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Why Fly to Lyon?
Lyon is the third largest city in France and is an important financial hub. As such, the airport is well-served by carriers, including low-cost airlines, and it is often possible to get cheap flights to Lyon. Beyond business, Lyon is known as a gastronomic capital and visitors travel to the city to sample local specialities and fine food from across the country. The city has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status thanks to its fine historic buildings.
Flying to Lyon from the UK
It is possible to fly direct to Lyon from several UK airports including London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Stansted, Birmingham and Manchester airports. These non-stop routes are served by several carriers including low-cost airlines meaning it is often possible to find discounted Lyon flights. From Newcastle and Glasgow airports there are one-stop flights to Lyon.
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Which Airlines Fly to Lyon?
Lyon is served by several low-cost airlines including easyJet and bmi. These frequently provide the cheapest flight deals. easyJet offers non-stop flights to Lyon from London Gatwick and Stansted. These flights take approximately 1.5 hours. If you are travelling from London Heathrow, British Airways operate non-stop flights to Lyon, while Bmi flies direct to Lyon from Manchester in just under two hours. It is also possible to fly directly from Birmingham with Air France. Among other airlines, KLM and Air France offer one-stop services to Lyon from Newcastle and Glasgow, both of which go via Amsterdam.
Mini Travel Guide to Lyon
Lyon is split into a number of arrondisements (administrative districts). For tourists, the main sights and points of interest are on the west banks of the River Saône (where Old Lyon is situated) and in the arrondisements sandwiched on the land between the River Saône and the Rhône. Wander the streets of Vieux Lyon (Old Lyon), on the banks of the Saône to see an abundance of Renaissance and medieval buildings. Highlights in the area include Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière, which sits high on the Fourvière Hill overlooking the city, and the Cathédrale St-Jean, which was built between the 12th and 15th centuries. Not far from here are the ruined Roman theatres and the Musée Gallo-Romain de Fourvière which showcases archaeological discoveries including statues, engravings and mosaics.
Also not to be missed on any tour of Lyon is the Musée Historique des Tissus. Lyon is famously known for its involvement in the silk trade, and this textile museum tells the story, along with those of all manner of fabrics and tapestries.
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