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LyonFrance

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

Textile Museum

Lyon City Centre

Lyon City Centre is highly notable for its popular shops, and you might want to visit top sights like Bellecour Square and Part Dieu Mall. See more of Lyon by jumping on the metro at Rue de l'Universite Tram Stop or Saint-André Tram Stop.

Lyon City Centre
La Presqu\'ile which includes cycling as well as a large group of people

La Presqu'ile

4.5/5Wonderful!(255 area reviews)

La Presqu'ile is highly notable for its popular shops, and you might want to visit top sights like Bellecour Square and Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon. See more of Lyon by jumping on the metro at Ampere-Victor Hugo Station or Bellecour Station.

La Presqu'ile
Lyon showing a city, a statue or sculpture and a river or creek

Old Lyon

4.5/5Wonderful!(50 area reviews)

Take time in Old Lyon to visit attractions like Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière and Lyon Cathedral. You might also appreciate the abundant dining options, and you can hop on the metro at Vieux Lyon Station to see more of the city.

Old Lyon
View of the Rhone and Pont Wilson from the Pont de la Guillotiere.
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3rd Arrondissement

4/5Very Good!(140 area reviews)

Noted for its shopping and river views, there's plenty to explore in 3rd Arrondissement. Top attractions like Part Dieu Mall and Tour Part-Dieu are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Dauphine - Lacassagne Tram Stop or Sans Souci Station to see more of the city.

3rd Arrondissement
5th Arrondissement

5th Arrondissement

5/5Exceptional!(1 area review)

Visitors often come to 5th Arrondissement for its abundant dining options, but many stay to explore sights like Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière and Lyon Cathedral. Getting around the area on the metro is easy if you catch a ride at Vieux Lyon Station.

5th Arrondissement
Vaise, Lyon, France

Vaise

2/5(1 area review)

Be sure to check out the restaurants and shopping while you're strolling through Vaise, and hop on the metro at Valmy Station to see more of the surrounding area.

Vaise

Top Hotels in Lyon

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Intercontinental Lyon Hotel Dieu
Intercontinental Lyon Hotel Dieu
5 out of 5
20 Quai Jules Courmont, Lyon, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes
Free Cancellation
The price is $265 per night

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 ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (92 reviews)

"we loved this hotel. great renovation. the Halles market in the building and the central location made it all so much fun. the history behind the building makes it such a special visit. the only problems were: room heating control did not make sense and it was hard to get service from waiters in ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2020

Intercontinental Lyon Hotel Dieu
Nemea - Appart Hôtel Résidence So Cloud
Nemea - Appart Hôtel Résidence So Cloud
4 out of 5
53 Rue Desaix, Lyon
The price is $90 per night

Located in Lyon City Centre, this residence is within 2 mi (3 km) of Part Dieu Mall, Bellecour Square, and Hôtel de Ville de Lyon. Lyon National Opera and Place ...

4.2/5Very Good! (102 reviews)

"Appartment hotel about 5-7 minutes walk from the main Part-Dieu train station. Modern building. Nice sized appartment, although no kitchen. Modern bathroom. Coffee/tea making. Solid internet."…"

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2020

Nemea - Appart Hôtel Résidence So Cloud
Meininger Hotel Lyon Centre Berthelot
Meininger Hotel Lyon Centre Berthelot
7 Rue Professeur Zimmermann, Lyon
The price is $55 per night

Located in Lyon City Centre, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Centre d'Histoire de la Resistance et de la Deportation, Halle Tony Garnier, and Jean Moulin ...

4.3/5Excellent! (34 reviews)

"Excellent"…"

Reviewed on Dec 22, 2019

Meininger Hotel Lyon Centre Berthelot

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.

Popular places to visit in Lyon

Part Dieu Mall
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Part Dieu Mall

4/5(47 reviews)

You can enjoy some retail therapy when you visit Part Dieu Mall, a favorite shopping spot in Lyon. While you're in the area, stroll along the riverfront.

Bellecour Square
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Bellecour Square

4.5/5(175 reviews)

Relax at a café in one of Europe’s largest open squares and enjoy the French ambiance generated by street performers and live music.

Confluence Museum
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Confluence Museum

4.5/5(31 reviews)

Confluence Museum is a top museum in Lyon with a rich history. Visit the area's shops or amble around its riverfront.

Hôtel de Ville de Lyon
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Hôtel de Ville de Lyon

4.5/5(92 reviews)

The symbol of Lyon and the seat of its government is a stunning 17th-century building with a history of swamps, fires and revolutions.

Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière
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Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière

4.5/5(201 reviews)

Lyon’s crowning glory, this monumental church stands atop Fourvière hill and provides fabulous panoramas of the city.

Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon
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Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon

4.5/5(43 reviews)

Learn about the history of art by browsing up to 70 rooms full of creative treasures that come from varying time periods and genres.

Top things to do in Lyon

Lyon City Card
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Lyon City Card

$31
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Lyon City Card with Rhonexpress Transfer to Lyon Airport
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Lyon City Card with Rhonexpress Transfer to Lyon Airport

$49
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Morning Food Market Tour in Les Halles Paul Bocuse
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Morning Food Market Tour in Les Halles Paul Bocuse

$90
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Dine at Chabert et Fils Restaurant
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Dine at Chabert et Fils Restaurant

$27
Per adult
Lyon Old Town Food Tour
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Lyon Old Town Food Tour

$102
Per adult
The Best of Old Lyon Walking Tour
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The Best of Old Lyon Walking Tour

$353
Per adult

Reviews of Lyon

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 6.571428571428571%
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2 - Disappointing 2.857142857142857%
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1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveler

Mar 13, 2020

Will not visit again

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 11, 2020

Great beautiful city and lovely environment easy to interact

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 16, 2020

Wonderful walkable city full of charm and character.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 7, 2019

Terrific food and wonderful sights

5/5 - Excellent

Art

Nov 12, 2019

Visited the Aquarium - had a pleasant time.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 6, 2019

We love Lyon. Great culture, friendly people, pretty rivers & great cuisine.

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