Lyon

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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

Radisson Blu Hotel Lyon
Radisson Blu Hotel Lyon
4 out of 5
129 rue Servient, Lyon, Rhone, 69003
The price is $116 per night from Aug 11 to Aug 12
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Lyon. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the breakfast and the comfy beds in ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (981 reviews)
Quality stay near trains
"This is a nice hotel. Comfortable, breakfast is excellent. Most of the staff was nice (one rude at reception but seems to be an anomaly). Great view of the city. Reasonably close to the train station. A little hard to find the entrance on foot (it's on the ground floor - take elevator to 32). It's ..."

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2022

Radisson Blu Hotel Lyon
Boscolo Lyon Hôtel & Spa
Boscolo Lyon Hôtel & Spa
5 out of 5
11 Quai Jules Courmont, Lyon, Rhône, 69002
The price is $209 per night from Aug 10 to Aug 11
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Lyon. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant in our reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (245 reviews)
"Very helpful staff. The suite was very nice and authentic. We will stay again"

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2022

Boscolo Lyon Hôtel & Spa
Fourvière Hôtel Lyon
Fourvière Hôtel Lyon
4 out of 5
23 rue Roger Radisson, Lyon, 69005
The price is $118 per night from Aug 28 to Aug 29
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Lyon. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (615 reviews)
"Amazing spot! Would venture back to Lyon just for this hotel."

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2022

Fourvière Hôtel Lyon
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Residhotel Lyon Part Dieu
Residhotel Lyon Part Dieu
3 out of 5
79 boulevard Marius Vivier Merle, Lyon, Rhone, 69003
The price is $58 per night from Aug 11 to Aug 12
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Lyon. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the quiet rooms ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (344 reviews)
Perfect for a night in Lyon
"Staff were really kind and the room was really clean!"

Reviewed on Jul 3, 2022

Residhotel Lyon Part Dieu
Lagrange Apart'HOTEL Lyon Lumière
Lagrange Apart'HOTEL Lyon Lumière
4 out of 5
81-85 Cours Albert-Thomas, Lyon, 69003
The price is $66 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 17
Stay at this 4-star spa residence in Lyon. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa, and breakfast. Our guests praise the comfy beds and the overall value in our ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,363 reviews)
"Not really a 4 star but the staff was very nice."

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2022

Lagrange Apart'HOTEL Lyon Lumière
Odalys City Lyon Confluence
Odalys City Lyon Confluence
7, cours Bayard, Lyon, 69002
The price is $74 per night from Aug 10 to Aug 11
Stay at this business-friendly aparthotel in Lyon. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the quiet rooms ...
4/5 Very Good! (556 reviews)
The swimming pool is not on premise
"Overall nice and very recent accomodations. Beds are comfortable. The swimming pool is not on premise, but literally across the street, so you will not be able to come back from there in flip flops and with the towels around your waist (they actually ask you not to do so) especially in -2ºC weather ..."

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2022

Odalys City Lyon Confluence
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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