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A flourishing hub of history and culture, Lyon is a dynamic city in France’s Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, lying at the confluence of the picturesque Rhône and Saône rivers. Designated as a Unesco World Heritage Site, Lyon is full of historical architecture such as the Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere and countless old city quarters where silk weavers once plied their trade, perfect for strolling on a sunny evening. Offering museums, art galleries, theatre and the very best of French gastronomic delights, Lyon is the perfect destination for a fulfilling city break, with something to please everyone.
The airport lies 16 miles east of Lyon city centre. It is possible to make this journey on the Rhône Express tramway. Trams leave every 15 minutes, but the fare is expensive, around €25 for a return journey.
With a hire car you’ll be able to make the most of your break by venturing beyond the Lyon city limits to other French destinations such as nearby Bron. At Planet'Pilote you can indulge yourself with an unforgettable flight over the historic city, with you at the controls!
The car rental pickup areas are clearly signposted at the airport and they’re open from early morning to the last thing at night, so your break will be off to a flying start – especially if you book ahead.
Choose from a wide selection of hire car providers in Lyon to suit every budget and requirement, from Alamo and Avis to Enterprise and Sixt.
Lyon boasts a unique range of natural, cultural and historical attractions. Combine all three with a stroll from panoramic Fourviere hill, taking in the ancient Roman amphitheatre as you wend your way down into the atmospheric riverside streets of Old Lyon.
Elsewhere within Lyon, your hire car can take you to other exciting destinations such as Villeurbanne, where you can visit the highly rated Institut d'Art Contemporain. Or, for a change of pace, you might enjoy a live-action escape adventure pitting your wits against the obstacles and mysteries at Game of Room.
In Venissieux, the Parc de la Tete d'Or is one of Lyon’s most popular attractions, featuring a free zoo which the kids will find hard to resist, a picturesque lake and botanical gardens.
Driving in France, you will need to be aware of the differences between UK and French law.It is illegal to use a mobile phone when driving, even if you have headphones – only a specially fitted Bluetooth set-up is permissible. France has a lower legal limit for drink-driving than the UK. And did you know you need to be 18 years old to drive in France?
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