Transportation

As the second largest metropolitan city in France, Lyon has a number of different ways of getting around the city. The Metro is one of the fastest and most efficient forms of transportation in Lyon. It consists of four lines: A, B, C, and D. On maps, the lines can be distinguished by their different colors, with A being red, B being blue, C being orange, and D being green. The Metro serves the center city and the surrounding suburbs.

Lyon also has extensive bus service. Buses can sometimes take the longest, as they are at the mercy of the amount of traffic on the road, but they can also be the most convenient, as there are many bus stops and buses often serve areas where the Metro does not.

Another great way to get around the city of Lyon and see some of the sights is via the tramway system. Lyon's tramway system has four lines: T1, T2, T3, and T4. The tramway serves a more limited area than the Metro or bus system, but unlike the Metro, you can get a good feel for the city by being above ground, and unlike the bus, you won't have to worry about traffic, as the tramway system isn't directly on the road. There's also an express tram that takes you to the Lyon-Saint-Exupéry Airport.

Similar to, yet different from the tramway is the trolley. Lyon's trolley system consists of three lines: C1, C2 and C3. Like the tramway system, trolleys are above ground and are a great way to watch the city pass by, as the trolleys cover some of the most popular areas of Lyon.

Lyon also has a funicular system with two lines, which can be a fun and unique way to see the city. Both funicular lines start at the Vieux Lyon Metro station. The funicular line heading to Saint Just offers services between that neighborhood and the city center, with a stop along the way at the Roman ampitheater at Minimes. The other funicular line to Fourvière is a great way for tourists to see some of the highlights of Lyon.

Tickets for any of Lyon's public transportation system are easy to purchase. You can buy a single ticket, a carnet of ten tickets, or a day pass, which offers unlimited rides on the Metro as well as all buses, trams, funiculars, and trolleys.