11 bathing places where you can walk from Lyon without a car

Are you looking for a comfortable and accessible swim from Lyon without a car? Here are 11 swimming ideas available by public transport from Lyon, more or less far from Lyon and more or less natural. Dive!

1. The Rhone Basin

A swim in Lyon in the Rhône pool will allow you to cool off. Also called the Tony Bertrand Nautical Center (Lyon 7è), the square overlooks the Fourvière and is well equipped with hot tubs and water games. Open from 12:00 to 20:00 Monday to Friday and from 12:00 to 18:00 on weekends, the swimming pool, usually known as the most expensive swimming pool in France, is available this summer between 2.60 euros and 3.40 euros.

Online booking and payment is mandatory.

The Rhône swimming pool has a modular pool that is 50 meters long. DR.

Note that other swimming pools are also open this summer for swimming in Lyon. Among them, Duchère swimming pool and Jean Mermoz swimming pool, whose access is reserved directly here.

Due to works, the swimming pool in the 7th arrondissement, next to the Stade de Gerland, will be closed this summer. On the other hand, a volatile swimming pool has opened until August 28 until the summer of 2022 at the level of the Plaine des jeux. It is mandatory to book on Lyon’s website for a swim. Prices are the same as for the Rhône swimming pool, between 2.60 euros and 3.40 euros.

Right next to Lyon, the Vénissieux Nautical Center and the Aquavert theme park are also open. Near the Villeurbanne, the lake center Etienne Gagnaire is also open all summer between 9.00 and 14.00 Monday and Wednesday, and until 19.00 the rest of the week. Its pools – including an Olympic-size pool – are even available to the public at night from 8pm to 10pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the summer season.

2. Lake Miribel-Jonage

Do you want to refresh yourself without a 2 hour journey? Go to Lake Miribel-Jonage (Rhône), which is 20 minutes by bus (n ° 83) from Lyon. It’s a basic, every good self-respecting Lyonnais has already set foot there.

The line’s summer schedule is available on TCL’s website.

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One of the beaches at Lake Miribel-Jonage. DR.

With its three free beaches and its private beach (8.50 euros for an adult and 4 euros for the child price), the 350-hectare lake is comfortable to go on a picnic with friends or spend an afternoon with the family.

Aquapark, rental (paddle, trimaran bike …) … it is possible to spend the day there. Be careful though, the place is quickly taken over by gônes in the summer and the lack of cleanliness is often condemned there. In recent years, many algae have spread there. However, the National Board of Health assesses that the water is of good quality throughout the lake. A swim 25 minutes from Lyon.

3. Lake Aiguebelette

You dream of a quiet afternoon with friends or a moment of relaxation with your loved one, go to the lake Aiguebelette (Savoie). To get there, take a train towards Chambéry, stopping at Aiguebelette-le-Lac or Lépin-le-Lac La Bauche. A shuttle then runs around the lake if 8 beaches (paying) are monitored.

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The emerald green waters of Lake Aiguebelette. DR.

For each beach, count between 2.50 euros and 6 euros per adult as well as 1 to 5 euros per child. The price of tranquility and space: the lake covers 545 hectares. It is up to you to enjoy pleasant romantic dip or water polo games with friends.

Activities such as canoeing / kayaking, pedal boats or mini golf are also possible. Bonus: the emerald green water is on average 27 degrees in the summer. Perfect for a hassle-free afternoon! 1h30 from Lyon from Part-Dieu station.

4. Lac des Sapins and the biological swimming pool in Cublize

For nature lovers and the most eco-friendly, do not hesitate a second, this place is what you have always dreamed of. This is the Lac des Sapins in Cublize (Rhône) and its biological pool. Opened in July 2012, the 8,000 m2 of this natural swimming pool make it the largest in Europe.

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One of the pools in the Cublize natural swimming pool. © Fir Lake.

Swimming in the biological pool is supervised, but payment (5 euros for an adult and 4 euros for a child) as opposed to Lac des Sapins, which is free. The swimming pool is open every day from 12:00 to 19:00.

To get there, take your bathing suit and get on a train to Roanne, stop Amplepuis. To get to the two water areas you can rent electric bikes at the station or take bus line 348. 6 kilometers back and you will have your feet in the water. The game is worth candles! 1h25 from Lyon from Part-Dieu station.

5. Oullins Swimming Hall

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Oullin’s swimming pool has heated summer pools and a sauna. © Byen Oullins.

Can’t afford to take the train, but still want to cool off? Do not panic, you will be able to take a dip. Oullin’s swimming pool, located 500 meters from metro line B (Oullin’s station stop) is open daily from 10:00 until 19:00, except Mondays.

In summer there is access to two outdoor pools and a heated paddling pool as well as a sauna open all year round – if some are not yet tired of heat waves.

For the inhabitants of the municipality, advantageous prices are also offered. 4 euros single entrance for a resident against 7 euros for a non-resident. A good plan not to ruin yourself. 15 minutes away from Lyon city center.

Lake Colombier

It is definitely one of the lesser known seaside resorts, the one by Lake Colombier (Anse, Rhône). This old gravel pit has been completely renovated for swimming and leisure. On the menu: free and supervised beach, footpath bordering the body of water and small guinguette.

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Bordelan Lake has a refreshment bar and a snack bar. DR.

The site’s ten hectares of fresh water also offer plenty of relaxed paddling (2 euros and free after 5pm for children and 3 euros for adults). In addition, the lake is monitored during the months of July and August.

To take advantage of it, go to Villefranche-sur-Saône by train or bus in the direction of Mâcon. Once at the station, take a bus that takes you off 500 meters from the water area, specifically bus 2, in the direction of Route de Frans to the Théodore Braun stop. 25 minutes from Lyon from Part-Dieu station.

8. Paladru Lake

It is one of the best places to relax and get a new landscape. The turquoise waters of Lake Paladru (Isère) will give you the impression of landing on a paradise island, all 1h15 from Lyon.

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One of the beaches on Lake Paladru surrounded by its turquoise waters. DR.

Do you want to take advantage of it? Immerse yourself in the first train that runs to Voiron, then continue with a bus to Charavines. The bus stop for the tourist office leaves you right in front of the municipal beach, which is free and monitored. Three other supervised beaches are available but for a fee.

Prices range from free for children to 4.60 euros for adults. 1h25 from Lyon from Part-Dieu station.

9. Nantua Lake

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Lake Nantua is of glacial origin. DR.

Intertwined with limestone cliffs, Lake Nantua (Ain) offers swimmers water ranging from blue to dark green. To get there, simply board a train to Bourg-en-Bresse before continuing by bus or TER to Brion-Montréal-La Cluse. A stop located two kilometers from the lake. And for the laziest, no stress! A bus connects to the lake (Nantua Esplanade stop).

Completely free, swimming is also supervised throughout the summer. However, it is performed only at the level of the nautical phase. The more athletic will also be able to enjoy the activities offered: water skiing, windsurfing or even canoeing. 1h35 from Lyon from Part-Dieu station.

10. Bourget Lake

It is the largest natural lake in France! Lake Bourget (Savoie) combines both beach and wild coast. No less than ten beaches are dedicated to day swimmers, all under full supervision. Prices range from 2.50 euros to 5 euros per person.

You then get the choice between free time, reading and leisure. In fact, the Aqualac Water Center, adjacent to the lake, offers several slides and trampolines.

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The beautiful waters of Lac du Bourget. DR.

To take advantage of this swimming pool, take a train from Lyon towards Annecy and get off at Aix-les-bains-le-Revard. A paid bus then stops three times around Lac du Bourget. A connection made only in the summer. A 1h15 swim from Lyon starting from Part-Dieu station.

11. Lake Annecy

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The surroundings of Lake Annecy. DR.

You can really enjoy Lake Annecy (Haute-Savoie) without a car. Nothing could be simpler: just take a train to Annecy, the city’s train station is about a ten minute walk from the edge of the lake. Can be played wide!

You will definitely find your happiness among the dozens of beaches that present themselves before your eyes. Some even offer a nice view of the mountains, such as Talloires and Saint-Jorioz. Most of the lake’s beaches and swimming pools are free to access and open all summer. Something to swim without moderation. 2 hours from Lyon by TER, departing from Part-Dieu station.

This article is an update of a paper published in 2018. If you have other good plans to swim without a car and want to share themr, feel free to write a comment at the bottom of the article or send us an email at hello@rue89lyon.fr

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