Lyon, France Travel Guide Last Updated: Dec 2022

The third largest city in France and certainly not the cheapest to visit, Lyon is gaining in popularity among travelers who want to see a more realistic view of France than they can get in central Paris. There’s plenty to keep you busy for two or three days, and many good options for backpackers and budget travelers on longer trips.

Why Visit Lyon

Lyon Facts

Population 500,000
Area 2,300,000
Timezone UTC+1
Currency Euro

Where to eat and drink in Lyon

Budget breakfastMost of the time breakfast is included in hotel and hostel but if not, there are many coffee shop in the city center with nice menus$5.43 - $9.78
Budget lunchMany restaurants offer a “Formule du midi” for lunch during the week. Avoid the old district. It’s either expensive or very poor quality$9.78 - $14.13
Budget dinnerAt night there is no “Formule du midi” so it’s a bit more expensive$14.13 - $19.57
Beer (.33l bottle)Beer is the same price as Paris. If you can go to pubs with happy hours between 6pm and 8pm for cheaper pints$5.43 - $8.70
House wine (.5l jug)You’ll find mostly cote du Rhone and Beaujolais from very cheap to very expensive in wine bars and restaurants, but the cheapest bottle you’ll find will be in supermarket$3.26 - $13.04
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When to visit Lyon

Temperature and rainfall

Month High F Low F Precip (inches)

Lyon Weather advice

Sunrise and sunset

21 Mar6:42am6:54pm
21 Jun5:50am9:34pm
21 Sep7:26am7:40pm
21 Dec8:18am4:58pm

Lyon Hotel Seasons

Lyon Hotel Prices

Rating Price(USD)
starstarstarstarstar40.22 - 75.00
starstarstarstarstar51.09 - 104.35
starstarstarstarstar63.04 - 179.35
starstarstarstarstar78.26 - 286.96
starstarstarstarstar202.17 - 428.26
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Lyon Hostel Prices

Type Price(USD)
Hostel Bed25.00 - 34.78

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