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Lyon is a city in the east of France at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. It is the third-largest city in France and the second-largest metropolitan area in the country.
Lyon was founded 2000 years ago and grew mainly thanks to the silk industry, which was very well developed here. In the 17th century, Lyon was the so-called silk capital of Europe. Today you can visit the historical remains of factories from the rich history of this city. You will fall in love with the beautiful Renaissance old town.
Lyon is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The oldest historical relic of France was discovered here in Lyon. Many things make this city unique. It is naturally divided into three parts, separated by the Rhône and Saône rivers. Most of the historical and cultural sites are located in the west and centre of the city. Here you can admire many Gothic churches, Renaissance houses, and the beautiful Renaissance old town. Also, if you like to discover ancient Roman history, this is the place to be. There are many Roman remains here that are open to tourists.
Lyon is the so-called culinary capital of France. Experiencing the food here in Lyon is something special. This is what is known as the essence of French cuisine. There are some of the most famous restaurants in the world here and generally, the food is delicious everywhere in the city. You can discover French culture through food and this is truly a unique opportunity that you should not miss.
Basic info and car hire in Lyon
- Location: Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, France
- Population: 518,635
- Official language: French
- Currency: Euro
- Weather: Lyon has a humid subtropical climate
- Holidays in Lyon: For public holidays in Lyon follow this link
- Internet coverage: Hotels, bars, restaurants, and cafés offer Wi-Fi.
- Road conditions: Most roads in Lyon are in good condition.
- Car hire in Lyon: The most common pick-up point for vehicles in Lyon is at Lyon airport, Lyon Part-Dieu Railway Station, and Lyon Perrache Railway Station. Please note that prices vary frequently. It is best to book a car 3 to 8 weeks in advance of your desired pick-up date - this will ensure you get the cheapest rental rate. Alternatively, it is also possible to find cheap last-minute car hire. Find the best deal on car hire in Lyon!
Driving in Lyon
As the third-largest French city, you have to expect the traffic in Lyon to be pretty heavy at times. But if you play by the rules and follow the road signs, you will not have any problems driving around the city. However, special care should be taken when driving in the old town, as there are many narrow and steep streets. If you are not used to this kind of driving condition, it might be better to park your car in one of the parking garages or a public parking lot and explore this part of the city on foot.
But if you drive outside of Lyon, you'll enjoy really good roads with good connections to all of France. You can choose between local roads and motorways, so it's up to you which type of road trip you prefer. If you prefer to explore cities, you should take the motorway so you can get from one city to another faster. However, if you prefer country life, villages and small towns, local roads are the best option for you. The local roads are usually in good condition so you will have a lot of fun here as well.
- Age limits: The minimum age to drive a car in France is 18 years.
- International Driving Permit: Yes, if you are a non-EU license holder.
- Additional papers: Identification(passports for all people in the car), the car's registration certificate, and your M.O.T. certificate (for cars over three years old, proving the vehicle meets environmental and road safety standards), a valid driving license, and valid proof of insurance. (It is advisable to buy insurance at the car hire agency in case your policy doesn't cover you while driving in France)
- Additional requirements: High-visibility, reflective vest for every person in the car, Warning triangle, Full set of replacement bulbs for head and taillights, Spare pair of glasses, Headlight converters (required if driving from, "Crit'Air" badge (required in central Paris), Breathalyzer.
- Children in the car: Children under 13 must be in car seats or wearing seat belts appropriate for their age and height. Babies and infants about a year old or under should always be positioned in rear-facing car seats.
- Driving side of the road: Right
- Lights: Check that all lights are working, clean, and correctly aimed.
- General speed limits: There is a variable maximum speed on French roads, depending on weather conditions. In dry weather, 2- or 3-lane rural roads are limited to 80 km/h, 4-lane expressways (in rural areas) are limited to 110 km/h, and motorways (in rural areas if classified as highways) are limited to 130 km/h. In rainy conditions, the limits are lowered to 80, 100, and 110 km/h respectively. The 50 km/h speed limit in cities is independent of weather conditions. The general speed limit is reduced to 50 km/h on all roads in fog or other poor visibility conditions when visibility is less than 50 meters.
- Parking suggestions: In the city area, you must pay for all street parking from Monday through Saturday from 9:00 am-8:00 pm, and you pay per hour. Parking is free on Sundays and holidays. Generally, you can park for up to 6 hours at a time if you do not have a resident's permit, and up to a week at a time with a permit.
Car Hire in Lyon
Most popular car hire at Lyon
The most selected hire car in Lyon is Ford Fiesta, with Renault Clio and Seat Ibiza also being a popular option. The most popular car types in Lyon are mini, economy, and compact.
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Popular One-Way car hire from Lyon
Want to rent a car for a one-way trip? No worries! Orbit Car Hire offers a variety of one-way Car Hire options in many locations outside of Lyon. One-way car rental is ideal for cross-town or cross-country travel, saving time by not returning to your original location. Start your reservation with Orbit Car Hire and find great options on one-way car hire at locations across the France.
Lyon-Grenoble (111km with approximately 1,5 hours of drive)
Lyon-Annecy (145km with approximately 1,5-2 hours of drive)
Lyon-Vienne (32km with approximately 30 minutes of drive)
Lyon-Geneva (149km with approximately 1,5-2 hours of drive)
What to see in Lyon
Quartier Saint-Jean and Quartier Saint-Georges (Old Town)
This is the ideal place to explore the city's medieval past. You can walk through narrow streets with many small squares with many local restaurants. There are also many small shops and bars in these streets and squares. The atmosphere in this part of the city will surely enchant you.
Gallo-Romaine Museum of Civilization
Lyon is located on the site of the ancient Roman city of Lugdunum. Today, many remains from that time can still be seen in this museum. You can admire buildings, baths, theatres, vases, sculptures, all kinds of decorations and tools, coins, ceramics, etc.
Musée des Beaux-Arts
This fascinating museum is second only to the Louvre as the most important French art museum. The museum has an impressive collection of all kinds of objects from the Egyptian period to the present day. There are many sculptures, paintings, vases, tools, writings, etc. to see here, but also a large collection of impressionist and modern paintings. These are just some of the painters whose works are exhibited here: Delacroix, Géricault, Rembrandt, Rubens, Poussin and Véronèse.
It is located in the oldest part of the city and is visible from everywhere in the city, as it is located on the Fourvière hill. From this hill you also have a breathtaking view of the city, so you should walk around the basilica as well. But of course, you will also enjoy the impressive interior of the basilica. It was built in Romanesque and Byzantine style and is dedicated to the Virgin Mary.
The father of cinema was born here and also worked here in the city of Lyon. There were two of them - the Lumière brothers. In 1895, the first film screening in history took place in France. The film lasted about 45 seconds and was titled Workers Leaving the Factory in Lyon. Today you can visit the museum dedicated to the work of these pioneers of cinema.
Drive your rental car beyond Lyon
If you have decided to rent a car in Lyon, you need to explore the surroundings of this beautiful city. There are so many things to see and do outside of Lyon that you will be amazed. So many historical sites, medieval towns, wonderful nature, picturesque villages, and much more will be discovered when you drive outside Lyon.
So a road trip through France is always a good idea. And if you start it in Lyon, all the better. After you have spent a few days in Lyon, you can explore the city's surroundings. If you love nature and want to get away from the noise and crowds on the road, you must visit Domaine de Lacroix-Laval. If you are more adventurous, you can visit the Grottes de Cerdon, where remains of prehistoric people have been found. Today, the caves are used for the production of blue cheese.
There are also many cities and towns that you can explore that are truly beautiful, one of which is the small Alpine town of Annecy. Here you can experience the spirit of old France, with quaint houses and churches and narrow streets. Another interesting town is Vienne, which was the capital in Roman times and where you can still visit some Roman remains. Near Lyon is also the pretty medieval town of Pérouges. Here you can take a lunch break and stroll through the city centre. Another city near Lyon that is much larger than the previous ones is Grenoble. If you are driving through France and want to see other sides of France, you should visit Grenoble as well.
You can also go to Switzerland, which is not far from Lyon. One of the cities you can visit in Geneva. You will feel very comfortable in this multicultural city with its many high-quality museums and galleries, but also the nature that surrounds the city. Do not forget to visit Lake Geneva.
Enjoy the culture in Lyon
Where to eat, drink, and party in Lyon
Lyon is the unofficial capital of French gastronomy. There is no better place to discover French cuisine than Lyon. Many restaurants in the city have a Michelin star, and of course the most famous restaurant with three Michelin stars, Restoran Paul Bocuse.
In general, there are so many good restaurants in Lyon that you can hardly make a mistake in your choice. Make sure you make a good plan when visiting this gastronomic gem so that you try the food in all the restaurants you plan to visit.
But do not forget about the delicious street food that you can buy anywhere in the city. Street food in Lyon is a whole new experience of street food. You have so many different options of what and where to eat, and everywhere you go the food is delicious.
In France, Lyon is also known for its nightlife. They have a lot of great places where you can go to parties. There is something for everyone. If you prefer live music, you can go to bars and pubs that host live concerts. If you prefer electronic music, there are many clubs and discos where you can dance until the morning. So, if you like to go out after dinner, you will not get bored in Lyon
Best restaurants in Lyon:
Le Kitchen Café
Les Bons Vivants
Le boeuf d'argent
What you need to know about renting a car
What do I need to rent a car in France?
A credit card in the name of the main driver needs to be presented. A security deposit may be required while renting a car so the credit card must have sufficient funds. You can find details about the security deposit listed while booking the vehicle as well as on your voucher. It is important to have a valid driving license with the name of the main driver as well as additional drivers when it applies. An International Driving Permit is required in addition to a National Driving License if the National Driving License you or any of the Additional Drivers hold is not identifiable as a Driving License, eg, it is in a non-Latin alphabet (eg Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Japanese). It can also depend on the country or car rental company you are renting with. If you have found a car on our website, you can press the rental terms link from the supplier for more information about driving license requirements. You will need to have identification with you such as a passport and ID cards. When you pick up your rental car you need to have your voucher with you.
How old do I need to be to rent a car in France?
The minimum age to rent a car is 21 years old but drivers with this age can rent only Mini and Economy Car Categories. Renters aged 25 and older may rent all Car Categories. With some suppliers for people over 75 years of age. Young driver surcharges may apply to many car rental companies for people under 25 years of age.
Do I need car insurance in France?
Insurances are very important when renting a car and can be different between countries. When renting a car in France with Orbit Car Hire the prices will include mandatory insurances in the country.
Do I need a credit card to rent a car in France?
In most cases, a credit card is required to be presented in the name of the main driver. A security deposit may be required when renting a car so it is important to have sufficient funds on the credit card. When searching for a car at Orbit you can see credit card requirements from all our suppliers.
Do I need an international driving license in France?
Drivers license issued in France or within the European Union does not have to provide an international drivers license. For drivers with a license issued outside of the EU will need to have an international driving license as well as your standard driving license. You must have both licenses with you at all times while driving a car in France.
How do I find the cheapest car hire in France?
You can find cheap car hire by comparing prices with all major car rentals at Orbit. A good idea can be to book in advance as the prices can increase closer to the travel period.
What is the cheapest rental car in France?
You will find the mini car category or economy cars to be the cheapest car categories. Vehicles such as Renault Twingo and Citroen C3 often provide the best prices.
What is the best car rental company in France?
You may find excellent service provided by companies such as Europcar, Enterprise Rent a Car, Keddy by Europcar, Alamo Rent a Car, and GoldCar.
What types and makes of rental car deals can I find in France?
You will find car types such as mini, economy, compact, Full-Size, and luxury cars. Popular rental cars are Citroen C3, Renault Twingo, Peugeot 308, Toyota Yaris.
Does my rental car have unlimited mileage when I book it for France?
Most car rentals in France offer unlimited mileage in their offers.
How to hire a car in France?
You can hire a car in France with Orbit Car Hire in simple steps. First, you define where you would like to pick up and return the car, enter dates and times and you can search for your cheap France car hire.
How much is it to rent a car in France?
It will depend on where in France you would like to rent a car and at what period. The summer months can be more expensive than during the winter. You can find prices down to 12 GBP per day.
Can you rent an automatic car in France?
Yes, you can find a wide range of automatic rental cars in France. The best way to find your automatic car hire in France is to filter the "Automatic" transmission when searching for your vehicle.
Can I rent a car in France?
Yes, you can rent a car in France in simple steps with Orbit Car Hire. You just need to be over 21 years of age and have held the driving license for a minimum of one year (This can depend on the car hire companies)
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