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Lyon

Travel Guide
Lyon showing a city, a statue or sculpture and a river or creek

France’s third largest city is famous for films, festivals, food and centuries-old architecture.

Art festivals and museums dedicated to filmmaking, a medieval old town and Roman ruins; Lyon’s attractions are varied and showcased in style. Situated in east-central France, Lyon is a scenic city; its beauty starts from the surrounding hills of La Croix-Rousse and Fourvière, and spills down to the banks of the Saône and Rhône rivers, which split the city into districts.The city has an excellent public transport system so getting around is easy. Trains, buses and the subway stop at major attractions. There’s also a public bicycle rental system: Vélo'v.

Explore the Vieux Lyon (Old Lyon) district on foot. It’s one of Europe’s largest areas of Renaissance architecture. Stroll along cobblestone streets such as Rue St. Jean where you will find an example of Lyon’s famous traboules, covered passageways built through houses. At the end of Rue St.-Jean is the majestic Lyon Cathedral, built between 1180 and 1480.

Ride the cable railway to Fourvière hilltop. Check out the views of the city and Rhône Valley from the lookout at the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière. Look for the ancient Roman amphitheater. It’s one of the venues for the Fourvière Nights Festival, a summer celebration of music, dance and theater.

Go to La Croix-Rousse to see the old silk-weaving district. At the foot of the hill is Place des Terreaux, a central square with the City Hall, St. Peter's Palace and the Bartholdi Fountain. Cross the river to Parc de la Tete d’Or, a beautiful green space with a small zoo.

Don’t miss out on a visit to the Lumière Institute. Motion picture pioneers Auguste and Louis Lumière had factories on this site. A museum exhibits the brothers’ cinematography achievements. Watch classic movies and attend exhibitions during the annual Festival Lumière in October.

Be sure to experience Lyon’s famous culinary scene. Try Lyonnais dishes, such as veal kidneys, at one of the city’s famous bouchons. Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse is an indoor food market named after an acclaimed French chef. Here you can sample cheese and wine, pâté and pastries from local sellers.

Where to stay in Lyon

Mercure Lyon Centre Saxe Lafayette
Mercure Lyon Centre Saxe Lafayette
4 out of 5
29 Rue De Bonnel, Lyon, Rhone
The price is $101 per night from Aug 25 to Aug 25
Located in Lyon City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Auditorium Maurice Ravel and Part Dieu Mall. Hôtel de Ville de Lyon and Museum ...
4.4/5Excellent! (946 reviews)
"La chambre est très spacieuse et le personnel très accueillant !"

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2020

Mercure Lyon Centre Saxe Lafayette
Intercontinental Lyon Hotel Dieu
Intercontinental Lyon Hotel Dieu
5 out of 5
20 Quai Jules Courmont, Lyon, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes
The price is $277 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
Located in Lyon City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Place des Jacobins and Bellecour Square. Hôtel de Ville de Lyon and Museum of Fine ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (120 reviews)
"The place is charming and excellent location in heart of the city. We loved to be there unfortunately all the restaurants were not open. We will come back soon"

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2020

Intercontinental Lyon Hotel Dieu
Novotel Lyon Gerland Musée des Confluences
Novotel Lyon Gerland Musée des Confluences
4 out of 5
70 avenue Leclerc, LYON CEDEX 07, Lyon, Rhone
The price is $102 per night from Aug 28 to Aug 28
This family-friendly Lyon hotel is located on the waterfront, within 1 mi (2 km) of Confluence Museum and Stade Gerland. Textile Museum and Bellecour Square ...
4.1/5Very Good! (656 reviews)
"Great place to stay"

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2021

Novotel Lyon Gerland Musée des Confluences
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Residhotel Lyon Part Dieu
Residhotel Lyon Part Dieu
3 out of 5
79 boulevard Marius Vivier Merle, Lyon, Rhone
The price is $61 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
Located in Lyon City Centre, this residence is within a 10-minute walk of Part Dieu Mall and Jean Moulin University. Bellecour Square and Hôtel de Ville de Lyon ...
3.9/5Very Good! (222 reviews)
"Front desk staff available and friendly. Clean and well equipped room. Easy-to-access hotel, ten minutes walk from Part-Dieu station"

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2021

Residhotel Lyon Part Dieu
Lagrange Apart'HOTEL Lyon Lumière
Lagrange Apart'HOTEL Lyon Lumière
4 out of 5
81-85 Cours Albert-Thomas, Lyon
The price is $67 per night from Aug 14 to Aug 14
Located in 3rd Arrondissement, this boutique residence is within a 15-minute walk of Musee Lumiere and Jean Moulin University. Part Dieu Mall and Bellecour Square ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,243 reviews)
or a few nights
"The apartment was not so clean, and began to deteriorate which is a bit of a shame for a 4 * accommodation. However the staff were really very pleasant and welcoming, I still recommend for a few nights."

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2021

Lagrange Apart'HOTEL Lyon Lumière
Résidence Montempo Lyon Cité Internationale
Résidence Montempo Lyon Cité Internationale
35 quai Charles de Gaulle, Lyon, Rhone
The price is $72 per night from Aug 6 to Aug 6
Located in 6th Arrondissement, this aparthotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from City International Convention Center and within 3 mi (5 km) of Hôtel de Ville de Lyon ...
4/5Very Good! (574 reviews)
"Nice value. Neat shower facilities and well equipped kitchenette."

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2020

Résidence Montempo Lyon Cité Internationale
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Lyon

You’ll have a number of options to choose from when it comes to getting around in Lyon. If you’re not pressed for time, the riverside paths of the city center make for lovely strolls, stopping off to sunbathe on the grass. Otherwise, there are buses, a trolley system and a metro system to choose from, while cycling is another great option, with an increasing number of cycle lanes. Visit the Lyon Public Transport website.Browse Lyon rental cars.

Best time to visit

The majority of visitors to Lyon come during the summer months, and it’s not hard to see why; the city enjoys lovely weather, with average highs of around 80 F (27 C) in July and August. If you prefer things a little quieter, consider visiting in the spring or fall, when you’ll also find cheaper hotel deals. Cheaper and quieter still are the winter months, although temperatures are regularly sub-freezing.

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