Lyon is the capital of the Rhône-Alpi region in France.
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The city founded by the Romans, Lyon is the archetype of a historic city, and for this reason too it has been recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Today, it is a vibrant metropolis that is beginning to make the most of its unique architectural, cultural and gastronomic heritage, affecting its demographic dynamic and the economy through its strategic position between northern and southern Europe. For this reason, it is increasingly open to the world, thanks to an increasing number of students and international events that attract many travelers.
The traffic is well regulated and speeded up with long and extensive courses on the river, which give rise to the numerous bridges named for the great historical French and English characters. The means of transport are very well integrated, with passenger boats, suitable and suitable surface facilities and a meter intelligently branded to the city's focal points. In short: an esprit de finesse that dovetails beautifully with the esprit de géométrie, the two great realities with which the french are increasingly being measured.
The Lyon degrades from the top of the Fourvière hill to the right bank of the Saona, and extends on the peninsula situated between the left bank of the river and the right bank of the Rhône. These two very rich watercourses join a little further south, giving rise to the Rhône with the appearance of a quiet sea, which is peeled and peanuts of great size. You just move south to Vienne and realize its magnificent scale.
The city has just over half a million inhabitants, however, its direct influence extends far beyond administrative boundaries. A quantity that should be compared to the population of other large cities is in the Great Lyon (which includes 57 cities or municipalities): about 1,200,000 inhabitants. Lyon and its metropolitan area are growing rapidly and are getting younger, because of its economic attractiveness.
When to go
Lyon has a semi-continental climate. Winters are cold and temperatures below -5 °C are quite rare. However, you can feel a terrible cold when winds from the north blow. The snowfalls occur from time to time, but snow-covered roads generally do not last for more than a few days every winter. Summers can be hot; temperatures around 35 °C are not exceptional in July and August. The rainfall is moderate and occurs during the year; The mountains in the west (central Massif) protect the area from Atlantic disruptions. During the summer, especially in August, rainfall often takes the form of thunderstorms, while in winter, lighter but continuous rain is more common. Spring and early autumn are usually enjoyable.
The Festival of lighting in December is an exciting experience. However, this may not be the best time to visit the city, given the weather and overcrowding. If you're particularly interested in one of the events in the city, then it's an experience to have. It is also advisable to avoid the month of August, especially during the first two or three weeks, unless you are interested only in things that do not close on holidays, such as churches. The city is deserted, nothing really interesting happens and it's very difficult to find a decent restaurant. In July, activity is almost normal, but the climate could be unpleasant. May-June and September are probably the best periods: the climate is generally nice and warm and you can enjoy rather long hours of light.
Every period of his history over the course of 2,000 years has left visible traces in the city's architectural and cultural heritage, from Roman ruins to renaissance buildings, to contemporary skyscrapers. Lyon has never experienced a major disaster (earthquake, fire, bombing) or complete redesign by urban planners. Very few cities in the world have this diversity in their urban structure and architecture.
The first signs of settlement date back to 12,000 BC, but there is no evidence of continued occupation before the Roman era. Lugdunum, the Roman name of the city, was officially founded in 43 B.C. by Lucio Munazio Planco, then governor of Gaul. The first Roman settlements were erected on the Fourvière Hill, and the first inhabitants were probably veterans of Caesar's war campaigns. The development of the city was enhanced by its strategic position and was promoted by General Agrippa, son-in-law of Emperor Augusto and Minister, as the capital of the Gauls in 27 BC. And so there were large lanes built that allowed easy access from all parts of Gaul. Lugdunum became one of the most important administrative, economic and financial centers in Gaul, along with Narbonne. Emperor Claudio, who reigned from 41 to 54 AD, was born here in 10 B.C., when his father Druze was governor of Gaul. The main period of peace and prosperity in the Roman city was between 69 and 192 A.D. The population at that time was estimated to be between 50,000 and 80,000 inhabitants. Lugdunum consisted of four populated areas: the top of the Fourvière hill, the slopes of Croix-Rousse around the Amphithéâtre des Trois Gaules, the Canabae (around Place Bellecour) and the right bank of the river Saona, mainly in what is now the neighborhood of St Georges.
Lugdunum was the place where the first Christian communities in Gaul appeared. It was also the place where the first martyrs took place, especially in 177 AD, when the young Blandine slave was killed in the Amphithéâtre des Trois Gaules, along with 47 other martyrs.
The city lost its status as the Capital of the Gauls in 297 AD, and then, in the early 1940s, the water pipelines that brought water to the top of Fourvière suddenly stopped working. This was due to the lack of funds for their maintenance and safety; lead tubes were stolen and could not be replaced. The city was completely deprived of water during the night. This caused the end of the Roman Lugdunum, which lost most of its population and was reorganized around the Saona.
In the Middle Ages, the city developed on both sides of the Saona River. The name "Lion" or "Lyon" appeared in the 13th century. The High Middle Ages was a time of political instability. As the political geography of France continued to change, the city therefore belonged to several provinces. He then belonged to the Holy Roman Empire from 1018 to 1312, when he was assigned to France by the Vienna Council; at the time, the city was still small but had a great religious influence; In 1078, Pope Gregory VII made the archbishop of Lyon the highest Catholic dignitary of the former Gaul (Primat des Gaules).
In the Renaissance, the tax advantages and the organization of many trade fairs attracted bankers from Florence and traders across Europe; the city became increasingly prosperous and experienced a second golden age. The main industries were silk weaving, introduced in 1536, and printing. Lyon became one of Europe's largest cities and its first financial center, aided by the advantages offered by King Francis I, who also considered it time to make Lyon the capital of France. By 1530, the population of Lyon reached 50,000 inhabitants.
Over the next few centuries, Lyon was wounded by religious wars but remained an important industrial and intellectual center, while financial activity moved to Geneva and Switzerland. In the 18TH century, half of the inhabitants were silk workers (canuts).
The east bank of the Rhône was not urbanized before the 18th century, when the marshes (Brotteaux) were dried to allow construction. Those huge jobs were led by engineer Morand. In the meantime, Perrache's work doubled the peninsula area. Enlargement was interrupted by the French revolution but resumed in the early 19th century.
During the Revolution, in 1793, Lyon fought against the central power of the convention (Parliament), which caused severe repression by the army. More than 2,000 people were executed.
In the early 19th century, the silk industry was still developing, particularly thanks to Jacquard's chassis, which made weaving more efficient. But the social crises occurred: in 1831, the first canuts revolt was severely repressed. The workers were protesting the introduction of the new technology, which is likely to cause them unemployment. Other uprisings took place in 1834, 1848 and 1849, especially in the Croix-Rousse neighborhood. Since 1848, the peninsula area has been redesigned in a similar way to Haussmann's work in Paris. In 1852, the neighboring cities of Vaise, Croix-Rousse and Guillotière became districts of Lyon. The traditional silk industry disappeared at the end of the century because of diseases affecting French silkworms and the opening of the Suez Canal which reduced the price of Asian silk. Several other industries developed during that period; The most famous entrepreneurs of the late nineteenth century were the Lumière brothers, who invented cinema in Lyon in 1895.
Edouard Herriot was elected mayor in 1905 and ruled the city until his death in 1957. He began a series of major urban projects, in particular in collaboration with his favorite architect Tony Garnier: the Grange Blanche hospital (now called Herriot), the Gerland slaughterhouses (now Halle Tony Garnier) and the stadium, the États-Unis district, etc.
During the Second World War, Lyon was close to the border between the ‘free zone’ and the occupied zone and was therefore a strategic place for the Germans and the French resistance. Jean Moulin, head of the Resistance, was arrested in Caluire (Northern suburb of Lyon). On May 26, 1944, Lyon was bombed by the Allied Air Force. Lyon's release took place on September 3.
In the 1960s, the construction of the Part-Dieu business district began; Its symbol is the "pencil" tower, the tallest building in Lyon. Meanwhile, the Renaissance du Vieux Lyon (Renaissance of the Old Lyon) association ranked this Renaissance district by the government as the first point of reference to be preserved in France, while it was threatened by a motorway project defended by Mayor Louis Pradel. Pradel was a staunch "modernist" and a supporter of the car. It also supports the construction of the Fourvière tunnel, opened in 1971 and the A6/A7 motorway through Preproductive, near Perrache station, a decision later described as the 'demise of the century' by Mayor Michel Noir in 1990. In 1974, the first metro line was opened. In 1981, Lyon was connected to Paris by the first TGV (high-speed train) line. In the 1980s and 1990s, numerous buildings were renovated in Vieux Lyon and Croix-Rousse. The landscape in Lyon is still evolving, particularly with the new walk on the banks of the Rhône or the construction of new skyscrapers in Part-Dieu.
In the future, the banks of the Saona should also receive a second rejuvenation. The completion of the Lyon belt on the western side should relieve the central areas of traffic. A high-performance rail network will also be set up to serve the extra-urban areas (such as the Paris RER).
The silk industry has been the main activity for centuries. Since the end of the 19th century, it has been replaced by other activities. Feyzin, a southern suburb, hosts a big oil refinery, and there's a lot of chemical plants along the Rhône river in the south. Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology are also important sectors; They have been fueled by Lyon's pre-eminence in medical research, and local authorities are trying to maintain international leadership of these industries. The south - eastern suburbs of vénissieux and St Priest are home to large automotive plants, such as the trucks and buses factories of Renault. But like most Western metropolises, the service industry is now dominant. Many big banking and insurance companies have important offices in Lyon and the IT services industry is also well developed. From an economic point of view, Lyon is France's most attractive and dynamic city. This can be explained by easy access from all over Europe (probably second only to Paris in the country), the availability of skilled labor and research centers, and the prices of housing that are cheaper than capital.
The language of the city is French. The local dialect (patois, basically a Frenchman with a number of local words or expressions) has practically disappeared since one in two inhabitants was born outside the Rhône department.
Hotels, tourist attractions and restaurants in popular areas generally have people who can speak English. However, difficulties could be encountered in more remote areas. The transportation system also has little information written in other languages. On the street, many people (especially young people) speak at least basic English, but they will appreciate a small effort in French. Using basic words and phrases like bonjour (hi), s'il vous plaît (please), goods (thank you) or excusez-moi (excuse me), you will certainly make people even more friendly and willing to help you.
How to orient
Lyon rises where the Rhone meets the river Saona.
The ancient Lyon (Le vieux Lyon) extends by narrow and narrow streets, departing from the three regions of St. Paolo Nord (bankers), of S. Giovanni (merchants) in the center, and St. George (silk workers) south. The homes of all three regions are surrounded by the churches, from which the name is given. Saint John's, perhaps more refined than the superstitious basilica, closely resembles the Church of Notre-Dame in Paris, a tribute, not a unique one, as a facade.
On the peninsula, the modern Lyon, rich in the museum of Fine Arts, of the Church of St Bonaventura, is situated in the Cordeliers region (so called because it housed the same church officiated by the Franciscans carrying a white cord around their sides); of Bellecour Square, a quadrangular and harmonic square, one of the largest in France, a huge square surrounded by buildings of the 18th century and centered with the equestrian statue of Louis XIV.
On the other side of the Saona is the old town (Vieux-Lyon), which was included in the list of World Heritage Sites in 1998, on the fourvière hill, to the fours. His most outstanding monument is St John's Cathedral in gothic and romantic forms. To the south of the cathedral lies the neighborhood of St George (Saint-Georges) stretched along the narrow road between the hill and the eastern bank of the Saona. In the north of the cathedral, however, there is the most picturesque neighborhood, that of Saint Paul, gathered around the same church. One of its most touristic streets is the rue du boeuf, which takes its name from the statue of a miniature ox in a niche in the corner with Neuve Saint Jean Square. The road is surrounded by renaissance buildings such as the Cour des Loges and the Rose Tour both transformed into four - star hotels.
The old city of Lyon is characterized by an intricate road system. Traboules is a local expression of a kind of covered passage that crosses the backyards of houses by connecting the main roads.
Fourvière, Vieux Lyon, Croix-Rousse and most of the Prepenile are classified as UNESCO’s world heritage.
Don't forget to visit Sainte-Foy-lès-Lyon, a pretty town on the western hill of Lyon, across the river Saona, where you can enjoy a walk halfway between the city and the countryside, with wonderful views on Lyon.
The postal codes for Lyon begin with 69 for its former Rhône department and end with the area number: 69004 is therefore the post code for the 4th arrondissement. Special postal codes may be used for enterprises.
How to get
- 1 St. Exupéry Airport (LYS), Rue de Grèce, Colombier-Saugnieu (it is 20 km east of the center.), ☎ +33 4 26 007 007. A rapidly developing airport. It hosts few intercontinental flights (Dubai, North Africa), but can easily be reached via a European hub (Paris, London, Frankfurt). Air France serves most of the airports in France and the major European airports. EasyJet serves a range of destinations in Europe, including London, Berlin, Brussels, Rome, Edinburgh and Madrid, along with some national destinations that are not easily accessible by train (Bordeaux, Toulouse, Nice). Most other major European airlines also operate flights between Lyon and their respective hubs.
- The flights from Italian cities are operated by subsidiaries of Air France (Brit air, Airlinair and Régional). EasyJet flies from Olbia, Pisa, Rome-Ciampino, Venice-Marco Polo
- Links with the airport
- RhônExpress (To find the station, follow the red directions at the airport terminals. Cross the TGV station, which can be up to 10 minutes walk if you arrive from Terminal 3 (low-cost airlines). In order to reach the platform (not to be confused with the general rail), it is necessary to exit the terminal and take the escalator to the lower deck.). Adults € 16.10, round trip, € 27.80; Children € 13.40, € 23.50 round trip (Jun 2018). Train departure: Lun-Dom 06:00-21:00 every 15 minutes; 4:25-06:00 and 21:00-24:00 every 30 minutes. The airport is connected to the city center via a light metro line. This is the only way to reach Lyon by public transport. Rhônexpress connects to the city and arrives at the station in Lyon Part-Dieu. But there are more stops, including one that connects with metro (line A) to Vaulx-en-Velin La Soie (second stop), comfortable when residing in Prejudicata'île or Villeurbanne.
- The train provides free power outlets and WiFi.
- Taxi (Taxi are outside Terminal 1 (follow the signs)). €40-50. Ask to be left at one of the subway stations on the eastern side of the city (Vaulx-en-Velin La Soie, Mermoz-Pinel) to save on the fare.
Other neighboring airports
- 2 Grenoble Airport (GNB) (Aéroport International de Grenoble-Isère). Grenoble has an international airport where easyJet and Ryanair low - cost flights operate from many destinations on the British islands, but no one from Italian cities. There are bus services to Lyon.
- 3 Geneva International Airport (GVA) . Links are provided by buses and trains. EasyJet operates there with flights from Cagliari, Naples and Rome Fiumicino. Lyon can be reached by train, but it takes about two hours (€ 21.50 for those under 26).
- 4 Aéroport Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG) . The largest of the three Paris airports. EasyJet operates on flights from Milan-Malpensa and Venice-Marco Polo and also from Bologna BLQ.
- From here you can take a high-speed train (TGV) to the Lyon Part-Dieu station directly from the airport train station. In some cases, this makes the journey faster and cheaper. The trains leave about every hour; make sure you buy an interchangeable ticket to take the first available train after landing.
Lyon is an important road hub in central and southern France:
- heading north towards Paris.
- heading south to Marseille, Nice, Spain and Italy.
- heading east towards Grenoble, the Alps and northern Italy.
- and westwards in the direction: Saint-Étienne, Clermont-Ferrand, Massif Centrale, to the west of France.
- northeast: Bourg-en-Bresse, Geneva (Switzerland), Germany.
These motorways are connected around the city in the east by a tangential (Périphérique) which is free, except in the northern part (Périphérique Nord). The toll costs €2.20, but it is a good alternative to the constantly congested Fourvière tunnel on the road.
Real-time information on traffic jams, tunnel closures, weather warnings, etc. They are available on the Onlymoov website run by local authorities.
If you come for a one-day trip, leave your car in one of the numerous parking spaces around the city. Follow the blue P + R signals from the highway. The P + R parks are run by the local public transport company TCL and are located near the main subway or tramway lines. They're closed after 10:00, so you can't leave the car all night long.
The city has many underground car parks, where you can leave the car at a high price. Many of these are run by Lyon Parc Auto.
From the rest of France, the train is generally the cheapest way to reach the city, with the exception of certain regions, such as the south-west. Lyon has three main railway stations serving national and regional destinations:
- 5 Lyon-Part-Dieu Station (Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu), 5, Place Charles-Béraudier (Metro Part-Dieu). Launched along with the first TGV line in 1981. He is in the heart of the main business district of Lyon. It's the city's main railway station: almost every national and international train serving the city stops here.
- The station offers baggage storage from 6:15 to 11:00. A small box costs €5.50, the average €7.50 and the €9.50 for 24 hours and is on the left side of the station. There is also a €0.80 toilet in the same area.
- 6 Lyon-Perrache station (Gare de Lyon-Perrache), 14, cours de Verdun (Metro Perrache). The historic station, although it is now of less importance. It was mainly served by regional trains and some national trains. It's just a few steps away from Place Bellecour and generally more comfortable when residing in the center of the city.
- 7 Lyon-Saint-Exupéry TGV Station (Gare de Saint-Exupéry TGV). Out of town, you need the airport. Only the TGV trains stop here.
There are also smaller stations serving suburban and regional destinations: St. Paul (B: station C3-St Paul), Vaise (M: station Vaise), Jean Macé (M: Jean Macé), Vénissieux (M: railway station of Vénissieux) and Wolf Throat (M: Wolf Throat).
Lyon is connected by high - speed trains in Paris (two hours) and Marseille (1 hour and 36 minutes). Many other national destinations have been served directly, and there are several trains bound for Brussels every day (4 hours). Other international destinations include Barcelona, Frankfurt, Basel and Geneva, Milan and Turin. As a general rule, TGVs to and from Paris serve both stations in Perrache and Part-Dieu; Other TGVs generally only serve Part-Dieu.
Coming from London with Eurostar might be interesting, and now there are trains running from St Pancras International to Part-Dieu several times a week, with a journey time of 4 hours and 41 minutes.
International bus services are run by major airlines such as eurolines, Starshipper, Ouibus, Flixbus and serve Europe's major cities. Buses usually stop at the Perrache bus station, which is near the Perrache railway station.
The route ViaRhôna, a 750 km cycle route linking Geneva to the Mediterranean coast along the Rhône River, is available by bicycle to Lyon.
How to move
The city center is not so big and most attractions can be reached on foot. The walk from Place des Terreaux to Place Bellecour, for example, is about 20 minutes. The general rule is that subway stations are usually about 10 minutes on foot.
Be careful when crossing major axes: the traffic is intense and passing through red is dangerous.
The public transport system in Lyon, known as TCL, is considered to be one of the most efficient in the country. Central areas are well served; And so are the Eastern campuses and suburbs, where many jobs are concentrated. Western suburbs are more residential and can be difficult to reach. As everywhere in France, the internet can be troubled by strikes.
Metro and tram circulate approximately 05:00 to 24:00. Some bus lines don't work after 21:00. Check the TCL website for line details and routes. The site also has maps that can be downloaded and interactive.
Tickets can be purchased from vending machines in stations, but do not accept the coin card (coins only) and foreign credit cards without tokens (magnetic strips only) may be refused. Tobacco and kiosks displaying a "TCL" sign also sell tickets. Individual tickets may be bought by bus drivers, but in this case the price is slightly increased. The group tickets are available from the tourist office, as well as from the Lyon City Pass, which offers unlimited travel and free entry to many museums. The weekly and monthly passes are only available to residents. Tickets can also be purchased from TCL (Agences TCL) offices near the main subway stations. To find the one at Part-Dieu, get out of the train station through the Rhone port (follow the directions from Metro B), cross the square and turn right, then pass the restaurant's terraces.
Tickets for public transport in Lyon are integrated and apply to all means:
- Single fare €1.90 (surcharges are provided if ticket is purchased in buses)
- €2 hours
- €24 hr 5.80
- €48 hours 11
- €72 hours 15
Make sure you validate the ticket every time you board a bus or tram, even during the transfer, or you could be fined. Look for a gray car near the doors. Learn more about the TCL site or call the TCL ☎ +33 4 26 10 12 12. They are open every day until 24:00 and have English-speaking staff.
There are four subway lines (from to ). The first line of the network was the line in 1974 (the lines and they were already planned, but the line took less time to complete because it used an existing cable tunnel). Line was opened in 1978. Trains usually travel every 2 or 10 minutes, depending on the line and time. Information panels above platforms display waiting times for the next two trains and useful information such as delays, imminent closures, etc. (but in French).
- The line (Perrache - Vaulx-en-Velin La Soie) serves Predetente'île, the neighborhoods around the Parc de la Tête d'Or and then runs under Cours Émile Zola, the main artery of Villeurbanne. The last two stops (Laurent Bonnevay and Vaulx La Soie) provide numerous connections with buses to the eastern outskirts. The line connects the line to Bellecour, the line of Hôtel de Ville, the line at Charpennes, the lines of the tramways and Perrache and the line at Vaulx La Soie. It is very crowded at peak hours, particularly between Bellecour and Hôtel de Ville.
- The Charpennes (Gare d'Oullins ) line serves in particular the Part-Dieu station and the Gerland Stadium. It connects with the line at Charpennes and the line at Saxe-Gambetta.
- The line (Hôtel de Ville - Cuire) uses a short creshirt railway and serves the Croix-Rousse hill. Due to the infrastructure configuration, frequencies are not very good.
- The line (Gare de vaise - Gare de vénissieux), the busiest of the four lines, is fully automated; this allows good frequency in non-peak hours, especially at night and on Sunday. There are many bus connections to the outskirts of Gare de Vaise, Gorge de Loup, Grange Blanche, Parilly and Gare de Vénissieux.
The subway is generally reliable, clean and comfortable. In addition to the classical subway, there are two funiculars connecting metro station 8 Vieux Lyon in Saint-Just and Fourvière.
There are also five tram lines (T1 through T5). But to provide a direct link between the two main railway stations in Lyon (Perrache and Part-Dieu, both on the ), they are not very interesting if you stay in the center of the city. they're more useful to reach campuses and suburban areas.
With more than 130 bus lines, you should be able to go almost anywhere far from the center. Some are trolleybuses, Lyon is one of the few cities in France that still uses this system. There are three special bus lines: C1, C2 and C3, where there are large articulated trolleybuses passing frequently. These are sometimes referred to as Cristalis (actually the name of the vehicle brand).
Taxis are pretty expensive. The fees shall be fixed by the authorities: € 2 when climbing, then per km: € 1.34 (day, 7:00-19:00) or € 2.02 (night, Sunday, public holidays). The driver may charge a minimum of €6 per journey. There are also a number of possible additional costs: € 1.41 for the 4th passenger, € 0.91 per animal or large luggage, € 1.41 for a retreat to a railway station or airport.
Taxis cannot be stopped on the street; you have to go to a taxi station or call one. The main taxi companies are:
- TL (Taxi Lyonnais), ☎ +33 4 78 26 81 81, @[email protected]
- Lyon Taxi Prestige, ☎ +33 687 974 790. It provides a high-level taxi service in Lyon and throughout France. Executive Service and VIP with personal reception at airports and railway stations in Lyon. Tours of the city. Shipyard transfer, free Wifi on board.
- Taxi, ☎ .
- Taxi-Radio, ☎ .
- Cabtaxi, ☎ .
Traffic is intense, parking is very difficult or rather expensive, and there are some directional signals. Avoid driving inside the city, if you can. To the city center, look for signs indicating Predetainee'île. In the peninsula and other central districts, it is strongly advised not to park in "no parking" areas; you could be towed with a tow truck. Unpaid parking tickets are also common; A police patrol in the city is charged with checking the payment of parking lots in the city center. The unpaid parking fee is €11 (you could get more tickets on the same day in the central districts). The parking ticket in a prohibited area is €35. If you park in a dangerous spot (e.g., block an emergency exit), the fine can be as high as €135.
The minimum age for renting a car is 21 years and a supplement may be required for drivers under 25 years of age. The main rental companies have offices in Part-Dieu railway stations, Perrache and the airport. Better to take Part-Dieu, because the next navigation is much easier.
Lyon has an increasing number of bike lanes. But there are still problems, especially when it comes to crossing the main roads. Also, keep in mind that there are two hills with steep slopes. A cycle path map is available online.
Since May 2005, Lyon also has a public bicycle service called Vélo'v, which allows travelers, after registering a credit card, to go up and down in more than 300 places in the city. To use it you need a credit card (Visa / MC / French CB) to take advantage of the service. It's very cheap.
- Daily ticket: € 1.5, then free for the first 30 minutes of each race, € 1 for 30 for up to 60 minutes, then € 2 for 30 minutes.
- 7-day ticket: €5, then the same fees as the one - day ticket.
30 minutes is usually more than enough if you stay close to the city center.
If you took a bicycle and you realize that you have a problem (broken chains, deformed wheels, flat tires, or even missing pedals), put it back in place and repeat the procedure for taking another one. The improvements made to the system have made this operation quick and simple.
The system works only with a European credit/debit card. Otherwise the transaction will be aborted, no explanation given on the terminal. He should accept all the cards with a chip, but foreign cards may be difficult. You will have to pre-authorize a €150 deposit that will be repaid (minus the fee) until the bicycle is returned correctly within 24 hours. You need to have a sufficient balance on the bank account.
You must rent a bicycle immediately after purchasing a temporary pass or the ticket will become inactive (this is only true for the first hire). The terminals have only a limited translation in English, which makes the procedure approximate, but once you know the system, it's a great way to move around the city. There's a lot of bikes that can sometimes be a problem returning them.
When you return a bicycle, you have to hear two short sound signals and make sure the green light on the pole is turned on. This indicates that it has been returned and blocked. A long, continuous acoustic signal and no state indicator indicates that something went wrong. Try again by lifting the bike out of the saddle and pushing it back — it can be a little complicated to do well.
There's an iPhone app called Vélo that can help you find a bike or a free car seat.
A classic bike rental service is available from:
- 9 Lyon Location , 16b rue d'Alsace (M: République), ☎ , @[email protected]. Adult bicycles € 14 / day, € 65 / week. Lun-Sab 09:00-13:00, 15:00-19:00, Dom on appointment. He also charters scooters and motorcycles.
What to see
Lyon does not have world-famous monuments like the Eiffel Tower or the Statue of Liberty, but it does have very different neighborhoods that are interesting to visit and that hide architectural wonders. As time passes, the city becomes more and more welcoming for pedestrians and cyclists. So a good way to explore it might be to get lost somewhere and enjoy what comes out, and not always follow the guide ...
A good way to visit some attractions without spending money is to go around churches, traboules, parks, etc. For those who want to visit museums (which are almost the only attractions you can't see for free), the Lyon City Card can be of interest. It is available from the tourism office and some hotels, it costs €21 for a day, €31 for 2 days and €41 for 3 days. It includes unlimited runs on the public transport network, free or small entrance for major museums and exhibitions and a daily tour (Vieux Lyon, Croix-Rousse, etc.). The price is a bit high, so before you make a purchase if it's a good deal for you depending on your plan.
Do not hesitate to buy a detailed map in a book shop or newsstand; Many places of interest or good restaurants are in small streets that you will not find on simplified maps like the ones you can get from the tourist office.
At any time of the year (except Fête des Lumières), tourists are not yet very numerous, but are concentrated in some small areas, in particular Fourvière and Vieux Lyon, where pedestrian roads are crowded as the sidewalks of Champs-Élysées on Sundays weekends.
Guided tours, mostly in French, are available at the tourist office at a price ranging from €12 to €70.
The Roman monuments
The city has an important history of Roman domination and features the important vestiges of the theater and Odeon Romano in the archeological area of the Fourvière Hill, with the interesting Gallo-Roman Museum in Fourvière and the Three Gallie Amphiteater.
The many churches of the city offer the opportunity to visit and admire the various styles of the city, such as the Gothic churches of Lyon Cathedral, 'Église Saint-Nizier, Romanesque Basilique Saint-Martin d'Ainay, Église du Bon-Pasteur, Baroque Church of Saint Bruno del Certosa, eclettica Basilique Notre or the oldest of all the Église Saint-Just and Église Saint-Irénée.
The city has a rich offering of museums of different kinds, in addition to its above mentioned Gallo-Roman Museum, the Museum of Thumbnail Theaters and Cinema with thumbnails and the fitting of famous films, the Press Museum, the Historic Museum of Lyon and the International Marionette Museum, the Museum of Beautiful Arts the . The Contemporary Art Museum, the vivant du Cinéma Museum, commemorates the fact that the city gave birth to the Lumiere brothers and the Urban Musée Tony Garnier.
Among the most representative buildings: the Hôtel de ville, the large Hôtel-Dieu complex and the Palais de Justice.
The Fourvière Metallic Tower certainly works with a vague appeal of the Eiffel Tower and two interesting murals, the Mur des Canuts and the Mur des Lyonnais.
Events & Holidays
- Nuits sonores. May. An increasingly popular festival dedicated to electronic music.
- Nuits de Fourvière Festival. June to early August. The Romani theaters are hosting several shows such as concerts (popular music, jazz, classical), dance, theater and cinema. International artists who usually fill much larger venues are often seduced by the special atmosphere of theaters.
- Biennes. September-December. Lyon is an alternately biennial home for dances (even years) and contemporary art (odd years) from September to December/January. The dance biennial has traditionally been opened by a street parade in which residents of the Lyon mountains participate through community associations. If you're in town at that time, don't miss this colorful and funny event.
- Festival of Lights (fête des lumières). 8 December. It is by far the most important event of the year. It lasts four days around 8 December. Initially it was a traditional religious celebration: On December 8, 1852, the people of Lyon spontaneously lit their windows with candles to celebrate the inauguration of the Golden Statue of the Virgin Mary (the Virgin had been the patron saint of Lyon since she allegedly saved the city from the plague in 1643). The same ritual was repeated every year.
- In the last decade, the celebration has turned into an international event, with lights from professional artists from all over the world. It ranges from small installations in remote neighborhoods to massive shows of light and sound, the largest traditionally held in Place des Terreaux. The most important monuments such as the municipality, the Hôtel-Dieu or the Fourvière Basilica are illuminated spectacularly. The university buildings in Lyon II/Lyon III along the Rhône are also among the most beautiful illuminations. The traditional celebration continues, however: During the weeks leading up to 8 December, traditional candles and glasses are sold in shops all over the city. This festival attracts around 4 million visitors every year; For example, it is now compared, in terms of its presence, to the Oktoberfest of Munich. Needless to say, accommodation for this period should be booked months in advance. You will also need good shoes (to avoid the crowd on the subway) and very warm clothes (it may be very cold at this time of year).
What to do
Lyon is an important university center. The French language courses are available from Inflexyon, Alliance Francaise, Lyon-Bleu, École Interculturelle de Francais. If you're looking for a diving program, you can look at the Alpadia Language School, formerly known as the ESL school, Learn French groups in Lyon.
- Boat trips to Saona (Navig'Inter company), Quai des Célestins (Metro: Cordeliers/Bellecour, near Passerelle du Palais de Justice), ☎ +33 4 78 42 96 81. 28 Mar-8 Nov, Mar-Ven 14:00-18:00; 11:00-18:00 Sab-Dom. A boat trip can be a good way to see Lyon from another perspective. The boats take upstream of Ile Barbe or downstream of the Confluence. Night trips are available on Friday and Saturday.
Parks and gardens
- Long Rhône, such as Charles de Gaulle, ave de Grande-Bretagne, Quai de Serbie, such as Sarrail, such as Augagneur, such as Claude Bernard, ave Leclerc (Metro): Foch, Guillotière, Stade de Gerland). The right bank of the Rhône River has been transformed from a bad parking lot into a five-kilometer walk with various landscapes and splendid views on the areas of Croix-Rousse and Predetainee'Ile. The place was immediately successful among the locals. A bicycle is perfect for exploring the area.
- Along Saona, such as Rambaud, Quai Saint-Antoine, such as Gillet (Metro: Perrache, Hôtel de Ville, B:40 Fontaines-sur-Saône). After the successful operation of the Long Rhône, the municipality decided to renew the operation, this time with the river Saona. The aim is to create a 22 km walk along the banks of the Saona, divided into two parts (for now): between Confluence and île Barbe, and between the neighboring cities of Fontaines-sur-Saône and Rochetaillée-sur-Saône (north of Lyon). Work is still under way but some parts are already open. The walk stretches far beyond the suburban area and is much greener than the banks of the Rhône. The portion near Rochetaillée offers many restaurants on the water (guinguettes) that serve fresh fish.
The usual hours of shopping in the center are 10:00-19:00, Monday to Saturday. Some bigger seats close a little later (19:30). The shops are closed on Sunday, except in December and in Vieux Lyon, where Sunday is the most crowded day of the week.
- 1 Part-Dieu , 17 Rue du Bouchut (Metro: Part-Dieu, near the Homonymous Station), ☎ +33 4 72 60 60 62. Lun-Sab 09:30-20:00. A huge shopping mall on four levels, with most of the most important fashion brands. Avoid Saturday afternoon, the place is terribly crowded. There's also a chance to find restaurants.
- 2 Pôle de Commerces et de Loisirs de Confluence , 7 rue Paul Montrochet (Tram: Hôtel de Région-Montrochet). Lun-Sab 10:00-20:00. A shopping center with fashion stores, restaurants and multi-site cinemas, in a new area.
How to have fun
Early booking is often required for major institutions (auditoriums, opera houses, Célestins and Croix-Rousse cinemas). Big names sell months in advance. Unlike London or New York, there is no place in Lyon where you can buy tickets at reduced prices for daily shows.
- 1 Auditorium (Maurice-Ravel Auditorium), 84 rue de Bonnel (Metro: Part-Dieu), ☎ . The Lyon National Orchestra plays in this impressive and modern concert hall, which also hosts jazz and world music concerts.
- 2 Théâtre Tête d'Or , 60 avenue du Maréchal de Saxe (Bus: C3-Saxe-Lafayette / Tram: Saxe-Préfecture / Metro: Place Guichard), ☎ . This is the only theater in Lyon showing popular comedies in the Paris boulevard style.
- 3 Institut Lumière , Rue du Premier Film (Metro: Monplaisir-Lumière), ☎ +33 4 78 78 18 95. The museum also has a theater showing thematic series of cinematographic masterpieces (in the original version). The theater is in the former Lumière factory, which was the scene of the first film in history (The Sister des usines Lumière).
There are also small independent theaters. Take a look at Les Ateliers, Espace 44, Théâtre des Trochards Célestes.
"Café-théâtre" is a very nice way to spend an evening with a show (usually comedy), drink and food.
Guignol, 200, is a well - known figure in the puppet theater. This irreverent canut that often defies the law in its adventures was created by Laurent Mourguet, himself canut, in 1808. Guignol's main characters are his wife Madelon, his drinking friend Beaujolais Gnafron and the policeman, who always end up being ridiculous. It was only in the 1950s that Guignol became the favorite character of children. Nowadays, some theaters perpetuate the tradition for children and adults.
- UGC. The other major film company has four cinemas in Lyon (Part-Dieu, Cité Internationale, Astoria, Confluence). L'Astoria (M: Masséna) has foreign films in their original version.
- 4 Olympique Lyonnais , Groupama Stadium; 10, avenue Simone-Veil, 69150 Décines-Charpieu. The local football team was the national champion several times between 2002 and 2008. The women's team also dominates the championship and won the UEFA Women's Champions League in 2016 and 2017. The men are playing at the Groupama (Olympique Lyonnais Parc under company name rights) stadium in the Décines suburb, which opened in 2016 shortly before the 2016 European Championship (where it had several games). Tickets are not too difficult to obtain, except for major European matches.
- 5 LOU Rugby, Matmut Stadium de Gerland, 353, Avenue Jean-Jaurès. The Lyon rugby team jumped between the top two levels of the country's top 14 and Pro D2 in 2010; They played in Top 14 from 2016-17. The team moved to the former home of OL in Stade de Gerland for 2017-18.
Lyon offers a nice night life. A good starting point is Place des Terreaux and then up to the Croix Rousse (Metro / bus: Hôtel de Ville - Louis Pardel, 1st arrondissement). There are many beautiful places on the roads that climb the hill. These are also numerous bars on the pedestrian streets of Le Vieux Lyon (Old Lyon), all around St-Jean Cathedral (Metro: Vieux Lyon, 5th arrondissement).
Foreign students often gather in English or Irish pubs, which are particularly concentrated in the Vieux Lyon area. English-language staff everywhere, of course.
|Beaujolais wine: is he really that bad?|
The Beaujolais region, north of Lyon, is world renowned for its "Beaujolais nouveau", produced on the 3rd Thursday of November each year. The average quality is terrible and, because of this, the region is rather unhappy among French consumers. But there is much more in Beaujolais than in the new style. Look for the best enologists, particularly Juliénas, Fleurie, Morgon, Chénas and Moulin-à-Vent. Their quality-price ratio is excellent, and the best wines tend to acquire a taste of ‘bag-one’ with age. The peasants are generally very welcoming and the area is very beautiful.
Lyon is certainly a good starting point for exploring French vineyards: Beaujolais, Burgundy, the Rhône Valley and the lesser known Jura, Savoy and Bugey are all two hours by car. So it's no surprise to see an increasing number of wine worms in Lyon.
Along the Rhône River there are several river boats out of service (péniches) serving as nightclubs or bars.
Where to eat
Restaurants have their menus with prices displayed externally. As everywhere in France, prices always include the service, bread and tap water (asking for a water bottle). The tip is rare and is expected only if you are particularly satisfied with the service. This is particularly true in low - cost restaurants or mid - market restaurants, perhaps less expensive places where it can be considered more appropriate; nothing is obligatory, though. Typical suggestions depend, of course, on the price of the menu and the level of satisfaction, but generally are not high. If you pay by credit card and want to add a tip, you can tell the person responsible how much you want to charge the card.
Meals are usually from 12:00 to 14:00 for lunch, from 19:30 to 22:00 for dinner. Visitors from areas such as North America and Northern Europe may be surprised to find many places still closed at their usual dinner hours. The places offering daily service are in tourist areas and it is unlikely that they will serve quality fresh food. Night service is quite rare in quality restaurants, but you can always take the usual fast-food or kebab.
Traditional restaurants in Lyon are called bouchons; the origin of the word is not clear (literally means "cork"). They appeared in the late 19th century and thrived in the 1930s, when the economic crisis forced wealthy families to fire their cooks, which opened their restaurants for working-class customers. These women are referred to as mère (mothers); The most famous of them, Eugénie Brazier, has become one of the first chefs to receive three stars (the highest ranking) from the famous food guide Michelin. He also had a young apprentice called Paul Bocuse. Eating in a good bouchon is definitely a must. Local dishes are needed:
- Salade lyonnaise (Lyon salad): green salad with bacon cubes, crostines and egg in a shirt;
- Saucisson chaud: a boiled and boiling sausage; may be cooked with red wine (saucisson beaujolais) or a sandwich (saucisson brioché);
- Those de brochet: flour and eggs with a shrimp’s sauce (Nantua sauce);
- Tablier de sapeur: pepperoni covered with breadcrumbs and then fried, even the rooms often hesitate before testing it;
- Andouillette: chopped sausage usually served with mustard sauce;
- Gratin dauphinois: the traditional outline, potatoes cut in the oven with cream;
- Cervelle de canut: fresh cheese with garlic and aromatic herbs.
- Veal breeds with mustard: veal kidney in mustard sauce. Delicious experience.
These dishes are very tasty. They've been created as workers' food, so they're generally fat, and the portions are usually pretty big. The quality is very variable because bouchons are one of the city's main tourist attractions. Good advice: Never trust big signs with the words Véritable bouchon lyonnais (bouchon genuino) or a list of typical dishes on the window. Those who need to write this are often tourist traps. In the tourist areas, in particular Rue St Jean, give the utmost attention and make reliable recommendations, if possible. And if anyone on the street tries to get you into a restaurant, don't. A good bouchon, it's a great value for money.
|A good bouchon|
A local association has awarded the Authentique bouchon lyonnais label to 22 restaurants throughout the city (but especially in Preaccessible'île), considering the quality of food and wine, the typical nature of their furniture and the strong personality of the owner. They have a metal plate on the facade that represents Gnafron, Guignol's friend, with his glass of Beaujolais.
In bouchons and other medium-low-end restaurants, basic wines may be served on the plate, a typical bottle containing 46 cl and filled by a barrel or a wine container. The smallest film (child) contains 28 cl. This is certainly cheaper than a 75 cl bottle, but the quality is not always guaranteed.
Lyon was named "the capital of gastronomy" by the great gastronomic writer Curnonsky in 1935; there were no exotic restaurants at the time, no diets, and no one talked about fusion cooking or bistronomy. Fortunately, local gastronomy has evolved considerably since then, and now there is much more to eat in Lyon than in bouchons. Kebab shops, Asian food, bistrots, three - star restaurants: The Lyon has them all.
The locals generally like to eat out and the best places are quickly known by word of mouth. In addition, restaurants are on average rather small. It is highly advisable to book a table, especially for dinner, otherwise it could end up in one of the traps for tourists. Because many good local chefs seem to enjoy a good family weekend, there are many more interesting options on weekdays.
- 1 Pimprenelle Bar, 13 Rue des Quatre Chapeaux (Metro: Cordeliers), ☎ . Brunch €18. Lun-Sab 07:00-22:30. This place is quite popular for its Sunday brunch.
- 2 Le Layon, 52 rue Mercière (Metro: Cordeliers), ☎ . Full menu €23.50 / 27.50. Lun-Dom 12:00-00:00. In another street full of traps for tourists, this restaurant offers a great local and French classic cuisine. Try the grenouilles. Very beautiful terrace. Good list of wines at attractive prices.
- 3 Brasserie Georges , 30, cours de Verdun (behind Perrache station), ☎ . €25 to 35. It's an amazing traditional Brasserie, which serves traditional dishes with an Alsatian touch in a refined interior. A real delight, Art Deco. Founded in 1836, with a high-quality service tradition. It also has a brewery and a bar, and the intern deserves a visit even if you don't want to eat.
Where to stay
In general, it is not difficult to find a hotel room in Lyon, except for the Fête des lumières and at some important trade fairs. You can find hotels in major chains, like Sofitel, Hilton, Best Western, Accor, as well as many independent hotels.
- 1 Camping des Barolles , 88, Avenue Maréchal Foch (motorway A450, junction 6b), ☎ , @ [email protected] €19 (Jun 2016). Check In: 3:00, check out: 12:00. The camp is equipped with free campers, chalets and camping. There is a small shop at the reception desk. A couple of minutes from a big mall. To get to Lyon by public transportation, take the 78 bus to Oullins and then change to the subway. Friendly staff. Free wifi.
- 2 NH Lyon Aéroport , 915 Rue d’Espagne, ☎ +33 4 72 23 05 50. €98. 245 modern rooms and restaurants, boardrooms and a wealth center.
The real security problems in the center of the city are rare, but common sense advice applies.
In the subway, you can risk a mop. The thieves take advantage of the moments of stamping to open bags or backpacks and unwind their wallets.
Rue Ste Catherine, behind Place des Terreaux, is locally famous for her bars; on weekends nights there are a lot of people on the street drunk, who could be violent. The police are watching closely, but it is probably best to avoid the area if you are alone, especially after 3:00 when the bars are closed. Similar problems can be encountered in Vieux Lyon.
In populated places like Rue de la République or outside the Part-Dieu station, you might meet people who advertise for charity. may be recognized by their specific and colorful clothes. They're not asking for money, but they're actually giving away information documents that encourage donation.
Homeless people sell newspapers like Macadam or Sans-Abri that help them make money without begging. they should have an identity card issued by publishers. But there are also people who are trying to contact you to get money for some imaginary charity, sometimes by selling postcards or other items. Never give money directly to someone on the street who claims to be working for charity and doesn't have any official papers, or if the paperwork seems dubious.
- Police, ☎ 17.
- Firefighters, ☎ 18.
- Medical emergency, ☎ 15.
- European emergency number, ☎ 112.
How to stay in touch
- 10 Central Postal Office, 10 place Antonin Poncet (Metro: Bellecour), ☎ . Lun-Ven 09:00-19:00, Gio up to 20:00, Sab 09:00-12:30.
- 11 Post Office of Terreaux , 3 rue du Président Edouard Herriot (Metro: Hôtel de Ville), ☎ . Lun-Ven 10:00-19:00, Sab 10:00-17:00.
There are 42 other post offices in all the districts of Lyon.
To make a call from abroad, dial the appropriate international access code of your area, followed by the IDD access code for France +33, followed by the regional code (ignoring the prefix 0) followed by the local number.
To dial abroad from France, dial the international 00 code followed by the international code 00 followed by the international code 00 followed by the regional code 0 followed by the local number.
The regional code (town) for Lyon is 04. A phone number in Lyon is similar to this one; (04) XX XX XX XX XX XX XX XX XX. In the international format it appears as follows: +33 4 XX XX XX XX XX XX XX XX.
- To dial a Lyon number from another country, use the local international access code (e.g. 00), followed by 33 4 XX XX XX XX XX XX.
- Use 04 XX XX XX XX XX XX XX XX to dial a Lyon number from France.
- When dialing from a mobile phone, it may be easier to always dial +33 4 XX XX XX XX XX XX XX in France and elsewhere, but you must always delete the initial 0 from the city code 04.
Most internet cafes and call shops are in the Guillotière neighborhood (Metro: Guillotière) and behind Place des Terreaux (Rue Ste Catherine, Rue Romarin, Metro: Hôtel de Ville), because of the large population of immigrants living there.
- Lyon is the most common guide for performances and events in Lyon. It's a weekly publication available in newspaper resellers. It also contains lists of restaurants and nightclubs.
- The cultural events are listed in the weekly Le Petit Bulletin (free, available in cinemas, theaters, cafes, etc.). And online).
Due to its geographical location and its historical commercial role, Lyon is at the center of a dense communications network and is therefore an excellent starting point for exploring South-Eastern France. Most of the destinations around Lyon are operated by regional trains on the TER Rhône-Alpes network. The large motorway network of the region also allows for rapid and efficient travel. A lot of interesting cities, attractions and natural sites can be reached in less than two hours of travel. A more detailed list can be found at the regional tourism office.
- 12 Grand Parc de Miribel-Jonage , Chemin de la Bletta, 69120 Vaulx-en-Velin (just outside Lyon. The access is possible by bicycle from Lyon, using the bike lane along the Rhône (approximately 20 minutes from the Tête d'Or park - follow the directions ViaRhôna). In the spring and summer months, the area was served by the TCL bus line 83, the Vaulx-en-Velin train station (Underground line A, T3 tram).), ☎ +33 4 78 80 56 20. Entry is free. It is a large park with more than 2,400 hectares, including a lake near the Rhône River where many leisure activities (hiking, riding, cycling, golf) and nautical activities (rowing, swimming, windsurfing, rowing) can be concentrated. There are several beaches, large stretches of forest, lots of picnics and barbecues. It's a popular destination for locals, especially during the summer when it's too hot in the city.
North of Lyon is the region of Dombes, in the department of Ain. Its numerous lakes and ponds offer a pleasant environment for birdwatching and hiking. The main attractions are the Villars-les-Dombes bird park, with a large collection of exotic birds, and Pérouges, a small medieval village. Its buildings date back to the Middle Ages and are a popular destination for people living in Lyon for the weekend.
The famous Beaujolais vineyards extend north of the department. There are many castles where Beaujolais wine can be bought directly from independent producers. Holidays are organized during the Beaujolais season in November. Local villages have an interesting architecture, their buildings are made out of a local yellow limestone called pierres dorées. Take the highway north of Lyon to Belleville, so follow some smaller roads. Interesting sites can also be found at: Oingt, Villié-Morgon.
|Skiing from Lyon|
In winter, the nearest ski resort is less than two hours away. Several travel agencies sell daily packages (bus and skipass travel); The buses leave Lyon between 6 and 7:00 and return around 8:00 p.m. This is a cheap and convenient way to go skiing. these one-day journeys cost € 30-40, excluding the hiring of equipment and food. This only concerns the normal price of skipass! 1 2 3
- Vienne, 30 km south of Lyon, is famous for its international jazz festival organized every summer. It also has many medieval buildings and ancient Roman buildings. There is also a large archeological museum in the nearby town of Saint-Romain-en-Gal. Access by train (TER) or A7 motorway.
- Rochetaillée Car Museum, Château Rochetaillée, ☎ +33 4 78 22 18 80, fax: . Adults €5, free for children under 18. Mar-Dom 09:00-19:00 in July and August, Mar-Dom 09:00-18:00. He has a very nice collection of old and modern cars. The main attraction of the museum is the armored car of Adolf Hitler.
- Eveux, about 20 km north - west of Lyon, hosts the convent of Sainte Marie de la Tourette. Designed by Le Corbusier, it is one of 17 of its works worldwide that is listed as World Heritage.
The French Alps offer an extraordinary natural environment with beautiful landscapes and many opportunities for outdoor activities: excursions, mountaineering, rock climbing, skiing and snowboarding. All this just a couple hours away from Lyon! Lots of natural parks and ski resorts, from refined to familiar. There are also many interesting cities to find out: Annecy, the "Venice of Savoy" with its beautiful lake and canals, Chambéry (the historical capital of Savoy), Aix-les-Bains (the spa town facing Lake Bourget), Chamonix (the access road to Mount Bianco), Grenoble (the "Silicon Valley of France", with its high-tech industries and lively student life), It has a lot of museums, local culinary specialties and historical sites for a nice trip. Access is easy from the motorway, from Lyon using the motorway . Regional trains serve all the major cities in the Alps from Lyon, often in less than two hours. However, the most famous ski and mountain areas (except Chamonix) do not have a railway station. There are some intercity bus lines, but the service is often poor and not always reliable. So having a car may be highly desirable, but if you don't have one, some local travel agencies sell weekend ski packages to major ski resorts, including Lyon transport (see box on the right).
The francophone regions of Switzerland, and in particular the cities of Geneva and Lausanne, as well as the beautiful places surrounding Lake Geneva. Regional trains from Lyon stop in Geneva. You have to use the Swiss Railways (CFF) to go further. In the car, drive across the road to Geneva. If you are planning to drive on the Swiss highways, do not forget to buy the freeway ticket! You can buy one at the Lyon border or the Automobile Club (18, Quai Jean Moulin, 69002 Lyon +33 478 425 101).
Southern Burgundy, in particular the city of Mâcon, the Paray-le-Monial basilica and the Abbey of Cluny.
The mountains of the Jura and the small town of Nantua, whose lake is famous for its shrimp. Nantua sauce is a staple food in Lyonnaise cooking.
The dense forests of Auvergne and its capital, Clermont-Ferrand, which is the gateway to the dead volcanoes of Puy-de-Dôme. Great if you like nature and hiking. Another interesting city is Le-Puy-en-Velay, whose cathedral is one of the four starting points for pilgrimages to Santiago de Compostela.
Saint-Étienne, a former industrial power and once renowned for its arms producers. A city with many elegant buildings, public squares and narrow pedestrian roads all just a few steps from Place du Peuple. Less than 1 hour by car or train.
Northern Italy, in particular the Valle d'Aosta, Piedmont and Turin. Three hours by car, through the Mont Blanc motorway tunnel. The direct rail service is unfortunately non-existent, although by 2025 a direct high-speed rail link between Lyon and Turin is expected to be built.
- 13 Information Office, Place Bellecour (The office is located in the southeastern corner of Bellecour.), ☎ , @ [email protected] Lun-Dom 09:00-18:00, 09:00-20:00 during the Lights Festival.