Lyon is more than adequately equipped with public transit. Four underground lines, two cables cars (“la ficelle”), two tramway routes and more than one hundred bus routes serve the city and suburbs. Instead of fretting about negotiating the public transit options in French, get yourself a Lyon City Card (available through the tourist board website – www.lyon-france.com). The card gives unlimited travel on the entire TCL network, as well as on river cruises. Other benefits of this card for the visitor include free museum entry, discounts on bike rental and shopping discounts.

Allo TCL : 0 820 42 7000 or http://www.tcl.fr 

Other options for getting around the city include Tourist Taxis , bikes and Cyclopolitains . Tourist Taxis are a development courtesy of the Visitors Bureau. Trained drivers provide commentary to their passengers as they drive them along Lyon’s streets. They cover both the city and outer city areas, and stop (at no extra charge) at Old Lyon’s craft workshops. Book ahead – there are only 15 Tourist Taxis in service, as of early 2006.

For an unusual, and cheaper ride, Cyclopolitain is a high tech-looking rickshaw that provides taxi service for the price of a bus. It’s a fun way to see the sights.

Rhône Conseil Général has 29 regular coach service routes covering the département (the region).
 
Rhône Conseil Général: http://www.rhone.fr