Getting around in lyon
Getting around in lyon Reviews
Local transport in lyon May 25, 2009
amazingly, i never got lost in lyon. it was very easy to orientate oneself because of the 2 rivers, the soane and the rhone.
walking is the best way of seeing Lyon, but i tend to like using local transport to get to a sight/attraction, and then walk around in the evening when things are closed. i also like using it as a cheap hop-on-hop-off tour!
Lyon has a bus, metro and tram system. there is also a furnicular to get up the fourviere hill
a single journey costs 1,60 euros. you can also buy a book of 10 single tickets. a day ticket is 4,50 euros and they are valid on the bus, metro, furnicular and tram. i used the day ticket and found it good value as i was living next to the Perrache station. slight hiccup is that the machines don't take notes, only credit card and coins. there is a manned ticket counter in Part Dieu (main bus and metro hub), i asked my hotel's concierge for change.
clean and efficient. the entrance to the metro platforms were set out so that it is in the direction you wish to travel in. stops are well placed, eg the fourviere stop is right outside the basillica.
service starts at 6am and ends at 23 minutes past midnight. helpfully, the closing and opening times for each station is shown on the entry signs, on the way down the stairs
bus and tram:
buses are typically electrified, stops are also well placed and the gps system works like a dream, so you always knew when the next bus was coming. numbering and timetables were also easy to understand for a non-french speaker! the routes are also shown on the tourist map along with the metro route, so i found it easy when i had to switch between the two.
I didn't look out for night buses though.
I never took a cab.
Getting to the airport is also v easy. your tourist map from the main tourist office in "Bellecour" also shows the airport shuttle's stops. a single adult ticket is 8,90 euros, a return is 15,80 euros, but i wasn't aware of this and bought 2 single in the end. worth asking next time! from the airport, you would purchase the ticket at the counter in the entrance to terminal 1 and 2. bus stop is right outside the terminal, you can't miss it! on the way back, I took the bus from Perrache, and bought the ticket on the bus, could be because it was a sunday and ticket counters were closed. journey took about 50 minutes as Perrache is at the end of the line.
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