Owing to its central position both within France and Europe, you can reach Lyon easily. It is accessible via motorways (A6, A7, A40 and A47) from cities such as Paris, Grenoble or Toulouse. The TGV will get you from Paris to Lyon-Part-Dieu in just two hours (close to the Campanile Part Dieu hotel). Lyon Saint Exupéry airport provides links to Paris and towns in the region.
The public transport system in Lyon is the best one outside of Paris, and is eco-friendly. Choose from the metro, the tram or the trolleybus to get around. There is also a bicycle-hire system.
The city has produced some of France’s finest chefs, such as Paul Bocuse, Philippe Gauvreau and Nicolas Lebec. It also has twenty or so certified ‘authentic’ restaurants, called ‘bouchons’, where you can try a Lyonnaise salad, tablier du sapeur (a Lyon specialty made with tripe), or a plate of rosette and andouillette (two types of sausage particular to Lyon).
There are events happening all year round in Lyon. On 8 December, the city puts on its brightest clothes and lights thousands of candles for the fête des Lumières (Festival of Lights). In the summer, there is the Nuits de Fourvière festival showcasing music, dance and theatre, the ‘Quais du Polar’ festival for detective fiction, and the Salsa festival.
The Croix-Rousse hill, which is one of the hills surrounding the city, is particular known for its history with traditional silk work. This is where the Canuts revolt began in 1831. The area remains under the influence of this working-class tradition and the "Canuts Republic» lives on through passionates who still elect their very own president.
La Ville de Lyon
Office du Tourisme
Aéroports de Lyon
Transports en commun (TCL)