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VacationRenter offers 1,456 short term rentals all over Lyon, and we’re confident that you’ll find accommodations that meet both your needs and your budget. Affordable vacation rentals in Lyon start at a nightly rate of $22, with 20% of properties priced under $59 per night. Whether you’re on the hunt for a luxury villa near Hôtel de Ville de Lyon or an entire home close to Bartholdi Fountain, our goal is to help you find exactly what you need. Our website lists a wide selection of properties from top travel websites like Airbnb, Vrbo, HomeAway, Booking.com, and many more. No matter if you’re traveling on your own, going on a honeymoon to Lyon, or planning a trip for a group of 11, we can match you with a holiday rental that sleeps everyone comfortably. It’s time to make your dreams of travelling to Lyon a reality.

Where Is Lyon, France?

Situated at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône Rivers, Lyon is the third largest city in France and the second largest metropolitan area. It is located nearly 300 miles south of Paris and 200 miles north of Marseille and the Mediterranean Sea. Geneva, Switzerland is two hours away by train or car. Lyon is directly connected by train to Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Milan, Turin, Geneva, Frankfurt, Luxembourg, Brussels, and London.

What Is Lyon Known For?

Known for its rich historical and cultural achievements, much of Lyon is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its continuous urban development since the age of antiquity when it was under Roman rule (43 BC). The city itself is an architectural wonder. For over 500 years, Lyon has been known as a strategic capital of industry, banking, and arts. Lyon’s cuisine has earned it the title of “gastronomical capital of France” and will keep you as entertained as its historical landmarks. Lyon also bears claim to a significant economical footprint in the finance, science, and biotech industries. Interestingly, it is also home to the international headquarters of Interpol and a rapidly growing software industry. Lyon is also known for its Festival of Lights which occurs annually December 8 to 12.

A Quick Guide to Lyon, France

  • Parc de la Tête d'Or: Created in 1857 and inspired by English landscape architecture, Parc de la Tête d'Or is the largest urban park in France with 105 hectares and is a favorite oasis for locals. “Golden Head Park,” as it translates to English, includes a large lake that offers boating in the summer, botanical gardens with 20,000 species, a free zoo with zebras, giraffes, and lions, and a miniature train to see it all.
  • The Fourvière Hill and Lugdunum: The western hill district above Vieux Lyon includes Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière, a magnificent 19th century French-style basilica known for its ornate marble mosaic installations and is a significant symbol of Lyon. The esplanade of the basilica offers incomparable and expansive views of not only the city, but the whole region. It is known as “the hill that prays” due its many religious buildings including the basilica, multiple convents, and the home of the Archbishop. Fourvière hill is also where the Roman outpost of Lugdunum was founded in 43 BC. The Roman ruins are a quick walk from the basilica and include Théâtre Romain, a Roman amphitheatre built around 15 BC with 10,000 seats, Roman baths, and Odeon de Lyon, a theatre which is now a museum.
  • Confluence District: A unique and unexpected ultra-modern counterpoint to the city’s abundant historical offerings, this district began development in 2003 at the very southern tip of Presqu'île in what had been an industrial wasteland. The neighborhood is known for forward-thinking architecture including Le Cube Orange, an orange cube-shaped office building and modern amenities such as a large shopping mall, Pôle de Commerces et de Loisirs Confluence, a sleek and modern building with a translucent roof. The most popular stop in the area is Musée des Confluences, a floating deconstructivist structure of steel and glass, showcasing collections relating to earth science, and human origin and development; it opened in 2014.
  • La Part-Dieu: The modern financial district and urban business center, contains the major rail station Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu as well as landmark skyscrapers Tour Part-Dieu, Tour Oxygène, and Tour Swiss Life. Not a major tourist destination, but a necessity if traveling to or from the area by train.

Popular Destinations Near Lyon

  • Beaujolais: Lyon’s famous wine country north of the city with rolling hills reminiscent of Tuscany. Many guided tours (group and private) are available to assist in seeing this region in only a few hours, if needed. Or rent a car and spend time wandering through the hills and villages, stopping at vineyards, farmer’s markets, and maybe a few castles along the way.
  • Rhône Valley: Famous for both the Syrah and Viognier grapes, the Rhône Valley is just twenty minutes south of central Lyon along the Rhône River, and is also home to less mainstream and equally delicious varietals Cote Rotie, Condrieu, and St Joseph. If wine isn’t your flavor, this region serves up incredible cheese, beer, pear brandy, and chocolate.

Best Neighborhoods in Lyon

  • Presqu'île: The heartbeat and cultural center of Lyon is the peninsula created by the intersection of the Rhône and Saône Rivers at the southern end of the city. Home to myriad cafes and restaurants, luxury shops, churches, city hall, and numerous cultural institutions such as The Museum of Fine Arts (Musée des beaux-arts de Lyon), Opéra Nouvel, and Place Bellecour, one of the largest town squares in Europe.
  • Croix-Rousse: This quirky, artful neighborhood historically housed the many silk workshops for which the city is known. Les Traboules is a network of tight alleys and spiral stairs used by silk workers in the 19th century to transport wares between buildings and from street-to-street without exposure to elements, and are now a delight for the modern adventurer. Marché de la Croix-Rousse is a classic French outdoor farmer’s market with over 100 vendors peddling all types of vegetables, meats, and cheese. Lyon is internationally known for hosting one of the largest collections of street art in Europe; with over one hundred murals, most are found within this neighborhood, including the notable seven-storey Fresque des Lyonnais.
  • Vieux-Lyon: “Old Lyon” is one of the largest and oldest Renaissance districts in Europe, and has been protected under French heritage law since 1954. Covering a hefty 424 hectares (1,060 acres), and set at the foot of the Fourviere hill and stretching down to the banks of the Saône, the neighborhood is identified by cobblestone streets and Medieval architecture including a multitude of fountain-centered squares, cathedrals, and monuments. The top of the hill is crowned by Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière, which can be accessed by a funicular train to enjoy the expansive views and downhill exploring. The Roman ruins are a short walk from the Basilica. Rue Saint Jean and Rue du Bœuf are the scene of many restaurants, shops, and hotels, many of which are Michelin-starred. The traboules passageways are just as famous in this district as Croix-Rousse. Vieux-Lyon also includes Tour Métallique, a TV tower with an unmistakable resemblance to the Eiffel Tower.

Home-types in Lyon

Lyon has a variety of property types for you to consider when booking a trip. Here are the most popular property types in Lyon:

Points of interests in Lyon

Lyon has several popular points of interest for you to check out when visiting the area. Here are the most popular points of interest in Lyon: