Hiring a car in Lyon is the best way to explore everything that this lively city has to offer. It provides a great amount of flexibility and convenience to your holiday as you are not having to stick to rigid bus schedules or having to wait for an expensive taxi. These can be made much more difficult in a foreign language too. The time-saving element is also important for getting everything checked off your itinerary as opposed to other ways of getting around. Car hire is also much cheaper compared to public transport and taxi fares which can really eat away at your holiday budget, especially if you are staying for an extended period of time.
Information on places to visit in Lyon with a hire car
Lyon is one of France's largest cities and is incredibly diverse with a big renaissance old town, historic industrial districts, Roman ruins and the famous 19th-century Presqu’île quarter. The city of Lyon really has something for all types of traveller and is the perfect city break for everyone. Perhaps the best place to begin when visiting the city is the Vieux Lyon - one of the largest renaissance old quarters in Europe. It features a number of homes in the gothic, Italian renaissance and French renaissance styles as well as some great cafes, bars and restaurants to enjoy. One of the most striking and prominent attractions in Lyon is the Fourvière Basilica. It is located in the oldest part of the city where several Roman sites have been discovered and is also worth visiting inside for its museum and tower. It is also the focus for the famous Fête des Lumières, which takes place at the start of December every year. Head slightly north of the centre of Lyon and you will discover the marvellous Parc de la Tête d’Or. This urban park is one of the largest in the country and features an incredible botanical garden and zoo. It should definitely be towards the top of your list if you are visiting Lyon with kids.
Car Hire Tips in Lyon
- Booking in advance is always the best way to find the cheapest vehicle hire deal. We recommend booking online rather than waiting to arrive at the car hire desk.
- If you are staying in the centre of Lyon, then a hire car may not be necessary as all of the main attractions are within walking distance. However, there is far more to do and see in the surrounding region that we highly recommend having a car for that will definitely make your life easier.
- The best place to hire a car is from Lyon’s airport. Here you will find a number of cheap hire car companies to choose from including Thrifty, Dollar, Budget and others.
- Make sure to check the car’s condition and report any visible damages in order to avoid being charged unnecessarily.