Flight time: 2 hours 10 mins*
Avg. temperatures: 3 to 22°C
Currency: Euro (€)
Time: GMT +1 hour
Bienvenue to Lyon, France’s third biggest city, packed full of incredible things to do and see. Now you can breeze through to this historical and cultural nucleus of France directly from Southampton Airport.
Lyon is placed at the point where the Rhône and Saône rivers meet and is the capital of the Rhône-Alpes region. This vast city has so much to offer, from 2000 years of history, through to modern-day culture and everything in between; shopping, antique markets, theatres and museums. You may struggle to decide exactly what to cram into your visit. One thing’s for sure, with the reputation as the capital of gastronomy in France, you certainly won’t go hungry.
Fly from Southampton Airport to Lyon in only 1 hour 50 minutes. Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport is located approximately 25km to the east of Lyon, but less than an hour away from the region’s major cities by road.
Transport from Lyon Airport
There are places to hire a car at the airport and 21 park and ride facilities. Lyon has one of the best affordable public transport systems in France. Fully equipped with trains, trams, funiculars and buses, the excellent transport links make getting around so easy, the only thing you need to focus on is enjoying yourself.
Be sure to pack your Lyon City Card. This essential tool is your passport to everything you could possibly need; unlimited access to public transport, plus access and discounts to various attractions, events, tours and wifi.
Top things to see and do
Discover how the Romans were entertained over 2000 years ago at this ancient outdoor theatre. Theatres Romains de Fourviere, an enormous historical monument was built in 15BC and is still used today to stage various concerts and events. Be sure to look up what’s showing and book tickets or just take a picnic and roam the vast, cobbled grounds.
Take a tour of the renaissance district along the banks of the river Saone and discover the narrow, cobbled streets and covered passageways called Traboules. This hidden world heritage site has a maze of secret corridors that link through residences, inner courtyards, spiral stairways and archways. You will find beautiful gothic architecture around every twist and turn.
Lyon is famous for its silk weaving and you will find more Traboules winding down the ‘hill that works’, the Croix-Rousse. As many as 30,000 silk weavers worked and lived here in the 19th Century. Take a tour or just amble through the passageways, listening to a commentary, finishing with a trip to the silk printing workshop that demonstrates one of Lyon’s finest traditions.
If you have glorious weather, maybe inside a museum isn’t where you want to be. Thankfully Lyon has a beautiful 105-hectare park, complete with a 16 hectare lake, botanical gardens and zoo. Parc de la Tête d’Or (The Park of the Golden Head) is on the banks of the Rhone and has 100-year-old trees and 350 varieties of roses. Relax in the sunshine surrounded by natural beauty and what’s more, it’s free!
Within an hour
Just south of Lyon is the beautiful town of Vienne. History enthusiasts will enjoy a trip here to see the spectacular Medieval and Roman monuments, the most impressive being the Temple d’Auguste et de Livie and the amphitheatre which is still used as a venue for the popular jazz festival.
*All flight times are average and will vary.
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