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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 $63 per night

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From $123 per night

Most popular time to visit June-August
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency € 1 = $1.14
Language French
Average weekend price $106 per night
Average weekday price $120 per night
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Huge city be prepared to walk and climb as some of the city...

October 18, 2018

Huge city be prepared to walk and climb as some of the city is quite steep, i loved my time here so many interesting attractions here and local markets along the river, lively atmosphere around some of the bigger squares in the city really amazing place to visit for shopping and dining

Anonymous Ireland

Lyon is the second biggest city in France.

September 28, 2018

Lyon is the second biggest city in France. It is loud, bustling, and fast-paced as you would expect. The difference is the fact that Lyon is the gastronomic capital of France. Every kind of restaurant is available from the Michelin-starred wonders like Paul Bocuse to the delightful neighborhood bistros. You’ll find something to please even the most finicky palate.

George United States of America

Friendly people, great food, architecture and museums...

September 17, 2018

Friendly people, great food, architecture and museums surrounded by lovely scenery. Recommend Jols Restaurant for seafood and Comtesse du Barry for pâté. Good shopping at the smaller stores. The vaporetto boat to the Confluence was very convenient

Robert Switzerland

Beautiful plazas full of life throughout the older sections...

September 15, 2018

Beautiful plazas full of life throughout the older sections of the city. Two rivers to enjoy. A gastronomic center considerably less expensive than Paris. Beaujolais wine region close enough for a relaxed day trip. Excellent relatively inexpensive city transit choices make it easy to get around (but many of the automatic ticket machines we tried were not working properly)

William United States of America

My second favorite city in France.

August 25, 2018

My second favorite city in France. If I spend more time in Lyon it could become my favorite. We loved walking through the old town, walking the silk passages (tricky to find but fun when you do), the churches and the amazing restaurants. Stay in the Old Town and you will be able to walk or take the metro everywhere. We also used Eelway to babysit our bags the last day and deliver them to the train station for us. It is a great service.

Erica United States of America

My stay was great.

August 16, 2018

My stay was great. It was quiet. The tiny kitchen was good. The laundry facilities good also. Only thing please fix light in laundry room so its not on a timer. It kept going off on me as I was sitting there. Very close to Tramway that takes you to all the sights. Great little apartment for the money I would stay here again.

Elizabeth Moore
Elizabeth Moore United States of America

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