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Lyon situated approximatively halfway between Paris and Marseille and can very easily be reached by car, train (TGV) and airplane. 
Location of Lyon

By car
Lyon is at the heart of a dense road network and at the meeting point of several highways: A6 (to Paris); A7 (to Marseille); A42 (to Geneve); and A43 (to Grenoble). The city is now bypassed by the A46. A double motorway tunnel passes under Fourvière, connecting the A6 and the A7 autoroutes, both forming the "Autoroute du Soleil"

Lyon is served by the Eurolines intercity coaches. Its Lyon terminal is located at the city's Perrache railway station

motorways and roads leading to Lyon Lyon motorways

By train
Lyon has two major railway stations: Lyon Part-Dieu, which was built to accommodate the TGV and has become the principal railway station for extra-regional trains; and Lyon Perrache (built 1856-1857) that serves primarily regional rail services.
In practice, many trains including TGVs, serve both stations.
To find information about train connections, timetables, tarifs and to book tickets: visit the website of the French railway company SNCF

Lyon part dieu
  Lyon Part-Dieu , ill. By Velvet (Own work),, via Wikimedia Commons 

The modern Part-Dieu railway station was constructed in 1978-1983 (architects Eugène Gachon and Jean-Louis Girodet) in conjunction with one of the largest shopping centers in France, a major government office complex, and the tallest skyscraper in the region, nicknamed Le Crayon (The Pencil) due to its shape. This tower is 164,90 m and was designed by the American architects Araldo Cossutta & Associates, built between 1972 and 1977. It is the tallest skyscraper in France that is not located in Ile-de-France; at its opening it was the 4th tallest building in France and is currently the 10th. 

The Part Dieu station is frequented by TGV and ICE trains thus offering direct connections to Paris, Marseille, Bordeaux, Nice, Lille, Strasbourg, Brussels, Geneva, Frankfurt, Barcelona - and via Paris or Lille to London and the main other capital cities in Northern Europe.
It serves as an intermodal transportation hub with a direct connection to the airport, the Lyon metro line B, the tramlines T1, T2, T3, and T4, the main bus lines, the bicycle service Vélo'v, and taxis

  • View the location of the Part Dieu station and its surroundings on a map
  • Access Plus is a free service offered to disabled passengers who require assistance at the station and/or when boarding the train. For more information email
  • Please note that we do advise you to book a hotel in the Part Dieu area.

The Perrache railway station is also an important hub including tramways, local and regional trains and buses, the terminus of metro line A, the bicycle service Vélo'v, and taxis.

The Lyon–Saint Exupéry Airport (formerly known as Lyon Satolas Airport), opened in 1975, is the international airport of Lyon. It is situated in Colombier-Saugnieu, 20 km southeast of Lyon city centre.
In 1994 the LGV Rhône-Alpes high-speed rail line brought TGV service to the airport, providing direct trains to Paris and Marseille.

Flughafen Lyon St.Exypéry
The fan-shaped canopy of the Gare de Lyon Saint-Exupéry, designed by architect Santiago Calatrava, is the airport's most notable architectural feature - ill. (c) Benreis at wikivoyage shared, creativecommons license by-sa/3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Most European and many other airlines and a number of low cost companies do have regular and direct flights to Lyon

RhônExpress express tram is the fastest, most reliable and a seamless link between the centre of Lyon and the Lyon-Saint-Exupéry Airport, with a journey time of less than 30 minutes and no risk of congestion. 

Public transport in Lyon
Transport en communn à Lyon
One can use the metros, funiculars, trams and buses to get fast, cheap and easy from one point to another in the city.
The means of transport of the TCL network are complementary: the network comprises 4 metro lines, 5 tramway lines, 2 funicular lines and over 130 bus lines.

A single ticket enables you to go from metro to bus, tram or funicular as many times as you like during one hour. A ticket bought at a vending machine costs 1,70 euros, but there are day tickets offering unlimited travelling for one day at 5,20 euros. The 'Lyon City Card', for 1, 2 or 3 days, includes free visits to the museums and a lot of attractions.

The main taxi companies in Lyon are Taxi Lyon, Taxi Lyonnais, Lyon taxi Prestige  - or you can look for a full list of taxi companies in the Yellow Pages (Pages Jaunes)
A list of taxis serving at the Part Dieu railway station is available

Rent a bike
In Lyon, you can hire a bicycle at any Vélo'v station, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Provided you are aged 14 or over, all you need is a long-term subscription or a short-term ticket. Once you have completed your journey, simply return the bike to any vélo'v station.





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