Flights to Lyon (LYS)

Flights to Lyon take you to one of France’s finest destinations. You’ll experience remarkable food, a gorgeous climate and fascinating history.

Flights to Lyon

There was a time when flights to Lyon were only taken by those in the know; this was very much one of France’s best-kept secrets – overlooked by the masses for Paris, the south of France or the Alps. Turns out the Lyonnais were keeping the city – with its amazing food, fantastic culture, beautiful climate and exceptional history – all to themselves. One short stroll around the Unesco World Heritage Site that is the Old Town confirms why: it’s picturesque, vibrant and fascinating without being overly touristy. Lyon is a city to live in, as well as visit.

One of the biggest draws of this beautiful French city is its dining scene, which some will argue is the best in France – and that’s saying something. Celebrity chefs and Michelin-starred restaurants seem to be around every corner in Lyon, and you could easily spend most of your holiday budget just on dining out. However, for those who want somewhere more modest but equally pleasing to eat, the city has scores of bouchons (taverns) that, nightly, host locals who are not averse to chipping in with the cooking and general service.

When you’re not enjoying Lyon’s restaurants, cafes or lounges, there’s a lot of sightseeing to be done. The city’s museums and festivals reflect its status as a place of genuine culture and innovation – this, after all, is where cinema was born (and the Musée Lumière is a must-see attraction for all moviegoers). Lyon is also where you’ll find the largest collection of Impressionist art outside Paris, at Musée des Beaux Arts.

Even its football team, Olympique Lyonnais, moved to a spectacular new stadium after winning its only first league title in 2002. Once it’s on the up, there’s no stopping this place.

Climb Fourvière Hill

This hill overlooking Lyon has some of the most magnificent urban panoramas in France. Take the funicular up to the basilica, then stroll down to the Old Town. The area comes alive during the Fête des Lumières in December, and the Nuits Des Fourvière in summer, which features live music in the Roman outdoor theatre.

La Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière
8 Place de Fourvière
+33 4 78 25 13 01

Cycle around Lyon’s squares

East of the Saône, Lyon’s narrow streets give way to grand metropolitan squares. Bellecour has fine statues, high-end shopping streets and art galleries, Les Célestins has a famous theatre, and Des Terreaux has the City Hall and the Musée Des Beaux Arts. There’s also Place des Jacobins, so hire a bicycle – try Vélo’v – to take them all in.

34 Rue Billon
+33 800 08 35 68

Visit the museums

The Musée des Beaux Arts has the largest collection of Impressionist art outside Paris’s Musée d’Orsay (and a lovely courtyard garden). In addition, Lyon is where cinema was born, so check out the Musée Lumière, the museum dedicated to the two brothers who invented the cinematograph.

Musée des Beaux Arts
20 Place des Terreaux
+33 4 72 10 17 40

Take a food tour

Lyon is rightly praised for food and it’s estimated that there are more than 2,000 restaurants in the city, all with a strong commitment to quality and taste. Try the Croix Rousse or Halle Lyon markets to find the freshest food. Or book a day with Plum Lyon Teaching Kitchen, which will take you on a tour of the best outlets and teach you how to cook a typical French dish.

Plum Lyon Teaching Kitchen
49 Rue des Tables Claudiennes
+33 9 51 72 22 08

Marvel at the Musée des Confluences

The Musée des Confluences, so-called because it’s situated at the southern end of the city where the Rhône and Saône Rivers meet, is a fabulously futuristic structure that opened in December 2014. The building itself is an attraction but once inside, immerse yourself in natural history and anthropology from across the centuries.

86 Quai Perrache
+33 4 28 38 11 90

Explore Lyon’s Old Town

With the finest collection of Renaissance architecture outside Florence, Lyon’s Old Town, a Unesco World Heritage Site, is a wonderful place to wander. Walk through the traboules (hidden passageways) and discover where silk weavers once hung their produce to dry, and where the French Resistance was based during the Second World War.

1 Place Neuve Saint-Jean
Vieux Lyon

Restaurant le Gourmet de Sèze (French)

Le Café des Fédérations (French)

Dining out in Lyon is as much about the city's rustic bouchons (taverns), which offer warm welcome and hearty food, as it is about the Michelin-starred restaurants. Of all the bouchons, Le Café des Fédérations is among the best, serving up local specialties such as quenelle – a mixture of creamed fish, chicken or meat.

8-9-10 Rue Major Martin
+33 4 7828 2600 (French language website)

Restaurant Pierre Orsi (French)

Pierre Orsi is one of a number of Lyon chefs and restaurateurs who learned his craft from Paul Bocuse, and his own traditional French establishment is now a firm favourite in the city. In a self-styled ‘little house’ near the Tête d'Or park, Orsi crafts classic dishes such as lobster and pigeon.

3 Place Kléber
+33 4 7889 5768

Maison Clovis (French)

Michelin-starred Lebanese Chef Clovis Khoury set up this elegant eatery on the Boulevard Brotteaux. He serves innovative French dishes with subtle Middle Eastern twists from his open kitchen, where the love he has for his trade is plain to see.

19 Boulevard Brotteaux
+33 4 7274 4461

Les Terraces De Lyon (European)

Just like the name suggests, the terraces of this restaurant offer incredible views of the city. The spectacular setting within the five-star Villa Florentine is matched by the food; Chef Davy Tissot’s Michelin-starred cuisine covers a variety of French and Italian influences made with seasonal ingredients.

25 Montée Saint-Barthélémy
+33 4 72 56 56 56

L’Auberge du Pont de Collonges (French)

Chef Paul Bocuse has made Lyon one of the finest food destinations in all of France. His three Michelin-starred restaurant L’Auberge du Pont de Collonges is an enduring temple to traditional French gastronomy, and worth the 20-minute journey north of the city.

40 Quai De La Plage
+33 4 7242 9090

Cour Des Loges

The award-winning five-star Cour Des Loges is a beautiful boutique hotel in the heart of Lyon’s Old Town. Its 60 rooms and suites are set around a Renaissance-era courtyard and hanging gardens. With a spa and the Michelin-starred Loges restaurant on site, it’s the perfect base for a break in Lyon.

2-8, Rue du Boeuf
+33 4 7277 4444

Sofitel Lyon Bellecour

The Sofitel is just a short walk from Place Bellecour, a large square in the centre of Lyon. This five-star hotel caters for all tastes, with a choice of contemporary or traditional French rooms. Topped off by Michelin-starred restaurant Les Trois Dômes, this is true luxury in the heart of the city.

20 Quai Gailleton
+33 4 7241 2020

Villa Florentine

Villa Florentine is a luxurious five-star hotel with a history that dates back to the Renaissance. It's a peaceful haven that looks out over both Lyon’s modern city and its Unesco-listed Old Town. Add the exquisite Les Terraces De Lyon restaurant, and this is a refined yet traditional place just a few minutes from the centre.

25 Montée Saint-Barthélémy
+33 4 7256 5656

Mama Shelter

Mama Shelter is a global chain of hotels for travellers who want to stay somewhere trendy yet affordable. The Lyon branch is no different, and the rooms are described as ‘your dream cocoon for relaxing in the centre of Lyon’. The stylish restaurant here is excellent.

13 Rue Domer
+33 4 7802 5800

Maison d'Anthouard

If you dream of the French countryside, but still want to be close to all the action in the city, then head for Maison d’Anthouard. Just 10 minutes from central Lyon yet set in parkland, this 18th century family home has been converted into a boutique hotel kitted out with all the mod cons.

2 Route de Champagne
+33 4 7836 5689

Hotel Carlton Lyon

The Hotel Carlton is centrally located, right between the Rhône and Saône rivers. It's a mix of 19th century European design and thoroughly modern facilities. And some of the 80 rooms feature pieces by artists who have stayed here over the decades.

4 Rue Jussieu
+33 4 7842 5651

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