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Trains to Lyon

Lyon with its 500,000 inhabitants is one of the most dynamic cities in France. Nicknamed the "city  with two hills", it is the capital of the Rhône-Alpes region, which combines mountainous landscapes  and urban hubs. Its practical geographical location makes it a crossroad between the South of  France, the Alps, Paris and even Italy. From Lyon, you can reach Toulon or Paris in 2 hours, and  Marseille or Montpellier in 1hr 30mins.  Here is all you need to know about the city - the places to visit, its train stations, how to get there  and where you can go. 


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Connections and railway stations in Lyon 

Before boarding a OUIGO train, please double-check its destination, as OUIGO trains run from all three of Lyon's railway stations. Fantastic, isn't it? 
Here's more arrival/departure information for the 3 Lyon stations: 


Located in the 3rd arrondissement, you will have no trouble reaching the city's tourist hotspots (Vieux-Lyon, Notre-Dame de Fourvière, Croix-Rousse district… all less than 30 minutes by public transport). From Lyon-Part-Dieu, you can board our OUIGO trains and get to Montpellier, Marseille, Paris and other stations across the whole of France. Lyon-Part-Dieu is also the city's international railway station from where you can travel to Switzerland, Italy, Luxembourg and Germany. 


This is in the 5th arrondissement on the Presqu'Île de Lyon. This district is home to the famous Place de Bellecour and Hôtel-Dieu so you'll have plenty to do the moment you step off your train.  
Lyon Perrache is a transport hub, ideal for people living or staying in the Rhône-Alpes region. It also provides a link between Lyon and Milan via the Alps. With OUIGO, you can head south from Lyon Perrache to Marseille, Aix-en-Provence and Nîmes, or travel further north to Dijon, Paris or Lille. 


A station that's also an architectural masterpiece. Opened in 1994, it is located at the airport and you can reach central Lyon in half an hour.  
Hop on a OUIGO train at Lyon – Saint-Exupéry and you can head to all four corners of France. And if you want to jet off from France, just get off at this station and board a flight to your chosen destination!  

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You've decided to head to Lyon? Great news! Here are our tips before you book your ticket. 


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Discover Lyon with OUIGO: France's capital of gastronomy is just a train ride away!  

What to do in Lyon? 

To make the most of your stay in Lyon, here are some things to do and see in this Rhône city.  


A must in Lyon is a tour of the gorgeous Vieux-Lyon district. This old quarter dates between Roman times and the Renaissance (the latter being when most of the architecture and its distinctive colours stem from). Walk along the hidden "traboules", which are famous traditional passages that link buildings and contain some real architectural gems. You can get from Lyon Part-Dieu train station to this district in less than 25 minutes by public transport.  


Take a break on Fourvière hill and visit the Basilica of Notre Dame de Fourvière which sits at the top. Head down its slope to the Gallo-Roman Museum, which hosts the famous Les Nuits de Fourvière summer festival. 


Fancy sampling Lyon's local cuisine? Then pop into the famous Bouchons Lyonnais: from quenelles, to cured pork cuts and praline pie, your taste buds will thank you! 


You can then continue your visit on foot by walking up the slopes to Croix-Rousse. This neighbourhood is in the heart of the 1st arrondissement and lined with art galleries, cafés, tattoo parlours and thrift stores. It's a decent walk that will stretch your legs and allow you to admire its beautiful colourful buildings. 


Make the most of your time in Lyon to visit its numerous museums: the Museum of Miniatures and Cinema, the Museum of Confluences, the Museum of Light, the Museum of Fine Arts…  

Public transport in Lyon 

In terms of public transport, Lyon is the 2nd best-served city in France. With 4 metro lines, 7 tram lines, and numerous bus lines, the city's 500,000 residents have plenty of options on their doorsteps.  

And getting around is a cinch: a public transport ticket costs €1.90 and is valid for 1 hour. If you plan to visit every nook and cranny in the city, you can opt for a book of 10 tickets for €16.90 or purchase tickets that are valid for longer (24hrs, 48hrs and 72hrs).  
Finally, if you want to enjoy the city and the Saône quays by bike, you can hire a Vélov’ for €1.80 and take advantage of the city's self-service bicycle service.