Lyon City Guide: A Mini Guide

Lyon city guide

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Lyon City Guide

A beautiful city in France’s Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, this is the Lyon City Guide of what to see/do and where to stay. Your Mini Lyon City Guide to help you navigate around the city. 

Lyon city guide
Lyon is the third largest city in France, by the 17th century it was the silk-manufacturing capital of Europe. In 1473 printing was introduced and Lyon quickly became the most active printing centre in Europe. Between the narrow peninsula between the Rhône and Saône rivers, Lyon is located. Vieux Lyon (Old Lyon) is located on the right bank of the Saône, it remains one of the finest surviving complexes of the Renaissance era.

Lyon city guide


For budget travel a great hostel is the AWAY hostel, located in the heart of Lyon, this hostel has the perfect atmosphere for those that are seeking a cultural exchange.  Both the dorm rooms and private rooms offer affordable accommodation, with laundry facilities, a kitchen and a cafe on site.

As well as tasty homemade food with fresh, local produce. The Away hostel organises weekly activities and events, great for the solo traveller. If you fancy a drink after a long day of exploring head to the hostel’s bar; Groom – perfect for those who want to party, meet Lyon locals or just have a delicious drink!

Getting to the hostel

From the airport

The fastest way to arrive at the hostel is to take the Rhône Express train-shuttle “Direction Gare Part-Dieu Villette”. Get off at “Vaulx en Velin La Soie” Station and take the subway line A direction Perrache. Get off at “Hotel de Ville / Louis Pradel” then cross the Louis Pradel Square to the entrance of Opera Parking, on Place Tolozan, then find Feuillants street, go straight and you will see our hostel.

From the train stations Part Dieu or Perrache

Your train will arrive at Perrache station or Lyon Part-Dieu station.

From Perrache station (about 15mn) : Take the metro line A. Get off at “Hotel de Ville / Louis Pradel” then cross the Louis Pradel Square to the entrance of Opera Car Parking, on Place Tolozan, then find Feuillants street, go straight and you will see our hostel.

From Lyon Part-Dieu station (about 25mn) : the most convenient way to arrive at the hostel from Lyon Part Dieu is to take the subway line B inside the train station (direction Charpennes). Then stop at Charpennes station, change to line A (the red one) direction Perrache. Stop at Hotel de Ville Louis Pradel. When you are in the street, find the Louis Pradel Square, then Opera Car Parking (place Tolozan), then keep walking straight in Rue des Feuillants and you will see our hostel signs.

To see/ to do

Vieux Lyon

Explore the old town of Lyon with delicious eateries, quaint shops, old buildings and cobbled streets.  

 Lyon city guide

Lyon city guide

Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière

The brilliant church sits high on the Fourvière hill (praying hill), built in the late-19th century. The church is a monument to celebrate the Virgin Mary. Take a brisk hike up the many stairs (prepare to get a sweat on) to experience the best views over the entire city or head up via the Funiculaire de Fourviere.

Enjoy inside the church with stunning mosaics, beautiful stained glass – a church dedicated to the Virgin Mary who is said to have saved Lyon from the Black Death in 1643. After a church service or a look around the Church, head towards the Rosary Garden’s right under the Basilica.

Lyon city guide

Lyon city guide


In Vieux Lyon and La Croix-Rousse Saône hides delightful renaissance passageways called Traboules, some 40 of which are open to the public, running beneath buildings in the direction of the Saône River. These gave the silk workers direct access to the riverbank for quick transportation of textiles.

Parc de la Tête d’Or

A beautiful park that has magic around every corner, it is one of the largest urban parks in the country. The park boasts a zoo and France’s foremost botanical garden within its boundaries. With more than 20,000 plant varieties and a breathtaking 19th-century greenhouse, it’s a must see when visiting Lyon. It has everything from the African Plain, with Zebras, giraffes and a huge lake for pedal-boating.

Parc de la Tête d’Or

Parc de la Tête d’Or

Parc de la Tête d’Or

Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon

Visit France’s largest fine art museum after the Louvre in Paris. Housed in a former abbey the 70 rooms house paintings, sculptures and displays of both Egyptian and Oriental art. – A must visit for art lovers.

Lyon’s Murals

These are quirky murals that are an exciting illusion that line the walls around the city. The 100 large paintings are located in working-class neighbourhoods where visitors might not normally venture to.

Lyon murals

Lyon murals

Lyon murals


Travelling around Lyon couldn’t be easier, with most attractions within walking distance it’s easy to find your way around. If you don’t fancy walking hop on the metro to navigate around. 

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