If you were to ask for an authentic French experience, then all directions would point to Lyon. Here, you can step into the largest Renaissance quarters at Vieux Lyon, where century-old houses still thrive. In fact, about 10% of the city is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These sites include the districts of Vieux-Lyon, the slopes of Croix-Rousse Hill, Fourvière Hill, and the Presqu'île. It would be like starting a marathon but not finishing it, and stopping in the middle, if you did not visit these places while in Lyon. The city’s atmospheric neighbourhoods, awe-inspiring attractions, the confluence of the Rivers Rhône and Saône, and lip-smacking Lyonnais cuisine are something you cannot miss.
Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit Lyon is between August and October. Although the summer season in Lyon can be pleasant, the city has a different charm during the fall, when cool, crisp weather and colourful foliage beautify the city.
By Air: Lyon has two airports: Lyon Saint-Exupéry International Airport and Lyon-Bron Business Airport. Lyon-Bron Business Airport is also a smaller airport located within the city and it is the third busiest airport in the country. Lyon Saint-Exupery Airport, at a distance of 25 km. The airport has good connectivity to the city with their Tram Express, which will drop you at La Part-Dieu train station within 30 minutes. There are taxis at Terminals 1 and 2 of the airports to drop you at your desired location in Lyon.
By Train: The Train à Grande Vitesse (TGV) trains are well connected to destinations across France. There are two major train stations that are located in the heart of the city, Lyon Part-Dieu and Lyon Perrache. The TGV takes you to cities like Marseille, Montpellier, Paris, Lille, Rennes, and others.
By Road: You can easily travel across the country with several buses and rental car options. Highways such as the A6 and A7 connect to countries such as Switzerland and Italy. There are also several night buses available.
Even though Lyon is one of the biggest cities in France, it is relatively easy to get around. The Lyon metro system, which consists of four lines connecting to major neighbourhoods, is the best option. The best part is that tickets for the metro can also be used on trams and buses. The tramway connects major cities and suburban areas.
Based on the easy railway access in Lyon, using buses can be optional; however, some bus routes conveniently pass a few places that are quite far from the nearest metro station. To get around the city, hassle-free, consider buying the Lyon City Card. It offers unlimited trips on all public transportation.