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Getting around

Public transport

Public transport – buses, trams, a four-line metro and two funiculars linking Vieux Lyon to Fourvière and St-Just – is run by TCL (08 20 42 70 00; www.tcl.fr in French; Vieux Lyon Place Éduard Commette, 5e; Vieux Lyon; 10am-12.30pm & 2-5pm Mon-Fri, 10am-12.30pm & 1.30-5pm Sat; Presqu’île 5 rue de la République, 1er; Bellecour; 7.30am-6.30pm Mon-Fri, 9am-noon & 1.30-5pm Sat). Public transport runs from around 5am to midnight.

Tickets cost €1.50/12.20 for one/10 and are available from bus and tram drivers and from machines at metro entrances. Tickets allowing unlimited travel for two hours/one day €2.10/4.30 are also available, as is a Ticket Liberté Soirée (€2.10) covering unlimited travel after 7pm. Tickets must be time-stamped on all forms of public transport.

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Local transport


Taxis hover at stands in front of both train stations; on the place Bellecour end of rue de la Barre (2e); and at the northern end of rue du Président Édouard Herriot (1er). Otherwise call:

Allo Taxi (04 78 28 23 23; www.allotaxi.fr in French)

Taxis Lyonnais (04 78 26 81 81; www.taxilyonnais.com in French)

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Pick up a set of red-and-silver wheels at one of 200-odd bike stations dotted around the city and drop them off at another with the city’s hugely successful vélo’v (08 00 08 35 68; www.velov.grandlyon.com in French) bike-rental scheme. The first 30 minutes are free and the first/subsequent hours cost €1/2 with a carte courte durée (a short-duration card, costing €1 and valid for seven days) and €0.50/1 if you buy a carte longue durée (long-duration card, costing €5 and valid for one year). Buy either card with a credit card from machines installed at bike stations: central stations include in front of the town hall on blvd de la Croix Rousse, 4e; beside the opera house (1er; metro Hôtel de Ville); and opposite Cathédrale St-Jean on place St-Jean (5e; metro Vieux Lyon). A city map showing every station and cycling path is posted at each station.

Motorists who park in the car park (04 78 42 50 09; www.vincipark.com in French; parking per 40min/24hr €1.20/23.30; 24hr) beneath place Bellecour borrow a bike for free.

Far less leg work is required with the covered, chauffeur-driven electric tricycles operated by Cyclopolitain (08 26 10 00 03; www.cyclopolitain.com in French; 10.30am-7pm Mar-Sep, 10.30am-5.30pm Oct-Dec). Pick up a cyclo at one of seven points around the city centre or beckon one by telephone; they cost €1 per kilometre.

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