Lyon

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!

Congress venue

CENTRE DE CONGRÈS | LYON

• 50, Quai Charles de Gaulle
• 69463 Lyon Cedex 06
• Tel: +33 (0)4 72 82 26 26
info@ccc-lyon.com

 

Access

Airport

Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport is located 25 kilometres east of the city centre. The airport contains three terminals:

  • Terminals 1 and 2 are connected by a large hall. Domestic flights are handled at Terminal 1,  while international flights are managed at Terminal 2.
  • In both terminals, Arrivals are located on Level 1 and Departures on Level 2. 
  • At the airport, you have plenty of opportunities for tax-free shopping and dinner and drinks before or after your flight.

HERE YOU CAN FIND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT LYON–SAINT-EXUPÉRY AIRPORTMORE INFORMATION

Train

  • The Rhônexpress Tram will take you from Gare de Lyon Saint-Exupéry (located 5 minutes from the airport)  to Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu, in under 30 minutes.
  • Departures are every 15 minutes from 4:25 until midnight, costing 15.80€ single, or 27.50€ return.
  • Online purchases are discounted, although you can but tickets on the train.

Bus Service

  • From Lyon-Perrache train station, there is a bus service to the Airport.
  • It costs 8.90€ one-way or 15.80€ return, and runs approximately every 20 minutes. 
  • The journey takes 45 minutes and makes various stops throughout the city.

Car Rental

  • Many well-known international car rental companies operate in Lyon.
  • Rental cars can be accessed by a free shuttle bus running from Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport Terminal 2 to the car agencies.
  • Click here to find more information on car rentals.

Taxis

  • The trip from Lyon St Exupéry Airport to the city centre costs around 50-55€ during the day and around 65-70€ at night.
  • There is a taxi rank outside Terminal 1 as well as the train stations.

Public Transport

Metro

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.

  • Single trip ticket: A single ticket costs 1.80€ and enables you to use the metro, bus, tram or funicular as often as you like for a period of one hour.
  • Group tickets: There are also many group tickets available, including a 24-hour ticket for 5.50€ and a night  ticket for 3€, allowing unlimited travel from 7 pm until the last service.

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

Buses in Lyon generally run:

  • Throughout the week: runs from 5:30 to 22:00.
  • On weekends, expect services to run from 6:45h until 21:30.

Night buses are available, identified by their blue signs. There are only 4-night bus routes in Lyon:

  • Pleine Lune 1, 2 and 3 leave at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00 every Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning (including bank holidays).
  • Pleine Lune 4 leaves the city centre at 1:00 and 3:00 on Saturday and Sunday mornings (including bank holidays).

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.

 

Practical information

Currency

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

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.

Credit Cards

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.

Cheques

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.

Electricity

France, like most other European countries, has 220-volt AC, 50Hz current and uses two-pin continental plugs.

Entry Requirements/Visas

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.

Emergency phone number

Police, Fire and Ambulance number: 112

Health & Safety

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.

Insurance/Liability

Participants, partners and visitors are strongly recommended to be properly insured against accidents they may suffer when travelling, and during the congress.

Time Zone

France follows Central European Time (CET) which is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Taxes

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.

 

Discover Lyon

VISIT THE CITY

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.

Lyon city maps

Download a Lyon city map here (© Latitude Cartagène)

Download the public transportation map here

Guided tours

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.

What to do in Lyon?

Find in this guide suggestions for restaurants and bars, information about culture, shopping, places to visit and much more!

Useful Links

http://www.lyon-france.com/
http://www.onlylyon.com/en/visit-lyon.html
https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g187265-Activities-Lyon_Rhone_Auvergne_Rhone_Alpes.html
https://www.lonelyplanet.com/france/burgundy-and-the-rhone/lyon