Making The Most of Lyon - Day Trips & Tricks

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"Climb up to Fourviere (instead of taking the funicular train) the cathedral on the hill above Lyon. You will have such a sense of accomplishment and you get to see more amazing views of Lyon!"


Lyon’s central location means that it’s easy to do a lot of day trips. Towards the Alps, Annecy is a lovely town with a huge lake to chill by, or hikes to take. In the Winter, buses run directly from Lyon to French ski resorts which help to make an ordinarily expensive sport quite affordable. It takes less than three hours to get to Geneva, the Swiss city that’s home to the UN and a magnificent lake. 


One of the highlights of my trip was spending my 21st birthday in Antibes, a gorgeous town on the Cote D’Azur. We bought our tickets through OuiGo which saved a lot of money, and with it just being out of season we were able to find well-priced accommodation close to the beach. From there we visited Nice and Monaco and it was the most amazing way to celebrate my birthday with all my year abroad friends. If you are wanting to travel further afield, then keep an eye out on Skyscanner for cheap flights from the main airport in Lyon. 

Unlike other French towns or cities, Lyon does not have any Ryanair flights which means that flights can sometimes be significantly more pricey. It’ll cost you 20+ euros for a return ticket on the Rhone Express to the airport, for a return ticket so it does make flying around Europe a less budget friendly option especially if you have hopes of jetting off every weekend. But with all the fun in Lyon then why would you want to?!


Essential Visits

Make sure you visit all the obvious attractions such as Bellecour, Vieux Lyon, the Roman ruins at Fourviere Hill (the music festival here which takes place at the end of June every year and attracts some pretty big names all performing in an ancient Roman amphitheatre are not to be missed), the Basilica, Musée des Confluences and Musée des Beaux-Arts etc. If you’re still stuck for ways to fill your days, try Parc de la Tete d’Or, Part Dieu for shopping or brunch in Croix Rousse (I’d recommend Le Desjeuneur).

If you fancy a trip to Paris, then it’s also less than three hours via train which makes it a doable day trip but I would recommend a weekend to soak everything up. 


"Definitely make the most of trans-European trains - often a really exciting, if slightly longer, way to get to your destination and there's the posibility to make a bit of an Euroepan tour out of it. Also a fun way to meet other travellers in the same position as you."


Lyon is really close to the alps so perfect during the winter for a ski weekend! It is also only a short journey to the coast which is definitely worth visiting – the Calanques just outside Marseille were a personal favourite (beautiful bays only accessed through a hiking trail).


Student savings!

Il existe pour les étudiants un Pass’culture qui offre pour 16€ : 3 places de théâtre et 1 place de cinéma (ce qui fait 4€ la place). A retirer dans les locaux du CROUS, à côté de Guillotière.

Achète autant de pass possibles ! Tu pourras avoir des places à l’Opéra, au Théâtre des Célestins, au TNP, dans les cinémas d’arts et essais, etc. POUR 4€ et toute l’année ! (à l’Opéra par exemple, une place à l’orchestre est à minimum 40€…)

There is a ‘Pass’culture’ for students which for 16€ gives you 3 theatre tickets and1 cinema ticket. You collect your pass at Crous, next to Guillotière. Buy as many passes as you can! You can get opera tickets, theatre tickets, art exhibitions, cinema all for 4€ all year around.


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