Located on the junction between the Rhône and Saône rivers in France, Lyon is a UNESCO-listed city with over 2000 years of history. Founded by the Romans in 43 BC, every era of Lyon's history has left a mark on its culture, architecture, and cuisine. Roman ruins, Rennaissance palaces, and modern skyscrapers blend seamlessly in an ancient city that has never seen a major disaster or been redesigned by urban planners - a real rarity! As a result, Lyon's historic architecture has been beautifully preserved and enjoyed for centuries.
Originally a manufacturing powerhouse for silk production, Lyon has become known as the heart of French gastronomy in modern times. As the third largest city in France, it has fantastic shopping districts, amazing museums, an active nightlife, and some of the best restaurants in the world. To find the cheapest flights from Canada to Lyon, try setting up a price alert with Skyscanner! We'll notify you whenever a flight drops below your price point, so you will never miss a great deal!
Getting to Lyon, France
Canadians can fly directly to Lyon Saint-Expuery Airport (LYS) from Montreal's Pierre Trudeau Airport (YUL) through Air Canada or Air Transat for as low as $800 round-trip. If you don't mind a short layover in Paris (CDG), Amsterdam (AMS), Munich (MUC), or Frankfurt (FRA), you can also fly with Lufthansa, American Airlines, United, and more.
Canadians can travel to France for up to 90 days without a visa, thanks to the Schengen agreement. You can also travel freely between all Schengen area countries during your 90-day trip! However, you'll need to carry a passport that is valid for at least 30 days longer than you plan on staying to avoid any issues at the airport.
The Best Time to Visit Lyon
Lyon is beautiful all year long. The best time to visit Lyon is in the spring and early summer, when the weather is nice and the flowers in its famous gardens are in full bloom. July and August are more popular with tourists, but flight and hotel prices rise along with the temperatures during the summer so it isn't the best choice if you're traveling on a budget. You'll find the cheapest flights in May and June, as well as in the winter. The winter can be beautiful in Lyon, but it can be quite cold, so it's not the best if you plan on doing a lot of sightseeing on foot.
What to Do in Lyon
Walking through Lyon is like walking through time. In Vieux Lyon (Old Lyon), you'll feel like you have been transported back to the middle ages. You can walk through the Rennaissance courtyards, head to St. Jean Cathedral and archeological gardens, or treat yourself to some traditional Lyonnais cuisine in one of the many fine dining restaurants just off Old Lyon's cobblestone streets. Parc de la Tête d'Or is one of the most beautiful public parks in Europe - an absolute must-see! With over 150 hectares of gardens, walking paths, greenhouses, and a lake with lots of wildlife, it is the perfect place to stop for a picnic and people-watch. You should also check out the stunning Fourvière Basilica, which overlooks the city, as well as the Ancient Theatre of Fourvière. Art lovers won't want to miss the breathtaking Lyon Museum of Fine Art, the second-largest fine art museum in France after the Louvre in Paris.
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