In Lyon, as in many cities, air pollution can become a real scourge. It is best to follow the traffic regulations of the Lyon ZPA( Zone de Protection de l’Air, meaning Air Protection Zone).
You agree and you want to do something for the environment, but how does it work? First of all, let us tell you that if you reserve a parking space in Lyon in advance, it will allow you to park when you arrive. This means that you won't drive around the neighborhood 50 times looking for a parking space, and therefore you will pollute less, CQFD.
What you need to know is that if the traffic restrictions come into effect, you will need a Crit'Air sticker like the one needed to drive in Paris. Then, you should know that all the streets of Lyon and Villeurbanne are part of the Lyon ZPA. Fortunately, the A6, A7, A42 freeways, as well as the tunnel under Fourvière and some secondary roads are not included in the ZPA of Lyon. Nevertheless, we have to admit that the easiest way is to park in a low-cost parking in Lyon with Parclick :)
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.
To park in Lyon, the first thing you need to consider is whether you live in Lyon or not. You're right, it's none of our business, but you should know that some zones are reserved for residents of Lyon, who can benefit from a cheap pass as long as they can prove that they are permanent residents. Some resident parking zones are therefore reserved for people who live in the area. The rate varies between 20€ and 40€ per month depending on the type of vehicle, and then 60€ for the second vehicle.
But if you are just passing through Lyon, there is also a visitor parking rate. You will find two types of parking in Lyon: the Presto Zone and the Tempo Zone.
- Presto Zone: if you are going to the shopping areas and the city center, you will certainly be in the Presto Zone. You can park there for up to 1 hour for 2€.
- Tempo Zone: on the other hand, if you go to the restricted zone where people do not park as much, you will probably be in the Tempo Zone. You can park there for up to 3 hours for 4€.
In both cases, parking is free between 7pm and 9am, Sundays and holidays (only if you find a space, of course).
Ultimately, whether you need to park in the Presto Zone or the Tempo Zone, parking in Lyon is limited to a maximum of 1 hour or 3 hours. This doesn't leave you much time to visit the city, shop, walk, eat out, go to the movies, ...
If you need to park in a particular district of Lyon for a few hours or if you just want to leave your car near your hotel during your stay, the best thing to do is to book a cheap parking space in Lyon. You will be sure to have an available parking space when you arrive and you will be able to park for as long as you need while enjoying our low rates. With Parclick, parking in Lyon is so convenient!
Parclick offers you two parkings near the 5th district of Lyon:
1) The Majestic parking at only 10 minutes from the district.
2) The Garage Bellecour parking 1 kilometer away, about 15 minutes on foot.
You can book these parking lots in advance on our website, to guarantee your parking space and benefit from best prices.
To park in Lyon's 7th arrondissement, there are several possibilities:
The Jean Macé - Berthelot train station parking: 40 rue Bancel
The Jean Macé - Lortet train station parking: 28 rue de Lortet
The Gerland - Place Jean Jaurès parking: 58 rue de Gerland
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. Which brings us to the next question...
What should I not miss in Lyon?
Thanks to our car parks located in the city center, you can park just a few steps away from Place Bellecour to visit the Old Lyon, or park near the Lyon Auditorium, a few minutes away from the Fine Arts Museum. But where to start? We give you some ideas of the places not to be missed in Lyon!
As previously mentioned, 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.
Moreover, let's not forget its theaters: there are so many that it is impossible to name them all: the Opera of Lyon, the Theater of the Cross-Rousse, the House of Dance...
Finally, the architectural richness of Lyon is undeniable: from the Vieux Lyon to the Place Bellecour, the city center is very walkable. The Notre-Dame de Fourvière basilica is another must-see, both for its architectural beauty and for the view it offers over the rest of the city from the Fourvière hill. If you have time, don't forget to go to the Croix-Rousse district a little further north!
It is impossible to get bored visiting Lyon. Dynamic, cosmopolitan, the city hosts internationally famous events. If you plan to attend one of them, think about booking a low-cost parking space in Lyon! 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.
Lyon has plenty of sports 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 planned, 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 Stadium and the Matmut Stadium. You can also see tennis, volleyball, part of the Tour de France, the Lyon-Kayak or the Run in Lyon marathon.
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 gathers people from all over the world. Over 4 days, or better 4 nights, streets, windows and 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. However if you go to Lyon for this event, remember to reserve a parking space for an event in Lyon to leave your car at: many streets are closed to traffic for the Festival of Lights in Lyon.
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 without forgetting the Nuits de Fourvière!
Our parkings in Lyon located in the city center will allow you to access quickly and easily to the whole urban area, thanks to an efficient transport network. Enjoy your stay in Lyon and reserve your parking spot before your trip, with Parclick.
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