This time it has taken me to France, more precisely to Lyon. This city is located in the Rhone-Alpes region where the rivers Rhone & Saone meet. What a beautiful city with a lot of history, the architecture in the old town of Vieux Lyon and also the modernity in the neighborhood of La Confluence.
Where do I start? Yes, how do I get to Lyon? If you have not yet driven on the TGV, I can recommend the route from Karlsruhe or Stuttgart. The train journey takes about 6 hours, but it’s fun with the high-speed train.
There are two train stations “Lyon Part Dieu” and “Lyon-Perrache”. The prices for the railway have exploded in recent years. Round trip about € 300 – 400. That’s a lot of money.
I prefer the plane, fast cheap and the connection to the city is easy and fast. I always fly with Eurowings, EasyJet or Transavia, they have loads of great offers. The flight Vienna and back for € 170.00 was a great offer.
The first thing to do before you leave for Lyon you should get the Lyon City Tour Card with airport transfer. Activate on arrival at the airport and off you go. With this City Card you have many advantages, access to public transport, airport transfer, 23 museums, boat tours and guided tours. This city cards should be available in every city! For comparison, the roundtrip ride on the RhoneExpress from the airport to the city costs € 30,40.
The transport network in Lyon is simply great, whether by bus, tram or metro. Therefore, it is also an advantage to buy the City Tour Card. Tram and bus for one trip costs € 1,80 regardless of where you are going in the city. Important! Please validate the ticket after boarding. Checkers are on the way and that’s expensive. Please do not forget this.
After arriving at the airport and redeeming the City Tour Card I took the Rhone Express to the city. Just go to Terminal 1 where the TVG station is and take the escalator down. The journey takes about 40 minutes.
Arrival is directly behind the train station “Lyon Part Dieu”. By the way, there is free Wi-Fi in the RhoneExpress. Then simply walk through the entire station building and to the tram or bus. The station is called Gare Part-Dieu, Vivier Merle and is next to a large shopping center. Then you take the T1 tram where you come to the other station Lyon-Perrache.
There are some hotels, as I always low budget trip I took the old Hotel de Normandie for € 49.00 with breakfast. I was received very nicely. It was a basic hotel, no frills. The breakfast was also very good. 2 minutes down the street you will also find the Hotel Victoria for € 55.00 with free Wi-Fi.
You should also look at the courtyard next to the cathedral.
I like this great aperitif, just try it out yourself.
The agony of choice I would say! As a lover of fish and seafood, my favorite restaurant in Lyon is “A la Peche aux Boules”. Of course, the oysters should not be missed as a starter. Simply a pleasure. Also, the interior design should be included. If you are a meat lover there are plenty of other restaurants in this street. So every day a different restaurant.
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