The Fourvière Hill is one of the most beautiful places in Lyon. In fact, it is here that some of the most interesting places in the city are concentrated, such as the Theater, and the Basilica of Notre-Dame.
Thanks to the Fourviere Funicular (also known as Ficelle 1) it is possible to reach this splendid hill, located to the west of the city. It was inaugurated in 1900, and of the 5 historic lines is the one still in operation, together with the Saint-Just funicular. Compared to the other, it has never undergone particular changes to its way of operating (with the exception of the normal modernization phases of the line and trains, in addition to the new safety systems).
Its route is mainly underground, and develops for a total length of 427 meters, with no intermediate stops. The journey takes just over 2 minutes.
70 people can be transported for each trip, 19 of which with seats.
The funicular belongs to the French company TCL (Tranports Communs Lyonnais) and is managed by SYTRAL (Syndicat Mixte des Transports pour le Rhône et l’Agglomération Lyonnaise).
The Fourviere funicular leaves from the Vieux-Lyon – Cathédrale de Saint-Jean station. The station entrance is located along Rue Tramassac, just below the very short, characteristic open-air section of the funicular, between the two buildings (see photo above).
The station also offers access to metro line D, direction Gare de Vaise and Gare de Vénissieux (Bellecour).
You arrive at the top of Place de la Fourvière, opposite the splendid Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière. In this case, the station has no direct connections to public transport.
The Funicular is identified with the initials F2. It works every day, from Monday to Sunday, including holidays, from 06:00 to 23:00.
The frequency of the trips varies according to the day and time slots.
Generally, the range from 11:00 to 18:00 is the one with the highest frequencies, with departures every 5 minutes. Keep in mind that in this area there is the highest influx of visitors.
In the over time slots, attendance goes from 7 to 10 minutes.
To travel by funicular you need to buy a special ticket, Ticket Funiculaire, at a cost of € 3.00. The ticket allows you to make a return trip on one of the two funiculars.
You can also use 24, 48 or 72 hour tickets to travel on the funiculars. If you are traveling as a couple or as a family, the TICKET FAMILLE which costs just € 6 is even more comfortable and convenient. An extraordinary initiative, recently activated, which allows all families to travel on vehicles at a decidedly economical price.
Tickets can be purchased at the automatic machines, at the entrance to the mountain and valley stations and at one of the almost 500 vending machines in the city. You can pay in cash or by credit card.