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10: ViaRhôna from Lyon to Saint-Romain-en-Gal / Vienne

[ Cycle routes ViaRhôna, Lake Geneva <> Mediterranean sea ] [ ViaRhôna from Lyon to Valence ]
  • 35.6 km
  • expert Level Expert

After buzzing Lyon, this ViaRhôna stage leads through the towns of Grigny and Givors, on to St-Romain-en-Gal. The historic importance of navigation is clearer here than anywhere else along the Rhône. Museums at St-Romain-en-Gal and Vienne give a good picture of the river’s rich history, from classical to contemporary times. A provisional link goes along the Rhône’s west bank, on very busy roads. Best take a train from Lyon to Givors.

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The route

A provisional route, not signposted along the D 15 road, on the Rhône’s west bank via Pierre-Bénite > Vernaison > Grigny. Take great care, it’s very busy. There are stretches of marked-out cycle tracks. The way from Vernaison to Givors is steep. At Givors, rejoin the quayside, then take the footbridge over the Gier. Next, 300m after the suspension bridge, take the Chemin des Abricotiers parallel to the D 388 road. At Loire-sur-Rhône join the greenway signposted ViaRhôna. Consider the train for this stage.

SNCF :

 

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.

Givors railway station:

TER (local services) line 10 (Le Puy) - Firminy - St-Etienne - Givors – Lyon

Vienne railway station :

the closest is in front of Saint-Romain-en-Gal on the other side of the river:

Line 5 : Marseille > Avignon > Valence > Vienne > Lyon

Line 75 : Annonay > Le Péage > Vienne > Lyon

 

Be careful, there is no line between Givors in Vienna, You have to pass through Lyon.

 

Tourist Information Centres :

Vienne and Pays Viennois Tourist Office

Ph. 04 74 53 80 30

 

Pays Viennois office

in Saint-Romain-en-Gal museum

Ph. 04 74 57 33 71

 

Don't miss :

 

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.

Irigny: visit the former chain ferry and the 13th-century castle.

Vienne: a Ville d’Art et d’Histoire, in recognition of its cultural riches. The town boasts one of the richest Roman legacies in France, with an ancient theatre, the Cybèle archaeological garden, the temple to Augustus and Livia, plus an enigmatic pyramid. Vienne is also known for its International Jazz Festival, held each July.

Saint-Romain-en-Gal: for its archaeological site and its Gallo-Roman museum.

L’île Barlet: located on a secondary branch of the Rhône at St-Romain-en-Gal, with outdoor café, or guinguette, cycle hire and a fitness trail.

 

Markets :

 

La Mulatière : Tuesday and Thursday morning

Pierre Bénite : Wednesday morning

Irigny : Wednesday and saturday morning

Grigny : Tuesday and Thursday morning

Givors : Wednesday, Friday and Sunday morning 

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Your reviews

2/5
  • south of Lyon (Lyon to Givors) - Pierre Louis

    This part is quite dangerous. One should leave Lyon early at 6am or after 9 am or on WE to avoid the traffic nuisance. In Irigny (1 or 2 km after the A450 crossing), it is possible to join up with the Rhône: take left (to the east) at a roundabout (follow the "coved" enterprise sign, then cross the railway, turn right (to the south) along the parking and then left (to the east) along the parking again. You will ride along the river from there to Grigny. However, this path is not a cycle track [...]

  • Not so easy - AFRF

    Using the GPS tracks from this web side combined with a specific map for cycling (plenty of them available on the internet) we did'nt had any problems to find the way out of Lyon. Only a few sign posts. Without GPS pretty tricky. Again it's the vicinity of Lyon and one of the roads leading from the suburbs to Lyon. So a lot of traffic between Lyon and Loire sur Rhone. No problems for experienced cyclist. Some bike paths every now and then. Good greenway from Loire sur Rhone to [...]

  • Worth buying the train ticket to Givors and then be prepared to find path! - Conniesvf

    I am living in Lyon for 4 months and decided to explore the area with a neighbors borrowed bike. Although the bike was more of a city style bike, I am a fairly experienced cyclist and thought it would interesting to go as far as Vienne from Lyon yesterday. I learned a lot about this route! First, I thought I was prepared with my iPhone as a GPS and a general understanding to follow the Rhone south on the western side. Getting to the confluence through Lyon on the Rhone side is a very [...]

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