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Visiting and Parking in Lyon

 

Are you planning a trip to Lyon? One of your concerns will surely be the traffic in this French city. Not to worry! Parclick will help you to find somewhere suitable for your car, so that you can maximise your enjoyment during your stay. Lyon is not a city in which it is easy to park because of its layout and how busy it is. With over 2 million inhabitants, Lyon is the second biggest urban area in France, after Paris, and is one of the country’s economic centres. Lyon is known for its industry, in the past for its silk and now for its advances in technology. It plays a part in the services industry, with connections all over the world and is also the seat of a few international organisations including Interpol and Handicap International.

Lyon is a cultural hub as well; the city with the second most students in France, there are four universities, some large schools like Sciences Po Lyon, ENS (École normale supérieure), additionally there are some schools that specialise in architecture, science, management…

There is no shortage of cultural activities to look forward to in Lyon. Ranging from museums (the museum of fine arts, the Gallo-Roman museum, the international museum of miniatures…), to sports (Olympique Lyonnais), to the theatre (Auditorium, Théâtre de la Croix-Rousse etc.), plus many other annual and biannual events (like the famous Fête des Lumières which ignites the night-sky in December). Whatever you are interested in, you will find something in Lyon that spikes your interest.

 

How to get to Lyon

 

Lyon has two airports; Lyon-Saint-Exupéry and Lyon-Bron airport.

  • Lyon-Saint-Exupéry is 25km from the centre of Lyon. It is the fourth largest in France after Paris Charles de Gaulle, Paris Orly and Nice Côte d’Azur.
  • Lyon Bron is the third biggest business airport in the country. It has high levels of security, is very comfortable and quick to go through.

Lyon (which includes Villeurbanne, as well as Lyon itself), has 6 train stations, of which the main ones are Lyon Perrache and Lyon Part-Dieu.

  • Lyon Perrache Station is one of the oldest stations still active in Lyon. From there you can catch the metro, the tram or various bus lines.
  • Lyon Part Dieu Station receives both national and international passengers. In Europe it is the station with the most passengers connecting with other trains.
  • Lyon Vaise is in the 9th arrondissement and is connected with line D of the metro.
  • Lyon Saint Paul Station is in the 5th arrondissement. It serves as the end of the line for the trains coming from the western suburbs of Lyon.
  • Lyon Jean Macé Station is the newest of Lyon’s stations (opened in 2009) and is found in the 7th arrondissement.
  • Lyon Gorge de Loup Station is a multifunctional centre in the 9th arrondissement. From it there are services ranging from buses to the metro to taxis.

If you are arriving by car, there are a few different motorways that lead to the city. Lyon is skirted by a ring road called Boulevard de la Ceinture. To the south of Lyon, the A43 will take you directly to Chambery and Grenoble. The rest of the road network will easily transport you all over France, to Marseille or Paris, for example (which are 4 and 4 and a half hours away on the motorway respectively).

All these modes of transport and the efficiency of the infrastructure make it possible to visit even the fringes of the city, a good place if you want to play some golf or go skiing.

 

A brief history of Lyon

 

It is difficult to summarise the story of Lyon in just a few lines, given all that has happened over the centuries. The city, originally called Lugdunum, was constructed in 43 BC, and immediately it was a place of great importance, becoming the capital of Roman Gaul. Over the following centuries, its role changed, enduring the fall of the Roman Empire it became a bordering city with the Carolingian (Frankish) Empire. The Archbishop´s palace ruled through the Middle Ages, up until the 14th century. During the Renaissance, Lyon developed its commercial activity, before suffering the devastation of various religious wars.

In the era of absolute Monarchy, the silk industry became especially strong; then, in 1793, after having risen up against the National Convention (government), Lyon was besieged for two months, suffering a huge amount of bloodshed.

In the 19th century, Lyon was to experience new age of economic success, thanks to a significant industrial movement. An important part of this success can be attributed to the so-called canuts who were the specialised silk weavers. Finally, during the Second World War, the city distinguished itself once again; located in the free zone of France until 1943, close the the demarcation line, Lyon welcomed many of the refugees flooding out of occupied France. The Resistance were also very prominent, their most famous member being Jean Moulin.

Witnesses of these successive golden ages, through the Roman era and the industrial revolution, remain in parts of the city, recognised by Unesco as a World Heritage Site. Amongst which are Fourvière hill, Vieux Lyon, the Presqu’île and the Croix-Rousse.

Lyon has a rich 2000-year history marked with both glory and disaster but always continuing in its economic development and achievement.

 

Sport, culture and free-time

 

It is impossible to be bored in Lyon. Dynamic and cosmopolitan, the city was considered 7th in Europe in terms of quality of life in 2008. There are a variety of events of both national and international significance. The rest of the year you can always enjoy the many other excitements that the city has to offer, both during the day (the museums, cinemas and parks) and at night; where you will find theatres, clubs, restaurants and bars all through the city.

 

A rich culture

 

Lyon contains an important list of museums. The foremost of which are the Musée des Beaux Artes, the Musée gallo-romain de Lyon-Fourvière, the Musée des Confluences (which took the place of the Natural History Museum), the Aquarium as well as the Musée Miniature et Cinéma. The list of libraries is equally as long, with more than 15, including the Bibliothèque de la Part-Dieu, the largest municipal library in France.

Lastly, we have the theatres; there are so many that it isn’t possible to list them all but a few include; the Opéra de Lyon, the Théâtre de la Croix-Rousse and the Maison de la Danse.

 

An eventful city

 

There are events dotted around Lyon throughout the year. The most famous has to be Fête des Lumières which happens every year on the 8th December. Originally it was a religious festival held to celebrate the Virgin Mary, but today it attracts people from all over the world. Over 4 days, or better 4 nights, the streets the windows and the monuments are decorated with lights of every colour, bringing the city centre to life.

If you can get yourself to Lyon at this time of the year, you will be able to witness something truly unique. There are many other cultural events during the rest of the year such as Quais du polar, the Nuits sonores - where music takes centre stage - and the Biennale de la danse.

 

Sport

 

Lyon has plenty of sport on offer. You will surely have heard talk about the football played by Olympique Lyonnais (OL), who compete in Ligue 1 and are a strong and very well known club, at a European level as well.

If there is a match, it is wise to book a car park in Lyon, choosing from those Parclick has to offer. However, football isn’t the only sport played in Lyon, given that it is the rugby league team VLR XII that play in the second division. There are two rugby stadiums, the George-Lyvet and the Matmut.

You can also see tennis, volleyball, part of the Tour de France, the Lyon-Kayak or the Run in Lyon marathon.

 

Getting around Lyon

 

One of the major problems in a beautiful city like Lyon is that you are sure to encounter plenty of traffic, and what can make life even worse is the lack of places to park.

Some areas are for residents only, so they can benefit from a cheaper deal, as long as their residence is permanent. Visitors, however, can have some problems. Although the local government has taken some measures to combat the difficulty with parking, spaces are still hard to find, with some arrondissements being worse than others.

Although it is difficult to find a parking spot in certain districts, there are no ‘residents only’ zones in others.

The simplest solution is undoubtedly to reserve a parking space, seeing as the car parks are overrun too, especially around the time of a major cultural or sporting event.

Fortunately, Lyon has an extensive public transport network; there are four metro lines, two overground services, five tram lines, two trolleybus services (electrically powered buses) and more than 100 bus lines and coaches.

Just like most other large cities there is also a public bicycle service; Vélo’v.

So, we recommend that, if you are arriving by car, you park in one of our car parks in Lyon and use public transport thereafter to move around the city. Or why not walk? The city is full of parks, and the Berges du Rhône alone is worth the walk; it stretches 5km and joins Parc de la Tête with Confluent.

So that you can stay connected, wherever you are in the city, Lyon has Hippocketwifi modem. You can get a map of the city from the tourist office in Place Bellecour, or at one of the other stations at Pôle de Loisirs Confluence and the Centre de Shopping de la Part-Dieu.

Thanks to our car parks in the centre of Lyon, you can explore the city without having to work about searching for parking.

Majestic car park is right next to Place Bellecour, in the Vieux Lyon district, on the banks of the Saona, which you can wander down along the Saint Georges footpath, just in front of this well placed car park.

Parc Opera car park is less than 3 minutes from the Opéra de Lyon and 5 minutes from the Musée des Beaux Artes. Place Bellecour is 20 minutes away to the south.

Bonnefoi/Titanic car park is found between the Guillotière and Saxe-Gambetta metro stations, which makes it easy to access a good portion of the city, in particular the Place Bellecour, the stade de Gerland and Part-Dieu, with a station that shares the same name, the municipal library and the Auditorium Maurice-Ravel.

Lastly, the Lyon Vaise car park is located between Rue de la Navigation and Quai Paul Sédallian. It is a quarter of an hour’s walk from Gare de Vaise, all you have to do is walk along the riverbank and turn right to go over the Ponte Schuman. At the station there is a link to the metro as well, from there it takes just a few minutes to arrive in Vieux Lyon.

Our car parks in Lyon make it very easy for you to get to whichever part of the city you need to, by using the public transport nearby. Maximise your enjoyment in Lyon by booking a parking space in the centre of the city in advance with Parclick.

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