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    How to come in and out Lyon

    by gwened Updated Jan 14, 2015

    Lyon is a major city and as such it has plenty of parking and sometimes tight spaces. The laws have change since 2010 where the available parking has been expanded at lower rates but the usually free periods of 12h-14h and 18h-19h are now paying on the whole city.
    There are several parks all over the city they are group here in the city of Lyon page

    as a guide for visitors the most convenients to sights and ones that I have try are Bellecour, Brotteaux, Capucins,Cuirassiers, Perrache, Opéra, and Verdun.
    you can always use the route planner
    and the traffic planner in the Lyon area use Coraly (region) and Onlymoov (city)

    This is a service of the parc parkings of Lyon, in French but beautifully explained§ion=LESPARCS

    the best way to reach Lyon for example from Paris is by taking the fast route A6 from porte de gentilly or Orléans. A longer scenic route is to take the N7/D607 from Paris direction Fontainebleau/Nemours/Montargis/Briare/by Cosne-Cours-sur-Loire it becomes the A77 continue direction Pouilly-sur-Loire,go around beltway of Nevers, where it comes back to N7 road direction Saint-Pierre-le-Moutiérs, go around beltway of Moulins, then direction Roanne,coming to Lyon under the tunnel de la Croix rousse on the D306 the roads are continuous.

    Taxis have more than 50 stands in the city. Place des Terreaux,gare de perrache, place Bellecour,place carnot, pl de la République,place des cordiliers, place des jacobins,place de trions, place st paul ,quai charles de gaulle, as the most popular I can think. The rates are day and more at nights after 19h to 7h (am) from 4th person there is a 1,60€ per km charge, extra baggage 0,80 cents and big bulky items such as skis 1,04€ extra.airports and train stations have 1,60€ extra per km charge.

    covoiturage or car sharing to go out in Lyon you can do so here in French

    private tours from the tourist office of lyon French Flair.

    for the bus you have over 100 lines, the SYTRAL (Syndicat Mixte des Transports en commun pour le Rhône et l'Agglomération Lyonnaise) is for the metro area and the local city is assign to SLCT Société Lyonnaise de Transports en Commun (SLTC) and inner city to TCL (Transports en Commun Lyonnais) .
    the new public transport site since January 1 2015.

    the metro/tube:subway has 43 stations and 4 lines with one is totally automatic. You ,also, have 3 funiculars or cable cars in the city covering the trajects Fourvière - Vieux Lyon; Saint-Just - Vieux Lyon; and Hôtel de Ville - Croix-Rousse.
    The Tramway has 5 lines linking the city with the nearby cities of Villeurbanne, Bron, Meyzieu and Chassieu. The lines are
    Montrochet Hôtel de Région / IUT Feyssine La Doua : line T1 (23 stations)
    Perrache / Saint-Priest Bel Air : line T2 (29 stations in 40 minutes)
    LEA , de la Part-Dieu à Meyzieu ZI : line T3 (10 stations in 25 minutes)
    De La Doua à Vénissieux (Pôle hospitalier des Portes du Sud Feyzin) : line T4 (21 stations)
    De Grange-Blanche to Eurexpo passing by city center of Bron and the Parc d'activités du Chêne (11 stations).

    for persons with mobility impaired there is Optibus

    the site multitud groups all the transports needs in the metro area of Lyon, a one stop site in English

    you have the link to the airport on RhoneExpress , it links the station Part-Dieu to the aéroport Lyon-Saint Exupéry in 25 minutes. The airport for passengers and visitors is excellent. Terminal 3 is reserve for low cost companies such as Easy Jet. fully loaded airport that I use on my trip east has several restaurants, bars, boutiques and duty free boutiques, car rentals, and two hôtels. Long term and short term parkings and bus navettes linking the airport to main nearby cities.
    There is a train gare TGV de Lyon-Saint-Exupéry,linking with Paris CDG, par example .
    Aéroport Lyon Saint Exupéry (in town of Saint Exupéry)
    – 69125 Lyon Saint Exupéry

    Vélo or bike=bicycle is big with over 1000 rings of parking in the city and growing as I write (2014 covering 520 kms of cyclable pistes). those traveling with TCL cards can use the park and ride stations at parc relais Gare de Vaise (100 places) ,and métro Oullins La Saulaie linking an extension of the metro B line (40 places). to know more all in French at the site Vélo for the metro area of Lyon.

    the local Vélov has in Grand Lyon 4 000 bikes in great shape call Vélo'v, in 350 stations from Lyon and Villeurbanne available 7/7 and 24/24. This site in English

    electric bikes cyclopolitain all in English here

    the cyclopousse for seniors, and the mobility impaired bikes with driver to move you in city centers, all here

    The train is big here with two stations in city center , Part-Dieu and Perrache,and a third one in the airport Lyon Saint Exupéry, the TGV Méditerranée puts Lyon within 2h from Paris (1 train every 30 minutes), 3h Lille, 5h London (by Eurostar),the TGV also serves Chambéry, Annecy or Bruxelles...Avec deux gares en centre ville, Part-Dieu et Perrache, et une troisième dans l'aéroport Lyon Saint Exupéry, le TGV place aujourd'hui Lyon au centre de l'Europe.
    A 2h de Paris (1 train toutes les 30 minutes), 3h de Lille, 5h de Londres (par l'Eurostar), le TGV dessert aussi Chambéry, Annecy ou Bruxelles...From train stations you can reserve in advance a taxi with the PAP service from 9.90 € TTC even with late train( for a traject of 1 -4 persons + luggage). More here

    Part Dieu train station explained in English by official SNCF site
    Perrache train station explained in English by official SNCF site

    to reserve and see schedules in French (clear your cookies from abroad)

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    How to get in and out of Annecy

    by gwened Updated Aug 7, 2014

    Annecy is 562 kms from Paris, Lyon : 146 km, Grenoble : 105 km ,Marseille : 379km, and Genève : 41 km.
    Most direct route from Paris is the A6 to Maçon connect with A40 dir Geneva, near Saint-Julién-en-Genevois to take the A41 direction Annecy. passing the airport of annecy you take the road D2201 to centre ville or city center.
    route planner
    traffic my favorite here is

    info on parkings in the city are available here
    tél : 04 50 33 87 99
    email :
    hours Mondays to Fridays from 8h -12h and 13h30-17h

    you have 8 free parkings , 2 523 spaces in commercial zone with meters, and 10 paying parkings.
    the free parkings are
    Place des Romains (366 places) except in days of the circus or cirque Médrano.
    Stade nautique (200 places)
    Marquisats (219 places)
    Sainte-Bernadette (141 places)
    Impérial (292 places)
    Visitation (100 places)
    Base nautique (78 places)
    Tillier (30 places)

    Parking garages paying are
    Courier (757 places)
    Chevêne (166 places)
    Poste (314 places)
    Gare (210 places)
    Carnot (95 places)
    Palais de justice (109 places)
    Bonlieu (732 places)
    Hôtel de Ville (424 places)
    Sainte-Claire (350 places)
    Château (218 places

    for me hotel de ville, poste, and Carnot have been good always.
    here is a map of parkings location in pdf file plan des parking payants.

    You have connection under the mountain Mont-Blanc here
    Autoroutes et tunnel du Mont-Blanc (ATMB)
    1 440, route de Cluses
    74 138 Bonneville
    tél : 04 50 25 20 00

    The train station is at Place de la Gare
    Luggage and lost items info line : 04 50 33 81 19
    in english here

    The bus network is SIBRA
    (Société Intercommunale des Bus de la Région Annécienne)
    66 chemin de la Prairie
    26 regular lines with 10 major lines such as 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 ,the 8 interchange with the train station and other correspondances. You have 8 extended lines such as 11-12-13-14-15-16-33-62 ; 4 lines for Sundays and Holidays (Dim'Bus) such as i-J-K-L ; 3 lines nightime (Noctibus) such as M-N-O ;and one line of summer.
    You have customer service next to the train station Mondays to Fridays from 7h30 to 19h, and Saturdays from 9h- 12h and 14h -17h at Espace SIBRA, 21 rue de la Gare
    tél : 04 50 10 04 04

    To go into the mountain stations, direction des Aravis (Thônes, La Clusaz, Le Grand Bornand) all year long the express lines 62 and 63 will take you from the bus terminal = gare routière.

    The regional bus service for the Haute Savoie is to contact for info at
    tél : 04 50 33 51 08
    webpage here
    This is to go from Annecy to les Bauges, Chambéry, Lyon, Rumilly, Seyssel, Bellegarde, Genève, la Roche sur Foron, and the rest of the département works all year around.

    The vélo or bike service network is call VÉLONECY rather small with about 200 bikes ,you can buy it at the multimodal agency by the bus/train station or reserving by calling 04 50 51 38 90 .
    Hours are Mondays to Saturdays from 9h -13h and 14h-18h30 (APril 1 to October 31), and Mondays to Saturdays 9h- 13h and 14h- 18h (November 1 to March 31).

    The airport is at
    Aéroport Annecy Haute-Savoie Mont Blanc
    8 route Côte Merle
    74 370 Metz-Tessy
    tél : 04 50 27 30 06
    réservations : 0803 805 805
    site :

    From Lyon you have trains and buses connecting from the airport here
    Bus (about 2h)network Satobus from Lyon airport to Annecy every 2 hrs between 9h and 21h going and 6h and 17h coming , several times per day; more info at the lyon airport niveau 1 level 1), counter Satobus. Need to reserve the ticket for the bus ,price is now 32 euros with Voyages Crolard tel 04 50 51 08 51 or on the site

    From Geneva
    Bus (2h)Mondays to Fridays there are 3 buses express direct from airport of Geneva to city center Annecy. The price now is 10,5 euros and the hours are available here

    for taxis recommended by the city are
    Taxis Annecy
    tél : 04 50 45 05 67
    site :

    And driven shuttles are again recomm by the city
    only by reservation at +33 (0) 4 50 080 080.

    you can print in pdf file a map of the city here

    and here is something for a boat ride on the lake Annecy

    and more from the Lake site on public transport

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    How to get in and out of Bourg-en-Bresse

    by gwened Written May 7, 2014

    I come here by car, but passing found a picture of the gare or train station of Bourg-en-Bresse so will give you some tips from the French links of the city and tourism for coming here.

    Airports of Lyon - Saint Exupéry and Genève - Cointrin are less than an hour to here.

    by the road many possibilities, autoroute A40 (Mâcon - Bourg-en-Bresse - Genève) ;
    and, A42 (Lyon - Pont d'Ain - Genève) ;and ,A39 (Bourg-en-Bresse - Dole - Dijon.
    As well as two Nationales roads passing by here these are RN 75 - RN 79 (Grenoble - Ambérieu-en-Bugey - Bourg-en-Bresse - Mâcon) ; and RN 83 (Lyon - Bourg-en-Bresse – Strasbourg). By car Bourg-en-Bresse is about 50 minutes from Lyon ; and 1h10 from Genèva.

    the route planner has serve many over the years quite well.
    parking I did by the Brou parking and they are all here with a map of the city[]=2&btrechercher=Afficher+sur+la+carte

    The train station is in city center at Avenue Pierre Semard, regional information on trains is at the TER Rhône Alpes region here
    and for prices at the travel site for the SNCF in France

    on this official SNCF site you can find more information on the train station in English

    There is some vélo/bike movement here with information here just click to enlarge the map

    For the bus ,you have departemental system of dept AIN or 01, here
    just go to les lignes for the lines down in the column below, and the ticket is 2€

    The local bus system is TUB,just try the lines out on the drop down windows

    Gare de Bourg-en-Bresse
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    How to get here in and out-Val Cenis

    by gwened Written Jul 20, 2012

    the road is sublime, Autoroute A43 direction Turin, exit/sortie N°30 - Modane, the road D1006 (ex-RN6) direction Lanslebourg . Be careful as in winter the road around Col de l'Iseran and Col du Mont Cenis are close to circulation.
    This site can show the state of circulation in Savoie

    By train TGV Paris-Modane regular schedules traject done in about 4 h. closest train station is Gare de Modane
    Correspondance by bus to the gare de Modane to all nearby villages in the Haute Maurienne Vanoise region. Information call 0 820 320 368(from France) or from abroad 00 33 479 68 32 96, the altibus network at

    All these airports are close and can get you here closest Chambéry , Grenoble, Lyon Saint-Exupéry, Genèva, and Turin .

    in Summer you have buses, ESTIBUS , from 1 € the trajects between Bramans and Bonneval-sur-Arc, bus correspondance with the bus navettes serving the villages of Planay, Entre-Deux-Eaux, Avérole, Pont de l’Ouilleta , le col du Mont-Cenis and le col de l’Iseran.

    Navette Val Cenis Lanslebourg - Susa (Italy) allows to connect the valley of la Maurienne to the vallée de Susa, Iitaly, passing by the Col du Mont Cenis. you can reserve bus navette by calling +33 (0)4 79 05 99 15.

    Navette Entre Deux Eaux allowing to reach one of the doors of entry to the Parc de la Vanoise, in the village of Termignon la Vanoise.

    Navette Avérole connecting Bessans to the vallée de l'Avérole

    Regular line Modane - Bonneval allowing to connect the bus terminal or gare routière and train station or gare de Modane to the villages of the region of the Haute Maurienne Vanoise.

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    How to get here in and out-Abondance

    by gwened Written Jul 20, 2012

    I did it with the boys from Paris gare de Lyon by train, but can be done by car or air and then train or bus.
    train station at Thonons les Bains;from Paris gare de Lyon. and other nearby towns sometimes using SNCF buses.

    By bus or taxi (approx 30 min.)
    - by taxi : Voyages Gagneux – Tel. +33 (0)4 50 73 02 83 -
    - by bus : Voyages Gagneux – Tel. +33 (0)4 50 73 02 83 -
    SAT shuttles- Tel. +33 (0)4 50 71 00 88 Tel. 0820 320 368 (calls within France) Tel. +33(0)4 79 68 32 96 (calls from outside of France)

    Geneva International Airport

    Information : Tel. 00 41 22 717 71 11
    bus or taxi links (1h15)
    - by taxi: Voyages Gagneux – Tel. +33 (0)4 50 73 02 83 -
    - by bus : Voyages Gagneux – Tel. +33 (0)4 50 73 02 83 -
    SAT bus network - Tel. +33 (0)4 50 71 00 88 - Tel. 0820 320 368 (calls within France France) Tel. +33(0)4 79 68 32 96 (calls from outside of France)

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    getting around inside Lyon

    by gwened Written Jun 30, 2012

    yes the city bus system is on TCL, and the RhoneExpress takes you into the airports and train stations

    and did not read all above but this site tells you about how to calculate your itineraries on TCL

    hope it helps

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    Parrache to airport Lyon

    by gwened Written Mar 22, 2012

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    yes you need to go to part dieu and then connect to airport on public transport.
    you can find your routing here in city transport

    and from the airport you can hook up here

    hope it helps

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    bus to Meribel

    by gwened Written Mar 10, 2012

    the alps bus regional service is altibus or altitude buses, the site in French tell you the route, have it there in the english version

    see British flag just below the Your transfer window

    HOpe it helps

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    trains Chamonix and Geneva

    by gwened Written Jan 9, 2012

    long train rides but the car wont do better in those mountains... You can look at the Swiss train site geneva to chamonix

    and the FRench portion, chamonix to milano

    you can play with the sites to find the best suited for you. For the kids see this site


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    by cubsur Updated Aug 19, 2008

    You can indeed get to/from Evian-les-Bains by train.

    From Evian to Paris you can pick up a Geneva - Paris TGV at Bellegarde, using the local train from Evian to Bellegarde.

    Consult to make reservations for that journey - compulsory.

    The detailed train maps and timetables for that region of France can be viewed and downloaded from

    Yvoire does not have a railway station and only a very limited bus service which you can consult, along with other bus times for the region, at

    The websites mentioned are in FRENCH only, except for

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    Getting up the Mountains

    by freya_heaven Written May 2, 2005

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    There are literally 100s of chair lifts, gondela, funiculas, drag lifts, button lifts all over the Alps. All of them of course, work in the winter & a great many stay open in the summer for walkers & people just wanting to enjoy the view from the top.

    You have to buy a lift pass this can be done for a period of 1 day to a whole season. Prices can be steep, the better the ski area & wider area of the pass the price obviously goes up. I believe the 3 Valleys/ Espace Killy are is the most expensive.

    View from chair lift
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    The Snow Train To The Alps

    by freya_heaven Written May 2, 2005

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    The overnight snow train is a great idea, you pick it up in Waterloo, London & it takes to all the way to the Alps, stopping off at several stations local to various ski resorts.

    Chambéry (for Alpe d'Huez, Le Collet d'Allevard, Les Aillons, Les Deux Alpes, Saint Pierre de Chartreuse)
    Albertville (for Arêches-Beaufort, Crest-Voland Cohennoz, Flumet, Les Saisies, Notre Dame de Bellecombe, Praz sur Arly)
    Moûtiers (for Brides-les Bains, Champagny, Courchevel, La Tania, Les Ménuires, Les 3 Vallées, Méribel, Pralognon, Saint Martin de Belleville, Val Thorens, Valmorel)
    Aime la Plagne(for La Plagne)
    Landry (for Piesey Vallandry, Les Arcs, Villaroger)
    Bourg St Maurice (for La Rosière, Les Arcs, Tignes, Val d'Isère, Val Thorens)

    There are 2 trains you can chose from the Blue or White, the latter goes via Paris. Prices average out at £160.00 return for the direct train.

    Pretty Log cabis cafe in the mountains
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  • Walking

    by YannickPeeters Written Feb 28, 2005

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    The great thing about this vacation is that is a walking vacation. you drop your car somewhere and start walking the hills. The Tour is about one week and there is a litte hut where you can sleep at night ' always different ones ofcourse '. or you can just take your tent !!

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    Canoeing down the Ardeche

    by deeper_blue Written Feb 6, 2004

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    Canoeing down the Ardeche river was a really good experience.
    In August the weather is blistering so bring some sunscreen. Very laid back and serene, fantastic scenery.

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