Lyon is a beautiful destination offering modern and historical attractions in France. With over 500 000 residents, it is the third largest city in the country. Lyon gives you the opportunity to discover its combination of the past and the present. The top attractions of this metropolis include Vieux Lyon, Lyon Cathedral, and Parc de la Tête d’Or.
Get ready to explore all that this alluring city has to offer, because cheap flights to Lyon are now available for a limited time! The destination is served by the Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport (LYS), which is a 30-minute drive or a scenic bus ride from the city centre.
Popular flights to Lyon
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Why visit Lyon
Lyon is an official UNESCO Heritage City, with a variety of relics, ruins and monuments, including the Ancient Theatre of Fouvière and Place des Celestins.
With its reputation in the gastronomical world, Lyon offers you many top-class restaurants to discover, including La Mère Brazier, Le Tire Bouchon, and Notre Maison.
Visit Lyon to enjoy the many festivals and international events that take place throughout the year, including the Festival of Lights and Nuits Sonores – Panorama of Electronic Music.
Essential details you need to know before your trip
Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport (LYS)
Air France / Swissair / Lufthansa
GMT + 1
Best time to visit Lyon
While the summer season (June to August) brings the best weather, it also brings the most tourists. This is the time you should avoid Lyon, unless you’re willing to book accommodation months in advance and access attractions with the crowds.
To get decent weather, less tourists and more availability as well as lower hotel rates, visit Lyon during spring (March – May) and autumn (September – November). From mid-spring, the temperatures start reaching the low twenties while early autumn offers temperatures over 20°C. Let Travelstart help you get a dream holiday experience in Lyon.
Weather & Climate in Lyon
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Lyon, originally the capital of Gaul, is an official UNESCO Heritage City in France, with a modern and lively culture. It is a major tourist hub with international events and festivals, such as Salon Des Entrepreneurs, and Nuits Sonores – Panorama of Electronic Music, and plenty of chic boutiques, and contemporary galleries. This city even has a legendary reputation in the world of fine dining, meaning that you should not miss out on the chance to treat your taste buds!
Explore gorgeous, historic streets and traboules, like Vieux Lyon and Croix-Rousse. Nearly all the attractions in this French destination are open to the public free of charge, including Parc de la Tête d’Or and Fourviere Hill. The only sites you pay to enter are the museums, such as Maison des Canuts and La Sucriere.
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The Centres for Disease Control recommend that South Africans get all the routine vaccinations four to six weeks before departing for France. Additional diseases you may need vaccinations for, depending on what you’re doing and where you’ll be going in Lyon, include hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and rabies.
There is little to worry about while in Lyon. In populated areas, you may encounter people advertising for charities, who will usually give you information to encourage you to donate. Beware of con artists who pretend to be from these organisations who then ask for money. At the train station, the only way to buy tickets is through the ticket machines. Ignore anyone who tries to sell you metro tickets. Be careful when having a drink at the bars, as drunk locals are known to get into fights.
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