Cheap Flights to Lyon

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When to fly

June, July and August are considered the peak travel months in Lyon, thanks to warm temperatures. Book a flight to Lyon in July to see Lyon’s annual celebration of Bastille Day, which brings fireworks and festivities to the city.

Cheap flights to Lyon can be found during the months of December, January and February, which typically see cold and humid weather. From late November right through until Christmas Eve, Lyon is the perfect city to get you into the festive mood, visit during this time to see the fairy-tale setting of two heart-warming Christmas markets, Criox Rousse and Festival de Musique Ancienne. Visitors can stroll through the sparkling lights and a Christmas farm to find great gift ideas, taste some of the local specialties or just soak up the joyful atmosphere the markets create. Many post-Christmas detoxes may need to be put on hold if you are considering travelling to Lyon in January to experience the World Pastry Cup competition. The event sees over 7,000 competitors worldwide arrive to take part in the city’s largest pastry making competition which is a highlight of Lyon’s dates of gastronomic events. The competition takes place every two years so make sure to double check accurate dates before travelling.

The shoulder months of March, April, October and November can offer both pleasant sightseeing weather and cheap flights to Lyon.

City overview

The birthplace of gastronomy as we know it, Lyon has long been a welcoming playground for foodies — but there’s much more to enjoy in France’s third largest city. History and culture add layers of depth to this metropolis, whether it’s through the eye-catching architecture found throughout the city or the various museums exhibiting everything from world-class art to the history of cinema.

But back to the gastronomy: there’s no doubt that palate-pleasing dishes are one of the main draws in Lyon. Visitors taking a flight to Lyon will have international cuisine and fine dining options abound, but the true star of Lyon’s culinary scene is the bouchon, a traditional, casual French restaurant where diners can enjoy authentic local dishes without breaking the bank. Although the latest concepts by the wealth of creative chefs who set up kitchens in Lyon will attempt to distract visitors from these inexpensive restaurants, a hearty plate at a bouchon is a must when visiting the city.

Beyond the dining scene, Lyon is a modern metropolis with plenty for travellers to enjoy. Historic basilicas and churches add a touch of charm to the city’s skyline, while the wealth of museums, theatres and art galleries ensure the local cultural scene pleases even the worldliest of travellers. Quaint neighbourhoods seem to teem with history and are well worth a stroll to see what welcoming cafes, shops and architecture lie around the corner. And when it comes time to return to the modern world, the economic centre known as the Presqu’ile awaits with assortment of high-end shops, restaurants and entertainment.

Getting around Lyon

Plenty of public transportation options make it relatively simple to get around Lyon. Buses, trams and metros serve the entire city, and Lyon’s public transportation is considered both safe and comfortable. Walking is another option to get around the city, as are bicycle rentals, which can be found at more than 300 self-service rental stations throughout Lyon. Taxis can be arranged by telephone, but it is the costliest option for getting around.

Getting downtown from the airport

Flights to Lyon will take you to Lyon-Saint Exupery Airport (LYS) which is the closest airport to the city. The international airport is about 12 miles (19 km) east of the city. The easiest way to travel from the airport to Lyon is by the public tramway, which runs an express tram every 15 minutes. The tram ride between Lyon’s city centre and the airport is about 30 minutes, taxis and car rentals are also available at the airport.

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Markets
Loaf of white bread
£ 1.17
Large bottle of water
£ 0.69
Bottle of wine
£ 4.21
Bottle of beer (imported beer)
£ 0.66
Restaurants
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 litre)
£ 1.60
Imported beer (0.33 litre)
£ 2.11
Local draught beer (0.5 litre)
£ 3.51
3 course meal for 2
£ 31.58
Transport
1 hour taxi waiting fee
£ 24.27
Petrol (1 litre)
£ 0.96
Taxi - fixed fee
£ 1.75
One-way ticket (local transport)
£ 1.26
Clothing & Shoes
Pair of Nike trainers
£ 63.16
Pair of jeans
£ 57.90
How much does an apartment cost in Lyon?
3 bedroom flat in city centre
£ 912
1 bedroom flat outside of centre
£ 285
1 bedroom flat in city centre
£ 430
3 bedroom flat outside of centre
£ 636

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More information about Lyon

  • Explore the Musee des beauxarts de Lyon and its art collection art by artists like Rembrandt, Monet and Matisse
  • As France’s third-largest city, Lyon’s cultural heritage and architecture make it ideal for a city break
  • Discover Lyon’s truly magnificent and stunning Basilique Notre Dame, located at the summit of mount Fourvière
  • Located in East France, Lyon is a great departure point for nearby countries like Switzerland and Italy
  • In December, attend the Festival of Lights, when the city is beautifully lit up in tribute to the Virgin Mary
  • Visit the links above for the best deals on flights to Lyon and have an amazing start to your Tour
  • Go on a day-long tour of the local Beaujolais and North Cotes du Rhone wine regions; a great way to sample local wines
  • Buy tickets to Lyon Saint Exupery Airport, and give yourself the chance to make the most of your holiday money
  • Take time out from city life and relax in the 117 hectare Parc de la Tete d’Or and visit the free botanical garden
  • Fly one way to Lyon and after a short break in the city, make your way to nearby Saint-Etienne, Zurich or Milan

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