On this page, discover the various means of getting around Lyon and Saint-Étienne.
- Getting around within Lyon and Saint-Étienne
- Travelling around France and abroad
Getting around within Lyon and Saint-Étienne
Getting around via public transport with TCL
The TCL network manages all public transport (except Vélo’V) in Lyon and its 63 neighbouring municipalities (Villeurbanne, Bron, Ecully, Meyzieu, Oullins, etc.). TCL is the second largest public transport network in France.
The network comprises 4 metro lines, 5 tramway lines, over 100 bus lines and 2 funicular lines.
- TCL website
- Network map - main lines
- Network map - greater Lyon area (Lyon + 63 municipalities)
Getting around by bike with Vélo’V
Lyon offers a simple, practical bike rental service for all your daily trips about town. The system is wonderfully simple: just rent a bike at any Vélo’v station and then drop it off at the Vélo’v station nearest your destination. With over 540 km of bike lanes, 348 Vélo’v stations and 4,000 Vélo’v bikes available 24 hours a day, it truly is easy to pedal around Lyon.
Please note: To be able to use this service, a €150 preauthorization of withdrawal via bank card will be requested as a security deposit. This amount will be withdrawn in the event of your bike’s late return or its theft.
Getting around by car with Bluely
Inspired by the Vélo’v system, Bluely allows you to rent one of the network's 130 cars to drive all around Lyon and the surrounding area. These little electric cars offer you all the advantages of using a regular car, without the inconveniences (no petrol, no parking, no insurance, no CO2 emissions, etc.).
Getting around via public transport with STAS
STAS manages the public transport network for Saint-Étienne and its 45 surrounding municipalities. The network comprises 3 tramway lines and some 50 bus lines.
Getting around by bike with VéliVert
VéliVert is a self-service bike rental network available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The network covers the municipalities of Saint-Étienne and Firminy.
Please note: To be able to use this service, a €250 preauthorization of withdrawal via bank card will be requested as a security deposit. This amount will be withdrawn in the event of your bike’s late return, damage or theft.
Travelling around France and abroad
Trains are an especially popular means of transport in France for travelling to other French towns and cities, as well as the surrounding countries (Germany, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Luxembourg and Switzerland). SNCF manages the railway network throughout France.
Lyon and Saint-Étienne each have their own airport, providing them with excellent international connections.
Car sharing is a very popular means of transport in France: drivers planning to carry out an established trip offer seats in their car to other travellers who would like to make the same trip (or a portion of the trip). An affordable way to travel, while meeting new people. Car sharing allows you to travel around France, as well as abroad.
There exist numerous websites dedicated to car sharing. However, the most popular car-sharing site is blablacar, gathering together a community of 3 million users.