With its exceptional geographic location, the city of Lyon has always been a convergence point for trade and the flow of ideas.

The city where two rivers converge is in the heart of the Rhone Valley. Throughout its history, Lyon has been a crossroads for trade. It is a favored stopping point for travelers between the north and south of France. Surrounded by the regions of Bourgogne, Auvergne, Dauphiné and Provence, Lyon’s location makes it a bustling and welcoming place.

Lyon is also ideally situated between the sea and the mountains. It is a perfect staging ground for those headed to ski or hike in the Alps. Following the Rhone downstream heading to the Mediterranean, you pass through Drôme and then Provence.

Lyon is easy to reach by any means of transportation. By train, Part-Dieu station lies on the high-speed lines to a number of European hubs: Paris (2 hrs), Brussels (4 hrs), Nantes (4 hrs 30), Marseille (1 hr 40), etc. There are 30 round-trips to Paris every day. Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport   is just 25 minutes (by RhônExpress tram) from downtown, with daily flights to dozens of destinations around Europe, carrying 8.7 million passengers in 2015. Four freeways (A6, A7, A42, A43) connect Lyon by road in every direction.

This exceptional geographic location in the heart of Europe beckons travelers from far and wide: Lyon is one of those stopping points that make you want to stay.