In Lyon, public transport subscribers will soon be able to take river shuttles on the Saône

In Lyon, public transport subscribers will soon be able to take river shuttles on the Saône
In Lyon, public transport subscribers will soon be able to take river shuttles on the Saône

What if we took the boat rather than the bus or the metro? In Lyon, public transport subscribers (TCL) will soon have this possibility. Sytral and its president Bruno Benard unveiled this Wednesday a new river shuttle service on the Saône, called Navigône. The commissioning of the boats will be gradual from June 2025: two already existing thermal shuttles will initially provide the connection.

But they will quickly be replaced, from September, by two electric catamarans whose manufacture is underway in the workshops of the Océa company in Les Sables-d’Olonne. Then, in spring 2026, two other electric boats will be launched. “The long-term objective is to reach a frequency of 15 minutes during peak hours,” announces Bruno Bernard.

15 captains and as many sailors will be recruited

Managed by the RATP DEV group and Yachts de Lyon, the river shuttles – with a capacity of 70 people – will sail over a stretch of six kilometers between the economic center of Vaise Industrie and the Confluence district. However, the latter will only be served on Wednesdays, weekends and holidays. The rest of the time, the shuttles will depart from the Terrasses de la peninsula on the Quai Saint-Antoine, in the city center, where a stop will be set up.

“The service will be integrated into the TCL subscription (532,000 people),” specifies the president of Sytral. However, it will be chargeable for all others (price to be defined). It will take 35 minutes to reach Vaise from the Confluence and 20 minutes from the peninsula.

The Sytral hopes to fill up with travelers with this new Navigône service, the implementation of which requires a significant investment: 4.2 million euros per catamaran, to which are added 5 million euros for the development of the stops and 4 .8 million euros for the cost of the service. 15 captains and as many sailors will be recruited.

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