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Car hire locations
There are over 15 car hire locations in Lyon and 13 rental desks at the airport. Not arriving by plane? There’s even more choice at the central train station. The most popular supplier is Europcar, and people usually go for smaller city cars in this location.
Most popular months
July and August
Diversion – déviation
Parking gratuit – free parking
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Hire a car in Lyon
With its fascinating history of silk, there is a limitless selection of things to see within Lyon’s borders and beyond.
Lyon might just be city break perfection. The city is world-renowned for its gastronomy, but it’s also located near to some of France’s most prestigious wine regions. France’s third city is already sounding pretty appealing, right?
Two rivers wind through Lyon’s beautiful districts, and there is so much architecture to see. Expect to wake up to open-air markets each morning, and dine on princely feasts by night. Depending on the season, concerts and ice-rinks bring La Place Bellecour – one of the largest open squares in Europe.
Car rental in Lyon – the numbers
Frequently asked questions
Q. What is the most popular rental length in Lyon?
A. Six to seven days.
Q. When is the most popular time to rent a car in Lyon?
Q. What's the best value car hire brand in Lyon?
A. Budget is the cheapest car rental brand in Lyon, offering cars from just £9 per day.
*Based on easyCar real booking data.
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When to visit
Lyon has a continental climate; winters are cold, summers are traditionally hot and humid. It does get its fair share of rain, so it’s good to prepare for this, although it tends to be dry during winter. The summer can be prone to thunderstorms.
There are many festivals throughout Lyon’s calendar, from Fête de la Musique in June, to the Grand Lyon Film Festival in October. The most spectacular visual feast is Fête des Lumières – millions of people head to the city for this event each December.
The airport is located fairly far from the city centre and aside from renting a car, there is no cheap mode of transport to the centre of Lyon. The main public transport route is a tram network and a return ticket for this will set you back €25! By car, the journey is about half an hour.
Service stations are known as aires – some are very big and even have camping facilities.
Look out for when Black Saturdays occur during the French summer. They are usually around late July / early August and are named after the sheer volume of French holidaymakers driving out of their cities to go on vacation.
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Life in Lyon
Fill your boots
Many believe Lyon to be the food capital of the world. Lyonnaise cooking might be the most famous comfort food there is. Homely grub is served up all over the city in Bouchons – restaurants known for meat-dominated dishes. If you’re looking for something lighter, try a crisp salad: In Nice it’s Niçoise, in Lyon it’s Lyonnaise.
For afters, treat your taste buds to the joys of the bright coral pralines roses – a 17th century French recipe. These sugar-coated, caramelized almonds are irresistible to look at and just as delightful to eat. Also look out for Coussin de Lyon – chocolate and marzipan treats. Aim to find out the story behind this striking green pillow-shaped confectionery.
Where to road trip
Chaîne des Puys
3 hours west (with tolls)
Impressive chain of cinder cones, lava domes and explosion craters. On a clear day, you can see Mont Blanc from the peaks.
1hr 50 mins northeast
Cross over the border into Switzerland to the home of the UN.
1hr 45mins south
World famous for its nougat, and filled with tree-shaded boulevards.
1hr 20mins southeast
Ski capital of the alps with bubble-shaped gondolas.
Life in Lyon
Seek out some of Lyon’s 400 mysterious secret passageways. Built so that merchants could carry their silk products unscathed to and from market, this unusual part of French history is worth unearthing. Traboules open to the public are marked with a special seal.
Parc de la Tête d'Or
Lyon’s version of Central Park is said to be the largest urban park in Europe. Hours of fun are to be had here – there is even a free zoo inside.
Fête des Lumières
In early December, the city is illuminated by a light show like no other. During religious celebrations, Lyon becomes a kaleidoscope of colour – the streets are decorated with a display of elaborate lanterns and imaginative projections are on buildings and on bodies of water.