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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

Textile Museum

Lyon City Centre

Lyon City Centre is highly notable for its popular shops, and you might want to visit top sights like Bellecour Square and Part Dieu Mall. See more of Lyon by jumping on the metro at Rue de l'Universite Tram Stop or Saint-André Tram Stop.

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

La Presqu'ile

4.5/5Wonderful!(248 area reviews)

La Presqu'ile is highly notable for its popular shops, and you might want to visit top sights like Bellecour Square and Place des Terreaux. See more of Lyon by jumping on the metro at Ampere-Victor Hugo Station or Bellecour Station.

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

Old Lyon

4.5/5Wonderful!(50 area reviews)

Take time in Old Lyon to visit attractions like Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière and Lyon Cathedral. You might also appreciate the abundant dining options, and you can hop on the metro at Vieux Lyon Station to see more of the city.

Old Lyon
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3rd Arrondissement

4/5Very Good!(139 area reviews)

Noted for its shopping and river views, there's plenty to explore in 3rd Arrondissement. Top attractions like Part Dieu Mall and Oxygen Tower 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
7th Arrondissement

7th Arrondissement

3.5/5Good!(25 area reviews)

7th Arrondissement is well-liked for its cafés and theaters. If you're hoping to get in some sightseeing, Halle Tony Garnier and Stade Gerland are top spots, and you can jump on the metro at Debourg Station or Place Jean Jaures Station to get around.

7th Arrondissement
La Croix Rousse showing cafe scenes and outdoor eating

La Croix Rousse

4.5/5Wonderful!(4 area reviews)

Shopping, spas, and restaurants are just a few things travelers like about La Croix Rousse. Sights like Place de la Croix Rousse and Maison des Canuts are spots to explore, and you can get around the greater Lyon area at Henon Station.

La Croix Rousse

Top Hotels in Lyon

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
NH Lyon Airport
NH Lyon Airport
4 out of 5
Terminal 1, BP 202, Colombier-Saugnieu, Rhone
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
¥13,097
per night
Mar 14 - Mar 15

Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Eurexpo, Genas Karting, and Genas Bowling. Groupama Stadium and Grand parc de Miribel-Jonage ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,203 reviews)

"Very convenient, quiet and clean. Ideal to travel with kids"…"

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2020

NH Lyon Airport
Radisson Blu Hotel Lyon
Radisson Blu Hotel Lyon
4 out of 5
129 rue Servient, Lyon, Rhone
¥11,760
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Located in Lyon City Centre, this romantic hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Part Dieu Mall, Bellecour Square, and Tete d'Or Park. Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière ...

4.3/5Excellent! (719 reviews)

"Excellent location if you come in on the train, great access to metro/trams for getting around town, good food near by, great views. Bonus points for having wash cloths for shower."…"

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2020

Radisson Blu Hotel Lyon
Hotel Carlton Lyon - MGallery By Sofitel
Hotel Carlton Lyon - MGallery By Sofitel
4 out of 5
4 Rue De Jussieu, Lyon, Rhone
¥15,373
per night
Mar 16 - Mar 17

Located in Lyon City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Place des Jacobins, Bellecour Square, and Lyon Opera. Lyon City Hall and Place des ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (790 reviews)

"Perfect location for visiting Lyon, right between the two rivers and easy walking access to restaurants and bars."…"

Reviewed on Jan 6, 2020

Hotel Carlton Lyon - MGallery By Sofitel

Popular things to do in Lyon

Bellecour Square
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Bellecour Square

4.5/5(174 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.

Part Dieu Mall
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Part Dieu Mall

4/5(47 reviews)

You can enjoy some retail therapy when you visit Part Dieu Mall, a favorite shopping spot in Lyon. While you're in the area, stroll along the riverfront.

Lyon City Hall
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Lyon City Hall

4.5/5(91 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.

Lyon Opera
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Lyon Opera

4.5/5(54 reviews)

Watch a performance or tour the interior of this unusual opera house, which dramatically combines traditional and modern architectural styles.

Confluence Museum
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Confluence Museum

4.5/5(31 reviews)

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

Place des Terreaux
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Place des Terreaux

4.5/5(94 reviews)

Life unfolds in this beautiful and busy central square, home to a superb fountain sculpted by Statue of Liberty designer, Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi.

Top activities in Lyon

Lyon City Card
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Lyon City Card

88% of travellers recommend
¥3,215
Per adult
Lyon’s Old Town Walking Tour
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Lyon’s Old Town Walking Tour

90% of travellers recommend
¥1,429
Per adult
Lyon City Card with Rhonexpress Transfer to Lyon Airport
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Lyon City Card with Rhonexpress Transfer to Lyon Airport

86% of travellers recommend
¥5,120
Per adult
Lyon Like a Local: Customized Private Tour
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Lyon Like a Local: Customized Private Tour

¥3,572
Per adult
Lyon Airport Transfers : Lyon Airport LYS to Lyon City in Business Van
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Lyon Airport Transfers : Lyon Airport LYS to Lyon City in Business Van

¥2,573
Per adult
Dine at Chabert et Fils Restaurant
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Dine at Chabert et Fils Restaurant

¥2,798
Per adult

Reviews of Lyon

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
189
5 - Excellent 54.6242774566474%
4 - Good
123
4 - Good 35.54913294797688%
3 - Okay
23
3 - Okay 6.6473988439306355%
2 - Disappointing
10
2 - Disappointing 2.8901734104046244%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.28901734104046245%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 11, 2020

Great beautiful city and lovely environment easy to interact

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 16, 2020

Wonderful walkable city full of charm and character.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 7, 2019

Terrific food and wonderful sights

5/5 - Excellent

Art

Nov 12, 2019

Visited the Aquarium - had a pleasant time.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 6, 2019

We love Lyon. Great culture, friendly people, pretty rivers & great cuisine.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Nov 4, 2019

Didn’t see much.

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