Take a break from the everyday and step into a chic metropolis steeped in French charm and culture. Visitors to Lyon, the third-largest city in France, will find themselves surrounded by classy urbanites, outstanding heritage, endless gastronomic pleasures, and a thriving nightlife. The nine arrondissements (neighbourhoods) of Lyon have for centuries made up one of the most important commercial and industrial hubs in France, and the wealth and sophistication this has afforded is clear in every corner of the city. To sample fabulous French finesse for yourself, book your cheap flights to Lyon with Flybe today.
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The city of Lyon, the capital of the Rhône-Alpes region, is full to bursting with stunning historical and architectural highlights. Thanks to its beauty and historic importance, the city has been given the status of UNESCO World Heritage site. Transport yourself into Lyon’s colourful past, both ancient and opulent, by touring its wonderfully varied regions - whether it's the original Roman settlement on Fourvière, the Renaissance district Vieux Lyon, the Silk district, and the Presqu’île, where you’ll find architecture dating back to the 12th century. Must-see highlights include the city’s two Roman amphitheatres, the splendid Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière, the Lyon Museum of Fine Arts, and the grand Place Bellecour. For those in search of experiences off the beaten track, Lyon is a hive of hidden treasures including cutting-edge art galleries, eclectic independent bookshops and the Village des Créateurs - the beating heart of the city’s fashion and design industries.
Widely reputed to be the culinary capital of France, the choice of quality restaurants in Lyon is remarkable. You simply can’t visit the city without experiencing one of its world-famous bouchons. These are warm, atmospheric restaurants which specialise in traditional hearty Lyonaisse cuisine. For a top-notch bouchon experience and some of the most abundant meat dishes Lyon has to offer, try Bouchon Le Jura on Rue Tupin. This family-run outfit has been serving up the city’s finest dishes, including succulent andouillette sausages, since 1867. Fans of a nightcap will delight in the sheer variety of Lyon’s after-hours entertainment options as the city is home to a legion of cocktail bars, music venues, wine bars and nightclubs.
France doesn't have a reputation for well-heeled residents and elegant refinement for nothing. There are enough quality goods and fabulous retail options on offer in Lyon to keep even the most committed shopping addicts happy. For luxury fashion, visit the Village des Créateurs in Passage Thiaffait, where you’ll find gorgeous designer collections and stunning one-off items. If you’re holidaying on a more restricted budget, don’t miss out on the Sunday morning flea market at Villeurbanne. One of the biggest of its kind in France, bargain-savvy shoppers will be in their element among the reasonably-priced furniture, garden accessories, books and art.
A city in love with celebration, Lyon boasts some truly exceptional annual events. Every year this usually calm conurbation is transformed into a techno fan’s paradise for six days with the arrival of the Nuits Sonores festival. The Lyon Festival of Lights, held every 8th December, is a spectacular display of gratitude to the Virgin Mary in which the city blazes with candles and light shows. There are plenty of fantastic attractions in Lyon to give you a taste of this diverse and striking city. Visit the African Museum of Lyon to witness a proud celebration of its strong West African links or take a leisurely stroll around the Parc de la Tête d’Or, a picturesque urban green space complete with pretty boating lake.
Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport is an international airport based 11 miles southeast of Lyon city centre.
IATA code: LYS
Name: Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport
Address: 69125 Colombier-Saugnieu, France
Telephone: +33 826 80 08 26
Lyon Airport has 5 car parks with over 10,000 parking spaces, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A free shuttle bus service runs between the car parks and the terminal buildings every 10-15 minutes.
Daily train services run between the TGV station at Lyon Airport and various cities in France and Northern Italy. There are bus and coach services at the airport, which will take you to a number of destinations in the Rhône-Alpes region. The Rhônexpress tram service, which runs every 15 minutes, reaches Lyon city centre in half an hour.
A taxi will take you from Lyon Airport to the city centre in around 25-30 minutes. There is a taxi rank located in front of Terminal 1, where taxis operate 24-7. Depending on the time of day you choose to travel, a taxi is likely to cost you between €45- €60.
If you’re planning on travelling further afield on your Lyon holiday, it might be advisable to hire a car. Several car rental companies operate from Lyon Airport, including Avis. You can find the desks for these companies in Terminal 1, and free shuttle buses will take you to the car hire areas.