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Ideally located in the south-east of France, Lyon, capital of the Rhône Alpes region is just two hours by TGV (high-speed train) from Paris and a mere 90 minutes from the Mediterranean coast and major Alpine ski resorts. You can fly to 115 destinations from Lyon Saint-Exupery Airport, which receives 8,5 million passengers each year.

Lyon dates back to the year 43 BC, it used to be the capital of the Gauls under the Roman Empire, then became capital of the silk trade, and finally, capital of gastronomy, a reputation that still holds true today.

Lyon, concretely its oldest part, Vieux Lyon, has been clasified a UNESCO world heritage site thanks to the continuity of urban settlement over more than two millennia. It is known for being one of the most important Rennaisance sites in Europe. The places one shouldn´t miss are numerous, for example Fourvière Basilica and La Croix Rousse, with its silk-weavers’ workshops or Saint John's Cathedral. Over 200 sites are illuminated each evening!

Rue Saint-Jean, close to the cathedral, is home to many restaurants and stores. And in Rue du Bœuf, designer boutiques vie for attention with Michelin starred restaurants listed in the famous French guide.

Lyon puts a great effort into developing culture, being home to prestigious institutions such as the Opera, Museum of Fine Arts and National Orchestra, and organizing big international events like the Biennial of Dance and Contemporary Art, the Festival of Lights and the Nuits Sonores music festival.

Getting around

Buses, trams, a four-line metro and two funiculars linking Vieux Lyon to Fourvière and St-Just are operating in Lyon. Single tickets valid for all forms of public transport cost €1.90 and are available in machines at metro entrances. If you want to find out more about public transport click here.


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