Line 1 of the Funicular, also known as Saint Just Funicular (or “Ficelle”), is a historic line, officially inaugurated in August 1878.
It is the second oldest funicular of the 5 that operated in Lyon, as well as one of the two in operation, together with that of Fourviere (line F2).
Compared to the latter, however, it has undergone numerous changes, becoming a rack railway, before the transformation between 1957 and 1958.
In August 2011 the line was numbered for the first time, officially becoming the F1 line
With the Saint Just funicular you can reach the hill of the same name, west of the city. It was inaugurated in 1900, and of the 5 historic lines it is still in operation, together with the Fourvière 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 783 meters, for a total of 3 stations. The journey takes just over 3 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).
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The Saint Just funicular departs 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.
The station also offers access to metro line D, direction Gare de Vaise and Gare de Vénissieux (Bellecour).
Minimes-Théâtres Romains is the only intermediate station. It is located on the place des Minimes at the corner with rue de l’Antiquaille, in the Minimes district. It is located right near the Roman Theater.
There are no direct connections with public transport.
The terminus is located in Rue de Trion. It is not directly connected to other stations but a few minutes away, on Pl. Père François Varillon there is the bus stop.
The funicular is identified with the acronym F1. It works every day, Monday to Sunday, including holidays, from 05:23 to midnight.
The frequency of the trips varies according to the day and time slots.
On Sundays and holidays, there are buses every 12 minutes.
From Monday to Saturday, the frequency varies from 12 minutes, to 7 during peak hours (07-08, 11-13, 16-19).
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 round 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.