The Rhônexpress tram in Lyon, running from the city centre to the airport, costs 13.20 euros.

However, how easy is it to evade the fare? Are there barriers at the stations, and how common is it for inspections to take place?

  • Are you asking how easy is it to evade the fare?
    – Berwyn
    Aug 5, 2016 at 20:28
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    You are asking for advice on how to commit a crime?!
    – Moo
    Aug 8, 2016 at 17:32
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    Thus, the argument “doing X is wrong because it is illegal" is invalid, because not all laws are morally sound. Even "Western democracies" can have immoral laws. The rule that everyone has to pay their fare is probably not an example of that. However, we can instead say "evading the fare is immoral because [insert ethical consideration here]." Thus we have an ethical reason rather than a blind reliance on laws. Fare evasion is socially accepted to some degree in France.
    – Fiksdal
    Aug 9, 2016 at 11:05
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    -1, if you use public transport you pay for it, it is that simple. If you do not and others also do not, they make it much harder for all people to use it with those nasty barriers and ticket inspections. Be fair, pay for what you use.
    – Willeke
    Dec 26, 2017 at 10:52
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because we do not give advice on how to break the law. Dec 26, 2017 at 18:36

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I do not live in Lyon, but I took the Rhone Express 4 times recently.

My ticket was checked every time. I am pretty sure there's a 100% chance you will encounter an officer. If you are found without a ticket, you will be asked to buy one on the spot, along with a 1€ tax.

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    @MarkSegal not at a 100% chance for it to happen. It needs to drop to 93% to statistically be worth the risk.
    – Belle
    Aug 5, 2016 at 23:21

There's a conductor in every train and he will for sure check your ticket. I've already seen 2 or 3 guys being arrested by the police at the terminus station because they didn't want to pay the regular fare.


Every Rhônexpress tram has a steward, and they will check every passenger, every time. If you get on the tram without a ticket, you will need to buy it from the steward, and pay an extra transaction fee of €4, regardless of the number of tickets you bought.

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