Lyon Travel Guide

Dating back to Roman times, the UNESCO Heritage city of Lyon is full of surprises. Europe's largest Renaissance quarter intrigues with its Italianate courtyards, cobbled streets, and maze of hidden passageways known as "traboules". Foodies will enjoy the city too - in France only Paris beats Lyon for Michelin-starred restaurants. Once a leader in Europe for silk production, this immense city is now a major commercial and banking hub.


Lyon features a wide range of accommodation options within both its city centre and popular tourist areas and attractions. Whether you're after a hotel, basic motel or holiday resort the wide range of Lyon accommodation offers something to suit all travellers and budgets. From standard rooms to family friendly accommodation, self-catering options, suites and apartments, there are a great range of accommodation options conveniently close to a number of popular regions and attractions. Compare Lyon Accommodation

Getting Around

The international airport and the new TGV station are 20km southeast of the city and there is a regular 45-minute bus services to the centre of town however the Paris to Lyon trip is actually quicker by high-speed TGV train. The public transportation system in Lyon is quick and efficient and comprises the metro, la ficelle (cable cars), buses and a recently inaugurated tram system. Lyon has also recently launched 'tourist taxis', English-speaking drivers which combine speedy routes with commentaries. More about getting around Lyon


Lyon's Old Town is the largest Renaissance quarter in Europe and there are many other popular historic tourist attractions including La Croix Rousse and Vieux Lyon, the Cathédrale St-Jean, funicular to hilltop Fourvière, Basilica and Roman ruins, Musée de la Civilisation Gallo-Romaine, Basilique de Fourvière, montée St-Barthélemy, the Peninsula district between the rivers Rhône and Saône, La Maison des Canuts and more. Lyon Attractions


Lyon is renowned as the gateway to Europe with most major European cities accessible from Lyon in two hours or less. Lyon is the birthplace of cinema and the silk capital of the world. Lyon is considered France's gastronomic capital, home to 22 of Frances best restaurants according to the Michelin Guide. Outside of Paros, Lyon has the number one French mass public transit system. Lyon was the center of the French Revolution.