Transports en commun lyonnais
|Transports en commun lyonnais|
Communauté de communes de l'Est lyonnais (Community of communes of east Lyon)
7 other communes in Rhône department
Bus and trolleybus
|Number of lines||
|Annual ridership||496.213 millions (2019)|
Lyon (3rd arrondissement)
|Began operation||21 June 1879: Creation of the OTL (Compagnie des Omnibus et Tramways de Lyon)|
1 January 1967: Creation of TCL, replacing the OTL
|Public transport in Lyon|
The Transports en commun lyonnais ("Lyon public transport" in French; usually referred to as TCL) is the Lyon public transport agency. It is the second largest public transport system in France (after Paris), and covers 73 communes, including all 59 communes of the Lyon Metropolis, spread over 746 square kilometres (288 sq mi). 
TCL is managed by two companies: SYTRAL Mobilités sets policies and finances the infrastructure, while Keolis Lyon runs the network on a day-to-day basis.
- 7 tramway lines (The Rhônexpress tram-train line is not run by TCL)
- 24 high-frequency bus lines, including electric trolleybuses
- Over 100 other bus lines, including electric trolleybuses
(at Place Guichard–Bourse du Travail station, line B)
(at Vieux Lyon–Cathédrale Saint-Jean station, line F1)
(on the Lafayette Bridge, line C13)
The TCL network is built around several big stations connecting metro and tram lines:
- Bellecour ( ) is set in the very centre of the city and has many connections with other stations.
- Hôtel de Ville ( )
- Charpennes ( ) is the crossroad of several metro and tram lines to every direction (north, east, south, west).
- Saxe–Gambetta ( )
- Part-Dieu ( ) is in La Part-Dieu business district and serves Part-Dieu railway station, the most important railway station in Lyon.
- Perrache ( ) is a major TCL station served by metro, tramway and bus lines located inside Perrache Multimodal Hub (Centre d'échanges de Perrache), a large transport dedicated building that also houses Perrache coach station, served by regional, national and international coach services. By a short footbridge, pedestrians can directly walk from the multimodal hub to Perrache railway station, the second most important railway station in Lyon.
- Vaulx-en-Velin–La Soie ( )
Some other major stations are connecting suburban bus lines to metro or tram lines, and sometimes railway stations:
- Gare de Vaise ( , Vaise railway station)
- Gare de Vénissieux ( , Vénissieux railway station)
- Gare d'Oullins ( , Oullins railway station)
- Gorge de Loup ( , Gorge de Loup railway station)
- Laurent Bonnevay ( )
Several bus lines run one bus per hour throughout the night, mostly to allow young people to get home. Since September 2021 there have been three such lines, labelled "Pleine Lune" ("full moon") (fr). A fourth line, Pleine Lune 4, was discontinued in March 2020.
- Pleine Lune 1 (PL1): Terreaux – La Feuillée → Cordeliers → Part-Dieu–Jules Favre → Charpennes–Charles Hernu → INSA – Einstein → Cité Internationale
- Pleine Lune 2 (PL2): Hôtel de Ville → Bellecour–Antonin Poncet → Saxe–Gambetta → Bachut–Mairie du 8ème → Grange Blanche
- Pleine Lune 3 (PL3): Hôtel de Ville → Saint-Irénée → Valmy → Écully Centre → Campus Lyon Ouest
The TCL network has a fare system composed of paper tickets and a contactless smartcard named Técély.
Tickets or Técély card need to be validated at ticket barriers when entering a metro or funicular station, or at ticket validators located on board of trams, buses and trolleybuses. Validation of ticket or Técély card is mandatory at each connection, except for connections between metro or funicular lines.
There are multiple types of tickets, with different validity durations. There are also different tarifications regarding the age of the passenger.
The most basic ticket is the "1-hour ticket", it can be validated unlimitedly during 1 hour starting from the first validation. It costs €1.90, and it can also be purchased in booklets of 10 tickets at €18 (€1.80 each ticket). This ticket is red.
A "1-hour ticket" at a reduced price is available for people under 26 years old and students under 28 years old, it is sold only by booklets of 10 tickets at €15.40 (€1.54 each ticket). This ticket is yellow.
Another version of the "1-hour ticket" is sold by bus and trolleybus drivers, this one costs €2.20. It is more expensive than an usual ticket in order to encourage people to buy tickets at vending machines or other sales points. This ticket is grey.
There are also long duration tickets valid during 2, 24, 48 or 72 hours starting from the first validation. These tickets are green.
Introduced on 1 July 2002, the Técély card (Carte Técély) is the contactless smartcard of the TCL network. The card itself costs €5 and is usable during five years, it can be obtained in the five TCL agencies or by mail order.
To be valid, the Técély card needs to be recharged with a weekly, monthly or annual pass.
Booklets of 10 "1-hour tickets" can also be recharged on the Técély card, at normal or reduced price, depending on the age or status of the card holder. Up to 40 tickets can be contained at a time on a Técély card.
Tickets recharged on the card will be debited at validation only if no weekly, monthly or annual pass is recharged on the card. If there is a pass and tickets recharged at the same time on the card, no ticket will be debited at validation.
Buying tickets and recharging Técély cards is possible at different types of sales points:
- 5 TCL agencies (Agence TCL) are located at major stations (Bellecour, Grange Blanche, Gorge de Loup, Part-Dieu, La Soie). This is the only place to get a new Técély card.
- Proposed services: Buy tickets, recharge the Técély card with "1-hour tickets", recharge the Técély card with a weekly/monthly/annual pass, recharge the Técély card with a monthly pass subscription, get a new Técély card.
- 477 ticket vending machines are available across all metro, funicular and tram stations, and at some stations of trolleybus lines C1, C2 and C3.
- Proposed services: Buy tickets, recharge the Técély card with "1-hour tickets", recharge the Técély card with weekly/monthly/annual pass.
- 220 TCL service points (Point service TCL) are located in TCL's partners shops.
- Proposed services: Buy tickets, recharge the Técély card with "1-hour tickets", recharge the Técély card with a monthly/annual pass.
- More than 100 ATMs of CIC and Crédit Mutuel banks propose to recharge Técély cards, even with a payment card from another bank.
- Proposed services: Recharge the Técély card with "1-hour tickets", recharge the Técély card with a monthly/annual pass.
- Lyon Metro
- Funiculars of Lyon
- Lyon tramway
- Buses in Lyon
- Trolleybuses in Lyon
- Réseau Express de l'Aire métropolitaine lyonnaise
- ^ "Délibération N°20.048 : Rapport Annuel des Délégataires – Année 2019" [Deliberation N°20.048 : Annual report by delegated operators – Year 2019] (PDF). SYTRAL (in French). 17 December 2020. p. 11. Retrieved 5 July 2022.
- ^ "Le réseau TCL" [The TCL network]. TCL (in French). Retrieved 5 July 2022.
- ^ "Tout sur le réseau TCL : historique, gestion et fonctionnement du réseau - Par qui est géré le réseau TCL ?" [All about the TCL network: history, management and operation - By whom is the TCL network managed?]. TCL (in French). Archived from the original on 23 August 2006. Retrieved 16 August 2006.
- ^ "La construction de la ligne de tram Rhonexpress va bon train" [The construction of the Rhonexpress tram line is going well]. Le Progrès (in French). 26 July 2009. Archived from the original on 29 July 2009. Retrieved 16 August 2009.
- ^ "Pleine Lune : les lignes de nuit" [Pleine Lune: the night lines]. TCL (in French). Retrieved 5 July 2022.
- ^ "Titres et tarifs" [Tickets and fares]. TCL (in French). Retrieved 5 July 2022.
- ^ "Les transports en commun lyonnais basculent vers la billettique magnétique" [Lyon public transport switches to magnetic ticketing]. Les Echos (in French). 27 June 2002. Retrieved 6 July 2022.
- ^ "La carte TCL" [The TCL card]. TCL (in French). Retrieved 5 July 2022.
- ^ "Où acheter ?" [Where to buy?]. TCL (in French). Retrieved 5 July 2022.
- (in French) Official website
- (in French) Picture library of transport in Lyon