Direction Lyon Capital of Gaul
Nice-Lyon is one of the shortest flights out of Nice Airport. But the few dozen minutes it takes you get you to the city of “Les Gones” is enough provide a real change of scenery. Lyon’s gastronomy, architecture, and history make this large city a place where you can experience a different side of France than that of your everyday life, all under a Mediterranean sun. A non-stop Nice-Lyon flight is the just the beginning of a trip you won't soon forget.
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Your Nice- Lyon direct flight
You’ll be flying from Nice to Lyon with Hop! Air France. This Air France regional airline flies out of Terminal 2.
Travelling with cabin baggage only and already have your boarding pass? Then be sure to arrive at the airport an hour and a half before departure. Don’t forget you’ll need to go through security screenings. Arriving early will allow you to do so stress-free, even on busy days. And if you need to check a bag or weren't able to check-in from home, be sure to give yourself an additional 15 minutes.
Departure airport Nice Côte d'Azur Airport Departure terminal Terminal 2 Arrival airport Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport Arrival terminal Terminal 2
Arriving at Lyon Airport
You will land at Terminal 2 of Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport. It’s located 25 kilometres from the city centre. To get to the centre, take:
- The tramway: from 4:25 am till midnight, the Lyon Express tramway leaves from the Lyon Saint-Exupéry TGV station (5 minutes from your terminal) every 15 minutes (30 minutes from 9 pm to 6 am), and will take you to Lyon Part-Dieu.
- A taxi: the stand can be found as you exit the terminal. The trip will cost around €50 during the day.
- An electric car: use the car share service Bluely, which can be found in car park P4 opposite the TGV station.
- A hire car: hire a car from one of the seven specialists at the airport.
What to do in
Lyon isn’t just one of the largest cities in France; it’s also one of the most beautiful! With its majestic plazas, medieval streets, museums, and monuments, it’s a fascinating place for those who take the time to discover it. It’s sometimes accused of being bourgeois and haughty, but a wander through the old city or the Croix-Rousse quarter, a few sips of Moulin-à-Vent or Brouilly wine, a few bites of the indulgent local cuisine and you’ll quickly see these accusations are wholly unjustified. The charm of this city is not just alluring. It’s irresistible!
Lyon, a city made to be sharedSee more See less
Feeling like the spark has gone out? Head to Lyon and see if you can’t get lightening to strike! The capital of Gaul is great for a romantic weekend getaway, walking hand in hand along the Rhone or Saone rivers, looking into each other’s eyes in a traditional “bouchon” or chic Michelin-starred restaurant. The city offers many opportunities to come together over culture in all its forms, both refined and mainstream: art, history, fashion, oenology, and so much more. As you explore together, your emotions and desires will begin to reignite, until, upon suddenly finding yourselves in a traboule, one of the famous hidden passageways that weave through the city, lightening finally strikes and forgotten passions emerge. Kiss her! Kiss him!
Is your family all coming together for a holiday? Lyon will ensure everyone has a fantastic time! Climb aboard a boat for a trip down the Rhone and see the city in a different light. Get up above it all by climbing up to the Fourvière, the cradle of ancient Lugdunum, and visit the Gallo-Roman ruins and famous basilica. Head out for some fresh air and nature by getting lost in the 117 hectares of the Parc de la Tête d’Or, one of the largest urban parks in France. At the heart of it lies the Holy Grail for kids: Lyon’s zoological garden. Here you’ll find an African plain full of giraffes, zebras, and antelopes, as well as enclosures dedicated to the preservation of endangered species such as the Amur leopard and Asian lion, plus a deer park and lemur island. A good time for all!
The top 10 things to do in LyonSee more See less
- The old city in Lyon (Vieux Lyon) has much to offer, so spend time wandering around, exploring the traboules, and admiring the houses and palaces from medieval and Renaissance times.
- Have a break on the Place des Terreaux, hands down the most beautiful square in Lyon, and take the time to really take in the ancient façades of the fountain's statues, created by Bartholdi - the artist behind Lady Liberty.
- Go inside Notre-Dame de Fourvière, the basilica that crowns the hill of the same name, and, whatever your beliefs, abandon yourself to the serenity and beauty of this place dedicated to the Virgin Mary.
- Discover a century of architecture by checking out Tony Garnier's Les Halles, a 1930 skyscraper, La Cité Internationale by Renzo Piano, and the Incity Tower, which rises over 200 metres high.
- Discover Lyon’s most modern gem: the Musée des Confluences. An extraordinary building that houses some fantastic collections. Unforgettable displays that will teach you all about Earth and Humanity!
- Take a walk through the streets of the Croix-Rousse quarter, nestled between the Soane and Rhone. It was formerly home to the canuts, or silk workers. Today it’s taken on a bohemian feel with designer’s studios and café-theatres.
- Treat yourself to a film in one of the oldest cinemas in France: the Saint-Denis, located at 77 Grande rue de la Croix-Rousse. For the short film before the film and the snacks on offer from the ushers.
- Be a puppet! Two hundred years after its creation, Lyon’s famous marionettes are still bringing smiles to the faces of children in the city’s theatres and museums: Théâtre de Guignol, the Compagnie Streble, the Maison de Guignol, and the Musée Gadagne, among others.
- Tremble before the terrifying Alien! Dedicated to special effects and miniatures, the Museum of Cinema and Miniatures is home to the animatronic alien from Alien: Resurrection, among other marvels. Not to be missed!
- Savour your holiday by strolling around the stalls and food trucks of Saint-Antoine market, find a table in a bouchon restaurant, or even visit the Cité Internationale de la Gastronomie (opening late 2019).
Regular flights Nice - Lyon LYS
Flights per day :
- Mon 1
- Tue 0
- Wed 1
- Thu 0
- Fri 1
- Sat 0
- Sun 1
Frequently asked questions
How long does a Nice-Lyon flight take?
The average flight time from Nice to Lyon is 50 minutes.
Which airlines provide Nice-Lyon direct flights?
Air France is the only airline that will fly you non-stop from the Place Masséna to the Place Bellecour with its Nice-Lyon flight.
How much does a Nice-Lyon flight cost?
The lowest price for a Nice-Lyon return ticket based on prices from the last 90 days is 242€
What is the best time of year to visit Lyon?
Things never really slow down in the Capital of Gaul. Like all large European cities, it’s lively and dynamic throughout the year. The biggest cultural events happen in autumn, with the Contemporary Art and Dance Biennales, the Lumière Film Festival (Lyon, along with the Lumière brothers, is the capital of cinematic art), and of course, Lyon’s famous Festival of Lights. Winter lends itself to visiting museums and indulging in exquisite meals, paired with Beaujolais, in Lyon’s renowned “bouchons”. Spring is the ideal time to come as a family and enjoy all the wonders of the Parc de la Tête d’Or. Summer is warm and has lots of entertainment and concerts during the Nuits de Fourvière festival.
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