The airport is located just 15 miles (25km) from the Lyon’s city centre. If you’re thinking about taking a taxi, they can cost anywhere from €50 to €55 during the day and between €70 and €75 euros in the evening. However, for about €15 for a 30-minute ride, many opt for the Rhône Express tram service.
Lyon is not exactly the best city in which to try to travel by car. Parking is expensive, and you’re not likely to find a lot of open spaces. The public transport is fast and on time, getting you just about anywhere that you need to go in 30 minutes or less, including from the university to your room or apartment in Lyon.
TLC operates Lyon’s public transport system, which includes buses, trams, a metro and two funiculars, which connect Vieux Lyon to Fourvière and St-Just. The network runs from about 5 a.m. to midnight every day.
All tickets are valid for all modes of public transport, and they cost €1.80 for a single ride or €16.20 for 10. You can purchase them directly from the tram and bus drivers, or there are machines at the metro stations. Additionally, there are tickets for €3 that allow for two consecutive hours of travel after 9 a.m. or unlimited travel after 7 p.m., as well as an all-day ticket for €5.50. Be sure to bring coins.
If you have the Lyon City Card, which is priced between €22 and €42, free unlimited access is offered for the duration of the card.
Le Vaporetto offers ferry boats to the Confluence neighbourhood, if you’d like more of a scenic ride. Boats only cost €2, with hourly departures between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. The docks are located on the Saône, close to St-Paul and Bellecour, with a travel time of under 30 minutes.
If you’d like a bit of exercise, there are over 200 stations throughout Lyon where you can rent a red-and-silver bike, dropping it back off at the station nearest you. Vélo'v bike rentals start at €1.50 for 24 hours or €5 for seven days. Once you have the card, you can get unlimited rentals, and simply pay the fees with a chip-enabled credit card using machines installed at the bike stations.