Arriving in Lyon
I arrived in Lyon on Monday evening by train. I didn’t have a direct flight to Lyon from my city and the easiest for me was to fly to Nice and take the train from there. Trains in France are comfortable and usually on time. Mine definitely was on this route – but it did have a 1 hour delay on my way back. If you buy tickets online however, they’ll keep you updated through emails, so you’ll know before you get to the train station. My experience was great, everyone on the train is polite and happy to help tourists.
In Lyon, I arrived at the Part-Dieu train station, which is the biggest in the city. If you are starving when you arrive there’s also a very big shopping center rights next to the train station, where you can find lots of options for eating.
To get to the city center (or elsewhere) there are lots of buses. I was in a hurry, so I decided to take a taxi, something I try to avoid as much as possible at airports and train stations. I did not regret it this time. Sure, it did cost more than the bus, but the driver charged me the real amount, did not try to take advantage of the fact that I was not french and did not accept the tip! I should mention in France the tip culture is very different than in the US. I tried to leave a tip at a restaurant for a super nice waiter and he totally refused it saying they don’t accept tips!