Lyon: Travel and accommodation

Getting to Lyon

  • Train

Tickets can be purchased online from the SNCF at, from ticket offices in train stations, or from automated ticket machines in train stations. TGV trains leave Paris for Lyon approximately every 2 hours, and take approximately 2 hours to arrive in Lyon, at either Part-Dieu or Perrache railway stations. These stations are both connected to the TCL (local public transport) network. If you arrive by train and wish to use the public transport system, you will need to by separate tickets from the ticket machines at tram and metro stops or from bus drivers. The easiest way to get from Part-Dieu train station to the Lyon 2 campus is to take the tram T1 to Debourg, and get off at Quai Claude Bernard, and takes around 20 minutes. If arriving into Perrache railway station, take tram T1 to IUT Feyssine, and get off at Quai Claude Bernard; this takes about 3 minutes. Some trains (notably iDTGV) arrive into the TGV station at Lyon St Exupéry airport, situated 20 km from Lyon (for directions see below).

  • Plane

Lyon’s St-Exupéry airport is some 20 km from Lyon, and also has a TGV train station where some trains also arrive. There is one public transport service to get to campus from the airport.

The Rhônexpress is an express tram that leaves every 15-30 minutes takes approximately 30 minutes to arrive at the Part Dieu railway station, and costs approximately 16€ one way/28€ return; for further information on prices, see Once you arrive at Part Dieu, you will need to buy a separate ticket for the TCL network.

Update: The Nº30 bus that used to run from Meyzieu ZI to the Airport was cancelled effective 1 January 2016, leaving the Rhônexpress as the sole method of public transport between Lyon and the airport. This bus line was only in place between August and 31 December 2015, but some articles about this erstwhile continue to appear highly in search engines.

  • Car

Set your GPS to address to 35 rue Raulin, 69007 Lyon. Note that parking around the university is extremely limited.


Approaching Lyon from the Autoroute A7 South:

Follow directions to Feyzin Lyon-Centre, then


Cross the Gallieni bridge (Pont Gallieni)

Continue on Avenue Berthelot (N7)

Turn left into Rue Raulin.


Approaching from the Autoroute A7 North

Go through the Fourvière tunnel and cross the bridge, then

Follow the directions for N7

Cross the Gallieni bridge (Pont Gallieni)

Continue on Avenue Berthelot (N7)

Turn left into Rue Raulin.


Getting around Lyon

  • TCL is Lyon’s public transport system, with metro (underground/subway), tram and bus lines. Tickets are available for various different periods and further information on the network (maps, stops, timetables…) is available from


  • Velov

Velov is a bicycle sharing system in Lyon, similar to Velib in Paris, which you can use to get around Lyon, by buying either a 1 day or 7 day ticket, either online or from a kiosk. For more info, as well as a maps, prices etc, see



SSS7 at Lyon2

The SSS7 will be taking place in the MILC building, 35 rue Raulin in Lyon’s 7th arrondissement.

Link to googlemaps




Youth Hostels:

Lyon also has a large range of hotels and other forms of accommodation (couch surfing, airbnb…). Sites such as, etc allow for various criteria to be used to choose your accommodation.