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Driving to Lyon

A Motorists guide to Lyon - directions, parking and more

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Lyon is considered one of France’s gastronomic centres. The bouchons (traditional inns) that line the cobbled alleys of the old town are a must for any visitor, while the area of Croix-Rousse has many smart restaurants. This area also contains the historic centre of Lyon’s silk industry, for which the city was once famous.

The old town, or Vieux Lyon is a UNESCO World Heritage site, as such there are many impressive ruins, buildings, mews and side streets to wander around. A series of covered passageways, called ‘traboules’ link many private courtyards and were utilised by the French Resistance during the Second World War occupation.

Atop the Fourviere hill sits a neighbourhood containing the Fourviere Basilica and many important Roman ruins. Take the funicular railway to the top, as it’s worth a visit for both the views and the magnificent Gallo-Roman Amphitheatre.
The local Museum of Fine Arts has a large selection of works by Monet, Picasso, Rubens and Rembrandt. For smart shopping, the best area is the Presquile peninsula situated between the rivers Rhone and Saone, it also contains one of the largest squares in Europe, the Place Bellecour.

Map of the area

Speed limits around Lyon

Speed Limits

Motorway: 130 km/h
Dual Carriageway: 110 km/h
Rural: 90 km/h
Urban: 50 km/h

Distances from Lyon to...

All of these places are within a few hours drive from Lyon
PlaceDistance km (miles)
(Point to Point)

Geneva, Switzerland113 km (70 miles)

Marseille, France277 km (172 miles)

Nice, France298 km (185 miles)

Centre Parcs Les Hauts de Bruyères, France304 km (189 miles)

Centre Parcs Moselle - Domaine des Trois Forêts, France304 km (189 miles)

Zurich, Switzerland335 km (208 miles)

Genoa, Italy354 km (220 miles)

Centre Parcs Le Lac d'Ailette, France358 km (222 miles)

Disneyland Paris, France379 km (235 miles)

Paris, France389 km (242 miles)

Centre Parcs Belle Dune, France422 km (262 miles)

Bordeaux, France435 km (270 miles)

Luxembourg, Luxembourg439 km (273 miles)

The Stelvio Pass, Italy441 km (274 miles)

Centre Parcs Les Bois-Francs, France443 km (275 miles)

Trier, Germany465 km (289 miles)

Stuttgart, Germany469 km (291 miles)

Schloss Neuschwanstein, Germany494 km (307 miles)

Heidelberg, Germany497 km (309 miles)

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