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Things to do in Lyon

Founded by the Romans, this French city combines UNESCO-listed districts, gourmet food, and lively nightlife.

Our most recommended things to do in Lyon

Lyon City Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour

1. Lyon City Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour

Choose a 1-day ticket for this Lyon hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tour and discover the city’s landmarks and monuments. With 12 stops on the Green Line, you’ll be able to fully enjoy the sights of Lyon from an open-top double-decker bus. Hop on and hop off as many times as you like as you see the main attractions of the city, such as the Basilica of Notre Dame de Fourvière, the district of Vieux Lyon, the Halles Paul Bocuse with local products, or the Parc Tête d’Or to admire the most beautiful roses. Organize your itinerary any way you like at your own pace. The Green Line offers a 1-day ticket for the hop-on-hop-off bus. Green line stops: • Place Bellecour • Terreaux • Mur Peint • Palais de Justice • Vieux Lyon • Perrache • Musée des Confluences • Berges du Rhône • Théâtres Gallo-Romains • Fourvière • Parc des Hauteurs

Lyon City Pass: Public Transport & More Than 40 Attractions

2. Lyon City Pass: Public Transport & More Than 40 Attractions

With the Lyon City Card, the gates to France's second-biggest city are open! Save time and money while discovering its secret alleyways and magnificent museums. Visit 23 museums for free with your Lyon City Card, and make the most of 48 things to do and 25 discounts which cover the whole of Lyon's cultural offerings. You'll also get complimentary access to Lyon's public transport, as well as access to bike tours, visits to the Fine Art Museum, river cruises, and much more. Have fun! Museums and temporary exhibitions : • Priority access to Musée des Confluences • Fine Arts Museum of Lyon • OL Museum (football team) • Gadagne Museums: history of Lyon and puppets of the world • Modern Art Museum (open only for temporary exhibitions) • Contemporary Art Institute (only open for exhibitions) • Museum of Gallo Roman Civilization • Museum of Textile ( renovation till 2026) • Lumière Museum • Fourvière Museum of Religious Art • Printing Museum • Center for the History of the Resistance and Deportation • Little Guignol Museum • Museum of Cinema and Miniature • Tony Garnier Urban Museum • Museum of Henri Malartre’s Automobile • Gallo Roman Museum of St Roman en Gal • Ampère Museum • Electricity Museum • La Sucrière at pôle Confluence (open only for temporary exhibitions) • Doctor Mérieux Museum Marcy l’Étoile • Eccly - Espace Culturel du Christianisme à Lyon • Cultural Judaïsme Institute Visits and activities (depending on availabilities – check for times): • Guided walking tours by the Greater Tourism Office (reservation necessary) • A visit to the roof of the basilica of Fourvière (April-November) • Cruises on the Rhône and Saône Riviers with Lyon City Boat (April-October) • House of Canuts • Silk Museum (Soierie vivante) • Mini World priority access • Lyon City tram reduction Shows (limited number of spots, reservation advised): • Guignol Theater in Lyon • Compagnie des Zonzons (Guignol) • House of Guignol • Guignol theater Grand Hotel Dieu • Un Gone de Lyon (Guignol) • Planetarium Public transportation included: The liberty offer gives you access to Lyon’s bus, metro, funicular railway, and tramway networks. Valid for24h, 48h, 72h or 96 hours, depending on the validity of your card. Discounts with Lyon City Card: • Shows: National Opera of Lyon (except end of year shows), Célestins’theatre, Lyon’s theatre, theatre of Nouvelle Génération, Théâtre National Populaire, Maison de la danse, Comedie Odeon, Improvidence theatre. • Visits – tours: Cyclopolitains (tours by bike), guided bus tours, biked guided tours by Lyon City Bike, Lyon le Grand Tour, Fourvière France Aventures, Aquarium du Grand Lyon, Segway Tours, Léo & Go cars location service, Lyon Tuk Tour, Lyon City Tram, babysitting Marypop, Coddy Games urban escape game, Restaurant boat Hermès • Option: Vélo’v (rent a bike ). • Shopping • Galeries Lafayette Part Dieu: Services privileges: shopping bag and accompaniment by a personal shopper on appointment, 3 macaroons offered with purchase of 40 euros or more. • Printemps: Welcome champagne in the private area and privileged support by a personal shopper • Confluence Leisure Center: Special offers at 32 stores and round trip with the cruise ship • Hard Rock Coffee shop: -10% purchase of 40 euros or more and Onlylyon Hard Rock pin offered • The Village: One-day VIP pass offering VIP lounge reception, photo shooting, skip-the-line and welcome gift with preferential rate on private transport

Lyon 2.5-Hour Lunch Cruise

3. Lyon 2.5-Hour Lunch Cruise

Take a break from the city streets and board the Hermès restaurant boat for a 2.5-hour cruise. Indulge in a 3-course gourmet meal as you discover Lyon's majestic landscapes and listen to the informative commentary. You'll be served a 3-course meal with several choices from the menu: Choice of Starters • Thin burgundy poultry tart, mustard and parmesan cream, lettuce, capers and croutons • Grilled stuffed squid, olives, minuza salad and red chard, vegetable pickles, and lemon dressing Choice of Main Courses • Duck from the Dombes area, morel sauce, and vegetables of the season • Rolled dab fillet, Nantua sauce, stuffed conchiglioni with ricotta and tetragon Choice of Desserts • Praline tart, Valrhona’s chocolate soufflé, and tonka bean ice cream • Exotic fruits tiramisu • Pistachio and passion fruit dessert, fruits of the season • Chef's special dessert

Lyon: Musée des Confluences Entrance Ticket

4. Lyon: Musée des Confluences Entrance Ticket

Pre-book your entry ticket to Musée des Confluence to discover the spectacular architecture and fascinating exhibits of this cutting-edge museum. Experience the world of the natural and the human at Lyon's showpiece waterfront attraction. Delve into a museum that situates itself at the confluence of knowledge, science, and culture. Admire the striking design resembling a floating crystal cloud of stainless steel and glass, and step inside the iconic building. Explore science and anthropology through fascinating exhibits on origins, species, societies, and eternities. Learn the story of human life and civilizations in the permanent collection. Enjoy inclusive entry also into the temporary exhibits. Feast your eyes on treasures like the massive dinosaur skeleton, as well as Egyptian mummies and fossils. Examine ethnographic artifacts and cutting-edge exhibits alike in this Lyon essential. Current Exhibitions "To the Ends of the Earth: Through the Eyes of Missionaries" (until May 8, 2022):This exhibition, through 2,300 objects belonging to the Pontifical Mission Societies, provides a fascinating look at our historical understanding of once-unknown cultures, and our modern perspective on this era of history. "On the Trail of the Sioux" (until August 28, 2022):Through the collections of François Chladiuk and other items, the exhibition aims to allow an honest and accurate expression of Sioux communities, who remain marginalized to this day. "The Rare Bird: From the Swallow to the Kakapo" (until December 31, 2022):With the second-largest collection in France of taxidermied birds, the museum has selected nearly 240 specimens for its exhibit to highlight the beauty of an animal under threat.

Lyon: Aquarium Entrance Ticket

5. Lyon: Aquarium Entrance Ticket

Discover 300 species of aquatic life from diverse ecosystems around the world at the Lyon Aquarium. Exhibits include: • La Confluence: Fish from temperate freshwater in Europe. • La Balade Tropicale: Tropical species from America, Asia and Africa. • The World's Reefs: Colorful reefs with moray eels and clownfish. • Marine curiosities: Dangerous and rare fish, and friendly sharks including the Port Jackson shark and the octopus. After taking a gourmet break at the snack bar, enjoy the cinema where short films and documentaries are shown throughout the day. Finally, check out the souvenir shop at the exit where you will find gifts for people of all ages.

Lyon: Guided Food Tour with Tastings and Wine

6. Lyon: Guided Food Tour with Tastings and Wine

Discover at least 5 food stops on a guided walking tour in Lyon. (food choice depending on season and availability). Try an original quenelle, the famous cotes du Rhône, traditional French sweets, lemon liquor and one glass of wine and water in the remaining stops Enjoy the views and atmosphere of the old town area of the city. Learn about local history and culture with an expert local guide.

Golden Stones Beaujolais Wine Tasting Trip from Lyon

7. Golden Stones Beaujolais Wine Tasting Trip from Lyon

Escape to Lyon’s famous wine country on a half-day tour to Southern Beaujolais and enjoy the wonders of this region, in a small group. Famous for its Beaujolais Nouveau, the region offers also unique and charming little golden stone villages. Leaving from Lyon, your passionate driver and guide will take you through the hills of this wonderful region, which is often compared to Tuscany. Start the day with an introduction to wine-tasting in a beautiful and scenic setting, where you will be told all about the notion of 'Terroir'. Then, enjoy a stroll in the charming golden stones medieval village of Oingt and learn more about the history of Beaujolais. Continue in a family winery to discover more wines and learn all about the secret of French wine-making while having the traditional 'machon', the silk workers breakfast. This tour is the perfect opportunity to learn all about the Beaujolais region and it’s wines in a fun and friendly atmosphere with scenic views all along.

Lyon: City Segway Tour with a Local Guide

8. Lyon: City Segway Tour with a Local Guide

Meet your guide in La Presqu'île, Lyon's famous central district. After a 15-minute briefing and a training session you’ll head off to experience Lyon by Segway. See the sights of one of France’s most beautiful cities on this tour. Begin by riding along the Rhône River embankment, a wonderful area for bikers and pedestrians. From here you will see beautiful panoramas of the Peninsula. Your guide will tell you about Lyon's history, take photos of you on your Segway and suggest things to see and do later in the day.  Ride into the amazing Tête d'Or Park and its 114 hectares by the Cité Internationale, built by Renzo Piano. Enjoy this beautiful park, the biggest in the city, where you will see gardens and the zoo. Next, glide into the downtown area. See the Place des Terreaux, one of the main squares in Lyon, with the City Hall and the Museum of Arts. Finish off with a ride through the Place Bellecour – the largest pedestrianized square in Europe!

Lyon: Segway Tour Along Rhône and Saône River

9. Lyon: Segway Tour Along Rhône and Saône River

Meet your guide in Lyon's central Presqu’île district (French for "Peninsula") and get a 15-minute briefing and training session on your Segway. Once you feel comfortable and confident on the 2-wheel personal transporter, head off to explore the streets with ease. See the sights of one of the most beautiful cities in France, starting with a ride along the banks of the Rhône River. Experience a beautiful area for pedestrians and bike riders, with gardens stretching for 5 kilometers. Then, go downtown to visit the Opera House and the famous Bartholdi Fountain. Cross to the Saône River to reach Lyon's downtown area, where landmarks include the medieval and Renaissance district of Vieux-Lyon. End with a ride through the large Place Bellecour, and admire the grandiose monuments such as the equestrian statue of Louis XIV. Along the way, your guide will talk about the history of Lyon and take photos of you on your Segway to keep as a souvenir. Benefit from the expertise and local knowledge of a guide who will tell you what to see and what to do later in the day before saying goodbye.

Lyon: 1 or 2-Hour Pedicab Tour

10. Lyon: 1 or 2-Hour Pedicab Tour

Once you are comfortably seated in the electric pedicab, begin a tour of Lyon with a local guide who is passionate about their city. Learn about the history of Lyon from Roman times to the Renaissance and discover Lyon from another angle, in the heart of the historic district. Discover Vieux Lyon, which is the largest Renaissance district of the city. Explore mysterious alleyways used to transport silk and see the former homes of wealthy Italian traders. See the beautiful Saint-Jean Cathedral, the seat of the Archbishop of Lyon. On an extended 2-hour tour, visit the area of Presqu'île, which is at the heart of the city. See the town hall, the Lyon fresco, Lyon National Opera, Celestine Theater, Place des Terreaux, and Bellecour. Continue along the banks of the Rhône, with a panoramic view of the hills of Fourviere and Croix-Rousse.

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What people are saying about Lyon

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based on 4,640 reviews

I'm so glad I did this! This museum is ideal for families but also for solo travelers who would like to know more about the history of our planet, our evolution, a few ancient civilizations, and our society. The dinosaur fossils were a real treat!

Michel was our rider and guide. Really nice person who was punctual, informative and interesting. We viewed many historical and relevant sites, given recommendations on the funicular, eating and shopping. Well worth the money

We enjoyed our time with Baptiste. The food was great. The stops were very interesting. We got to taste a little of what beautiful Lyon has to offer.

This was fun and we were able to go at our own pace and enjoy the town. We saw lots of Lyon we would potentially have missed

such an amazing tour, Jeremy was fun and informative and the food was awesome