Getting to the Festival area

The Festival of Lights is held in a secure restricted pedestrian area in the city centre.


How to get to the pedestrian area

picto-tcl.gif  By TCL (Public Transport)

The public is asked to use public transport. During the Festival, extra services will be provided on the metro, tramway and some bus lines.

December 8: travel free after 4 p.m.

On December 5, 6 and 7, unlimited travel from 4 p.m. until closing time with the "TCL en Fête" ticket (€3.10).

Public transport enquiries +33(0)4 26 10 12 12, Monday to Saturday from 5 a.m. to 12.30 a.m. and Sundays and public holidays from 6 a.m. to 12.30 a.m.

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picto-velov.gif  By Bicycle

Why not cycle to the Festival of Lights? There are Velo’v public bicycle rental stations throughout the city centre and close suburbs. The service is available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

Warning : Velo’v bicycles like other personal mobility devices are not allowed in the pedestrian area of the Festival.

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picto-parc-relais.gif  By Car

There are several  Park&Ride (Parc Relais) car parks where you can park your car and take public transport to the city centre. They are reserved for users of the Lyon TCL public transport system.

During the Festival, some car parks in the city centre are closed (read below).


Pedestrian area in the city centre

The festival area will be closed to traffic for all four days from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Thursday 5 and Sunday 8 December and from 6:30 p.m. to midnight on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 December. This restriction also applies to motorcycles and bicycles. Only the emergency services will have access. 

To help pedestrians move around easily, there will be no parking from noon to midnight on the roads between the main attractions. These are the roads affected:

  • rue Président Edouard Herriot,
  • rue de Brest,
  • rue Paul Chenavard,
  • rue Emile Zola,
  • rue Gasparin,
  • rue des Archers,
  • rue Childebert (between Place des Jacobins and rue de la République),
  • rue Jean de Tournes (between Place des Jacobins and rue de la République),
  • rue Président Carnot,
  • rue Jean Fabre,
  • place des Jacobins,
  • rue de l'Antiquaille,
  • Place des Jacobins.
picto-parking.gif  Car parks (city centre)
 • The following car parks are open during the Festival: Hôtel de Ville, Opéra, Cordeliers, Place de la République, Bourse
 • The following car parks will be closed (entrances and exits) from 6:30 p.m. to midnight (5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Thursday and Sunday): Terreaux, Célestins, Bellecour, Antonin Poncet, Saint Antoine, Saint Georges, Saint Jean and Saint Just