5 Must-have apps on your phone when you are new in Lyon

Updated: Aug 15, 2019

Being a newcomer in the city is both exciting and intimidating. Imagine, you are all settled in your apartment with luggage unpacked, and then you go hungry or can't wait to go out! Even worse, you don't know where to start, and you are not ready to ask around « Parlez-vous Anglais ? ». Don't worry; we got you! All you need is your mobile, a good internet connection and our list of tried and tested apps to get you started with your Lyon exploration.

1. Citymapper

Citymapper is on top of our list for a reason. Like in pretty much all map-based apps, you need to enter where you want to go then the app proposes you several ways of getting from point A to point B plus estimated travel time. But Citymapper's best feature is that it accurately reflects the intervals or frequency of the subway (or metro as how Frenchies call it). As Lyon has a well-connected metro line, this is basically what you will need the app mostly for.

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2. Lime

As metros can be packed during peak hours, mostly around 8 am and 5 pm due to people going to and coming back from offices, why not try one of those neon green-colored electric scooter bike scattered all over the city? This is what you can use the Lime app for. Once you have the app, scan the QR code on the electric scooter, put on the helmet, and ride away to your destination! Just scan the QR code again to lock up the scooter once you arrived and don't forget to park it responsibly for the next user.

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3. Deliveroo

Since Lyon is a gastronomical city, our list includes not one but two food-related apps! First up is Deliveroo. As soon as you downloaded the app, all you need to do is enter your zip code, and it will show you a li