Travel Guide

Bienvenue à Lyon

Lyon is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and famous not only for its historical landmarks (was an important area for the production and weaving of silk) but it is now the capital for French gastronomy.  If you want to sample the best in French cuisine, this is where you want to be. Like most major European cities, Lyon is easily accessible; Paris is only a 2 hour train ride away.  Marseille is another 2 hours south. Getting around and exploring the city is also quite feasible and maybe the best option. If you are in Lyon for more than a day, I would highly recommend the Lyon City Pass. This is one of the best city passes, giving tourists access to 23 museums, unlimited access to ALL public transportation, a guided tour & many more goodies!

As in most of Western Europe, trains are the best way to get to the city. Gare de la Part-Dieu (primary railway, currently undergoing renovations) and Perrache (located outside the city) train stations. Eurostar has a non-stop Saturday service from London St. Pancras to Lyon Part-Dieu during the summer.  LyonSaint Exupéry Airport is the city’s main airport; best way to get into town is on the Rhône Express tramway, which reaches Part-Dieu station in less than 30 minutes. Adult return tix cost €27.40.  Don’t forget to download some FREE apps to guide you through this delicious destination of Lyon!

the city

Like Paris, Lyon is also made up of districts (9) called arrondissements.

1st arrondissement – one of the liveliest districts with many bars and pubs.

2nd (Presqu’île) – translates to ‘peninsula,’ the 2nd is known as the true heart of Lyon. Makes up a large part of Lyon’s UNESCO world heritage site!

3rd (La Part-Dieu) – heart of the modern business district w/train station bearing the same name, and has the largest shopping center in Europe.

4th – well known for its alleyways, markets, and history tied to the silk trade.

5th (Vieux Lyon and Fourviere hill) – historic center of Lyon, you will find many traces of past Roman history, such as the Gallo-Roman theatre.

6th – most chic/bourgeois district of Lyon with wide avenues, mansions, and large apartments.

7th – largest district with universities, restaurants, parks etc. Also the most affordable part of the city.

8th –  the residential area for the working-class and students. Check out Institut Lumiere.

9th – located in the northwest part of the city with great views of the Saône river.