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Last updated date : 25/04/2024

Lyon was the first city in France to have its own shared cycle scheme. The bike hire service Vélo'v brought in by Grand Lyon municipality and operated by JCDecaux has been in place since 2005.

Bicycle hire offered by Grand Lyon and operated by JCDecaux SA

Vélo'v © Métropole de Lyon

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Vélo’v: Lyon, European leader in self-service bicycle sharing

Lyon Metropole has 5,000 bikes available in its public hire scheme spread around the city’s 428 stations and 22 municipalities:

  • Lyon
  • Villeurbanne
  • Bron
  • Caluire-et-Cuire
  • Collonges-au-Mont-d ‘Or
  • Ecully
  • Fontaines-sur-Saône
  • Tassin-la-Demi-Lune
  • La Mulatière
  • Oullins
  • Saint-Fons
  • Vaulx-en-Velin...

In 2012, following a survey conducted in 18 countries on 40 cycle hire schemes, Vélo'v was recognised as the European champion of city bike sharing services.

With Vélo'v, Grand Lyon offers you an innovative new bike service that is simple and practical for short journeys.
Velo'v provides solid, comfortable bikes, available for anyone to use, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Once you have completed your journey, simply return the bike to any vélo'v station.

Vélo'v user guide

Vélo'v cycles are available to hire 24/7.

  1. Find a Vélo'v station: The region has 428 Vélo'v docking stations. To find the closest station to you and see which bikes are available, simply check on the official Vélo'v mobile app, updated in real time.
  2. Choose your Vélo'v plan: On the mobile app or website, set up an account and then choose your plan (occasional or everyday use). ‘If I cannot create an account?’ You can still hop on a Vélo'v! To hire a bike, visit a station with a payment terminal and choose ‘Buy a plan’. 
  3. Select your Vélo'v: Choose an available bike at the station. Did you know that you can use the app to check the reviews of each bike posted by the previous cyclists? A practical way to find a working Vélo'v!
  4. Ride your Vélo'v: Now you've picked your ride, release your bike. You have three options: from the docking station, select a Vélo'v and release it by pressing the button on the dock stand; directly from the Vélo'v, put your card or ticket on  the card reader; from the mobile app, swipe on ‘Release a Vélo'v’.
  5. Return your Vélo'v: Use your mobile app to find a free dock near you to return your cycle.

Tip: If you simply want to hop on a cycle to run a quick errand (to buy a delicious praline tart, for example), you can keep the cycle safe using the anti-theft system on the cycle frame.

Good to know: a Vélo'v terminal is available at the Tourist Office, Place Bellecour (on the right as you enter).
At the Tourist Office, you can sign up for a self-service bike hire scheme or activate the Vélo'v offer included in the Lyon City Card.
You'll also find all the information you need to discover Lyon by bike.

Now you can simply pedal off to Parc de la Tête d'Or or the quays along the Rhône.

To download: "Discover lyon by bike"

Vélo'v au parc de la Tête d'Or - Yanis Ourabah

How much does a Vélo’v in Lyon cost?

There are two plans to choose from depending on your use:

  • Everyday plan: with this plan, you have unlimited use of Vélo'v cycles for one year. This plan costs between €15 and €31 a year.
  • Occasional plan: the price of a one-trip ticket is €1.80 while a one-day ticket is €4. The first 30 minutes of each trip is free. After that, the cost is €0.05/min. for the first paid half-hour, €0.10/min. for the second paid half-hour, and €0.15/min. for the third paid half-hour. Holders of the Lyon City Card are entitled to a special rate. For €5, you can use a Vélo'v bicycle for 3 consecutive days and enjoy 60 minutes of free cycling time every time you take out a bicycle.

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E-Vélo'v: making cycling even easier

When you sign up to a long-term plan, you can now add the e-Vélo'v option. For €7/month, you have use of a portable battery, which is either sent to your home or ready to pick-up from one of the collection points. That little boost of electricity you need! Special offer: €3.5 until 31 December 2023.

MyVélo'v: the electric cycle hire scheme

Lyon is a great place to visit by bicycle but remember that the city was built on two hills and things can get steep! So why not try the electric bikes? Easy as riding a pushbike with MyVélo'V: the monthly plan costs €60/month or sign up to the annual plan for €50/month.

To get the most out of your Vélo'v, check out our guide to cycling in Lyon or download the cycle route map for Grand Lyon.

Passants et cyclistes au Parc de la Tête d'Or


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