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What are the best places to stay in Lyon?
Take a step back in time by reserving accommodation in this neighbourhood after you book tickets to Lyon. Vieux Lyon is the city’s old town, and it was the official city centre during the Renaissance period. The buildings of Vieux Lyon stand out in bright pastel shades, and quaint cobblestone streets wind their way through the neighbourhood. Lyon as a whole is known as the gastronomic capital of France, and visitors holidaying on flights to Lyon will find some of the best restaurants in this neighbourhood. There are also several attractions to visit in Vieux Lyon, including Cathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste and the Traboules; the latter is a series of hidden passageways.
La Croix-Rousse is an eclectic neighbourhood located on top of a hill, and it became famous for being a hub of Europe’s silk-making industry in the 18th and 19th centuries. Visit La Maison des Canuts to learn all about this aspect of the neighbourhood’s history while holidaying on cheap flights to Lyon. La Croix-Rousse is also teeming with great local restaurants, and its hilltop location leads to some of the best city views you’ll find while visiting France on return flights to Lyon. Browse La Croix-Rousse accommodation after booking flights to Lyon if you’re looking for a quaint village atmosphere.
Presqu’île is sandwiched between the Rhône and Saône rivers and is Lyon’s most central neighbourhood. This is an excellent place to base yourself in between return flights to Lyon due to its proximity to tourist attractions, shopping, restaurants and cafes. There are many things to see around Presqu’île, including Musée des Beaux Arts de Lyon and Place Bellecour, which is the largest pedestrian square in Europe. There’s some beautiful Renaissance-era architecture around Presqu’île and some of the best shopping you’ll come across while holidaying on cheap flights to Lyon.
What is the cost of visiting Lyon?
Get your airfare to Lyon locked in, then start budgeting for other aspects of your French holiday. A hotel room is one of the first costs to plan for, and you can make a reservation through Webjet after booking your tickets to Lyon. Rooms in the centre typically cost between $150 and $200 NZD per night, but there are also budget options available from about $60 NZD.
Public transport is the best way to get from one place to the next while holidaying on return flights to Lyon. Catch the Rhonexpress train into the city after arriving into Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport (LYS). The train connects to Part-Dieu station and costs €15.20 ($26.60 NZD). Lyon has a network of metros, trams, buses and a funicular that you can make the most of while visiting France on flights to Lyon. A single fare costs €1.80 ($3.15 NZD), or you could purchase an unlimited day pass for €5.50 ($9.60 NZD).
Some of Lyon’s top attractions are happily free to visit. Spend time at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière, Parc de la Tête d’Or, Lyon Cathedral, and the Traboules passageways without spending a cent. Institut Lumière and Musée des Beaux Arts de Lyon are other popular attractions to add to your itinerary after booking airfare to Lyon. Entrance to each costs €8 ($14 NZD).
How much time should I spend in Lyon?
Plan to spend about 10 to 14 days exploring France after arriving on flights to Lyon. Take the first three or four days to see all that Lyon has to offer, then head out to see some more of the country. Continue to see the urban side to France by catching the train to major cities like Paris, Marseille, and Nice. You could also hire a car through Webjet after booking cheap flights to Lyon to take a road trip to some off-the-beaten-path areas of France. Head to the picture-perfect towns of Annecy and Chamonix in the Alps, see the lavender fields of Provence, or track down the gorgeous castles of the Loire Valley. After making the long journey to Europe, why not continue your adventures after you’re done in France? Take advantage of Webjet’s cheap flights out of Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport (LYS) to visit other European hubs like Rome, Barcelona, London, Berlin, and Amsterdam.