Travelling around Lyon is simple and affordable

Whilst staying at Arts Hotels Lyon city apartments you will notice that there are many pedestrian streets and bicycle lanes in the city centre; making easy for tourists to get around the city whether by foot, Vélo’v city bikes, Segway, metro or bus.
Discover the traboules of Lyon

  • Vieux-Lyon

Cross the passerelle du palais de justice and head towards the Vieux-Lyon, part of a Unesco World Heritage Site and one of the world’s largest Renaissance neighbourhoods. Its main, cobbled streets run parallel to the river and to provide access to the waterway, a warren of passages – traboules – were burrowed literally through the heart of the houses. There are more than 200 of these traboules hidden away in the old town and the neighbouring districts.


During your stay in the gastronomic capital of the world you can choose from over 2000 restaurants, but this French city is so much more than merely commerce and cuisine. To appreciate this, head for the funicular railway and take line F2 that will whisk you from Vieux-Lyon, to the top of Fourvière hill and the basilica of Notre-Dame, with its golden statue of Mary watching over the city.

You can also bypass the funicular ride and climb down the stairs from the top of the hill, taking regular breaks to admire generous the view.

  • Croix-Rousse

Discover the “traboules” winding down the hill of the Croix-Rousse where 30,000 silk weavers lived in the 19th century. You may want to sign up for a silk printing workshop where printers will demonstrate Lyon’s traditional know how.

Following a period of renovation, two tunnels now run under under the Croix Rousse hill. First opened in December 2013, one tunnel is reserved uniquely for soft modes of transport (bicycles and pedestrians) and buses.

The new tube is 1.8 km long, 10 metres wide and consists of a cycle lane in each direction, a bus lane and a pavement for pedestrians. Particular care has been taken with the lighting, with the installation of a unique system that projects images onto the tunnel walls.