If you are arriving into the city by plane, you will land into Lyon-Saint-Expury in the east. Driving into the city centre takes only thirty minutes from the airport using the A43 motorway.
Central Lyon is circled by concentric ring roads connected by arterial links to one another and the vast motorway networks beyond. Lyon is an integral merging point for many of the major north-south routes through France, and this can mean that traffic is heavy at these exit points, especially in Summer. Due to the number of rivers and canals in Lyon there can sometimes be hold-ups around the bridge crossings and tunnel between the A6 and A7.
On-street parking in the city centre is allowed at an hourly rate, although it is completely free on Sundays and the entire month of August. For anyone who would rather not hunt for overnight parking close to their accommodation, there are a number of park-and-ride spaces in the more out-lying areas.
As the third largest city in France and with the Historic Site of Lyon designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lyon is an impressive town that has a lot to offer everyone. For arts and culture, the Musée des beaux-arts de Lyon (Fine Arts Museum) in the 17th century Palais Saint Pierre is a must-see as the main museum of the city and one of the largest art galleries in France, housing many iconic paintings from greats such as Rubens, Rembrandt, Monet, Van Gogh and Picasso. Located on the central island between the Saone and Rhone rivers this area is a hive of activity, where most of the citys museums, galleries and businesses are located. The area can become busy due to the limited through-ways, but head into the west area of the city and the roads become less densely packed. The Gallo-Roman Museum documents the interesting ancient history of Lyon, as does a trip to the Romanesque Basilica of St-Martin-d'Ainay and the old silk quarter of Croix-Rouge.