France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   Transportation for Lyon, France
France's third-largest city has an excellent public transport system of Métro, trams, buses, funiculars, water shuttles, shared bikes and cars, and the special Rhônexpress Train between the airport (LYS) and the city center.

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Lyon-Saint-Exupéry Airport

Lyon-Saint-Exupéry International Airport (LYS), 30 km (19 miles) east of Lyon's Place Bellecour (map), is an Air France hub and serves flights to many European cities. It has its own TGV train station (see below) with direct high-speed TGV trains to Paris, Marseille and other cities. More...

Rhônexpress Train to City Center

Take the Rhônexpress train right from the airport to Vaulx-en-Velin La Soie and change to Métro line A, or to Lyon Part-Dieu for the Gare de Lyon Part-Dieu SNCF (see below) and to reach your hotel or other destination in Lyon. Adult one-way tickets cost about 16€ for the 30-minute ride. More...

Gare de Lyon Part-Dieu SNCF

Lyon's main train station, at 5 Place Charles Béraudier, 2.5 km (1.5 miles) east of Place Bellecour (map), serves fast long-distance TGV trains as well as regional TER Rhône-Alpes trains. The station is connected to the rest of Lyon by Métro Line B, the Rhônexpress train from Aéroport Lyon Saint-Exupéry, and trams T1, T3 and T4.

Gare de Lyon Saint-Exupéry TGV

Many fast TGV trains arrive and depart at Lyon's newest train station, the Gare de Lyon Saint-Exupéry TGV within the Aéroport Lyon-Saint-Exupéry, 30 km (19 miles) east of Lyon's Place Bellecour (map). The TGV station is 300 meters (328 yards) west of the main airport terminal. Tram RX connects the airport TGV station with the city center.

Gare de Lyon-Perrache SNCF

This city-center train station at 14 Cours de Verdun, 1.2 km (3/4 mile) southwest of Place Bellecour along rue Victor-Hugo (map), serves local, regional and some national trains, though most TGV trains arrive and depart at Lyon's other two train stations.

Lyon Public Transportation

TCL (Transports en Commun Lyonnais/Sytral mobilités/Keolis Lyon) is the organization that operates Lyon's four Métro, five tramway lines, two funiculars (cable cars), and more than 160 city bus routes. The TCL website (English version) offers a useful jouney planner, and the excellent TCL smartphone app gives you step-by-step directions, maps and schedules to get you to your destination. More...


The standard fare is 2, and is good for travel on buses, trams and metro lines for one hour. Fare for each of the two funiculaires (cable cars) is 2 one-way, or 3.60 for a same-day round trip/return.

Your Credit/Debit Card is Your Ticket!

New in 2024, you can board any bus, metro train, tram or funicular, tap your carte bancaire (CB; bank credit or debit card) on a red validation machine, and your fare is paid!

Or tap your smartphone using Apple Pay or Google Pay.

Your fare is valid for one hour, including changes to other vehicles within that hour. Your bank card is your ticket!

Look for a RED validation machine when you enter, tap your card or phone, and go!


Look for this sign.

Tap and hold your card or phone at the machine for a few seconds until you hear two beeps. The screen should show Voyage validé. (If you hear a buzz, the transaction didn't go through. Try again, or try another card.)

If you change lines (bus to bus, but to metro, metro to tram, etc.), tap on the red validation machine again. Within an hour of travel, you will only be charged one fare.

Tap for More Travelers!

You can use the same card or phone for up to five travelers: after the first tap, re-tap within 10 seconds for each additional traveler. Do it again if you change vehicles. More...

Billet Sans Contact (BSC)

If you don't want to use your credit/debit card or phone as your ticket, buy a Billet Sans Contact (BSC, tap-and-pay) card from a fare machine or TCL office (0.20) and load up to 10 fares (a carnet, 19.50) on it. You can reload the card up to ten times.

If you load a carnet of 10 fares, you can use one BSC for several travelers: just tap the card once for each traveler when validating your trip.

Longer-Term Transit Passes

TCL also offers a variety of special Liberté tickets and transit passes that can save you money if you plan to make several trips in the same day or evening. More...

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Gare de Lyon-Perrache SNCF, Lyon, France 

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Lyon tram to Gare de Lyon-Perrache


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