculars have a different fare system than other public transport. In fact, there is only one return ticket at a cost of € 3,00, there are no season tickets or booklets.

  • by 7: 00 19 to: 00
  • Ticket / single ride cost: return ticket € 3,00

By car

Getting around by car in Lyon should not be problematic, being in European territory, the roads and signs do not change compared to our country. However we recommend that you avoid car rental, or even to reach Lyon with your own, as as soon as you enter the city it is easy to wander through the straight and parallel streets, but as soon as you reach the Rhone river the traffic is much more complex, seen as the streets begin to intersect. Also in the Old Town, sandwiched between the two rivers of Lyon, you would find yourself entangled in one-way streets, narrow streets and other bridges over the second river.

Also, Lyon is still a big city, so it is subject to a big traffic, especially at peak times. Finding a parking space can also be difficult and expensive, making you waste a lot of time to visit the city.


Lyon is a SEZ, or rather one Low Emission Zone, in English LEZ, Low Emission Zone. The French authorities have made it known that, for all vehicles registered abroad (therefore also Italy), the environmental badge, in French indicated with the name of Crit'Air, in order to reduce emissions and air pollutants. All information about it, including how to obtain it and the form to fill out, can be found directly on the country's institutional website, also available in Italian.

Stops and parking

The highest concentration of car parks in Lyon is in the area around the two stations of Part-Dieu and Perrache, but also in the 2nd and 3rd Arrondissements. Apart from a few cases along the streets of the city, the places are all at payment and prices vary according to the area and duration. Parking is also limited to 1 hour and 30 minutes for visitors, especially in crowded areas. You can find all the information on duration, prices, places on the official Lyon tourism website and on the official website dedicated exclusively to parking.

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