Find your perfect car hire at Lyon Part Dieu Train Station
France’s third largest city, Lyon mixes the very best of charming tradition with a cool contemporary style.
With an Avis car hired from Lyon Part Dieu Train Station, you’re perfectly positioned to explore the many treasures of Lyon and its surrounding regions.
Plan your journey from Lyon Part Dieu Train Station
Lyon Part Dieu Train Station is located in the heart of Lyon city. From here it’s easy to find your way to hotels, restaurants and historic cultural attractions within minutes.
To delve into local history, start at Musée Gadagne – a 16th century mansion home to fascinating exhibitions about Lyon’s local history and its expansion into a global force. Don’t miss the puppetry museum onsite that pays homage to Guignol, an iconic puppet from Lyon. Continue your cultural journey with a trip to Musée des Beaux Arts, a museum that features sculptures and paintings from antiquity onwards, including works by Picasso and Rubens.
If you fancy sampling the city’s famous local nightlife, there are many bars to choose from. For a lively night out, head to Le Sucre. This innovative rooftop club hosts live concerts and electronic shows – all on the terrace of a sugar factory from the 1930s.
Before leaving Lyon, you must indulge in the local cuisine to understand why Lyon has been crowned France’s gastronomic capital. Le Bouchon des Filles is highly recommended. Take your time over courses of tender pig’s cheeks, herring salad and local sausages.
Beyond Lyon Part Dieu Train Station
When you arrive at Lyon Part Dieu Train Station, it’s also possible to explore smaller towns with your rental car outside of the city for a true sense of local life in France.
From Lyon, it’s just a 25-minute drive to the medieval town of Perouges. Admire the medieval city walls and spot old churches spread around the town. If you’re a fan of the Three Musketeers movie, you might recognise some of the buildings since much of the film was shot here.
Be sure to purchase a galette au sucre from a local patisserie, a specialty pastry of the town. These galettes are made from brioche dough, flattened, and covered with butter and sugar.
The charming, quaint city of Vienne is a 30-minute drive south of Lyon (via the A7). An important settlement in Roman times, many ruins from this ancient period still remain. Visit the Temple d'Auguste et de Livie and the Roman amphitheatre, which hosts an annual summer jazz festival. For fine dining, book a table at La Pyramide – a fabulous restaurant with two Michelin stars that serves up elegant French classics like saddle of lamb.
With an Avis car hired from Lyon Part Dieu Train Station, you’re free to explore these French treasures at your leisure.