Getting there & away
In the Perrache complex, Eurolines (04 72 56 95 30), Intercars (04 78 37 20 80) and Spain-oriented Linebús (04 72 41 72 27) have offices on the bus-station level of the Centre d’Échange (follow the ‘Lignes Internationales’ signs).
Major car-rental companies have offices at both Gare de la Part-Dieu and Gare de Perrache.
Lyon has two mainline train stations: Gare de la Part-Dieu (Part-Dieu), 1.5km east of the Rhône, which handles long-haul trains; and Gare de Perrache (Perrache), a stop for many long-distance as well as regional trains. Just a few local trains stop at Gare St-Paul (Vieux Lyon) in Vieux Lyon. Tickets are sold at all three stations and in town at the SNCF Boutique (2 place Bellecour, 2e; Bellecour; 9am-6.45pm Mon-Fri, 10am-6.30pm Sat).
Destinations by direct TGV include Paris’ Gare de Lyon (€58.70 to €76.30, two hours, every 30 to 60 minutes), Lille-Europe (€77.20, 3¼ hours, nine daily), Nantes (€72.20, 4½ hours, five daily), Beaune (€20.50, 2¼ hours, up to nine daily), Dijon (€23.40, 2¾ hours, at least 12 daily) and Strasbourg (€45.60, 5¼ hours, five daily).
Flights to/from dozens of European cities land at Aéroport Lyon-St-Exupéry (Lyon St-Exupéry airport; 08 26 80 08 26; www.lyon.aeroport.fr), 25km east of the city.