Campervan hire Lyon
The city where the cinema was invented is also the big screen where top French restaurants, modern architecture and more than 2000 years of history play the main role.
Lyon is the road trip stop that will blow away your expectations. But what to expect in the first place? The city that sits along not one, but two major rivers owes a lot of riches to the Rhône and Saône. Rivers aside, the city’s flow will overwhelm you, giving you a feeling of novelty while it makes you live more than 20 centuries of history. And if the ancient history doesn’t feed your mind, the top French restaurants, or Bouchon, will feed your body and soul! To top that off, this is where the cinema was invented – Cinema lovers, you’ll find a few museums to be passionate about! That said, hire a campervan and hit the road to the wildest and most fearless city in France: the lion city aka Lyon!
Depot + Transfer
If you want to hire a campervan or motorhome in Lyon, we’re here for you - right next to the airport! We’ll meet you at Lyon’s Saint-Exupéry Airport and take you to our depot, located 10 minutes away from the Airport in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, where you will pick up your RV. On return, we’ll drive you back to the airport - everything free of charge in regular hours, of course!
Parking in the city
Parking in the inner city is not easy. The best option is to park your campervan at Parc Relais (on the outskirts of the city) during the day and then take the metro to the city centre (it’s not allowed to leave your motorhome or campervan there during the night). During the night it’s free to park the van in the city centre.
Camping grounds nearby
Near Lyon there are a few camping sites to consider. Camping de Lyon is a bit far away from the city centre, but nothing that public transportation can’t cover. If you want to stay even further away from the city, there’s Camping Sonnay, but from there you’ll need your campervan to get to the city centre.
Established in 43 BC as a colony for war refugees from Vienne, this city soon gained a crazy amount of interest from the Romans – almost the same craziness you have for campervans, so you can see the deal. This was due to its location, in the confluence of both navigable Saône and Rhône rivers, which made it a great communication-hub. Maybe that’s why this city was controlled by the Romans for a few centuries (and did not come under French control until the 14th century).
After this unlikely start, Lyon flourished into this amazing destination for any road tripper. Park your van outside the city and get ready to explore its history’s remains, naturally blended with the modern architecture – did you know part of the city is registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site? Enjoy the amazing views from one of the largest old Renaissance quarters in Europe; walk through 40 of the available Traboules to the public (underground passageways used by silk workers to transport textiles, protecting them from the elements); visit the oldest part of the city and be amazed by the Fourvière Basilica (and if you’re there in December, enjoy the famous Fête des Lumières); pay tribute to the Lumière brothers, the inventors of cinema, at the Institut Lumière; and don’t forget to go in where most things happen in the city: Presqu’île, the centre of shops, cafes, bars, nightclubs and exquisite restaurants – and when we say exquisite, we mean it, since you can have the time of your life with the taste of this city.
What to discover
In and around the city
We already mentioned this, but it’s too good (and mysterious) to miss. The majority of them are private, but there are approximately 40 of them opened to the public. Basically, Traboules are Renaissance passageways used by silk workers to protect the fabric from the exterior elements. Pretty cool, right?
You’re in Lyon and don’t know what to do. There’s an easy fix for that: go to the Presqu’île! First of all, this place was man-made, in the middle of the 2 rivers, in the 18th century. Here you’ll find all kinds of shops (don’t forget to buy some food to take to your van), the best French restaurants, bars, cafes and nightclubs!
Ancient Theatre of Fourvière
On the left bank of the Saône River, you’ll find this 2,000 years structure. Still in use (especially during June and July, in the Nuits de Fourvière drama festival), it’s mainly a tourist site – since it’s a great opportunity to know this city’s history and also to take incredible Instagram shots.
Grenoble is a perfect location for a motorhome or campervan hire - or for a short one-and-a-half hour drive from Lyon! After crossing a few mountains of a gorgeous natural park, you’ll be able to enjoy winter sports, plenty of museums and enjoy the views while you take a “bubbly” cable car ride (you’ll get why once you’re there).
If you are thinking of a motorhome or campervan hire in Annecy, think twice: it’s only a one-and-a-half-hour campervan drive from Lyon to this alpine town in southeast France.
After exploring the beautiful sights of the Alps along the way, marvel yourself with Annecy’s wonders once you get there. Besides having cobbled streets, twisting canals and pastel-coloured houses, this town has castles to explore, winter and water sports for you to try and a river canyon cut by the Fier River: Gorges du Fier.
With an RV, 103 km is nothing! Want to hire a campervan or a motorhome in Valence? Get into your van and hit the road from Lyon instead! In Valence you’ll find a city in the middle of Rhône Valley known as “The gateway to the south of France”, surrounded by vineyards, woodland and pastoral villages to be explored.