Emergency fire:18

Emergency ambulance: 15

Emergency police: 17

British Embassy: 35 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris, 00 33 144 51 31 00, www.gov.uk/world/organisations/british-embassy-paris/office/british-embassy

The basics

Flight time: (from UK) 1¾ hours

Currency: Euro (€)

International dialling code: +33

Local laws and etiquette

Tipping culture: Service is actually always included in restaurant bills in France, rendering tipping an appreciative gesture rather than obligation. Consider rounding the bill up by a few euros or leaving between 5% and 10% of the bill to compensate good service.

Public transport: Being fairly compact and undeniably handsome, Lyon is an ideal city for navigating on foot. The small but efficient, four-line metro run by TCL makes light work of longer distances and/or the hill up to Croix-Rousse; ditto for the vintage funicular line linking Vieux Lyon with the hilltop Fourvière neighbourhood. Single metro tickets cost €1.90/£1.70 and are valid for one hour on Lyon’s 130 bus lines and five tram routes too; a handy 24hour ticket (€6/£5.35) is also available. Metro trains run from 5am to midnight, and are generally safe to use.

Taxis: There are taxi ranks in front of Lyon’s two central train stations (Gare de Perrache and Gare de Part-Dieu), or order a city taxi online or by telephone with Taxi Radio de Lyon (00 33 472 10 86 86). Daytime rates are €0.80 to €1.62 (£0.70 to £1.44) per kilometre plus an immediate €2.50/£2.20 picking-up fee.


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