My Top Tips For Lyon!

My Top Tips For Lyon:

My Top Tips For Lyon

  • Purchase the Lyon City Card. You can buy it online and get 10% off or in the Lyon Tourist Office at the Place Bellecour or Vieux Lyon for €22 or €32 or €42. You will get unlimited access to almost all museums, tours, transport in Lyon.
  • Save on the transport in Lyon. Make the most of the tickets fares for the bus, tube, trams. Depending on how long you are staying in Lyon, you can consider buying the Lyon City Card for a day, two or three. The very good deal is the all-day ticket which costs €5.10. For a long stay consider buying carnet of 10 tickets or monthly bus pass which you have to buy for the first time in the TCL Office and you need for this: your photo and confirmation of the address. Also note: single ticket is cheaper to be bought in the machine and ideally in a form of carnet, otherwise it’s a bit more expensive when bought in the bus. Important: buying from the machine you need a bank card or coins! It does not accept notes.
  • Pay attention to kids holidays in France. The timetable for transport changes when schools are closed so plan your journey well – find a bus/metro/tram around you and it’s hours.
  • Use the Vélo’v System for the cheaper and hassle free commuting and sightseeing in Lyon.
  • Use  the voucher code websites to find a good discount. For example:  Reducavenue which is especially dedicated to Lyon and the customers driven called Dealabs.
  • Experience the Lyonnais Best Cuisine. In order to pay less, consider choosing the Set Menus: pay for 3 courses as little as 14.9 Euro; Check: serve you a meal for less than 20 Euro for more ideas.
  • Pay attention to the timing if you want to eat out at lunch in Lyon, the French restaurants usually stop serving at 2pm.
  • Bear in mind that all shops are closed on Sundays (only some local supermarkets like casino will be open but again only till noon). Banks are not open on Mondays and usually close at 17.00 so to visit them you have only Saturdays morning. Many shops, services (post office!) take two hours break during week days. They are usually closed 12 – 14.00. Very inconvenient!
  • Get a local deal with Groupon – Use this group buying website but pay attention to T&C for availability  (you need to book) and how long is it valid.
  • Discover Cultural Lyon Cheaper –  Lyon Culture Website.
  • Consider Getting Cards with some discounts. I use the most
    • La Carte Musée; cost: 20 € for a year (free for under 18, homeless, handicapped etc). You can buy it at any museum which is included in the deal; you would need a photo of yourself.
    • Le Pass’Culture; cost: €16 and you can use it to attend 4 shows at the following locations: Auditorium de Lyon, Opéra de Lyon, Théâtre des Ateliers, Théâtre des Célestins, Nuits sonores (1/2 tariff appliqué), Institut Lumière, Théâtre de l’Elysée, Périscope, Théâtre Guignol de Lyon.
    • La CarteD which is only and FREE for students.
    • Le Pass Culturel Kiblind; cost:€50 for a year and you can use it 15 times in one of the following places: La Renaissance, Le Nouveau Théâtre du 8e, Les Ateliers, Le Toboggan, L’Iris, Le Théâtre Nouvelle Génération, Le Comœdia, Le Zola, L’Institut, Lumière, Le Clacson, Le Hot Club de Lyon, Le Marché Gare, L’Amphiopéra, L’Épicerie Moderne, L’Institut d’art contemporain. You can buy it online at Kiblind Website.
    • L’auditorium in Lyon; cost: €72.00 for a year for free entrance to about 50 shows. You can buy it online at their website.
    • Carte ONL; cost: €15 for a year and it provides you with the discount of 30% across all the shows plus you get invites for the exclusive events. You can buy it here
    • Get even more discounts on Things To Do in the Rhone Alps Area – TIPTOP Card. It’s Free for everyone!
  • Choose the alternative accommodation option and dine at home (cheaper): Nightswapping or use the most comprehensive hotel booking website – booking.com in Lyon. Cheaper way of staying in Lyon.
  • Save on your travel to Lyon: check for the latest deals and discounts available on the SNCF website and the 10 Euro tickets via Ouigo. Check low cost airlines. Consider other airports: Grenoble and Saint Etienne airports instead of Lyon-Saint Exupéry (LYS) with more connections and cheaper flights.
  • Buy at 2 Euro Shops which are located at the  Terreaux Place and the Victor Hugo Street
  • For other reasonable shopping in Lyon (as France is so expensive) I recommend Maxi Bazaar and Hema if you are moving in, decorating flat. They are cheaper and easy to find – Rue de la République. There is Ikea but outside Lyon. For a good clothes shopping during the whole year I say – PRIMARK is a winner, i don’t need anything else 😉
  • Remember about 2 big seasons for sale in France. They get up to 70% off, last 5-6 weeks. The summer sale starts usually at the end of June and the winter one at the beginning of January. Don’t miss out!
  • Use the free Public Toilets provided by ONLYLyon! For example the ones at Bellecour Square and Vieux Lyon Metro Station are free to use (clean and looked after)
  • Save on car parking. It’s very difficult to park in Lyon. There are plenty to choose from parking places and off street parking slots but for an hour you will need to pay about 2 Euro and it’s always crowded! You can also check out for available parking places here.
  • Sunday FREE off street parking but it’s very hard to find an empty parking spot in the Lyon centre during weekends.
  • Leave your car in the Gare De Vaise Metro Station and use the public traffic. You won’t pay for the parking but tube ticket only, see here.
  • Save money on lunches. There are plenty of picnic spots for picnic, check here for my favourite ones.
  • Get to airport easily not cheaply. Well, so far I don’t have good news here. The best is The Rhône Express the tramway that connects the Lyon city center, from Lyon Part-Dieu station, to Lyon-Saint Exupéry airport in just 30 minutes. Fast, efficient, very expensive. Book online, it’s cheaper, one way ticket: 13,50 € ( otherwise 15); return ticket: 24,50 € ( otherwise 26 €). If you travel with more people you can call a taxi.The average prices to Lyon Part-Dieu cost about 40/45€ day time and 55/60€ night. For more information check here. Good but think about traffic. which is a serious problem when going to the airport. Lastly – very cheap but very unreliable – carpooling. This is just 2 euros in one direction. Choose from Covoiturage or Vadrouille-covoiturage.
  • There is a direct cheap bus from BellecourLine 132 to go to the most beautiful village of France called Perouges so within 1h10 you can be there for a great trip out of Lyon. On top of that it costs only 2 Euros!
  • Cheap trips to French Alps from Lyon if you don’t have a car and want to do skiing it is called Skimania. So you get on a bus in the morning and coming back in the evening or stay for a weekend. It’s very convenient, you get a guide, you can book equipment, you meet people. Cool and not expensive. Check for more details here.
  • Experience Funicular up to the Fourviere. Good fun and it’s in the price of metro ticket or pay just 2 euro for a boat taxi Confluence -Vaise called Vaporetto, to travel and see Lyon differently.

 

My Top Tips For Lyon
My Top Tips For Lyon

So it’s all for now. I will try to update it with the new tips so please if you know any, share in the comments below or get in touch with me. THANK YOU LOADS!

My Top Tips For Lyon

 

2 thoughts on “My Top Tips For Lyon!

  1. What a brilliant website. Hugely informative. We plan to come to Lyon in September and already feel confident about the visit.

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