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Trendy, eco-friendly and very accessible... Soft transport is the future!

Alternative means of transport

Last updated date : 24/07/2023

As part of its plans to make the city both greener and cleaner, Lyon is championing alternative modes of transport for people to move around the city. 

Saddle up: cycling has never been easier in Lyon

Ride on the 1035 km network of bicycle paths in the Greater Lyon area. 


  • Lyon by bike: find out all there is to know about biking around the city in our guide to cycling in Lyon!
  • The must-have for cyclists: download the cycle route map for the Grand Lyon area.
  • Cyclotourism: are you a cyclotourist? Jump on your saddle to find all the cyclist-friendly addresses around the city.

Vélo'V, I love! ... Lyon’s pioneer bicycle sharing scheme!

Greater Lyon has a bike rental service with over 5000 bikes available across 428 bicycle stations in Lyon, Villeurbanne, Caluire-et-Cuire, Bron, Collonges-au-Mont-d'Or, Fontaines-sur-Saône, Tassin-la-Demi-Lune, La Mulatière, Oullins, Saint-Fons, Vaulx-en-Velin... This is a great way to get around and discover Lyon at very good rates!

Hop on or off whenever you want and feel the wind in your hair with Vélo'v - the best way to get about and explore Lyon for anyone who does not own a bike or has left theirs at home! 

Vélo'v © Métropole de Lyon


Vélo'v : Lyon’s self-service cycle scheme

Lyon Metropole has 5,000 bikes available in its public hire scheme spread around the city’s 428 stations and 22 municipalities ! Practical, Vélo'v cycles are available to hire 24/7.


Also, Lyon Parc Auto car parks are partners with Vélo'v. Ask for special rates. Perfect if you want to drive into Lyon and rent a Vélo'v to travel about town—and the special prices make it even more appealing!

e-bicycles: no sweat cycling pedalling around the streets of Lyon!

Riding an electric bicycle in a city like Lyon is a real pleasure. You can actually cycle uphill without getting hot and bothered!

Why not hire an electric bike to zip around Lyon that comes with extra oomph to help you up the city’s famous hills? 

Rent a bike and set off alone or with a guide, to make sure you don't miss anything. ‘Sail’ along the quays of the Rhône, take a detour through the Parc de la Tête d'or, pedal from one hill to the other or discover the most stunning views of Lyon on an electric bike tour available to hire from our website Visit Lyon. You can even get to taste some great food (check out our food tours).

Alternative ways to see Lyon: the Cyclopolitain!

If you thought an electric bike was easy, try the Cyclopolitain!

Hop into one of our electric tricycles and let the driver do all the hard work as you explore Lyon's city centre from €2 a passenger. The original and comfortable way to travel! More informations.

Lyon by foot

What better way to soak up the city than by roaming around on foot? Just slip on a comfy pair of shoes and you’re all set to explore the lanes, alleys, riverbanks and other fascinating nooks and crannies that can be found all over Lyon.

Lyon is a pedestrian’s paradise with 20 km of car-free areas, 240 km of roads designated as ’30 zones’ and 138 km of greenways exclusively reserved for pedestrians and non-motorised traffic! Take a stroll through the city’s very own ‘tube’, the longest pedestrian and cycle tunnel in Europe linking the Vaise neighbourhood to the 6th arrondissement. Or cross Pont Raymond Barre, the bridge connecting Confluence and Gerland that is exclusively reserved for soft modes of transport. To save time, you can catch a metro, bus, tramway or funicular on the TCL network.

Segways, the most original way to travel!

Com'hic Segway

If you are offered a segway ride to visit the city, it probably doesn't mean anything to you. Yet, you've certainly seen these two-wheeled, electric personal transporters which are driven standing up and go wherever the rider wants—all you have to do is lean! Why not try it? It’s a nice and friendly way to get around.

You can also book segway tours to discover Lyon’s highlights, perfect if you’re a foodie or want to explore the city’s hidden gems.

E-scooters: sustainable and fun 

Dott and Tier scooters are available throughout the city to reduce your environmental footprint as you visit it. These fully electric scooters, which are charged using renewable energy, are easy to locate using the app. They are accessible and make getting around the city a piece of cake!

Car sharing: a smart solution for visiting Lyon!

Did you know that, according to studies, one shared car replaces nine other cars in the city? There are several car-sharing solutions available in Lyon, so you can choose the one that suits you best.

With Citiz LPA, you can book a vehicle for 15 minutes to several days and drop it off at one of the partner stations. Yea! has 150 cars available on the streets of Lyon and Villeurbanne, with no stations and no booking required.

Further information on Citiz and Yea.

Looking for an environmentally responsible rental? With Leo&Go self-service rental vehicles, you can locate and book your car in real time, in the metropolitan area. Various packages are available (including “mountain” and “airport”), as well as special rates for students and people on low incomes.

Further information on Leo&Go.