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Traveling to Lyon Solo in 2/2019

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Traveling to Lyon Solo in 2/2019

Hello,

I am planning on traveling to Lyon, France in February of 2019. I will be traveling by myself, and plan on staying at a hostel.

I have traveled a bit in the past--32 states in the USA, Montreal Canada 3x, and I have traveled the South coast of Iceland as well. However, this will be my first solo international trip, and I am wondering if anyone has any advice on traveling in this area as a young woman (23) by herself?

Also, would you recommend renting a car while their, or just walking around the city yourself? I don't mind the cold, or the rain, so that's not a problem and I am fairly athletic.

Please, tell me the good, the bad, and the ugly!

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1. Re: Traveling to Lyon Solo in 2/2019

You don't tell how long you plan to stay in Lyon, which makes a difference re: your rental question.

I think that Lyon is very nice for a solo traveler, the city is very safe and very walkable.

Staying at a hostel is a good option as you’re going to meet other travelers.

You might want to book a visit with a Greeter, in order to blend with locals as well.

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2. Re: Traveling to Lyon Solo in 2/2019

I am planning on staying for four full days!

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3. Re: Traveling to Lyon Solo in 2/2019

Lyon is beautiful. You should not have a car in Lyon. It would be a hindrance.

It’s s compact walkable city (I’m not counting the broader Lyon area. Just the center where visitors go)

Stay either in or as close as you can to the old town or between place jacobins and Place bellecour on the presqu’il.

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4. Re: Traveling to Lyon Solo in 2/2019

With 4 days only you definitely won’t need a car!

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5. Re: Traveling to Lyon Solo in 2/2019

Just got back from France last week. Spent 4 days in Lyon...had the opportunity to use Lyon City Bus & Tram which helped me figure out where many things are through the map they gave. Got tickets and map at the Tourist Office. The bus makes 13 stops around the city but you can just stay on as I did the first time - it was great to see and hear about the city and see where everything is. I bought a two day pass for 25 Euros and was able to go on the bus as much as I wanted for the two days (one day pass was 21 Euros); the two day pass starts when you first use it - not when you purchase it. They also have a metro that I used to get to a type of tram to get to top of the old city. I don't think you need a car...I walked to many places including museums, shops, restaurants, etc. although I did stay in a hotel near the Place Bellecour. enjoy...Lyon truly is the Paris of the South!!!

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6. Re: Traveling to Lyon Solo in 2/2019

I went with my daughter in winter (Christmas time) and enjoyed it. Obviously it's cold, and we had some snow, but that didn't bother us. Lyon is fine to travel to by yourself. I don't know anything about hostels there though.

We didn't have a car, and I wouldn't recommend one in Lyon. I only rent a car in France if I'm traveling around the countryside, not in cities. I don't think we used any public transport while we were there. It depends on where the hostel is located though. We went to a Star Wars exhibition that was about a mile walk from our hotel, and if I had had to do that walk daily I probably would have taken public transport because it was cold! (We stayed in the center of town.)

The Basilica of Notre Dame de Fourviere was my daughter's favorite cathedral type building we've visited.

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7. Re: Traveling to Lyon Solo in 2/2019

I'm jealous and hope you have a fantastic time. Hopefully you'll get some fair weather in February.

It's hard to say with certainty what fits others' needs, but I doubt you'll need a car, as others have said. For a stay in Lyon itself, a car would indeed be a nuisance. It's a beautiful, vibrant, very walkable city center.

What do you like to do while visiting other places?

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8. Re: Traveling to Lyon Solo in 2/2019

Hi, I don't know Lyon that well but you don't need a car. Foot, bus, metro and boat are all efficient and easily available. It is not a huge city. Just walking about is fantastic in itself and there is so much to do, just check in with the Tourist Office and ask others in the hostel and you'll soon be in the know. I have found Lyon to be a very safe, fun, exciting and interesting city. This is an english speaking forum for news and events https://thisislyon.fr/

Have a great time.

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9. Re: Traveling to Lyon Solo in 2/2019

I felt very safe in Lyon by myself. You will have a great time! Definitely do not have a rental car in Lyon. Parking is a pain. Public transit will get you everywhere you need to go (tram, metro). Uber/Lift are also reliable options. For cell phone service (sim card) Orange "holiday" is awesome. It works all over and in other countries. Boulangeries are great for an inexpensive meal. My favorite is Boulangerie du Palais. Lidl grocery store is great for snacks. Learning some French phrases and polite words will benefit you. *Carry your purse in front of you. I got a small bag that I could tuck inside my jacket. This site is helpful for great things to see. thecrazytourist.com/15-best-things-lyon-fran…

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10. Re: Traveling to Lyon Solo in 2/2019

Agree with all other recommendations. You definitely do not need a car - the whole fun of exploring Lyon is walking its old streets, going up hill to the Croix-Rousse to the huge outdoor market (not sure if they have it in February though), taking a funicular to magnificent Basilica of Notre Dame de Fourviere (we walked because we wanted to see the gardens along the way , but it is a steep hill)... And browsing in the medieval Traboules is a real adventure!

Enjoy!

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