Boasting an exceptional gastronomic scene, some of the best universities in Europe and an extremely rich cultural and architectural heritage, Lyon in France should in no way be underestimated as a trip destination. While many French and European travellers visit the city for work or to study, others coming from Asia, Africa, Australia and the United States are attracted by the brunches and fine wine of the Lyonnaise cuisine, the street art in the city centre, its Fine Arts Museum –considered one of the largest art galleries in the country- or the popular Parc de la Tête d’or and the Jardin Botanique de Lyon. In this post, we will help you plan your trip as well as recommend some of the best B&Bs, guest houses, hostels and budget hotels in Lyon.
Getting from Lyon airport to the city centre
Since it is located 470 kilometres away from Paris where the rivers Saône and Rhône meet, unless you are catching a train from the French capital, it is advisable to fly into Lyon-Saint Exupéry airport (LYS), thus being able to reach central Lyon in less than half an hour by Lyon Express Tram upon landing. This service, which runs regularly throughout the day all year round –including Sundays and holidays-, links the airport to Lyon Part-Dieu railway station, one of the most important transportation hubs in the region.
Accommodation in Lyon, France
During your stay in France, you may choose from different types of accommodation such as hostels, guest houses and hotels in Lyon, depending on the purpose of your trip, the number of people travelling with you and the kind of amenities you wish to enjoy while abroad. See our recommendations below, which have been sorted out and grouped together by category.
Bed and breakfast accommodation to stay at during your trip to Lyon
If you like to find a home away from home wherever you go, you will be happy to find out that the bed and breakfast-style accommodation in France reunites every characteristic of a self-catering lodging where you will enjoy privacy, independence and all the amenities required so that you won’t miss the warm meals and comfort of your own house. The Loge Du Vieux bed and breakfast in Lyon provides guest with airport transfers and is conveniently situated about 500 metres from the centre; besides, it offers standard, studio, superior and executive apartments that can accommodate from 3 to 8 adult guests and feature kitchens with appliances and private bathroom. Another good option is Le Jardin de Beauvoir, a 19th century house offering nice garden views in Lyon’s old town, which caters to travellers’ needs with daily continental breakfast, nearby dining outlets and free WiFi.
Find a hotel in Lyon, France
Should you prefer conventional hotels by internationally-renowned hospitality chains, we have some 3 and 4-star suggestions for your stay in central Lyon, namely the Radisson Blu Hotel Lyon (4 stars), which lies 300 metres from Part-Dieu train station featuring WiFi all throughout and a fitness centre; the Novotel Lyon Confluence (4 stars), affording spectacular panoramic river views and serving a daily breakfast buffet that can be included in the nightly rate per guest and, finally, the Kyriad Lyon Centre – Perrache, a 3-star hotel in Lyon located only 230 metres away from the Lyon-Perrace railway station and a short drive away from the Museum of Fine Arts, which also has a library and a gym on site.
Hostels or cheap hotels in Lyon
The concept of hostel with shared dormitories and showers is rare in this part of France, however, you will find a selection of cheap hotels in Lyon’s city centre -rated 1 or 2 stars- where you can get an economy guest room covering all your basic needs and, in most cases, entitling you to enjoy a private bathroom and hot breakfast every morning. Furthermore, thanks to their exceptional location in the downtown, you will save a considerable amount of money, just like you would do by staying in a backpackers hostel in Lyon. Three examples of this sort of accommodation are the Hotel Vaubecour, the Hotel de Bretagne and the Elysée hotel in Lyon, France.