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Lyon

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Practical Info about Lyon

Time

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

Electricity

Electrical current is 220 volts, 50Hz. European two-pin plugs are standard.

Currency

The official currency of France is the Euro (EUR), which is divided into 100 cents. Currency can be exchanged at banks, bureaux de change and some large hotels, though you will get a better exchange rate at 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

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2014 2015
New Years Day 1 Jan 1 Jan
Good Friday 18 Apr 3 Apr
Easter Sunday 20 Apr 5 Apr
Easter Monday 21 Apr 6 Apr
Labour Day 1 May 1 May
WWII Victory Day 8 May 8 May
Ascension Day 29 May 14 May
Whit Monday 9 Jun 25 May
Bastille Day 14 Jul 14 Jul
Assumption of the Virgin Mary 15 Aug 15 Aug
All Saints Day 1 Nov 1 Nov
Armistice Day 11 Nov 11 Nov
Christmas Day 25 Dec 25 Dec
St Stephens Day (Alsace) 26 Dec 26 Dec

Climate

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Lyon has a humid subtropical climate influenced by its position in the Rhône Valley; the cold winds blowing in from the Alps are tempered by the warm Mediterranean breezes from the south to create a relatively mild climate. Winters are cold, with average temperatures between 32°F (0°C) and 71°F (21°C) and biting winds that make the temperature seem lower; snow and freezing rain are common. Summers are warm and sunny, with temperatures of 57°F (14°C) to 82°F (28°C), although it can occasionally climb as high as 95°F (35°C). Precipitation is fairly steady throughout the year, with an average of 8-10 rainy days per month, although Lyon also receives nearly 2,000 hours of sunshine per year. The best time to visit Lyon is on either side of summer (June and September), to avoid extreme temperatures and large crowds.

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 100 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 three changes across the different forms of transport. A daily ticket is ideal for sightseeing as you can get to most places in the city with it. The metro runs from 5am to 12pm and buses stop running at around 8pm. 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 Old Town is a charming part of the city to explore on foot and bicycles can also be rented.

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, National Citer and Sixt are represented at the airport.

Airport taxi's

Taxis are available outside Terminal 1 Arrivals. An average fare to Lyon is €40-45 during the day and €55-60 at night.

Transfer between terminals

The two terminals are connected by a free shuttle bus.

Facilities

Facilities at the airport include left luggage, a post office, bars, restaurants, shops, a travel agency, an interfaith chapel, baby-changing stations, a chemist, a photo booth, a 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 further away areas are connected to the terminal building by a free shuttle service every 10 minutes.

Internet

Wifi is available for a fee in the terminal. Free wifi can be accessed in the food court.