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

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 Oct 16 to Oct 17
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! (996 reviews)
Excellent
"Excellent location adjacent to Lyon Airport. Very modern, clean and spacious."

Reviewed on Sep. 16, 2022

Fourvière Hôtel Lyon
Fourvière Hôtel Lyon
4 out of 5
23 rue Roger Radisson, Lyon, 69005
The price is CA $170 per night from Oct 16 to Oct 17
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! (638 reviews)
"Excellent"

Reviewed on Sep. 22, 2022

Radisson Blu Hotel Lyon
Radisson Blu Hotel Lyon
4 out of 5
129 rue Servient, Lyon, Rhone, 69003
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $166 per night from Oct 9 to Oct 10
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 ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (982 reviews)
"Very nice views of Lyon from the 37th floor. The room was good but rather tight or small for two. Well maintained property."

Reviewed on Sep. 16, 2022

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, 69003
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 ...
4/5 Very Good! (361 reviews)
"The hotel was very convenient for Lyon Part Dieu Station. It was comfortable and clean. Our welcome was excellent and staff could not have been more helpful."

Reviewed on Sep. 21, 2022

Résidence Ôtelia - Gestetud
Résidence Ôtelia - Gestetud
200 Avenue Berthelot, Lyon, Rhone, 69007
Stay at this business-friendly aparthotel in Lyon. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace, and breakfast. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (518 reviews)
"Absolutely top-notch customer service. Fabulous communication and great assistance when I arrived. Very friendly. Room was spotlessly clean and the breakfast was lovely. It is an easy 5 minute walk from the tram. The location is a little blah, not the mostbsecenic area or a tourist hot-spot, to be ..."

Reviewed on Jun. 7, 2022

Appart'city Lyon Part Dieu Garibaldi
Appart'city Lyon Part Dieu Garibaldi
2 out of 5
40 rue de l'Abondance, Lyon, Rhone, 69003
Stay at this business-friendly aparthotel in Lyon. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the quiet rooms in ...
3.4/5 Good! (420 reviews)
Bare necessity
"The accommodation is at the top floor and becomes too hot, since the external blind / shutter to the window is broken or not installed. With only one window, it is hard to keep cool. Better ventilation and blind/ shutter installation is required for improvement. The room lighting is too dim that ..."

Reviewed on Sep. 13, 2022

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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