Lyon, a UEFA Euro 2016 host city


Lyon, the capital of the Rhône-Alpes region

The world capital of gastronomy knows all about pairing pleasures, given that this attractive city is also home to architectural marvels from the Roman period, the Renaissance and the 20th century. France’s third largest city and an important European economic hub is a highly modern metropolis and the new Stade des Lumières is an excellent example of the city’s dynamic character.

Match schedule, Lyon

© Populous - Intens-Cité / Golem

Stade des Lumières – capacity: 58,000

  • 1st round: Belgium v Italy 13/06/2016.
  • 2nd round: Ukraine v N. Ireland 16/06/2016.
  • 3rd round: Romania v Albania 19/06/2016 and Hungary v Portugal 22/06/2016.
  • Round of 16: 26/06/2016.
  • Semi-final: 06/07/2016.

Stade des Lumières – practical information

The new Stade des Lumières, also known as the Grand Stade de Lyon, is situated in Décines-Charpieu to the east of the city, 12km from the centre of Lyon. This stadium is first and foremost a sporting complex, but it also doubles as a business centre and an entertainment venue.

Address: Chemin du Montout - 69150 Décines-Charpieu
Getting to the stadium by public transport:
- From La Part-Dieu train station: tram line T3
- From Lyon-Perrache train station: metro line A to “Vaux-en-Velin la Soie” station, then tram line T3
- Décines-Charpieu is also accessible via bus routes 7, 16, 67, 79, 85 and 95 and tram line T3

Rendez-vous in Lyon

© Atout France/Franck Charel

A two thousand year old city, situated at the junction of the Rhône and Saône rivers, Lyon rests below the impressive Fourvière and Croix Rousse hills. In Lyon, visitors can take a unique journey through time and across cultures, by strolling down its narrow streets, crossing its “traboules“ (narrow secret passages), walking along its bustling docks, passing through its impressive squares, and seeing over 200 sites illuminated at night.

Not to be missed in Lyon

  • Roman Theatres and Old Renaissance Lyon
  • Fourvière Basilica and La Croix Rousse, with its silk-weavers’ workshops
  • Cultural life: biennial arts festivals, national opera, dance, theatres, national orchestra
  • Museums: Fine Arts, Cinéma-Lumière, Textiles, Gallo-Roman Civilization
  • Illumination Scheme: over 200 sites are illuminated each evening
  • Shopping, fashion, antiques, markets, squares, gardens
  • Lyon’s gastronomy, from its small traditional cafes, to its fine dining restaurants
    Lyon along the Rhône and the Saône: boat trips, quays, riverbanks and bridges
  • The vineyards: Beaujolais, Côtes Rôties, Côtes du Rhône

Experience Lyon during a weekend exploring the city, and its art of living

© M. Perrin/OT Lyon

This package includes 2 nights in a hotel, 1 Lyon City Card, and a meal in a traditional Lyon restaurant. Lyon City Card gives access to 28 tourism activities, including museums, guided tours, boat trips (April/October), concerts, travel on public transport, as well as reductions and special offers. Prices start from € 150 per person.

Festive Lyon

  • THE LYON DANCE BIENNALE: An international event that has helped make Lyon a quintessential location for dance; some even call Lyon the world capital of dance.
  • THE LYON CONTEMPORARY ART BIENNALE: A prestigious international contemporary art exhibition, that showcases fine art from around the world in Lyon.
  • LES NUITS DE FOURVIERE: In just over ten years, "Les Nuits de Fourvière" has become a major event on the international perfoming arts festival scene. It’s now a leading summer festival and cultural event, attracting more than 100,000 people each year.
  • THE FETE DES LUMIERES: Since 1852, every year on December 8th, the Lyonnais place small candles on their windows and head into the streets, where squares, churches, gardens and other public places are transformed under the lights.

© A. Gratie-Mandrak Studio/ Rhône-Alpes Tourisme

Getting there

3 high-speed-train stations: Lyon-Part Dieu, Lyon Perrache, Lyon Saint-Exupéry (2 hrs from the centre of Paris, and 1 hr 30 mins from Marseille)
Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport (40 mins from the city centre)
Motorways: A6, A7, A46, A42, A43 (460 km, 285 miles from Paris)

Source: Atout France (



publie le 03/06/2016

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