Local transport is run by STAS (Société de Transports de l’Agglomération Stéphanoise, to give them their full title), and they operate trams, trolleybuses, buses and bike networks. The city centre itself isn’t too large, and so a decent amount of what you want to see and do can be covered on foot, but should you need it the transport network covers all key areas.
All public transport generally runs from around 5.30-6am until around 8.30-9pm. In the evenings, you’ll need a taxi if you’re covering any large distance.
A single journey costs €1.40 across all modes of transport if you buy before you board, and entitles you to unlimited travel (including changes/returns) within a 90 minute period. If you buy onboard (buses only) the fare rises to €1.50.
Tickets are sold at automatic ticket machines, STAS kiosks and major transport interchanges. Ticket machines are unlikely to accept most foreign credit/debit cards, so ensure you have some spare change, or buy your tickets at a major interchange such as Chateaucreux station.
10 trip tickets are also available - these cost €10.
For more details on fares, maps and transport arrangements, visit www.reseau-stas.fr/ (French only).
Saint-Étienne also offers a small cycle hire scheme, similar to London’s ‘Boris Bikes’. There are 27 stations dotted around the city, and hire rates start at €1 for the day (you have to leave credit card details as a deposit in case you fail to return the bike).
Bike hire is free for the first 30 minutes, and costs €1 per half-hour thereafter. While it’s unlikely you’d need to hire the bike for any more than half an hour, if you wish to continue cycling simply dock the bike and hire another one, re-starting the clock on your free hire.
For more details - visit www.velivert.fr