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ViaRhôna, roaming along the Rhône river

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9: ViaRhôna from Jons to Lyon

[ Cycle routes ViaRhôna, Lake Geneva <> Mediterranean sea ] [ ViaRhôna from Genève to Lyon , L'itinéraire ViaRhôna entre Jons et Lyon ]
  • 26.5 km
  • famille Level Family

This ViaRhôna stage cleverly links the parks and lakes of Greater Lyon, including at Le Grand Large and Miribel-Jonage. Then enjoy the magnificent cycle route through central Lyon, along the Rhône’s banks. At the Rhône’s confluence with the Saône, you come to a brand-new quarter marked by contemporary architecture, the most striking building being the Musée des Confluences. The route is along greenways, but without specific signposting.

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The route 

On unsignposted greenways up to Lyon. From Jons, follow the Jonage Canal to Jonage Bridge. Cross the bridge and turn left towards the Parc de Miribel. Follow the greenway through the park. Cross the Jonage Canal at Croix Luizet Bridge, on the cycle track beside the motorway. You then arrive in Lyon itself by following the Rhône’s quays, specially adapted to cyclists up to La Guillotière Bridge.


Alternative options

In Lyon, you can cycle across the Parc de la Tête d’Or public gardens, then rejoin the Rhône’s quays at Winston Churchill Bridge.



towards Place Bellecour, on Lyon’s central peninsula, and to Lyon’s two main train stations – Part-Dieu, east of the Rhône, and Perrache, on the central peninsula.



The nearest railway stations:

Montluel train station: 7,3 km from Jons

TER (local services) Line 35 : Culoz > Ambérieu-en-Bugey > Montluel > Lyon

Lyon Perrache railway station : many trains to the Part Dieu railway station – high speed trains (TGV) departures for Paris, Nantes, Strasbourg, Lille

Part Dieu railway station: local services and high speed trains departures for many destinations

TGV (high speed trains) : connections with : Paris, Marseille, Montpellier, Nice, Toulouse, Nantes, Lille, Bruxelles, Strasbourg, Rennes, Rouen, Geneva (Lyria)

TER (local services) : connection with : Grenoble, Clermont Ferrand, Bordeaux.


Tourist Information Centres :


Miribel and Plateau Tourist Office

Ph. 04 78 55 61 18


Grand Lyon Toursit Office

Ph. 04 72 77 69 69




Le Grand Parc de Miribel-Jonage: A major park, created when this historic site, including stretches of the Jonage and Miribel Canals, was transformed. The park covers 2,200 hectares, of which 350 hectares consist of lakes whose waters come from the Rhône’s water table. So water sports are on offer as well as environmental trails. The outdoor sports and recreation centre is open year-round, allowing users to enjoy all sorts of activities in any season.

Lyon: its UNESCO World Heritage Site districts, listed in 1998, are the Presqu’île (the peninsula between Rhône and Saône), plus the Croix-Rousse hill above, and, west of the Saône, Fourvière Hill and the historic Vieux Lyon quarter below. Lyon is a gastronomic capital. Paul Bocuse may be the city’s most famous chef, but restaurants abound, including bouchons, traditional workers’ cafés.

Close to the Rhône, explore the Parc de la Tête d’Or and the Presqu’île’s shops and museums. As well as exploring Vieux Lyon’s Renaissance quarter, head down to the new quarter at the confluence of Rhône and Saône.

Musée des Confluences : Situated on the confluence of the Rhône and the Saône, the Musée des Confluences is an absolute must-see in Lyon. Set in the heart of a monumental structure of metal and glass, the Musée des Confluences presents a journey through time and across continents to observe the world around us.

Musée Gadagne: this twin museum, occupies one of the finest ensembles in the Vieux Lyon quarter. It holds a museum on the city’s history, plus a museum on puppets from around the world.

Canal de Jonage: There’s an alternative cycle route into Lyon using the Anneau Bleu route. 



Markets :


Meyzieu : Thursday morning


Main markets in Lyon :

Croix-Rousse markets , boulevard de la Croix-Rousse (Lyon 1st) and petite place de la Croix-Rousse (Lyon 4ème), every mornings,except Monday

Quai Saint-Antoine (Quai de Saône - Lyon 2nd), every mornings

place Carnot market (Lyon 2nd), sunday morning

Farmers' Market, place Carnot (Lyon 2nd)

Bio market, quai Augagneur (Quai du Rhône) : every mornings,except Monday


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Your reviews

  • Easy and beautiful - Lucia

    Nice and easy from Miribel Jonage to Lyon. Some problems crossing the park during the summer because there are people walking through the path, interrupting the way.

  • Perfect - AFRF

    A greenway leading directly into the heart of Lyon. Very nice easygoing ride along the Rhone river, throuh parks, nature reserve. Suitable for everyone Sing Posts missing some times. GPS deviates from sign posting

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