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Make a date with a knife and fork when you touch down in Lyon – one of the top gastronomic centres of France (and therefore the world). The diet can wait.
What this city doesn’t serve up on a plate it pours into delicate wine glasses, and if food and drink don’t tick your short-break boxes, you can shop, sightsee, amble and listen to music concerts until your singing heart confirms that you have well and truly fallen for Lyon.
If you’re looking for cheap, direct flights to Lyon from Southampton Airport (SOU), you’re in luck. Low-cost carrier Flybe operates a daily service between the two cities, with an average flight time of just under two hours.
Flights touch down at Lyon-Saint Exupery Airport (LYS) and there are plenty of ways to reach central Lyon once you’ve breezed through arrivals.
Taxis are in abundance outside the terminal; a fare to a central hotel costs in the region of 50 euros.
Single travellers and couples can save a little money by using the Lyon Express Tram, also known as the Rhônexpress. Advance return tickets cost 20.80 euros, or up to 25.90 on the day (single fares cost 14.70). The Lyon card offers a return airport journey combined with two days of travel for 49 euros – perfect for a short break.
The mountains, valleys and rivers of the Rhone-Alpes region are within easy reach of Lyon, especially if you rent a vehicle during your trip. See our car hire in Lyon page for options, advice and fantastic deals.
Flights from Southampton to Lyon booked? Car hire sorted? Then it’s time to find the hotel of your dreams. We tell you everything you need to know about hotels in Lyon before directing you to some of the hottest deals on the net.
From meat-filled platters in traditional bouchon to delicately-towering cuisine in Michelin-starred joints, Lyon is rightfully proud of its food and a weekend break without a little gastronomic indulgence is like going to Paris and not looking at the Eiffel Tower – you simply cannot ignore it!
In between taste-bud-tickling temptations, take a calorie-busting stroll in hilly La Croix-Rousse and among the historic streets of Renaissance Vieux Lyon, discovering the subtle differences between the areas of Saint Jean, Saint Paul and Saint Georges. The Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière strikes out proudly from the skyline above Vieux Lyon and is well worth a visit.
Other attractions include the Roman amphitheatre, the Parc de la Tete d'Or, and buzzing markets that give you a fresh appreciation for the bountiful supply of local ingredients on which this city builds its reputation for fine wine and even finer food. Bon appétit!