Practical info on payment and mobile phones
Modes of payment
All shops accept credit cards with magnetic strips and PIN code. Most accept them even for small amounts of less than 5€. Automatic machines (like for metro tickets) accept them whatever the amount. You will need very few cash
Mobile phones: no roaming costs for Europeans
The roaming costs have been canceled recently in the EU and you can use your phone as in your home country, incl. for 3G/4G (with some restrictions: please check upfront). That means you can use online map services like Google Maps or the TCL app (Lyon public transportation network, app available on iOS/Android)
Practical info for transportation
Saint Exupéry airport–Lyon downtown
Taxi to Part-Dieu, Perrache stations or hotel: 50-55 € day / 70-75 € night. Credit card generally accepted
Express tram to Part-Dieu station: one way (aller simple): 14.7 €; return (aller retour): 25.9 € (see below the Lyon City Card) https://www.lyonaeroports.com/en/access-transports/tram
Part-Dieu station–Perrache station
Tram T1, leave at Perrache (end station Debourg)
Part-Dieu station–UCly campus
Tram T1, leave at Suchet, close to UCLy campus (end station Debourg)
Public transportation downtown
Metro, tram serve the major points of interest. Ticket vending machines are available at each metro station (but not at each tram stop) and accept credit cards with PIN code even for 1 ticket (1.8 €)
Using buses requires a deeper knowledge of where you want to go
A ticket is valid for 1 h with correspondences on all metros, trams, buses, funiculars
A smart option: the Lyon City Card
The Lyon City Card for 1, 2, or 3 days gives access to all public transportation network; validity is by day (if the first access is on Tuesday, 22h, last access will be valid until Thursday midnight).
In addition, it gives free access or discounts to 22 museums and other attractions (validity begins from the hour of the first visit). For example, you can have a free guided walking tour from https://www.visiterlyon.com/
The Lyon City Card 3 days can be ordered with the discount code CEPSCLYON17.
For those who come from the airport, combine the Rhônexpress ticket with the Lyon City Card 3 days, with the discount code CEPSCREX17. The Rhônexpress return on the card is valid 1 year after the first transportation and is not limited to the 3 days.
Where to eat in Lyon? what to do in your free time?
Restaurants not too far from the congress venue
Brasserie Georges http://www.brasseriegeorges.com
Brasserie Midi-Minuit Confluence http://lemidiminuit.fr
Le Flair http://www.restaurantflair.com
Le Chalut (fish) http://www.hotel-lyon-axotelperrache.fr
Vatel (hotel-cuisine school) http://www.restaurantvatel.fr/fr/lyon
And around the place Carnot (after gare Perrache) or at Confluence mall (take tram like for the Selcius restaurant)
If you can manage French, you can make a selection on https://www.petitpaume.com/restaurants (fr only). We advise you to select the category “RPPP” (editor’s choice), and the “Quartiers” (boroughs) Bellecour, Terreaux, Vieux Lyon, Pentes de la Croix-Rousse, Perrache, Confluence, easiest to access by public transportation.
Activities in Lyon
Discover Lyon, World Heritage Site (http://whc.unesco.org/) and Capital of Gastronomy: after the sessions you can easily organize by yourself 1-2h visits.
On the website https://www.visiterlyon.com/ you can find several ideas to visit the old boroughs, have a boat trip… If the schedule doesn’t fit you, your can contact them directly by phone or email (see at bottom of webpage), they will arrange a special timing for you.
Alternately, the greeters http://www.lyoncitygreeter.com/en/ will make you discover the city by Lyon-lovers, non-professional guides.