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Practical info Lyon, France

Getting around the city

Getting around in Lyon is easy and fairly cheap compared to other European cities. Lyon takes full advantage of the Rhone Valley's roads and rivers, and transport routes into and out of the city are numerous. Air-rail links are made simple with Lyon Saint-Exupéry International Airport's TGV high-speed train station, as well as the highly developed TGV network and freeway system. The urban transport network consists of over 130 bus lines, two funiculars, four metro lines and two tramway lines. Tickets can be used across all modes of transport. A single ticket is valid for an hour and allows for multiple changes across the different forms of transport, but not a return journey. The City Card is ideal for sightseeing as you can get to most places in the city with it and receive free entry to some sites. The metro runs from 5am to midnight and night buses are available thereafter. Taxis are widely available. Commuters should make sure the meter has been reset before travelling and that the meter is on during the journey. If there is no meter then agree on a fee before setting off. Lyon's Old Town is a charming part of the city to explore on foot, and bicycles can also be rented.

Time

GMT +1 (GMT +2 between last Sunday in March and last Sunday in October).

Electricity

Electrical current is 230 volts, 50Hz. European two-pin plugs are standard.

Currency

The Euro (EUR) is the official currency in France. Currency can be exchanged at banks, bureaux de change and some large hotels, though you will get a better exchange rate at the ATMs. Major credit cards are widely accepted, particularly in major tourist destinations. Foreign currency is not accepted.

Communication

The international access code for France is +33. Most public telephones accept phone cards, which are available in newsagents. Most hotels add a surcharge to calls, which can be very expensive; the cheapest way to call abroad is often with a phone card from a public telephone or at a post office. The local mobile phone operators use GSM networks and have roaming agreements with most international mobile phone companies. Internet cafes are available in towns throughout France.

Emergency number

Emergencies: 112.

Visa and health information

Everything about visa and health information

Public holidays

Climate

Saint Exupéry International Airport

www.lyonaeroports.com

Getting to the city

Buses leave regularly for Lyon and the other main towns and cities in the Rhône-Alpes area. There is a TGV train station within walking distance of the airport with regular services to France's main cities.

Car rental

Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt are represented at the airport.

Airport taxi's

Taxis are available outside Terminal 1 Arrivals. An average fare to Lyon is €45-50 during the day and €65-70 at night.

Transfer between terminals

The terminals are adjacent and within walking distance of each other and are connected to the long-stay parking by a free shuttle bus.

Facilities

Facilities at the airport include left luggage, a post office, bars, restaurants, shops, a travel agency, baby-changing stations, chemist, photobooth, game area, concierge service, and a business centre with meeting rooms and secretarial services. ATMs and bureaux de change are available throughout the airport. Disabled facilities are good; passengers with special needs should contact their airline in advance.

Parking

Plenty of car parking is available; the farther away areas are connected to the terminal building by a free shuttle service every 10 minutes.

Internet

Wifi is available for free in all terminals.