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Rhône-Alpes, France

Date of opening28 Apr 1978
Network length31.8 km (19.76 mi)
Stations44 (40*)
Lines4        Line history
Stations per line11.00
Avg. station distance795 m (0.49 mi)
Avg. line length7.95 km (4.94 mi)
*with transfer stations counted once
Numerical data by J. Serradell, 16 Dec 2013
System typeMetro, known as Métro
Daily ridership (by J. Kennes)704,000 (as of 2009)
Daily ridership per km (per mi)22,100 (13,800)
Fare (10 km/10 stops; by UBS)1.60 EUR (as of 2009); access gates, smartcard
TrackLeft, gauge: 1435 mm
Power supplyThird rail, 750 V
Air-conditioned trains
Walk-through trains
Rubber-tyred trainsYes
Driverless linesLine D/Maggaly, rubber-tyred, no PSDs (since 1991)
Platform screen doors
World Metro Database

Official map
Source: pdf, © 2010

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Transit mapsSystem map imagesö - moving trains

Metro Arts and Architecture

Examples of interesting station design:

Rating: 1 star (bronze)  Lyon

The metro of France's second largest conurbation has some interesting stations. Older ones (the metro opened in 1978) are more uniform but on the extension of line B and on the new line D, attention was given to more interesting design and stations have been planned by different architects.

Photo []: Valmy station from 1997 on the fully automated line D with a platform illuminated from below.

Self-Guided Tour

Try the following tour, recommended by residents or metro enthusiasts:

The extension of line B (Place Jean Jaures to Gerland) and the new automated line D have the most interesting stations, planned by different architects. Visit Valmy station for its frosted glass illuminated from inside.


Exhibits in stations:
  • Bellecour: Mosaics and objects from Gallo-Roman residences.

Relationships with Other Metros

Michelin-Alstom rubber-tyred family
Members: Lausanne (line M2), Lyon (lines A, B, D), Marseille, Mexico City, Montreal, Paris (lines 1, 4, 6, 11, 14), Santiago (lines 1, 2, 5),
Characteristics: Rubber-tyred metro, developed by Michelin in the 1930s.
Derivatives: VAL family.

Departure Procedure and Sounds

"[Bup bup bup bup bup bup bup bup bup]". A pre-recorded voice in French announces the next station. It goes something like "[three descending tones] prochain arret [station name] – correspondance avec ligne [line number]". If exiting to the right is necessary, the voice will say "descendre à la droite".

Handpicked Resources Official website

Generic Links for Lyon Métro

Wikipedia entry at entry at
Railway Gazette search at
Discussion at
System photos at Google Images
City information at

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