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Lyon
Travel Guide

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

Hotel Silky by HappyCulture
Hotel Silky by HappyCulture
4 out of 5
2 Place Francisque Regaud, Lyon, Rhone
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $138 per night from Apr 2 to Apr 3

Located in Lyon City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Place des Jacobins, Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, and Hôtel de Ville de Lyon. Bellecour ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (463 reviews)
Worth the Money

"The view out of my room wasn't great and the hotel overall seemed a bit worn out. But my room was HUGE. And the bathroom of the room was very nice."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 30, 2020

Hotel Silky by HappyCulture
Intercontinental Lyon Hotel Dieu
Intercontinental Lyon Hotel Dieu
5 out of 5
20 Quai Jules Courmont, Lyon, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes
The price is CA $300 per night from Mar 21 to Mar 22

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! (115 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
Globe et Cecil Hôtel
Globe et Cecil Hôtel
4 out of 5
21 Rue Gasparin, Lyon, Rhone
The price is CA $139 per night from Mar 12 to Mar 13

Located in Lyon City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Place des Jacobins and Bellecour Square. Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon and Hôtel de Ville ...

4.1/5Very Good! (230 reviews)
Ideal in every way

"Perfect location, amazing restaurant, super confortable room, very friendly staff. I would definitely stay here again the next time I am in Lyon."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 31, 2020

Globe et Cecil Hôtel
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 CA $82 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

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! (201 reviews)
Not bad

"We stayed there for a night. The room was great for us. If you need to go to Lyon Part Dieu there is 10 minutes walk, to go to the city center there are buses."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 8, 2020

Residhotel Lyon Part Dieu
Odalys City Lyon Confluence
Odalys City Lyon Confluence
7, cours Bayard, Lyon, Rhone
The price is CA $93 per night from Mar 12 to Mar 13

Located in Lyon City Centre, this residence is within a 10-minute walk of Lyon Confluence Shopping Center, Lyon Catholic University, and Confluence Vaporetto ...

4/5Very Good! (479 reviews)

"Average hotel but very close to centre , basic breakfast and very friendly stuff."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 4, 2020

Odalys City Lyon Confluence
Nemea - Appart Hôtel Résidence So Cloud
Nemea - Appart Hôtel Résidence So Cloud
4 out of 5
53 Rue Desaix, Lyon
The price is CA $123 per night from Mar 19 to Mar 20

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

4.2/5Very Good! (141 reviews)
Very Good and Convenient

"Situated near the Gare Part Dieu, in a newish neighbourhood the location is convenient for those arriving by train. Five minute walk from the back entrance of the large part dieu shopping mall. The rooms are clean , convenient with kitchenette, there are clothing washing machines and dryer (for payment) ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 10, 2020

Nemea - Appart Hôtel Résidence So Cloud
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.

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