Taylor Swift is bringing the Eras tour to Europe and I am so excited that she's coming to Lyon in June 2024. Lyon is an amazing city in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of France, known for its rich history, culture, and culinary delights. This article is your ultimate guide to Lyon for Taylor Swift's Eras Tour.
Don't miss out these incredible Taylor Swift Drag Brunches before each concert date that include private buses to and from the stadium, or our ultra luxury Eras Tour Château Garden Party on the 4th. You read that right, we're throwing a Taylor themed party in an 800 year old French castle.
I will cover event details, the stadium, transport, how to get to Lyon, where to stay in Lyon, things to do here. I would get to know the transport advice before you choose where to stay, as not all parts of town are equally accessible to the Groupama Stadium.
Who am I to offer this advice? I'm Caroline, a British-American Sommelier who hosts wine tastings in English. I know that there is a serious lack of quality information about Lyon in English online, and I'm trying to fix that. I run our Taylor Swift Eras Tour in Lyon facebook group, which is a great resource for those coming to the concerts.
2024 Taylor Swift Eras Tour in Lyon Dates and Times
Sunday June 2nd at 6:30pm
Monday June 3rd at 6:30pm
Paramour will be opening for Taylor.
Olympique Lyonnais Groupama Stadium
Groupama Stadium is a 59,000 seater stadium about 20 kilometers driving to the east of Lyon. It is home to our football team Olympique Lyonnais, and hosted the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2018. We hosted matches for the Rugby World Cup this summer, and often have amazing concerts.
How to get to the Lyon Stadium for Taylor Swift Eras Tour
The best way to get to the stadium is to join us at our incredibly opulent Swiftie Drag Brunch! We will be providing private bus transportation from the gorgeous brunch venue in Central Lyon to the stadium, and we'll bring you back again at the end of the night. That means you can avoid all the chaos of Lyon's train station after a concert, and get home more easily. Get your tickets here!
Driving to Groupama Stadium
The stadium is like a 25-minute drive from Lyon's downtown, assuming there's no crazy traffic. But come on, we all know there's gonna be a ton of it for the gigs. Luckily, we've got Uber and Bolt here, so you don't really need a car in Lyon – it's kind of a hassle, to be honest. If you do decide to drive, just know that the stadium parking might fill up, and the city's got paid lots because street parking is a nightmare. Honestly, driving in Lyon is a bit wild, especially in the city center – it's like a crazy obstacle course. I'd say steer clear if you can.
Public Transport to Lyon's Taylor Swift Concert
Lyon has great public transport in general with well connected buses, trams, and an underground metro. You don't need to buy tickets in advance, you can just tap you card in the moment. To get to the stadium, you will need either the bus or the tram, and likely the metro too. The metro does not run all the way to the stadium, which is only serviced by 2 trams and a variety of buses.
The two tram stations that serve the stadium are called Décines OL Vallée and Décines Grand Large, but on concert days there are also special trams from Lyon just for the gigs.
Getting the Tram to OL Stadium
CONCERT DAY TRAMS: On concert days there will be special trams that leave from near the Part-Dieu Station, it's not the same station as the regular trams. With your ticket they will likely share booking information about this tram, which you'll need to get a ticket for according to my best information at this time. Here is where concert day trams leave from, the advice below still applies in terms of connecting from the metro to the tram so keep reading.
The everyday tram from the heart of Lyon that takes you to the stadium is the T3 from Gare Part-Dieu, our biggest train station, which delightfully has been under construction since before I moved here in 2017. The tram station is outside of the main train station, just across the road from the eastern "Alps" exit.
Unfortunately, this is on the opposite side of the station from the metro exit, which is outside of the "Rhône" exit to the west. If you do take the tram from Part-Dieu and plan on using the metro to get to that station, metro station exit number 3 at Place Charles Béraudie is your best choice, and you will have to go straight through the train station to the other side to get the tram. Good luck. The T3 goes from just outside the station but the special match day trams go from further south.
If you need to go through Part-Dieu, I would give yourself an extra 20 minutes to navigate going through the station.
The other tram is the T7, will take you from the Vaulx-en-Velin station, a suburb on Lyon's north eastern edge. It's not a particularly interesting or beautiful part of town for a tourist, so I would not recommend staying there, but it is conveniently at the end of the metro A line, which runs right through the center of Lyon's Presqu'Île (the little peninsula between the two rivers) and connects with many other lines.
Getting the Bus to the Eras Tour in Lyon
The bus is useless from the center of town.
How to Get to Lyon for the Taylor Swift Eras Tour
It's so handy that I already wrote about this here! You can come to Lyon by plane, train, bus, car, and even by boat.
Where to Stay in Lyon during the Taylor Swift Eras Tour
Oh look at this, my handy guide to Lyon's hotels. This is one circumstance where I think staying near the Part-Dieu station wouldn't be a terrible idea, but it's not a particularly charming neighborhood. If you're going for an Airbnb, check out my guide to Lyon's neighborhoods.
If I wanted to have the most amazing time enjoying Lyon while I attend the Taylor Swift concerts, I would stay within a 15-20 minute walk of the metro A line, get the metro to Vaulx-en-Velin, and then get the tram from there. That covers Vieux Lyon (5éme Arrondissement), the high end 6th Arrondissement, and everything between Hôtel de Ville and Perrache (2éme Arrondissement).
I will warn you that Perrache may not be under construction, but is an equally terrible train station and is also better avoided. I would not recommend staying south of Perrache, right by the station is dirty and dark and weird and then the Confluence neighborhood is really modern and far away from everything so it's not great for tourists.
Swiftie Brunch Pre-Game!
I am so thrilled to announce that I will be hosting Swiftie Drag Brunches at one of Lyon's coolest restaurants on both days of the concert. Hosted by an array of Queens including Lyon's top star Victoria Idole.
This boozy brunch will include... brunch! Rosé flowing, a lipstick bar, friendship bracelet bar, and more. This will also include buses to the stadium!
With 120,000 people coming to these concerts, I know these drag brunch tickets are going to sell out fast!