Lyon, France Hotels
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Known as a gastronomic and historical city, Lyon is a city full of culture and things to do. Whether you’re going to Lyon for business or for pleasure, there are numerous accommodation options for all budgets and needs.

Hipmunk's Best Hotels in Lyon, France

SLO Living Hostel
SLO Living Hostel
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4.4
5 Rue Bonnefoi, Lyon
from $26
Hotel du Simplon
Hotel du Simplon
11 rue Duhamel, Lyon
from $49
Cour des Loges
Cour des Loges
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4.4
6 rue du Boeuf, Lyon
from $180
Villa Florentine
Villa Florentine
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4.5
25-27 Montée Saint Barthelemy, Lyon
from $299
Le Phenix Hotel
Le Phenix Hotel
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4.1
7 Quai De Bondy, Lyon
from $78
Mercure Lyon La Part Dieu
Mercure Lyon La Part Dieu
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4.5
50 Rue De La Villette, Lyon
from $88
Mercure Lyon Centre Saxe Lafayette
Mercure Lyon Centre Saxe Lafayette
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4.3
29 Rue De Bonnel, Lyon
from $87
Best Western Crequi Lyon Part Dieu
Best Western Crequi Lyon Part Dieu
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3.6
37 Rue De Bonnel, Lyon
from $65
Campanile Lyon Centre - Gare Perrache - Confluence
from $49
Radisson Blu Hotel Lyon
Radisson Blu Hotel Lyon
129 rue Servient, Lyon
from $99
More About Lyon, France Hotels...

With so many historical sites to visit, it’s best to get your accommodation settled so you can spend your time enjoying the city. This guide will help you save money by finding cheap lodgings so you can put that extra money towards sights, activities, and world-class food.

From budget hostels like SLO Living Hostel, to beautiful private suites on Airbnb, to cheap hotels like Mama Shelter Lyon, you’ll have plenty of options.

Save More by Visiting in the Off-Season

While many people prefer to travel during the warmer months, the winter is where you’ll see significant savings on accommodations. Though December is often expensive due to the holidays, the months of November, January, February, and March often bring discounted hotels and airfare. If you’re comfortable with cold weather, there are still plenty of things to do, including winter sports and seasonal food. If you’d prefer to visit in the warmer months when more activities are available, you’ll want to avoid July and August, which are the hottest and most crowded months. June and September are great months to visit and offer beautiful weather without all the tourists. If you don’t mind the costs or crowds of December, Lyon’s Festival of Lights is one of the biggest festive gatherings in the world and definitely worth seeing.

Transportation from the Airport

Lyon Saint-Exupéry airport is located approximately 20 kilometers from city center and has many options for getting to your hotel.

The most popular method of getting into the city center is the Rhônexpress light-rail train, which takes just 30 minutes. This train will take you to Lyon’s main train station for approximately $19 for a one-way trip. A slightly cheaper alternative is the comfortable and new Go Airport shuttles, which, combined with the tramway, will also bring you into the heart of the city for about $12. For maximum convenience and time, opt for the Rhônexpress.

Taxis are another option, but are much more expensive. Depending on where you want to go, a taxi will usually cost between $50 and $70. If you can get a group together, this could be a good way to go.

Another option is to rent a car, though this is not the best option for those who have never driven in France before. Many international car rental companies are found at the airport, including Sixt, Europcar, Enterprise and Hertz.

If you’d rather stay at a hotel near the airport, consider the four-star Hotel NH, which is a hotel in Lyon airport, or the three-star Kyriad Hotel, which is very close and has a free shuttle to pick you up.  

Moving Around the City

Most of the historical sites people come to visit are within walking distance of each other. If you’d like to take in the feel of the city, this is a great option for moving around and saving money at the same time.

Another popular option is the public transportation system. Known as one of the most efficient transportation systems in the country, you’ll have no problem moving around the city. There are only four metro lines, and trains runs every two to ten minutes.

Finding Budget Hotels in Lyon

As long as there’s no major event happening, Lyon is generally an easy place to find a hotel. A simple room can be booked at Hotel Vaubecour for less than $50, while other popular budget hotels include Mama Shelter Lyon and Hotel Tete D’or, which both have rave reviews for their location and comfort.

Solo Travelers Save Money with Cheap Hostels

For those traveling alone, hostels are usually a great option for saving money, particularly if you’re comfortable sharing a dorm room. While there aren’t loads of dorm-style hostels in Lyon, there are a couple to choose from, including the popular SLO Living Hostel, which is located in the heart of the city and starts at $35 for a dorm room, and Cool & Bed Lyon Hostel, which is located 4 km from city center and starts at just $26 for a shared room. If you’re looking to meet other independent travelers, a hostel is a good option.

The Cheapest Accommodation Option is Airbnb

With private rooms starting at just $30 per night, Airbnb is a great option for those wanting the privacy of their own room but looking to save money on accommodations. If you’d rather rent an entire apartment, there are some start listings starting at $35 per night. With many positive reviews throughout the city, making a choice is simple and easy.

Explore the History of Lyon, France

Founded by the Romans and historically preserved, Lyon is an amazing city for those interested in culture and ancient architecture. Lyon is also a great city for the budget traveler because most of the sightseeing is free. Some of the classic sights include the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière, the traboules of Croix-Rousse, Musées Gadagne, the traboules of Vieux Lyon, Lyon Cathedral, and Parc de la Tête d'Or. If you’re looking to get off the beaten path, make sure you visit the neighborhoods of Etats-Unis, Gratte-ciel, and Saint Georges as well as Musée Urbain Tony Garnier, Saint Irénée church, Saint Bruno church, and Parc de Gerland.

If you’re interested in museums, which are one of the few attractions with a cost, consider buying a Lyon City Card at the tourist office. This card includes unlimited rides on public transportation, free or discounted entry to all the major museums and exhibitions, plus one guided tour per day per person. These passes can be bought for one, two, or three days and cost approximately $27, $38, or $51 depending on which option you choose. Due to the high cost, it’s worth doing the math beforehand to see if it will save you money or not. 

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