Saint-Etienne is a French city situated in the mountainous Massif Central region, close to Lyon. The city has a thriving culture of design and this is reflected in much of the architecture which is an attractive juxtaposition of the old and new. The River Furan flows through the centre of the town and the Musee d'Art Moderne is a stark, modern building and home to one of the largest and most fascinating collections of contemporary art in France. The historic quarter of the city is well worth a visit, with its trendy bars, museum and churches.
The local airport is Saint-Etienne-Bouthion provides a variety of budget flights, from airlines such as Ryanair and Pegasus. The major rail station in the city is Saint-Etienne-Chateaucreux which has regular tram links to the centre of town. The popular MegaBus service stops in Saint-Etienne, providing alternative transport to the city for regular bus travellers.
Public transport in Saint-Etienne is most commonly via bus or tram. There are two tram lines in the city, running from Hopital Nord to Solaure and between Bellevue and La Terrasse. The city also operates a bike share service called Velivert, this is operated by Smartcards and a good way for eco-tourists to discover the city. If you plan to visit some of the most popular museums you may wish to consider renting a car, as it will be easier to reach destinations on the outskirts of the city by vehicle.
Built in 1930, hosted matches during the 1984 Euros and 1998 World Cup. It is the home of ASSE and after renovations will hold 42,000 fans.