Fly To Lyon, France
As the original capital of Gaul, Lyon is a historical treasure, packed with ruins, relics and monuments dating back 2000 years. It’s no surprise that it’s an official UNESCO Heritage City, but don’t be fooled into thinking there’s nothing but stuffy museums and dusty artefacts here.
If anything, the Lyon of today is remarkably modern, and its vibrant metropolis teems with trendy boutiques, contemporary galleries and gourmet restaurants. Its thriving economy is attracting increasing numbers of young professionals, and the international events and festivals it hosts, along with its legendary reputation in the world of gastronomy, are making it a tourism destination to be reckoned with.
Whether Lyon is your primary destination, or just one of many stops on a greater European adventure, you can make all your flight arrangements right here on Travelstart. Select your route from anywhere in the world, and we’ll find you the cheapest tickets to and from Lyon, on all the major airlines.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders do need a Schengen Visa to visit Lyon, or anywhere else in France. Leave plenty of time for Visa processing, and make sure your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The South African Embassy in France is situated in Paris. 59 Quai d'Orsay, 75343 Paris Cedex 07. Phone: + 33 1 5359 2323. Website: afriquesud.net.
See and do
The wealth of historically important sites in Lyon can be overwhelming and you’re unlikely to be able to see them all, but there are a few that no visitor should miss. The Fourvière Basilica and its spectacular view, the Cathedral of St Jean, the streets and traboules in Vieux Lyon and Croix-Rousse, and the Parc de la Tête d'Or are high up on that list.
Thankfully, just about all of these attractions are open to the public free of charge; museums are about the only places that charge entrance in Lyon. Of course, there are 18 of those to choose from, so you might want to consider the Lyon City Card if you plan on going to more than a few. Valid for 1, 2 or 3 days, the card gives you access to all the museums and temporary exhibitions, as well as guided tour reservations, a cruise, puppet shows, silk workshop visits, and plenty more.
Lyon has a long history in the silk trade, and the locally produced textiles make wonderful souvenirs. You’ll find some lovely shops selling traditional crafts and textiles in Vieux Lyon. Of course the most serious shopping in Lyon takes place in the produce markets – it is one of the gastronomy capitals of the world, after all. You can taste the finished results for yourself in famous restaurants such as Halles de Lyon, by Paul Bocuse. It might cost a pretty penny, but your taste buds will be thanking you for your financial sacrifice.
If you have a glass or two of wine with your meal, don’t worry - Lyon has one of the most efficient public transport systems in the world. Between the four subway lines, four tram lines, and more than a hundred bus lines, you’ll be able to get just about anywhere, safely and reliably.
Lyon Saint Exupéry Airport – LYS
Food and beverage: Café News, Caffé Ritazza, and Segafredo Espresso.
Currency Exchange: Global Cash has a desk in Le Centre and there are automatic foreign currency exchange dispenser machines that operate 24 hours a day.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Items lost or found within the airport buildings can be reported to security who will direct you appropriately.
Airport Hotels: None on site. Nearby: Radisson Blu, Pullman Toulouse Airport, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Park & Suites Prestige, and Le Grand Noble Hotel Blagnac.
Car Hire: Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt.
Airport Hub: Lyon Saint Exupéry Airport (code LYS) is a hub for EasyJet and Air France (AF).