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Lyon, the culinary capital of France

Lyon, the capital of French gastronomy

Proud of its history – Lyon was once the capital of the Gauls – the city offers an original trip back in time and through cultures. Gastronomy, culture, fêtes, nature, silk, light... you name it! Lyon has it! Besides being known for its culinary and architectural heritage, Lyon is also renowned for its effervescent cultural scene. The most appealing event of the city is the Festival of Lights, which takes place during four nights in December.

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You can enjoy a show in the beautiful National Opera which offers prestigious ballets all year round. Discover museums that exist nowhere else in the world (Fabric Museum, Fine Arts Museum and Lumière Institute). If you are in Lyon in December, during the Festival of Lights, you will witness monuments, rivers and buildings being turned into a vast playground for the most gifted lighting designers of the world. The festival attracts millions of visitors every year making it one of Europe’s major events. The city also hosts other events throughout the year, such as the Nuits Sonores (electronic music festival) and the Grand Lyon Film Festival which looks back on the history of cinema.

Lyon is a benchmark in culinary arts. Indeed, in Lyon, gastronomy is considered an art. The chefs make sure that the high quality cuisine is up to its reputation. The city of Lyon has a dozen Michelin-starred restaurants and more than 1,600 restaurants: bouchons (typical restaurants), bars, etc.

You will find everything in Lyon, no matter what you are looking for: luxury, high street fashion, exclusive and original creations of up and coming designers, antique or modern items, furnishings, silk…

Lyon Tourist Office
Place Bellecour - BP 2254, 69214 Lyon cedex 02.
Tel: +33 (0)4 72 77 69 69

The city’s tourist office has a helpful personnel, insider information and tips as well as handy maps and brochures. The city’s tourist office also arranges tours and excursions and is a focal point for local accommodation.

Train Station(s)

Trains are a convenient way of reaching many towns and cities throughout Europe. The majority of cities in Europe have a minimum of one train station, while larger, more populated cities have two or more stations. Train stations, in general, are located in the heart of the city. Review the map below to get an idea of where the train station(s) in Lyon can be found.

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No tgv from gare de lyon-perrache to paris? Dear Sir/Madam, I am searching a TGV on June 13 from Gare de Lyon-Perrache to Paris Gare de Lyon. However, I can only find TGVs from Lyon Part-Dieu to Paris Gare de Lyon on that day. Is there no TGV from Gare de Lyon-Perrache to Paris Gare de (...)

Shih J. | 2018/03/18 answered | 3 Comments
Best pass/trains for travel between france, belgium and switzerland We arrive in Paris 25/09 for 5 days. We then travel to Lyon for 4 days and then have 2 days each in Carcassone, Bordeaux and St Malo. We spend our next day in Lille before travelling to Ypres (Ieper) in Belgium for 2 days. We hope to then reach (...)

Lynette P. | 2017/07/06 answered | 6 Comments
Cost of bicycle as excess baggage. How much does it cost to take a boxed bicycle in a baggage car on the train from London to Lyon? This will NOT fit in an overhead luggage rack.

Emma d. | 2017/02/23 answered | 0 Comments
Unable to complete reservation 38762492 I have reserved seats on 2 journeys, Lyon to Paris and Paris to London, when I go to pay at Checkout the booking fails because it says that my email address repeat does not match the original, but it does. Can I delete the bookings and start (...)

Stuart D. | 2017/02/21 answered | 0 Comments
Suggest railpass Please suggest best rail pass option - two of us wish to travel from Paris to Lyon, Lyon to Geneva, Lyon to Lille nad Lille to Amsterdam over a month

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Customer reviews

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    Great Deal | Osmar a. | 2015/10/23
    "It was a great deal my trip, very convenient, however I should improve the way you mark the cars in the stations, it is a little difficult to understand in which car is located your seat "

  • excellent as usual | . | 2015/10/14
    "on time, comfirtable "

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    Just Okay | Grethelwina u. | 2015/09/30
    "Finding the coach number is not that easy... and to think that i had to carry my luggage up through the stairs of the station. But i think it's okay, it was all part of the experience. "

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    Convenient and efficient | Yu Cheung Billy h. | 2015/09/23
    "We are satisfied with the rail system in the Netherlands in general. "

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    Value for money and convenient | Yu Cheung Billy h. | 2015/09/23
    "Not much comments, it's easy and convenient "

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    Tgv | Sevda b. | 2015/09/20
    "This trip was perfect "

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    Comfy | Hazita h. | 2015/09/15
    "Not too many people, so it was a nice smooth ride. Lots of space to sit and put your luggage bags. "

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    Satisfactory journey | Krishna Mohan a. | 2015/09/14
    "I along with my daughter travelled from Paris Airport - Lyon - Grenoble. The trains are nice and comfortable. "

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    Very convenient and efficient | Anne-marie g. | 2015/09/10
    "It was a good, fast and convenient way to travel with lovely countryside to view out the windows. Easy to purchase tickets online and to find the right platform at the station. Train was perfectly on time. "

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    Easy and comfortable | Danielle c. | 2015/09/05
    "Trains were clean and tidy. Ran on time and smoothly. "

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