Lyon Travel Guide

  • Lyon, store on Rue du Boeuf
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Lyon Things to Do

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  • Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Looming above Lyon from its position on a hilltop on the right bank of the Saône, the Basilica Notre-Dame de Fourvière can be seen from numerous places in the city. So it is certainly a prominent landmark, even for those of us who dislike the building and what it stands for. Like the Basilique du Sacré-Cœur, which has a similarly dominating...

  • Vieux Lyon

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    This show is a 1 hour fun-filled puppet show (in French). You've never been to Lyon if you've never seen Guignol there. Lyon is the birth place of Guignol, and its a must see for kids and adults alike.

  • Rhône & Saône Rivers

    The cruise takes you through both rivers and the history around. It also helps in gauging you with the distance to places you can by yourself visit. The boat ride comes free with many places and museums you can visit once you purchase a tourist card at the tourist center in Bellacour


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Lyon Restaurants

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  • Hipopotamus restaurant Grill

    You can find them everywhere in France. Lovely Steaks, Salads and desserts. I had the Caesar Salad and a Medium Steak

  • Local Brewery

    Ninkasi is a Lyon based brewery with several pub / restaurants around town.Our first evening meal was in ane of these and as we particularly enjoyed both food and beer we searched out another of their venues for lunch on the two following days.It's good pub grub as they say, the assiette tapenade is very good and the fries are the best we've had...

  • Hippopotamus

    One of a chain I suspect, this one in a shopping centre in the Part-Dieu area but don't let that put you off!Comfortable and friendly, a meat heavy menu but enough choice to keep the vegetarian Mrs B happy. Set meals good value and food all very nicely done.Enjoyed our visit here.


Lyon Nightlife

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  • Pubs & Bars

    I visited this place a Sunday night and then they played salsa music and also karoke in French. There werent so many people here and they had no entrance fee. You just pay 2 euros to hang your jacket. I can think this place is much better Thursdays to Saturdays when it is open to five o'clock in the morning. The bouncer was really friendly here and...

  • Restaurents

    The old part of the city has a good selection of restaurants. There are also touristy types of streets: full of cheap, reasonable-to-poor quality restaurants (very similar to those streets in the Latin Quarter in Paris). If you wander around to the quieter streets, you may find better French places. Shorts and t-shirt were what I wore. In the more...

  • Festival des Lumières

    Really big and beautiful festival. The lights are everywhere, you may drink wine, eat chestnuts and enjoy the lights and the elation of the people around you. All of the performances of light-masters are worth seeing them. Don't miss any of them!


Lyon Transportation

  • Metro, Funicular, Bus & Tram

    Hi everyone, I would just like to inform you about this company, Rhonexpress. First of all it is a scandal how the concession has been given for 30 YEARS to such companies as Vinci or Veolia, known for not caring much for the clients but for profits and dividends mostly. Of course they have assured a monopolistic position, ending with the more...

  • Trains & TGV

    In March 2012 the German and French railways began running a direct high-speed train connection (only once a day at first, but still) from Frankfurt am Main via Mannheim, Karlsruhe and Strasbourg to Lyon, and then on to Avignon, Aix-en-Provence and %L[http://members.virtualtouris

  • Airport & Flying

    No problem flying into Lyon. Leaving by international flight is more problematic if you use T1. The security section (X-rays) is grossly inadequate with queues routinely meaning 20 or 30 minutes wait. The employee on duty that day confirmed to me that is was not a one-off and that queues are almost always very long. Plan to get there early if...


Lyon Shopping

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  • Rue Victor Hugo

    The great nineteenth century novelist, poet and dramatist Victor Hugo (1802-1885) was not an avid shopper, as far as I know, so he probably wouldn’t have been too happy about having one of the main shopping streets in Lyon named after him.But I’m sure he would have appreciated this girl who made a quick stop with her Vélo’v bike to pop into one of...

  • . . . but a few internet cafés still...

    Eventually I found two internet cafés that were still in operation. Both were in a small street called rue Romarin, which is behind the City Hall and Place des Terreaux.This is an old narrow street which is picturesque in a grungy sort of way.I went to Planete Net/Phone at 21 rue Romarin because it looked a bit roomier than Web n' Call (second...

  • An ex-@ shop . . .

    Since I had a newly published guidebook I was confident that their recommendations would be up-to-date, which most of them were. But there was one exception, namely internet cafés.They listed several internet cafés in the Old Town, but the first two I went looking for had already gone out of business. This one in the photo, at 12 rue Lainerie,...


Lyon Local Customs

  • Food & Drink

    Around Lyon you have many wineyards and also companies which sells guided tours to the wineyards. If you want to do one of these trips, which I did not have time and I was there during the wrong season. Go to the tourist office and get more information what kind of wine tours they can offer for you, and you see if you like them.

  • Guignol

    There are three troupes presenting puppet shows daily in Lyon. One is located in a small theater in Old Lyon and the others are in other parts of the city. We attended an afternoon show at the Daniel Streble troupe. After the show we went backstage and were shown the workings and looked at an enormous number of puppets of ages from ancient to new....

  • Money

    Leaving a pourboire (tipping) is at your discretion. Service charges are included on all restaurant bills at a cost of between 10 and 15 percent. Extra tips are accepted of course if you have received above good service. s fair to add a little more if the meal and service has been exceptional. Taxi drivers expect tips of about 10 percent of the...


Lyon Warnings and Dangers

  • Watch out for them.

    It is not a good start on your vacation if you need to go in these cars, if you have caused the situation. Stay away for your own securtity!

  • When going during summertime...

    We visited during summertime, and it was HOT HOT HOT.... As a person that is not very happy in the heat, I thought I was going to die, it was very very hot, so I would suggest taking a hat and some suncream, as it gets really very hot there.If you plan on renting a car and driving around, I would advise you to get one with an airconditioner, its...

  • Do not jaywalk in Lyon

    For a first time visitor to Lyon it is important to know that most one-way streets have a separate lane for buses and taxis that comes in the OPPOSITE direction of other cars. It means that while you're looking to the right for traffic to stop in a one-way street, buses and taxis would come from the left (most likely in 60 km/h). Lot's of people I...


Lyon Tourist Traps

  • Shopping or eating on Rue du Bueuf

    I was there for two evenings in a row. Really tried to chatch a spirit of Lyon's old town. But the only thing I felt was the spirit of shopping and eating at a tourist place. Honestly, I could find a place to eat there and did not buy anything there either. Just include it as a part of your old town visit and walk around, there's not much to do...

  • lyon wasn t a very touristy...

    lyon wasn t a very touristy place because the city hadn t developped structures for tourists but within the past few years lyon has experienced a real tourist explosion!!luckyly i don t think we have tourist traps yet...i m shure they ll show up later on.You ll get the usual insisting vendors on the streets in st jean and rue de la republique but...

  • Lyon Hotels

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Lyon What to Pack

  • Lyon guidebook

    At the bookshops in the main railway station in Frankfurt am Main there are dozens of different guidebooks about Prague, where I went a few weeks earlier, but this was the only one they had about Lyon.It is called “City|Trip Lyon” by Petra Sparrer, published by Reise Know-How Verlag in Bielefeld, first edition 2010, and it is all in German...

  • What to bring on your trip to Lyon

    Lyon has a rather moderate, continental climate. There's sunshine from April till September, but it can get really cold and rainy in winter! Changing foreign currencies is not so easy in Lyon, as the banks usually don't do it and there's only few places to change money (for example AOC near the opera, Rue de la Republique). You can get cash from...

  • Basic needs

    Hope you didn't pay a lot for that luggage! The support bar in my large bag was bent, and there is now a rip in the outer covering of the bag. I did purchase some of the new TSA-approved locks so the bags can be searched, but remain locked. Nice! You can be spotted as an American by those white walking/running shoes we wear. It is not a problem,...


Lyon Off The Beaten Path

  • Perouges

    Pérouges is a typical village of the Middle Age located on top of a hill at about 35km of Lyon. A lot of efforts have been made to preserve its medieval character and all the historic buildings have been restored. It's very charming.

  • Palais du Facteur Cheval

    The Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval in Hauterives in the department of Drôme in central France is my kind of palace. It was built by and for a hard working man as opposed to royalty. This palace was built by a mail carrier who, during years of mail delivery, collected stones of all shapes and sizes during his daily route by wheelbarrow of 40 miles...

  • Lyon City

    One of the few museums we could find, the Miniatures museum is in old lyon. For a nominal fee (we don't even remember what it was!), you can walk through various rooms that hold tiny exhibits -- models of room after room made with painstaking detail of everyday life. My wife enjoyed guessing what things were used to make tiny brooms, phones,...


Lyon Sports & Outdoors

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    by vichatherly Written Apr 20, 2008

    The Stade Gerland is the home of Olympique Lyonnnais.

    A decent modern all seater stadium with a capcity of 42,000

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  • Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière

    La basilique de Notre-Dame de Fourvière domine la ville de Lyon depuis le sommet de la colline de Fourvière, sur l'emplacement de l'ancien Forum de Trajan (Forum vetus, d'où le nom de Fourvière), où Saint Pothin subit le martyre. Son architecture de style néo-byzantin est l'œuvre de Pierre Bossan. The basilica of Notre-Dame of Fourvière dominates...

  • Croix Rousse

    La Croix-Rousse, "colline qui travaille", pendant ouvrier et laborieux de Fourvière, la "colline qui prie", a été bâtie au début du XIXè siècle sur des terrains qui appartenaient aux communautés religieuses. Les pentes s’opposent traditionnellement au plateau. Les pentes de la Croix-Rousse font partie du territoire classé au patrimoine Mondial par...

  • Cathédrale St-Jean

    Originellement du XIVe siècle, elle fut remaniée plusieurs fois. Elle indique : la date, les positions de la lune, du soleil et de la Terre, ainsi que celle des étoiles au-dessus de Lyon. Bien entendu, compte tenu des connaissances de l'époque, c'est le soleil qui tourne autour de la Terre. La date donnée sera exacte jusqu'en 2019. Au-dessus de...


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