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Pack a pair of comfortable shoes and make sure those waistbands are loose: this centre of French gastronomy has plenty of sights up its finely-styled sleeves (perfect for strolling off those Lyonnaise calories).
Currently, only British Airways operates direct flights to Lyon from Heathrow Airport (LHR). Low-cost fares are easy to find on this frequent service and the average flight time is one hour and 35 minutes.
Flights arrive at Lyon-Saint Exupery Airport (LYS).
Heathrow Airport is the busiest in the UK and a major international air hub for the rest of the world.
Located to the west of London, the airport is accessed with ease by road and rail from the capital and beyond. Handy, as Heathrow sees some 75 million passengers passing through its terminals each year.
Transport options to Heathrow include bus, coach, underground and over ground rail services (including the Heathrow Express from London Paddington). If you plan to drive and park, compare car-parking costs with TravelSupermarket well in advance of your trip and make savings on the drive-up price.
There are four terminals at Heathrow Airport – 2, 3, 4 and 5. T5 is by far the busiest, with some 33 million passengers boarding more than 200,000 flights per year.
The amenities here are excellent. You can expect a choice of airport lounges, shops, restaurants, prayer rooms, and free charging points for mobile phones. Family facilities include play areas in Terminals 2, 4 and 5 and a free-to-enter family lounge in T3.
It’s sensible to arrive 2-3 hours prior to your scheduled departure time.
Direct flights from Heathrow to Lyon with British Airways take off from Terminal 3. Arrive in plenty of time to shop at the usual airport stores, such as Boots, as well as outlets from Cath Kidston, Bulgari, Harrods and Burberry. Eateries include the Oriel brasserie, the Three Bells pub and Italian high street favourite Strada.
Fly from London Heathrow to Lyon-Saint Exupery Airport and you will touch down around 25 kilometres from the city centre.
A 30-minute taxi ride will get you to your central hotel for around 50 euros. The Lyon Express Tram, also known as the Rhônexpress, is a good alternative to taking a cab. On-the-day tickets cost 14.70 euros for a single or 25.90 for a return, with cheaper advance tickets available.
The Rhone-Alpes region around Lyon is ripe for independent exploration, so consider car rental at Lyon airport and save on the cost of transfers.
For more information on city transport, see our how to get around Lyon page.
Lyon is the third-largest city in France and the perfect place to pitch up for a few days of culture, sightseeing, wine tasting and some of the finest dining you will ever encounter.
From the red-checked table tops of traditional bouchon, which whimper under the weight of hefty meat platters, to the white linens of eateries adorned with Michelin stars, culinary highlights are guaranteed in Lyon (just try and resist posting snaps of your plate to social media!).
Elsewhere, historic heavyweights get feet moving in their direction. See the Roman amphitheatre in Fourvière, the Renaissance beauties of Vieux Lyon and a clutch of churches, museums, cathedrals and the mighty basilica on the hill. When your feet ache, take a rest at a café on the peninsula (the Presqu’ile) or ride the rivers on a soothing boat trip.
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