How to reach Lyon

By train

Lyon is a large railway hub, one of principal nodes of European network. Three TGV (French high-speed train) stations (Part-Dieu, Perrache and Satolas) serve Lyon.

Shortest travel time by train:

Paris: 2 h Lille: 3 h Nantes: 4 h
Geneva: 1h50 Brussels: 5h15 London: 6h

Useful link -> SNCF (French railways)

By plane

The Lyon-Satolas airport (phone : +33 4 72 22 71 27) has direct flights to/from most of Europeans airports. It has its own TGV station. The airport is only 30 minutes from the center of Lyon by freeway.

In addition, the SATOBUS shuttle links the airport to the city of Lyon, with departures every 20 minutes. Fare: 48 FF (single ticket) - 85 FF (return ticket).

Shuttle stops:

  • Mermoz-Pinel (8th arrond.): 15 mn
  • Grange-Blanche (8th arrond.): 20 mn
  • Part-Dieu gare TGV(3rd arrond.): 30 mn
  • Perrache gare TGV (2nd arrond.): 40 mn
  • N.B.: Taxi fare: around 190 FF (day time) and 280 FF (night time). No credit cards in taxis.

    Some taxi phonenumbers:

  • Taxi Lyonnais:
  • Allo Taxi:
  • Radio Taxi: 04
  • Tele Taxi:
  • Bateau Taxis:
  • Shortest travel time by plane between Lyon-Satolas and the main worldwide airports:

    Amsterdam 1h30 Barcelona 1h00 Berlin 3h05 Beijing 11h45
    Birmingham 1h45 Brussels 1h15 Copenhagen 2h10 Düsseldorf 1h25
    Frankfurt 1h35 Geneva 0h45 Istanbul 3h30 Lisbon 2h30
    London 1h50 Madrid 1h50 Milan 0h55 Moscow 4h15
    Munich 1h40 New-York 7h40 Paris 0h45 Rome 1h40
    Stuttgart 1h30 Tokyo 14h45 Warsaw 2h15 Zurich 1h05

    Useful link -> Air France

    By car

    Lyon is a crossroad, located at the heart of an extremely dense road and freeway network. You can reach Lyon:

  • From Paris: in 4-5 hours (highway A6)
  • From the South of France: in about 3 hours (highway A7)
  • From the Alps: in less than 2 hours (highway A40)
  • From Geneva: in less than 2 hours (highway A41)
  • Useful link -> Itinerary planner

    How to reach Hôtel de Lyon Métropole

    On the banks of the Saône river, the hotel is located on the peninsula in the fourth district of Lyon. Click here to see a general plan of Lyon city or here for another one.

    Lines 40 and 43 stop at Hôtel de Lyon Métropole (stop: Lyon Plage). You can catch these buses from the following stops:

  • Pêcherie
  • Pt Maréchal Juin
  • St Paul
  • Homme de la Roche
  • Pt Koeing R.D.
  • Quai Gillet
  • Pt Clémenceau
  • Pt Mazaryk
  • Rue d'Ypres
  • It takes about 12 minutes from Pêcherie to Lyon Plage. The nearest subway stations from these bus stops are:

  • Cordeliers
  • Vieux Lyon
  • Hôtel de Ville
  • For information:

  • One bus/subway ticket: around 7 FF valid for one trip
  • A special ticket "Ticket Liberté" offers an unlimited access to all the network for 24 FF per day.
  • N.B.: Warning, if you want to buy your ticket in the bus, no change given, be sure to have the exact change.

    Useful links -> Subway map, Bus timetables, ... (in french)

    Entry visa

    Participants requiring an entry visa to France are strongly advised to make their application in a French consulate of their home country at least two months before the intended date of arrival. In case you need a confirmation of registration please contact the organizing committee.