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.
GMT +1 (GMT +2 between last Sunday in March and last Sunday in October).
Electrical current is 220 volts, 50Hz. European two-pin plugs are standard.
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.
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.
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.
Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, National Citer and Sixt are represented at the airport.
Taxis are available outside Terminal 1 Arrivals. An average fare to Lyon is €40-45 during the day and €55-60 at night.
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 at the airport include left luggage, a post office, bars, restaurants, shops, a travel agency, interfaith chapel, 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.
Plenty of car parking is available; the further away areas are connected to the terminal building by a free shuttle service every 10 minutes.
Wifi is available for a fee in the terminal. Free wifi can be accessed in the food court.