Conveniently located at the crossroads of Europe, Lyon is very easy to get to. Flights connect the city to over 130 destinations including most European capitals and 25 daily high-speed TGV trains from Paris drop you right in the centre in barely two hours. Once there, France's second biggest public transport system and one of the country’s first bike sharing schemes offer many ways of getting around cheaply and quickly.
The Rhônexpress shuttle service takes you straight to Lyon city centre in just 29 minutes.
Tickets can bought online in advance (up to 24% cheaper), and from ticket machines at all Rhônexpress stations. No time to get your ticket before boarding the train? You can buy it directly from the attendant (additional 4€).
Located in beautiful surroundings between the Parc de la Tête d’Or and the Rhône River, at the heart of the Cité Internationale designed by Renzo Piano, the Centre de Congrès de Lyon is a mere 4-hour drive from Paris, 1-hour drive from Geneva, 3-hour drive from Turin, 41/2-hour drive from Milan, and 5-hour drive from Barcelona.
Parking is available from three onsite carparks at the heart of the Cité Internationale district.
P0 - 1000 spaces (max. vehicle height: 1.90 m) P1 - 1150 spaces (max. vehicle height: 1.90 m) P2 - 1200 places (max. vehicle height: 2.70 m)
The conditions for entering France will depend on your country of departure and your vaccination status.
Information and guidance from the French Government regarding the measures in force can be found on the websites below.
This information is updated regularly.
It includes quarantine and testing requirements for travellers, the EU Digital COVID Certificate scheme for travel within the European Union, and France's TousAntiCovid contact tracing and warning mobile app.
The French Government recommends that you download and activate that TousAntiCovid app during your stay in France.
In addition to 4 metro lines, 5 tramway routes and 2 funiculars on Fourvière Hill, Lyon is served by 130 bus lines. From 5:00 to 24:00, you can get to all the city's main sites in less than 30 minutes.
Wherever you're staying, there are plenty of options to chose from to reach the Centre de Congrès de Lyon. The nearest station, Cité Internationale - Centre de Congrès, leaves you just in front of the main entrance.
Bus C1 - Part-Dieu Jules Favre -> Cité Internationale - Centre de Congrès (11 min.)
Bus C2 - Part-Dieu Jules Favre -> Cité Internationale - Transbordeur (9 min.)
Bus C4 - Jean Macé -> Cité Internationale - Centre de Congrès (24 min.)
Bus C5 - Cordeliers -> Cité Internationale - Centre de Congrès (12 min.)
Bus C26 - Grange Blanche -> Cité Internationale - Transbordeur (50 min.)
Bus C70 - Gare Part-Dieu Vivier Merle -> Cité internationale - Transbordeur (13 min.)
For cycling enthusiasts, Lyon boasts over 870km of cycle paths and cycle lanes in the metropolitan area.
5000 self-service Vélo'v bikes are available 24/7 from 428 stations across the city, including 8 at the Cité Internationale, right in front of the entrance of Centre de Congrès de Lyon and close to the main amphitheatre.
Short-term passes are perfect to get from one place to another or explore the city further.
1.8€ (Vélo'v single ride) 4€ (Vélo'v day pass) 5€ (72-hour pass with Lyon City Card)
1, 2, 3 or 4 days in Lyon? The Lyon City Card gives you unlimited access to the entire TCL network (metro, tram, bus and funicular), as well as free admission to 23 museums and their temporary exhibitions.
A boat trip over the Saone River? That's included! Also available are special offers and discounts on activities ranging from cultural events to bike tours and guided tours, and advantages in department stores.
Activated on your first entry on the public transportation network (TCL), the card can be combined with a Rhônexpress return ticket if you're travelling from and to the airport.