City profile

Lyons, with a population of nearly half-a-million, is the third largest city in France and centre of the second largest metropolitan area in the country.

It is known as a gastronomic and historical city with a vibrant cultural scene. It is also the birthplace of cinema.

Long seen as a dreary, grey city, partly because of urban planning errors such as building motorways right through the city centre, Lyons is now a vibrant metropolis which starts to make the most out of its unique architectural, cultural and gastronomic heritage, its dynamic demographics and economy and its strategic location between northern and Southern Europe.

Lyons is more and more open to the world, with an increasing number of students and international events. It's youthful population, and relative wealth, ensures a dynamic social scene


City Travel

Fly to Lyons from Birmingham, London, Manchester

Fly to Paris from: Cork, Shannon, Dublin, Edinburgh, Newcastle upon Tyne, Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, London, Leeds, Manchester

Train from Paris to Lyons: 2h