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About Lyon

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Founded by the Romans in 43 BCE, Lyon is France's third-largest city and has a buzzing cultural and food scene. It's also the birthplace of cinema, with a popular museum dedicated to the Lumière brothers' revolutionary invention, now located in their former house. The city sits at the meeting point of the Rhône and the Saône rivers and is the capital of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region.

The centrepiece is the UNESCO-listed Renaissance old town, Vieux Lyon. Here you can wander through secluded passageways called "traboules," originally designed to let people pass from street to street without leaving the building. Take a leisuresly stroll on Rue Saint-Jean for the impressive Gothic cathedral, as well as Rue du Bœuf for its designer stores and Michelin star restaurants.

Other main attractions include the Parc de la Tête d'Or, the Fourvière basilica, and a number of museums including the Musée des Confluences, Musée des Beaux-Arts, and Musées Gadagne. On top of all this, Lyonhas an exciting nightlife and shopping scene – this city has it all.

Planes and trains are the easiest ways to reach the city, with Eurostar services arriving at Part-Dieu station and flights landing at Saint-Exupéry Airport, 15 miles east of Lyon.


From $72 per night

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From $124 per night

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From $119 per night

Most popular time to visit June-August
Cheapest time to visit March-May
Local currency € 1 = $1.12
Language French
Average weekend price $114 per night
Average weekday price $116 per night
Average stay 1 night

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Lyon reviews

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I highly recommend a bus tour of Lyon as well as eating at...

March 12, 2020

I highly recommend a bus tour of Lyon as well as eating at as many places as possible; we didn't find one bad place to eat and I think that says a lot about the area. Stay at the hotel Celestin because its charm is as wonderful as the staff.

Anonymous United States of America

Lyon is a wonderful, walkable small city with tons of...

March 8, 2020

Lyon is a wonderful, walkable small city with tons of shopping, historical architecture, and restaurants--definitely a city to be experienced on foot. If you come by car, park it and walk or take public transport, then fetch it up at the end of your trip. The basilica is beautiful and well worth a visit, but also take time to walk around and discover the odd shops and smaller churches and museums that dot the landscape.

Karen United States of America

This city is wonderful to explore.

March 6, 2020

This city is wonderful to explore. There are so many things to see, eat, and drink. I would plan, at the very least, 3 full days to explore. The public transit is great and easy to use. I would recommend getting the city pass. It gets you into many museums and exhibitions for free and discounts on others. It also is your public transport card and gets you discounts on the city bikes, and possibly the scooters.

Robin United States of America

A great city to just walk around and find places to eat.

February 10, 2020

A great city to just walk around and find places to eat. The food is great and the riverside ambiance is impressive, especially at night. Visit Toutes Les Couleurs for some of the best french vegan food and then walk it off by heading up to the fouvriere for awesome views.

Anonymous United States of America

It reminded me very much of Paris - if Paris had more nature...

January 10, 2020

It reminded me very much of Paris - if Paris had more nature and far fewer tourists! A beautiful space for riverside walking and enjoying a café, and taking in the historic sites. Wonderful ambiance!

Laurel Canada

Only one short day of sightseeing - hampered by sprained...

January 8, 2020

Only one short day of sightseeing - hampered by sprained ankle, strikes and protest marches! But Le Vieux Lyon had some must sees - La Basilique de Notre Dame de Fourvière, Cathédrale de St Jean and Le Vieux Lyon streets. Very surprising bonus of Musée du Cinéma et de la Miniature in an amazing old "condemned" tenement building. The Brasserie Georges was chanced upon as next door to the Kyriad Hotel (Gare Pernache). A famous institution I should have discovered in my research but hadn't. Great experience of old world charm!

Michael Australia

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