Will I need to drive my own vehicle to conduct my everyday life (work/school/shopping) at my destination?
Public transportation is excellent in Lyon. There are many options to choose from that will take you all over the city as well as to surrounding cities and towns. There really is no need to own a car, but some people like to anyway.
How can I legally drive a vehicle in this city?
In order to drive in France, you must be 18 years old and have a valid driver's license and mandatory driver's insurance. If you are going to stay for more than one year, you may need to exchange your license for a French one. The authorities will keep your original license, but will give it back to you at the end of your stay. You will also need to have the usual proof of your current address in France and your passport, with your Carte de Séjour. These are also required in order to purchase car insurance.
Crown Lyon can offer assistance in all administrative steps.
What side of the road do people drive on?
In France, people drive on the right-hand side of the road.
Describe typical public transportation an expat might use to get around the city.
Lyon's urban transport network consists of more than 100 bus lines, four metro lines, two funiculars, the Optibus (minibuses converted to carry people with disabilities), bikes and the Cyclopolitain.
The Bus - Consisting of approximately 100 bus lines in Lyon, covering 1078 km.
The Metro -There are 37 stations and 4 lines, which are fully automated.
Funiculars - A transit system consisting of 3 lines connecting to the metro.
Optibus - This is a bus system that helps those with reduced mobility.
Bikes - To promote eco-friendly travel, there are 90 facilities throughout the city for short-stay bike parking.
Cyclopolitain - The first new-generation bike taxis, electric trikes driven by "cyclonauts."
Could an expat also use public transportation to get out of the city—to surrounding towns, recreation areas or suburbs? If so, list options.
Absolutely. The most popular is either the Metro or taking a bus.
In regards to transportation, are there any safety issues I should be aware of?
Just like any other place, if you choose to drive, be aware of all the laws and be extra cautious. If you choose public transport, be aware of pickpockets, just like in any major city. Police surveillance is well-organized, day and night, and it is common to see a guard with his dog, looking out for people's safety.
Where do I buy tickets/tokens/etc. for the major public transportation?
You may buy tickets at any of the stations. For more information, contact Crown Lyon.
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