24 Hours in Lyon | France

24 Hours in Lyon | France


Lyon is one of the prettiest cities in France. It has an old Renaissance town that is one of the largest in Europe, Roman ruins and a world famous food scene. Lyon which is just a few hours from Paris is worth a visit all on its’ own. However, if you’re like us and only have a day to spend on Lyon this is your guide to do it right.

24 Hours in Lyon. Ready. Set. GO



Wake up grab a croissant from the local Boulangerie because you’ll need those delicious carbs for all the walking.  You’ll start at Vieux Lyon and head to Fourviere Basilica.We suggest taking the funicular near Vieux Lyon metro station as the walk is steep. The Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière was built in the late 19th century, unique for its Byzantine and Romanesque styles this is your first stop.

Wander around the Basilica and take in the views of Lyon.

24 Hours in Lyon | France

Next head the Ancient Theatre of Fourvière. Located a few steps away from the Basilica, the ruins transport you back in time. Comprising of two theaters the grand theater which held up to 10,00 people and the smaller Odeon theater which held up to 3,500 people this place is impressive and give the colosseum a run for its money.

This by the way, is France’s oldest theater.

24 Hours in Lyon | France


Walk or take the funicular back down to Vieux Lyon. From there walk a few steps to Cathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste. Reminiscent of the Notre Dame’s Cathedral in Paris, it took over four centuries to build this beauty.

Aim to get here about noon to witness the astronomical clock chiming.

24 Hours in Lyon | France


By now your tummy is probably grumbling but thankfully you are in the foodie capital of France if not the world. Wander over to Rue Saint-Jean where wealthy Lyonnais bankers and silk merchants lived during the Renaissance. Still as charming as it was back then, this is the heart of Vieux-Lyon (Old Lyon) a Unesco World Heritage Site. Here you will find a ton of great shops, cafes, and restaurants to feast on.

So rest up, sit back and dig in.

24 Hours in Lyon | France


Save some time to explore the traboules. These secret passageways link buildings and courtyard in Old Lyon. Finding one is like a treasure hunt but once you do it is all worth it as this is one of the most unique things you can do in Lyon.

Here for more info on where to find the secret traboules.

24 Hours in Lyon | France

Your next stop is Place des Terreaux. Take a stop by Place Bellecour a charming square for people watching. It is about a 15 minute walk to Place des Terreaux where you pass other squares and cathedrals. The buildings that surround the square are exquisite and perfect back drop for some selfies. The main attraction here is the gorgeous fountain by F.A Bartholdi.

So grab your coins and don’t forget to make a wish.

24 Hours in Lyon | France

Your last so called spot is the Parc de la Tête d’Or. The largest park in all of France it has a zoo, botanical garden and a rose garden. This is the perfect place to watch the sunset and unwind after a day of exploring.

Grab a gelato enjoy the view.

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Before heading back to your hotel make sure to have one last meal in Lyon. The most authentic places to eat are ” Bouchons Lyonnais.” These are little restaurants that offer a typical French dining experience. If you have the means check out Paul Bocuse Restaurant. Not only Michelin-starred but often referred to the best restaurant in France. Master Chef Paul Bocuse has held three Michelin stars since 1965.

If there was ever a time to splurge it would be here in the food capital .


Grab a 24 hr metro card for less than 6 euros for unlimited travel.

Restaurants tend to stop serving food around 10 pm so don’t wait too long to eat.

The map below takes you on our route across Lyon.


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  • Reply
    Nicole Caudle
    July 24, 2017 at 8:44 am

    This looks like a great place to visit. Your images are so beautiful.

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    July 24, 2017 at 7:46 am

    See everyone always raves on about Paris but France is more than just Paris. Lyon looks amazing and is on my bucket list of travel destinations.
    Katja xxx

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    Rebecca Swenor
    July 23, 2017 at 9:24 am

    Lyon in France sounds amazing and we would love to see. This is a great guide for 24 hours in Lyon. Ancient Theatre of Fourvière looks amazing and would be so interesting to see. Thanks for sharing the information.

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    July 23, 2017 at 7:49 am

    It certainly looks like a beautiful city. I have been to lots of places in France but never Lyon.

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    July 21, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    I was only in Paris in France but would love to visit Lyon one day

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    Aish Das-Padihari
    July 21, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    What a beautiful post. I would love to see Lyon someday. I just have been to Paris.

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    Adrianne Betz
    July 21, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    Wow, what an amazing trip. I have always wanted to see France.

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    July 21, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    this city looks beautiful! I want to visit that park. I would love to visit France someday!

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    David Elliott
    July 21, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    I have heard great things about Lyon, France. Someday I do plan on making a trip there. I am sure it would be amazing. I love the beauty and the historical nature of everything there. But that’s just me being a history nerd and appreciating the art and architecture.

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    July 21, 2017 at 4:59 am

    I have family in Lyon, and I can say with certainty that you did the place justice with your post. Can’t believe you managed all that in 24 hours. I usually spend three days just driving around the Parc de la Tête d’Or on a rented Segway! So much fun. =D

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    July 21, 2017 at 4:16 am

    Wow, cool! France looks like a fabulous place to check out.Will surely visit once..keeping in mind your amazing tips..:)

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    July 21, 2017 at 1:36 am

    My cousin had moved to Lyon and always told me I should come visit there, but then she moved away again. We used to always just pass by Lyon. So I have never had actually had a chance to look at Lyon before. The city really looks great, I am mostly interested in the architecture and of course the food there. 🙂

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    July 21, 2017 at 12:16 am

    So much culture, so much history. And all in 24hours! We simply just do not have these kinds of sights in Australia. I loved your pictures too btw, I really would love to visit here some day!

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    July 21, 2017 at 12:02 am

    Some very lovely photos of Lyon which goes to show how beautiful it is. Would add it on my list of places to visit.

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    Sincerely Ophelia
    July 20, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    The 24 hours in lyon you had looks great! I would love to visit when I’m going to Europe in Sept!

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    Muna Kenny
    July 20, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    Wow! This place looks awesome. I wish I can travel to Lyon, I keep reading about it but never visited. Your clicks are beautiful.

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    Crystal carder
    July 20, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    Lyon looks so beautiful! I have never been to France or out of the country, but if I ever make it there, I would love to see all Lyons has to offer.

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    Amber Myers
    July 20, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    Your photos are spectacular. I wish I could be in Lyon, France. It looks like there is lots to do and see.

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    July 20, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    Europe is on my bucket list to visit. Your pictures are amazing, I need to go soon!

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    July 20, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    It would be SO difficult to only spend 24 hours in the beautiful city! Your tips for how to spend that time are fabulous, however, and really ensure you get to see the most you possibly can in that amount of time. I hope to be able to visit sometime!

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    July 20, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Lyon looks so beautiful. I have no idea how I could pull off visiting there for just 24 hours! You gave some great tips though, so I might just give it a try!

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    Heather Johnson
    July 20, 2017 at 11:57 am

    Lyon sounds like an amazing place to visit. My kiddos and I would love to check out the old Renaissance town most of all.

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    July 20, 2017 at 11:14 am

    I’ve been thinking about doing 24 hour trips to several places and you just made it easier for me! Thanks!

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    Sarah-Louise Bailey
    July 20, 2017 at 8:14 am

    I have been to Lyon. Its incredible beautiful. just unforgettable and charming place. The architecture here differs much from rest of the city and colors of the buildings are truly amazing!

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    corinne & kirsty
    July 20, 2017 at 3:22 am

    I have lived and studied in Lyon and I absolutely loved the city! So so gorgeous and the food is amazing! Vieux Lyon is quite cool and so is Parc de la tête d’Or. Or biking on the river bank! xx corinne

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