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Lyon

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

Lyon City Centre, Lyon, France

Lyon City Centre

Gourmet restaurants interesting history and top sights from Bellecour Square to Part Dieu Mall – discover Lyon City Centre, a destination also famous for its shopping.

Lyon City Centre
La Presqu\'ile featuring cycling as well as a large group of people

La Presqu'ile

4/5Very Good!(95 area reviews)

Bellecour Square and Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon are top sights in La Presqu'ile, and you should be sure to explore the popular shops. Hop aboard the metro at Ampere-Victor Hugo Station or Bellecour Station to see more sights in the area.

La Presqu'ile
Lyon showing a city, a river or creek and a statue or sculpture

Old Lyon

4.5/5Wonderful!(28 area reviews)

If you're spending time in Old Lyon, you might enjoy attractions like Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière and Lyon Cathedral. You might also enjoy the neighbourhood's ample dining options before hopping on the metro at Vieux Lyon Station to see more of the city.

Old Lyon
3rd Arrondissement, Lyon, France

3rd Arrondissement

3.5/5Good!(62 area reviews)

Noted for its shopping and river views, there's plenty to explore in 3rd Arrondissement. Top attractions like Part Dieu Mall and Tour Part-Dieu are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Dauphine - Lacassagne Tram Stop or Sans Souci Station to see more of the city.

3rd Arrondissement
5th Arrondissement

5th Arrondissement

If you're spending time in 5th Arrondissement, you might enjoy attractions like Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière and Lyon Cathedral. You might also enjoy the neighbourhood's ample dining options before hopping on the metro at Vieux Lyon Station to see more of the city.

5th Arrondissement
Vaise, Lyon, France

Vaise

3/5(1 area review)

Be sure to check out the restaurants and shopping while you're strolling through Vaise, and hop on the metro at Valmy Station to see more of the surrounding area.

Vaise

Top hotels in Lyon

Intercontinental Lyon Hotel Dieu
Intercontinental Lyon Hotel Dieu
5 out of 5
20 Quai Jules Courmont, Lyon, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes
The price is Rs16,876 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov

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 ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (100 reviews)

"we loved this hotel. great renovation. the Halles market in the building and the central location made it all so much fun. the history behind the building makes it such a special visit. the only problems were: room heating control did not make sense and it was hard to get service from waiters in ..."…"

Reviewed on 10 Mar 2020

Intercontinental Lyon Hotel Dieu
Nemea - Appart Hôtel Résidence So Cloud
Nemea - Appart Hôtel Résidence So Cloud
4 out of 5
53 Rue Desaix, Lyon
The price is Rs7,344 per night from 23 Oct to 24 Oct

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 ...

4.2/5Excellent! (120 reviews)

"Appartment hotel about 5-7 minutes walk from the main Part-Dieu train station. Modern building. Nice sized appartment, although no kitchen. Modern bathroom. Coffee/tea making. Solid internet."…"

Reviewed on 7 Feb 2020

Nemea - Appart Hôtel Résidence So Cloud
Meininger Hotel Lyon Centre Berthelot
Meininger Hotel Lyon Centre Berthelot
7 Rue Professeur Zimmermann, Lyon
The price is Rs3,295 per night from 2 Nov to 3 Nov

Located in Lyon City Centre, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Centre d'Histoire de la Resistance et de la Deportation, Halle Tony Garnier and Jean Moulin ...

4.3/5Excellent! (47 reviews)

"Excellent"…"

Reviewed on 22 Dec 2019

Meininger Hotel Lyon Centre Berthelot
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.

Top Holiday Rentals in Lyon

Nemea - Appart Hôtel Résidence So Cloud
Nemea - Appart Hôtel Résidence So Cloud
4 out of 5
53 Rue Desaix, Lyon
The price is Rs7,344 per night from 23 Oct to 24 Oct

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 ...

4.2/5Excellent! (120 reviews)

"Appartment hotel about 5-7 minutes walk from the main Part-Dieu train station. Modern building. Nice sized appartment, although no kitchen. Modern bathroom. Coffee/tea making. Solid internet."…"

Reviewed on 7 Feb 2020

Nemea - Appart Hôtel Résidence So Cloud
Residhotel Lyon Part Dieu
Residhotel Lyon Part Dieu
3 out of 5
The price is Rs3,764 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov

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 ...

4/5Very Good! (147 reviews)

"The reception staff was lovely and always helpful . The property was very functional , super clean and I had an amazing view of Fourviere cathedral. Also it was a very good location as it was near shopping mall and railway station ."…"

Reviewed on 1 Aug 2020

Residhotel Lyon Part Dieu
Appartéo Lyon 7 Jean Jaurès
Appartéo Lyon 7 Jean Jaurès
The price is Rs4,844 per night from 13 Nov to 14 Nov

Located in Lyon City Centre, this aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Centre d'Histoire de la Resistance et de la Deportation, Halle Tony Garnier and Confluence ...

3.6/5Good! (323 reviews)
Cozy and quiet area

"Very cozy. little old interior but still it's comfort to stay. Kitchen wares are exist but a bit old either. The service are depends on who serves. I liked the breakfast is included . It is suitable for a bussiness trip. The town is quiet and isolated from the main street but that's what i liked. ..."…"

Reviewed on 21 Mar 2020

Appartéo Lyon 7 Jean Jaurès
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.

Popular places to visit in Lyon

Part Dieu Mall
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Part Dieu Mall

4/5(33 reviews)

You can browse for souvenirs when you visit Part Dieu Mall, a favourite shopping spot in Lyon. While you're in the area, stroll along the riverfront.

Bellecour Square
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Bellecour Square

4/5(82 reviews)

Relax at a café in one of Europe’s largest open squares and enjoy the French ambiance generated by street performers and live music.

Confluence Museum
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Confluence Museum

4/5(12 reviews)

Confluence Museum is a top museum in Lyon with a rich history. Visit the area's shops or amble around its riverfront.

Hôtel de Ville de Lyon
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Hôtel de Ville de Lyon

4/5(53 reviews)

The symbol of Lyon and the seat of its government is a stunning 17th-century building with a history of swamps, fires and revolutions.

Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière
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Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière

4.5/5(80 reviews)

Lyon’s crowning glory, this monumental church stands atop Fourvière hill and provides fabulous panoramas of the city.

Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon
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Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon

4.5/5(27 reviews)

Learn about the history of art by browsing up to 70 rooms full of creative treasures that come from varying time periods and genres.

Reviews of Lyon

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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3 - Okay 8.227848101265822%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

11 Feb 2020

Lovely laid back city where nothing was too much from the locals. I’ll be going again.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

22 Jan 2020

Excellent city, was cold when we were there for the rugby, but friendly and easy to get around, the Metro is clean, safe and cheap.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

20 Jan 2020

It is a cosmopolitan city, exciting nightlife. Love it!

5/5 - Excellent

Peach

5 Jan 2020

The Basilica walk is well worth it. Go inside for a stunning experience

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

31 Dec 2019

Excellent food especially in bouchons but need to reserve.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

18 Dec 2019

Food was amazing everywhere we went...

Cities near Lyon

Tassin-la-Demi-Lune

Tassin-la-Demi-Lune

Photo "Saint-Maurice-de-Beynost" by Benoît Prieur (CC BY-SA) / Cropped from original

Saint-Maurice-de-Beynost