Lyon Transportation - Getting to Lyon:
Access to Lyon by Train - Two Lyon stations exist in the town center: Part-Dieu and Perrache. There's a third at Lyon Saint Exupery Airport. TGV trains depart from the Part-Deiu station every half hour for the two hour trip to Paris. Lyon is 5 hours from London via Eurostar.
Lyon Saint Exupéry airport is located 25 km from the town center and features excellent rail links with the high speed rail network of France. There is also a shuttle bus connection to Lyon from the airport, called the Navette Aeroport, that stops at the train stations as well.
Lyon City Card:
For the active traveler, the Lyon card can save you quite a few Euros.
The Layout of Lyon:
Lyon and the Silk Road:
Eating in Lyon:
Where to Stay:
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Lyon has quite a few interesting museums to visit. Considering its history, I really enjoyed the archaeological museum and the lesser known Museum of Miniatures; it's not something you see everyday.
Lyon's Museum of Fine Arts is considered one of the best in France. Housed in a former abbey, the 7000 square meters offers a vast overview of art from ancient Greece and Egypt to the present. The antiquities collection is superb.
Given Lyon's past link to textiles, a visit to the Textile Museum, housed in the 17th century Villeroy Mansion, might be in order.
The Lumiere brothers made the first film in Lyon, so a visit to the Lumeire Institute might be a pilgrimage for fans of the cinema.
Lyon served as capital of Gaul from its foundation in 43 BC to the early Christian era, and the Gallo-roman Museum Lyon-Fourvière follows the history by spiraling down the hill upon which the museum sits. Right outside is what remains of Roman Lyon, the Roman theater and odeum.
And the best thing about Lyon? For me it just might be sitting in a cafe by the river in the evening and ordering a glass of wine to be sipped as the sun slides below the horizon and the monuments start lighting up.