Enjoy Lyon on a Vélo’v bike

Lyon has the perfect size to just hop on a bike and cross the city centre in 15 minutes. Not to mention de 300km bike laines. While many bikes get stolen unfortunately, since 2005 you can choose to ride one of the Vélo’v bikes that the city offers. If you try to avoid the crowded public transportation or rather exercise a bit, the Vélo’v bikes are available all year long.



Create an account in seconds for free and download their app to enjoy easy access. You can buy your tickets or subscriptions online, on the app or at a Vélo’v station kiosk equipped with a bank card terminal.


Play it smart and enjoy the bike for free. I tell you how.


Get every 30 minutes (sometimes 45 minutes) for free. Just simply attach your bike back to one of the 348 stations after less than 30 minutes of riding, wait for the “beep-beep” sound and then take the same bike out again to continue your trip. This way the time of your journey restarts and you can continue to use it without any additional costs for another 30 minutes. You can repeat this trick as many times as you want (except if you have purchased a single ride ticket).


30 or 45 minutes for free?


Everybody gets 30 minutes without any additional costs (beside the subscription), but some can push it to 45 minutes. How? You need to have a yearly subscription for Vélo’v and either have one of these cards: Técély/ Oura/ Bluely/ Trabool? or be a beneficiary of the Vélo’v benefits for the LPA/CITIZ/QPARK/VINCI/EFFIA parking.


You’ve got different options, which one is the best for you?


For everyday use


Pick an annual subscription if you plan to regularly use the city bikes. It’s worth it even if you use it less often during the winter season and focus more on the rest of the year. There are 3 plans to choose from: annual subscription, annual subscription for 14-25 years old and solidarity subscription.


1. Annual subscription: 31€

  • Subscribe online and immediately access the service.

  • Take as many rides as you want throughout the year.

  • First 30 minutes of each ride are free, included in your plan.

  • Get the first 45 minutes for free if you fulfil the conditions.

  • Price after free period: 0.05€/mn for the 1st half-hour; 0.10€/mn for 2nd half-hour; then: 0.15€/mn. Maximum billing: 35€/rental.


2. annual subscription for 14-25 years old: 16.50€

  • Age between 14-25 years.

  • Subscribe online and immediately access the service.

  • Take as many rides as you want throughout the year.

  • First 30 minutes of each ride are free, included in your plan.

  • Get the first 45 minutes for free if you fulfil the conditions.

  • Price after free period: 0.05€/mn for the 1st half-hour; 0.10€/mn for 2nd half-hour; then: 0.15€/mn. Maximum billing: 35€/rental.

  • Under 18? Your subscription will be activated after validation of identity card and parental authorization.


3. Solidarity subscription: 15€

  • You benefit from the “RSA” from the Caf.

  • Subscribe online and immediately access the service.

  • Take as many rides as you want throughout the year.

  • First 30 minutes of each ride are free, included in your plan.

  • Get the first 45 minutes for free if you fulfil the conditions.

  • Price after free period: 0.05€/mn for the 1st half-hour; 0.10€/mn for 2nd half-hour; then: 0.15€/mn. Maximum billing: 35€/rental.



For occasional riders


Not a big fan of riding a bike? You just missed your bus and hate waiting? Or you are late but don’t want to run? Just take a bike!


1. Single ride ticket: 1.80€ (which is still cheaper than s single bus ticket)

  • First 30 minutes of the ride is free, included in your ticket.

  • Sorry, can’t push it to a free 45 minutes ride.

  • Price after 30 minutes: 0.05€/mn for the 1st half-hour; 0.10€/mn for 2nd half-hour; then: 0.15€/mn. Maximum billing: 35€/rental.


2. Day pass: 4€ - 24h

  • Take as many rides as you want throughout 24 hours.

  • First 30 minutes of each ride are free, included in your plan.

  • Sorry, can’t push it to a free 45 minutes ride.

  • Price after 30 minutes: 0.05€/mn for the 1st half-hour; 0.10€/mn for 2nd half-hour; then: 0.15€/mn. Maximum billing: 35€/rental.


3. Lyon City Card holders: 5€

  • Only for Lyon City Card holders.

  • Take as many rides as you want throughout 72 hours.

  • First 60 minutes of each ride are free, included in your plan.

  • Price after 60 minutes: 0.05€/mn for the 1st half-hour; 0.10€/mn for 2nd half-hour; then: 0.15€/mn. Maximum billing: 35€/rental.


How about an electric bike to give you a push to climb up to Croix-Rousse?


Wouldn’t it be nice? Comfortable, at least. For 7€/month additional charge on top of your subscription you get a portable battery. It can be simply attached to a Vélo’v bike and turn it into an electric bike (only possible with the hybrid Vélo’v bikes that have a battery holder in front, at the basket.) More info about the Vélo’v electric bikes here.


Always ride carefully and respect pedestrians, who always have the priority. Be aware of blind spots, especially with buses that cannot see you. Stay alert for unintentional opening of doors and lane changes by other vehicles. But most importantly enjoy the ride! For registration and more information visit the official website of Vélo'v.


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