Lyon tourism and travel guide

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Visit Lyon: highlights and tourist information

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France This Way comment: Lyon has all the impressive buildings and monuments, museums, shops and restaurants that you would expect from one of the most important towns in France.

Important note

This page features a summary of highlights that you might like to explore near Lyon. For detailed visitor information see the Lyon travel guide.

Lyon is situated in the Rhone department and Rhone-Alpes region (now part of the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region), in the eastern-center of France - it is the prefecture (capital) of the Rhone department (general information: Lyon is 391 kilometres from Paris).

Attractions in Lyon

In Vieux Lyon there are numerous impressive townhouses of the 16th century, a cathedral, and picturesque paved streets to explore: Lyon Old Town

The Presqu'ile region of Lyon is characterised by 19th century architecture and upmarket shops: Lyon Presqu'ile

Tourist classifications for Lyon include "secteur sauvegarde", "heritage site", "aquarium" and "zoo or wildlife park". It is unusual for a town to have 4 awards, which indicates how important Lyon is as a tourist destination!

Popular places to visit nearby include Lyon Old Town at 1 km and Eveux at 18 km. For more places to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

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Lyon, France: places to visit and attractions

Some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Lyon in Auvergne Rhône-Alpes.

Note that all distances below are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater!


... or see ALL recommended places to visit in Rhone

Map of places to visit near Lyon

Markets in and near Lyon

Market days in Lyon: weekly market: every day except Monday;

  • Lyon: market every day except Monday (0km)
  • Caluire-et-Cuire: market Thursday & Saturday (4km)
  • Ecully: market Thursday & Saturday (5km)
  • La Mulatiere: market Tuesday & Friday (5km)
  • Oullins: market Tuesday & Thursday (6km)
  • Saint-Fons: market Tuesday & Saturday (7km)
  • Bron: market Tuesday & Saturday & Monday & Friday (7km)
  • Pierre-Benite: market Wednesday & Sunday (7km)
  • Rillieux-la-Pape: market Wednesday & Sunday & Friday (7km)
  • Decines-Charpieu: market Tuesday & Sunday & Friday (9km)

More information about Lyon, Rhone-Alpes

Tourist attractions near Lyon, France

Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Lyon.

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

  • Trevoux (20km)
  • Cremieu (32km)
  • Saint-Symphorien-sur-Coise (33km)
  • Chatillon-sur-Chalaronne (40km)
  • Saint-Galmier (45km)

Regional Natural Parcs

  • Pilat (46km)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Eglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste (Lyon) (1km)
  • Abbaye Saint Martin d'Ainey (Lyon) (2km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Parc de Gerland (1km)
  • Parc de la Tête d'Or (2km)
  • Jardins du Château de Saint-Bernard (23km)
  • Parc du château de Laye (34km)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Laboratoire d’écologie des hydrosystèmes naturels et anthropisés (3km)
  • Grand parc de Miribel-Jonage (9km)
  • Oeillon Crest (45km)
  • Perdrix Crest (48km)

Towns of Art and history

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

  • Ecully (5km)
  • Chaponnay (17km)
  • Saint-Vulbas (36km)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Parc animalier de Courzieu (19km)
  • Parc zoologique de Saint-Martin-la-Plaine (31km)

Geography and distances

Geographical Information

Commune: Lyon

Canton: Lyon

Arrondissement: Lyon

Department: Rhone

Region: Rhone-Alpes

New region: Auvergne Rhône-Alpes

Postcode: 69000

Distance to Lyon

from Lyon (prefecture): 1 km

from Paris: 391 km

from Calais: 617 km

from Nice: 299 km

from Bordeaux: 436 km

from Strasbourg: 383 km

Getting here

For driving distances to Lyon from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 13 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Bron, Caluire-et-Cuire, Champagne-Au-Mont-d'Or, Ecully, Francheville, La Mulatiere, Oullins, Rillieux-la-Pape, Saint-Cyr-Au-Mont-d'Or, Saint-Didier-Au-Mont-d'Or, Sainte-Foy-les-Lyon, Tassin-la-Demi-Lune and Villeurbanne.

This page in French: Visiter Lyon