Visit Lyon - Best of Lyon

Lyon is brilliant; many argue that’s it’s way cooler than Paris. It was once the Gaulish capital of Lugdunum; it was the first refuge of GaulishChristiandom; it had a rich Roman heritage; it had a thriving textile industry during the Middle Ages and Renaissance; and it’s always been an intellectual and cultural hotspot. Its neighbourhoods are picturesque; its called the capital of gastronomy; its museum and churches  are nothing short of grand; its architecture is varies and absolutely brilliant; its climate is cool; its people are cool; its parks and gardens are spectacular… I could go on and on.

The Lyon City Pass will give you free access to:

  • Fine Arts Museum
  • Local History Museum
  • History of French Resistance and Deportation
  • Printing Museum
  • Modern Art Museum
  • Henri Malartre Museum (automobile)
  • Museum of Fabrics and Decorative Arts
  • Museum of St Romain en Gal
  • Museum of Gallo-Roman Civilization and Fourviere Archaeology
  • Doll Museum and Lacroix-Laval Site
  • Natural History Museum
  • Fourviere Museum
  • Silkworker's House
  • Tony Garnier Urban Museum
  • LumiereInstitut
  • Lyon's Hospital Museum
  • African Museum of Lyon
  • The Ampere and Electricity Museum
  • All museum allows one admission per day and per museum

Lyon was shaped by many things – its Gallo-Roman Heritage, the early struggles of Christianity, the rivers Saone and Rhone, and the famous textile industry (especially silk), to name a few. It’s pretty red roofs, historical Fourviere and Croix-Rousse hill districts, delicious food, cultural vibrancy, magnificent architecture, Roman ruins and 3000 years of history have made it fit for UNESCO to declare much of it a World heritage Site.

The ancient Gauls (remember Asterix?) called it Lugdunum, and it was their capital. This was where the first Christian gaulish communities appeared. Over the millennia, it became a trade hotspot, especially in silk and printing. Despite many religious conflicts, the intellectual and commercial backbone of the city kept it thriving.

Today, the diverse neighborhoods and attractions will keep you occupied and exploring for hours; especially now that the city is becoming so bicycle friendly. The main neighborhoods to check out are Vieux Lyon, Fourvier, Croix-Rousse, and Presquille. Museums, galleries, parks, churches and lots of delicious eats – the charm of Lyon is eternal and oh-so-revisitable.

Lyon Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Lyon tips for your visit

  • Buy the City Pass
  • Explore on foot and cycle.
  • Get in touch with the people, culture and language.
  • Get a detailed map of the city.
  • Try the local cuisine.
  • Don’t be careless about traffic.
  • Conserve your money – there’s a lot to buy!
  • Don’t buy metro tickets from people; buy from machines
  • Don’t frequent Villeurbanne and Venisseux districts – violent areas

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Facts and Stats for Lyon*

  • Pollution Statistics in Lyon

    Know the pollution level of Lyon before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 47.5 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 39 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 35 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 24 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 20.83 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 30.36 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 24 (Low)
  • Lyon: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Lyon for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Lyon.

    • Burglary and Theft 38.46 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 42.5 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 30 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 24.36 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 32.05 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 45 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 43.13 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 45 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 79.38 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 53.13 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 50.64 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 32.5 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 45.63 (Moderate)
  • Living in Lyon - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Lyon is 161.35 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 59.1 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 88.51 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 44.76 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 36.5 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 77.62 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 79.32 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 10.06 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 91.21 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Lyon

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Lyon

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.38 USD
    • International Movie per seat 12.72 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 38.54 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 83.09 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 94.46 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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