Bienvenue à Lyon!
We’re excited to host Dscoop EMEA 6 in the gastronomical capital of France. In this section you will find all the practical information you need about visiting France, public transport and getting to the congress venue as well as sightseeing tips, so that you can enjoy the city to the fullest.
We can’t wait to see you here!
• 50, Quai Charles de Gaulle
• 69463 Lyon Cedex 06
• Tel: +33 (0)4 72 82 26 26
Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport is located 25 kilometres east of the city centre. The airport contains three terminals:
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The TCL network facilitates your sightseeing throughout Greater Lyon.
The network comprises 4 metro lines, 5 tramway lines, 2 funicular lines and over 130 bus lines. Metro Line A joins Vaulx-en-Velin La Soie to the Rhônexpress and takes you to the airport.
You can buy your public transport tickets in machines, but be aware they only accept coins (not notes) and some will not accept international credit cards.
For more information on tickets & prices
Buses in Lyon generally run:
Night buses are available, identified by their blue signs. There are only 4-night bus routes in Lyon:
The bus routes C1 and C2 connect Gare Part-Dieu Vivier Merle in the city centre to the Palais des Congrès de Lyon every 10 minutes.
The first departure to the congress centre starts at 5:00 with the last bus from the congress centre to the city is at 00:40.
The currency in France is the Euro(€). One Euro is divided into 100 Cents. Coins are circulated in the following denominations: Cent coins in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50. Euro Coins are in 1 and 2. Euro banknotes are printed in values of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500.
Banks open from 08:30 to 17:30 on weekdays with a possible lunch break (60 to 90 minutes). Some banks are open on Saturdays, and some are closed on Mondays. There are numerous cash machines located throughout the city and many bureaux de change are open at weekends.
ATMs/cash machines – Most banks have ATMs outside that are open 24 hours. All major cards are accepted and it is a convenient way of withdrawing Euros on a credit or debit card.
Major credit cards are widely accepted at hotels, shops, cafes and restaurants. Some establishments may charge a fee when accepting foreign credit cards as payment. Make sure to carry ID on you at all times; you may need it when withdrawing money. Signatures may be required for larger sums.
Paying by personal cheque does not incur additional charges in France; however, not all establishments will accept them. Photographic ID may be required when issuing a cheque.
France, like most other European countries, has 220-volt AC, 50Hz current and uses two-pin continental plugs.
If you are an EU citizen, you must either present a passport or an ID card valid for the duration of your stay in order to enter France for tourist visits of up to three months. Citizens of other countries must have a valid passport. Some non-EU citizens are required to produce a visa.
For more information, please visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
Police, Fire and Ambulance number: 112
Although Lyon is generally a safe city to visit, there are some exceptions and so it is always best to take certain precautions.
Around Vieux Lyon you should wary of pickpockets, especially around the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière and Place Bellecour in the centre. In addition, while many streets operate as one-way for cars, cycle routes can run in both directions – so make sure to check the street thoroughly before crossing.
Visiting Lyon as a citizen of an EU country, you are covered by public health insurance within the limits agreed upon between your own country and the French authorities. Visitors from outside the EU are not covered by French healthcare and should, therefore, arrive prepared with the appropriate insurance.
Participants, partners and visitors are strongly recommended to be properly insured against accidents they may suffer when travelling, and during the congress.
France follows Central European Time (CET) which is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
French prices include 20% Value Added Tax (VAT). It is refundable to non-EU residents and who are travelling to an EU destination, provided they adhere to the VAT refund policies. Tax-free shopping is possible in some major shops and department stores in Lyon.
Lyon is France’s third largest City and lies at the junction of the Rhône and Saône rivers. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998, thanks to its impressive architecture and historical importance.
Today, it is most well-known for being a pillar of culinary talent, but also provides fantastic shopping and entertainment services for all ages.
Download a Lyon city map here (© Latitude Cartagène)
Download the public transportation map here
If you are an individual wanting to join a guided tour, more information can be found here.
For groups wanting a privatised and/or tailor-made programme, more information can be found here.
Find in this guide suggestions for restaurants and bars, information about culture, shopping, places to visit and much more!