Lyon

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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

Campanile Lyon Centre - Gare Part Dieu
Campanile Lyon Centre - Gare Part Dieu
3 out of 5
31 rue Maurice Flandin, Lyon, Rhone, 69003
The price is CA $87 per night from Jun 18 to Jun 19
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Lyon. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the clean rooms ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (904 reviews)
Brilliant situation,
"Ideally situated just across from the station. Was perfect for a late arrival and early depart, Check in / out fast and efficient, room and breakfast were as expected."

Reviewed on Feb. 20, 2022

Campanile Lyon Centre - Gare Part Dieu
Boscolo Lyon Hôtel & Spa
Boscolo Lyon Hôtel & Spa
5 out of 5
11 Quai Jules Courmont, Lyon, Rhône, 69002
The price is CA $300 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 28
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. ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (169 reviews)
"The staff was very friendly and professional"

Reviewed on May 13, 2022

Boscolo Lyon Hôtel & Spa
NH Lyon Airport
NH Lyon Airport
4 out of 5
Terminal 1, BP 202, Colombier-Saugnieu, Rhone, 69125
The price is CA $164 per night from Jun 18 to Jun 19
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Colombier-Saugnieu. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the comfy rooms in ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (969 reviews)
"Beautiful hotel and common areas? But no bar on a Saturday? Very difficult to arrive by car and unload. Steaks in cafe were shoe leather. Beyond well done. Rhône burger was excellent. Breakfast was excellent. Overall a nice place. Would stay again, but would have dinner in Lyon. Front desk staff ..."

Reviewed on May 15, 2022

NH Lyon Airport
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.
Appart'City Lyon Part Dieu
Appart'City Lyon Part Dieu
4 out of 5
111 Boulevard Marius Vivier Merle, Lyon, Rhone, 69003
The price is CA $87 per night from May 29 to May 30
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Lyon. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
3.2/5 (1,485 reviews)
"loved the property and the fact that the room had 5 beds. Loft was nice. The only draw back was the lack of Air Conditioning. The loft was extremely hot and it was only a sunny day in Feb!"

Reviewed on Feb. 28, 2022

Appart'City 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 CA $88 per night from Jun 5 to Jun 6
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! (1,322 reviews)
"The primary image online for the hotel was what excited us most about booking there but we wound up in a room on a lower than main level (basement). The sliding glass doors offered us a view of and exposure to a common, public courtyard, without any access to the roof deck unless we paid 20 euros ..."

Reviewed on Sep. 9, 2021

Lagrange Apart'HOTEL Lyon Lumière
Residence Belambra City Villemanzy
Residence Belambra City Villemanzy
3 out of 5
21 montée St Sébastien, Lyon, Rhone, 69001
The price is CA $114 per night from Jun 19 to Jun 20
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Lyon. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms ...
4/5 Very Good! (257 reviews)
Good Value
"It was good, but it would have been good to know beforehand that they are located up a very steep hill, so taking public transport and walking while pulling baggage is much more challenging. Also, there was a small leak in the incoming water pipe in the kitchen sink, which I let them know about."

Reviewed on Sep. 19, 2021

Residence Belambra City Villemanzy
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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