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Lyon Travel Guide: 24 Hours in Lyon, France - A Complete 1 Day Itinerary🇫🇷

Lyon is the third largest city in France and the capital city in France’s Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. Lyon's centre reflects 2,000 years of history from the Roman Amphithéâtre des Trois Gaules, medieval and Renaissance architecture in Vieux Lyon, to the modern Confluence district on Presqu'île peninsula. I visited Lyon to simply visit a friend, but I didn't expect that I would enjoy it so much.

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How to Get to Lyon

It is easy to get to Lyon by plane at the Lyons Saint-Exupery Airport, there are flights from all over Europe nearly everyday, so depending on where you are, it might be easy to get there.

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If you are looking for an easy, quick and reliable way to get from the airport to your accommodation, then Welcome Pickups are the best way to arrive in Lyon! Welcome Pickups are the safest way to travel as they provide airport and port transfer, sightseeing rides, and in-city rides. Welcome Pickups are one of the best, most trustworthy and convenient 5-star airport taxi companies for your airport transfer based on user reviews across various platforms such as Google, Tripadvisor and Trustpilot.

Welcome Pickups offers a great experience and safety to its travellers such as:

  • Local english-speaking drivers

  • Flat, pre-paid fee

  • Flight monitoring for delays

  • 24/7 customer support

Here’s why you should choose Welcome Pickups:

  • 20 minute gap between transfers - After each ride, their drivers have 20 minutes to clean the car and ventilate the cabin.

  • Contactless ride - You can request to have zero contact with the driver during the transfer with just one click.

  • Regular Car Sanitisation - They provide hand sanitisers and hand wipes for all their travellers and drivers.


How to Move Around Lyon

Once you reach Lyon, the airport is connected to a train station so it easy to get into the city from there. When moving around the city you can get the metro or the tram, you can buy tickets from any metro station or from a tram stop, you will find ticket machines at each stop.


6 Things to do in 24 Hours in Lyon

1. Teatro Galo-Romano (Ancient Theatre of Fourvière)

The Ancient theatre of Fourvière is a Roman theatre, it was built on the hill of Fourvière that is located in the centre of the Roman City. This theatre is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is open everyday from 07:00 until 19:00, but the museum is open from Tuesday to Friday from 11:00 until 18:00, on weekends from 10:00 until 18:00, and the library is open from Tuesday to Friday from 13:00 until 17:00. The museum ticket costs €4, but entrance is free on first Sunday of every month. You can purchase tickets while there or you can save time and purchase them online. This should take you about 30 minutes.

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2. La Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière (The Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière)

La Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière is a minor basilica in Lyon that was built between 1872 and 1896. The basilica is situated in a great position overlooking the city. It is open everyday from 07:00 until 20:00. This should take you about 15 minutes.

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3. Cathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste (Saint-Jean-Baptiste Cathedral)

Lyon Cathedral is a Roman Catholic church that is located on Place Saint-Jean in central Lyon. This church is dedicated to Saint John the Baptist and is the seat of the Archbishop of Lyon, and the construction of this church was completed in 1476. The church is open on weekdays from 08:15 until 19:45, and on Saturday from 08:15 until 19:00, and on Sunday from 08:00 until 19:45. This should take you about 15 minutes.

4. Musée Cinéma et Miniature (Museum of Cinema Miniature)

This is the Museum of hyper-realistic, miniature everyday scenes, plus movie props & special effects exhibits. This is one of my favourite places in Lyon, I enjoyed it so much and I feel like not many people know about it, I have a friend who lived in Lyon and didn't know about this museum, so this is a must when visiting Lyon. This should take between 1 and 2 hours.

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5. Vieux Lyon (Old Lyon)

This is the largest Renaissance district in Lyon and the city's oldest one as well. Taking a walk around this district is nice and calming, I enjoyed taking a walk there, you will also find a variety of cafés and restaurants. This can take as long as you want, so you can stay at a cafe or a restaurant near and enjoy a meal or a drink.

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6. Place Bellecour (Bellecour Square)

Place Bellecour is a large square located in the centre of Lyon, this is one of the largest open squares in Europe and the third largest in France. This can take as long as you want, you can stay at a cafe or a restaurant near and enjoy a meal or a drink.

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