All you need to know about Lyon

Lying at the intersection of the Rhône and Saone rivers, Lyon is the capital of the French Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. Lyon has a history dating back over 2000 years when it was founded by the Romans. The city is famed for its historical and architectural landmarks, with the districts of Vieux-Lyon, Fourvière Hill, the slopes of Croix-Rousse Hill and much of the Presqu'île being listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Lyon has history in silk production and is the capital of gastronomy in France. Economically, Lyon has the third largest economy in France after Paris and Marseille and is a major hub for banking. Chemical, pharmaceutical and biotech are other notable industries in the French city. Corporate travel is vital locally, with approximately 60% of visitors to the city travelling for business. Our serviced apartments in Lyon offer the perfect accommodation for business travellers.


Having booked your SilverDoor serviced apartment, it is time to prepare for your business trip to Lyon. We have put together some essential information to help prepare you for your stay in the French city.

Transport in Lyon

Lyon is served by Lyon–Saint Exupéry Airport which operates flights from around Europe. Business travellers can take the Rhônexpress to Lyon Part-Dieu station which takes 29 minutes and runs every 15 minutes. The metro and la ficelle cable cars are the quickest and most efficient methods of travel in Lyon. Visitors can purchase a Lyon City Card which allows for unlimited use of the public transport network.

Weather in Lyon

Lyon has a moderately continental climate, with the French city experiencing warm to hot summers and cold winters. Spring and summer are pleasant in Lyon, with autumn and winter bringing rain and snowfall.

Sights in Lyon

With Lyon being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, there are several sights for business travellers to experience. La Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière is a hilltop church and art museum popular amongst visitors, as are the Teatro-Galo Romano ruins and the Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon-Fourvière. Cathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste is a striking 14th century cathedral, with the Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon gallery and the Old Town districts of Quartier Saint-Jean and Quartier Saint-Georges worth exploring.


- Lyon is the birthplace of cinema, with the Lumière Brothers having created the motion picture in 1985.

- There are around 400 secret passageways, or Traboules, situated in between buildings in Lyon which were originally used by silk weavers. Lyon was the silk capital of the world for many centuries.

- Lyon is the gastronomical capital of France, with the city home to 14 Michelin star restaurants. Lyon has over 400 restaurants and world-famous chef, Paul Bocuse,  was born in the city.

- During the Second World War, Lyon was regarded as the Capital of the Résistance. Many locals fled Gestapo raids by hiding in the numerous secret passages in Lyon, known locally as Traboules.

- Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, the architect who created the Statue of Liberty before it was gifted to the USA, also designed the Fontaine Bartholdi, which can be found in Place des Terreaux.

- The headquarters of Euronews and the International Police Federation or Interpol are in Lyon.


Our serviced apartments in Lyon are modern, spacious, and designed around the needs of business travellers. Our fully furnished corporate accommodation offers a place for comfort and relaxation and is situated in central Lyon. Our apartments provide a unique flexibility that is rarely an option when staying in a hotel. Primarily, our guests can decide how regular they would like their housekeeping service. This flexibility can help guests feel right at home in Lyon, thanks to having fewer intrusions. Secondly, our Lyon corporate accommodation is equipped with cooking facilities that gives our clients the ability to choose between dining in one of the many local restaurants and cooking at home. This flexibility for home cooking can often make serviced apartments more affordable than hotels. Finally, the average one bedroom serviced apartment in Lyon is almost double the size of a standard hotel room. This extra space not only gives our clients more room to relax, but also allows the option of entertaining guests and conducting business meetings in the living area.


Booking a SilverDoor serviced apartment in Lyon can be highly advantageous for business travellers. With over 20 years in the corporate accommodation industry, at SilverDoor we are best placed to organise your stay in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes. We understand that every client has differing needs, which is why our expert booking agents do their utmost to find the perfect apartment for each enquiry. With strong industry expertise, our booking agents strive to ensure that every client is entirely satisfied with the level of customer service throughout the booking process and the quality of their accommodation. Having a vast knowledge of our corporate apartment providers in Lyon, we aim to offer the very best in the city. We are regularly seeking to expand our portfolio of top-quality accommodation in Lyon, underlining our dedication to offering the best serviced apartments in France.

Cityscape of Lyon, France

What our clients say about us.

Our Awards

SAA Winner
Emmas EMEA
SAA Winner
Emmas APAC 2023 Winner

Our Certificates