London Stansted to Lyon Saint-Exupery Airport
Lyon is widely regarded as the gastronomic capital of France. There is an enormous choice of eateries here from traditional inns known as bouchons offering regional sepecialities, to trendy restaurants serving modern cuisine. The city has a long history, dating back to Roman times when it was known as Lugdunum, and was also home to the Lumiere brothers who invented
the world’s first cinematic camera. Lyon has one of Europe’s finest Renaissance town centres with cobbled streets and quaint houses.
Flights between London Stansted and Lyon Saint-Exupery Airport are provided by easyJet. The airport is situated 25km (15 miles) east of Lyon. There is a regular bus service, operated by Satobus, between the airport and two train stations in central Lyon: Lyon Part-Dieu and Lyon Perrache. The buses depart from the airport every 20 minutes between 6am and 11.20pm and the journey takes around 45 minutes. Tickets cost 8.40 euros for a single, 14.90 euros return. Taxi journeys to the city centre take about 30 minutes and cost around 50 euros.
Places of interest in Lyon include:
- Lumiere Institute. Film buffs should not miss this museum dedicated to the Lumiere brothers who invented the first cinematic camera. The institute’s cinema shows the world’s first ever moving picture – a scene of workers leaving their factory, while the rest of the museum looks at cinema’sorigins and the innovative Lumiere brothers.
- Fourviere. The historically-important Fourviere Hill is one of Lyon’s top tourist attractions. The hill’s biggest draw is Fourviere Park containing the Roman ruins of the village of Lugdunum, the Museum of Gallo-Roman Civilisation and a restored Roman theatre. The theatre can seat more than 4,000 spectators and hosts the Nuit de Fourviere Festival every June and July.
- Resistance and Deportation Museum. Lyon played an important role in Frenchresistance to the Nazi Occupation. This museum traces the history of thatresistance movement and includes first-hand accounts of deportations to theconcentration camps. The museum is housed in former Gestapo offices wherethe infamous Klaus Barbie was responsible for the deaths and torture of upto 27,000 people and earned the title ‘Butcher of Lyon’.
- Fine Arts Museum. This museum is home to one of France’s largest artcollections. The former Benedictine convent features works by the 17thcentury Flemish painters Rubens and Rembrandt and the Venetian mastersTintoretto and Veronese. Other artists represented here include Manet,Monet, Gaugin and Picasso. There is also a collection of Limoges pottery andJapanese ceramics.
- The Traboules. Lyon’s old town is home to these strange covered passageways(traboules). Dating back to the Renaissance, the passageways house a range of architectural curiosities and, due to their secretive nature, were very useful to the French resistance during Lyon’s Nazi occupation.
- St Jean Cathedral. The construction of Lyon’s cathedral, in the centre of the old town, was started in 1180 and not completed until 1480. The Romanesque structure’s elegant towers overlook Lyon’s medieval streets and inside you can admire the fine stained-glass window.