A warm welcome from Lyon
Located in the heart of Europe, half-way between Paris and the Cote d’Azur, and at the foot of the Alps, Lyon’s layout, featuring two rivers and three hills, makes this an unusual city. You can travel to the new Confluence district from the Medieval and Renaissance Vieux-Lyon (Old Lyon) district by boat, climb to the heights of La Croix Rousse to the north or Fourvière in the west and take in the panoramic view of the city with 2000 years of history. Lyon is the ancient capital of Gaul with a rich history of more than 2000 years. There still exists today evidence of its long past, in landmarks such as the Gallo-Roman Amphitheatre and its 15th century cathedral at Saint-Jean. Lyon is listed as part of UNESCO’s World Heritage since 1998, making it Europe’s 2nd-largest Renaissance site after Venice.
Lyon is the capital of silk weaving in France. You will discover the “Traboules” (passageways) winding down the hill of the Croix-Rousse where 30.000 silk weavers used to live in the 19th century. The City Centre, between the Saône and Rhône rivers, called the Presqu’île, has always been the heart of busy activity around the neighbourhood’s businesses, shops, bookstores and theatres. Charming squares and prestigious buildings are present all around this district, which is ideal for shopping or just wandering around. The Confluence district, the most ambitious urban redevelopment plan in Europe in terms of surface area, will only be fully completed in 2025, but the district has already undergone massive change.
The Lyon region is home to a dynamic and diversified industrial network whose added value is higher than the European average and a scientific research potential, with 510 laboratories and 10 000 research personnel.
Lastly, the city is reknowned for its gastronomy, thanks to Paul Bocuse. Lyon is preparing to open the Cité Internationale de la Gastronomie [International City of Gastronomy] in the city’s former historic hospital.
Experience for yourself the charm of Lyon and the diversity of everything it has to offer.
How to arrive
Lyon is located in the centre of western europe: every day over 200 direct flights connect the city to over 115 destinations around the world, while the Central Station – Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu – is very well connected to major european cities through conventional and highspeed trains.. The position of Lyon also makes it easy to reach it by bus or car.
Saint-Exupéry International Airport links Lyon to 115 non-stop destinations in more than 40 countries. The “Rhônexpress” train between the airport and Lyon Part-Dieu station leaves every 15 min and runs from 6 am to 9 pm, 365 days a year. www.lyonaeroports.com
With 2 stations in the city centre including Part-Dieu and Perrache, you will be sure to find your way in and out of the city. The TGV or bullet train places Lyon in the center of Europe today: 2 hours from Paris, 3 hours from Lille, 90 min from Marseille, 5 hours from London (with Eurostar) and 5 hours from Barcelona.
This modern station was constructed in 1978 in conjunction with one of the largest shopping centers in France, a major government office complex, and the tallest skyscraper in the region, nicknamed Le Crayon (The Pencil) due to its shape.
Location: Bellcour, BP 2254
Hours: Open daily from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Closed on May 1st, December 25th and January 1st
Coin-operated lockers and staffed luggage service
Hours: Daily 6:15 am – 11:00 pm
Lost & Found:
Location: In the centre of the station
Hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Tel: 04 72401062
Located in the centre of the train station.
Location: In the centre of the staion
Places to eat in the station:
Haagen Dazs – ice cream
Lyon is one of the most popular locations in France, having intercity connections to more than 20 cities in France like e.g. (Paris, Marseille, Nice…) and international bus connections to Spain (Barcelona, Madrid, Zaragoza…), Italy (Naples, Milan, Rome…), Portugal (Lisbon, Porto, Guimaraes…) and 19 more European countries.
Lyon has 2 bus terminals and 1 bus stop:
- Lyon, Cours de Verdun Rambaud Bus terminal
- Lyon, Dieu – Vilette Bus terminal
- Gare de Perrache (Bus stop)
Lyon is connected to France major cities and Geneva by highway
- Dijon and Geneva: 2 hours
- Marseille: 3 hours
- Nice: 4 hours 30 minutes
- Paris: 4 hours 40 minutes
- Toulouse: 4 hours 50 minutes
The best way to move around the city is using The “Lyon City Card” is available for 1, 2, 3 or 4-day passes and costs €20-€25. It can be purchased all around the city, at the airport and in the main stations. This card includes access to all of the city’s public transportation, free access to 23 museums in the city as well as a return trip on Rhônexpress to the airport. https://en.lyoncitycard.com