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1st time to Lyon - some tips please.

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1st time to Lyon - some tips please.

Hi All

We are three English guys arriving in Lyon early afternoon (from London via Paris) on the 22nd of next month and staying for just one night at the Premiere Classe Lyon Centre hotel - Gare Part Dieu. In the evening we are going to the Lyon v Ajax Champions league game. We would be grateful for some tips please.

Can anyone recommend some nice bars in the city before we go to the football match and indeed when the game is over? Are there any bars near our hotel?

What time does the metro system stop running of a night and indeed all of the Lyon transport system?

What is the best travel ticket to purchase when travelling around the city?

We have got to pick up our match tickets at Lyon’s ground – Stade de Gerland, where at the stadium are the ticket offices?

The following day we head back to London at around midday, I take it there are a few places around the station that we can get something to eat?

Many thanks for any help.

John (finkfloydman)

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1. Re: 1st time to Lyon - some tips please.

I waited to see if somebody more familiar with the Part Dieu area would answer, but since there are no replies I'll put in my two centimes. finkfloydman, to my knowledge (which could be wrong) the bars around Part Dieu area are not very animated in the evenings and don't stay open till late. It is Lyon's downtown, the business and shopping area, which is quite busy during the day and dead quiet during the night. The best bars and pubs are located in Vieux Lyon and Presqu'ile areas. If you are for the British pubs, Wallace, Kelly's and St.James' are the most popular and form a tight triangle in the Vieux Lyon area. Last order in these 3 places is around 1 am. Close by there are a couple of bars, who continue service even later - Flemming's till 3 am and The Melting Pub till 5am.

Metro and public transport stop to operate soon after midnight, but taxi from Vieux Lyon to your hotel will not be very expensive even at that time - around 10-12 euros. You can always ask a barman to call you a cab. Day ticket for all the means of public transportation will cost you 4.80 euros. Ordinary ticket is worth 1.60.

For the game tickets you probably have to take them not at the stadium itself, but at OL's official shop not far from it, right by the Stade Gerland metro station. The official OL's ticket office is there. I don't know if there are other ticket offices at the stadium. You'll have to check it out.

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Thanks Darth_Feanor for your reply it is most helpful especially regarding the bars and the area to go. The information on the OL official shop was also most useful. Many thanks again for your help.

Regards John

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You're welcome. Enjoy the game and your stay in Lyon.

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Hi John,

I confirm what Darth_Feanor said regarding Part-Dieu area. The closest areas to Part-Dieu with some nightlife are the Rhône left bank along the river quay, and the Presqu'île.

You don't tell much about the kind of bars you like. If you consider having other experiences than British pubs (as you live in London you might want something else, don't you?), you could try those :

- "Ninkasi" bars are a favourite here for both young people and beer lovers. They brew their own beer, which is good. They have several places in the city, but I recommend Ninkasi Ferrandière : 22 rue Ferrandière (2è). Perfect for before the game as they have decent food, also for after the game, but not late as they close at 1:00am (get to the sofa area at the back ).

- "Les Berthom", they have a good choice of Belgian beers : 2 place E. Fousseret (5è),

- You will find a few bars on board of boats along the Rhône left bank : try "La Passagère" or one of the bars with music : "Le Sirius" has rum and music (open until 3:00am)

http://www.lesirius.com/

- For an after with drinks + music + dance, you might like "Boston Café", 2 place des Terreaux (Irish style), or "Bec de jazz" (19 rue Burdeau, 1er) for live music, both are open late, Bec de jazz until 5:00am, Boston Café until 6:00am

Enjoy!

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One more thing as you asked about public transportation: if you stick to Presqu'île and Rhône banks areas, and if you are fit, you will be able to walk back to your hotel (15 to 20 minutes easy walk).

The Old City is a little bit farther.

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Transport in Lyon is very good, www.tcl.fr for details (in english). The site gives details of tickets available (look under the 'Visitors' section). The best is probably the 'Ticket Liberte journee' (4.80 €) which is valid for one calendar day (not 24hrs) on the metro, funicular, trams and buses. Tickets can be bought in advance from machines which will take a credit card, they become valid on the day they are first stamped. This is done by feeding the ticket into the small boxes at the entrance to buses or through the metro entrance gates. You do not need your ticket to leave the metro, the barriers open automatically. You must get the ticket stamped every time you get on a bus. (As you probably know, this is also true for mainline trains, you need to get your ticket stamped at the entrance to the platform - 'Compostez votre billet')

Metro line B will get you from the station to the stadium. Some night buses do run, although as another poster has said, the city is fairly compact and you should be able to walk to most places. You cannot 'hail' taxis but pick them up at ranks.

There are restaurants around the square in front of the station and a large shopping centre the other side of the road, where the bus stops are.

If you have time in the morning, you could take the funicular railway up to Fouviere, walk round the front of the Basilica for the view over the city and then walk down to Vieux Lyon. It's a very friendly city, have a good time.

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Welcome on Lyon forum GriffNottingham, thanks for posting!

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thirdyearabroad.com/home/item/1016-mole-in-l…

This is a link to a website for people going on their year abroad but it also has some good tips on things to do, places to visit and public transport in lyon which might be useful! Hope this helps :)

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Yes this is definitely helpful, thanks hulsay91!

I agree with this poster on many points : L'épiaison is one of the very best boulangerie in the city. And this is the first time somebody refers to La demeure du Chaos, that is interesting.

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Thanks to all you guys for the tips, most helpful indeed.

John.