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Car Rental in Lyon Mini Guide

Located in the Rhone Alpes and the east central region of France, Lyon is one of the most important cities in the country. Not only is this large city of nearly half a million inhabitants, but it has had a significant impact on French culture in terms of cinema, sport and architecture.  Furthermore many of our car hire in Lyon customers are business travellers in this major centre for biotech industries such as pharmaceuticals. With a hire car you are well positioned as so many major cities are within driving distance.
 

Nestled at the convergence of the Rhône and Saône rivers, Lyon stands proud as a beacon of French gastronomy, historical significance, and contemporary allure. As the third-largest city in France and a UNESCO World Heritage site, Lyon offers travelers a rich tapestry of experiences from its renaissance old town to its vibrant new districts. Hiring a car in Lyon enables you to weave through its atmospheric streets and use it as a launchpad for the broader Rhône-Alpes region.


Benefits of Car Hire in Lyon:

  1. Gastronomic Tours: Drive through the city's famed 'bouchons' and vineyards, sampling Lyon's culinary heritage at your own pace.
  2. Gateway to the Alps: With a car, the majestic French Alps, with its skiing and hiking, become easily accessible.
  3. Flexibility & Freedom: Navigate Lyon's historic and modern districts, or take impromptu trips to nearby gems like Annecy or Grenoble.

Essentials for Driving in Lyon:

  • Keep Right: As is standard in France, always drive on the right side of the road.

  • License Requirements: If you possess an EU driving license, it's valid here. Non-EU license holders should consider carrying an International Driving Permit (IDP) alongside their original license.

  • Minimum Age: Car rental agencies in Lyon usually have a minimum age requirement of 25 years.

  • Insurance Coverage: Travel with peace of mind as basic insurance is typically included in your Lyon car rental package.


Lyon's Must-Visit Spots:

  1. Vieux Lyon (Old Lyon): Wander through cobbled lanes and traboules, experiencing centuries of history and architectural marvels.

  2. Parc de la Tête d'Or: France's largest urban park, perfect for picnics, boat rides, and even a small zoo visit.

  3. Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière: Perched atop Fourvière hill, it offers panoramic views of Lyon.

  4. Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse: A culinary paradise for food enthusiasts, showcasing the best of Lyon's gourmet offerings.


Driving Tips in and Around Lyon:

  • Road Standards: Lyon's roads are well-maintained, but be wary of narrow lanes in historic districts. The surrounding countryside and Alpine routes are generally of high quality, but always remain cautious.

  • Parking: City parking can be challenging. Utilize Lyon's 'Parc Relais' lots, which allow you to park and then use public transport into the heart of the city.

  • Tolls: France's autoroute system often requires tolls. Keep change or a credit card at hand, especially if heading out on longer journeys.


Steps to a Smooth Car Rental Experience:

  1. Plan Ahead: During peak tourist times, and given Lyon's popularity, consider booking your vehicle approximately three months in advance.

  2. Pick-up Locations: Numerous car hire services operate throughout the city and at Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport, catering to your convenience.

  3. Required Documents: Always have your passport, driving license, and booking confirmation ready for a swift car collection process.


Wrapping Up:

Opting for car hire in Lyon not only elevates your city experience but also grants you the liberty to explore the breathtaking Rhône-Alpes region. From gourmet delights to mountain vistas, Lyon promises tales waiting to be crafted at every turn. 


Current Rental Rates in Lyon

Fiat 500

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 39.46 EUR/day
Fiat 500

7 Days rental at 276.24 EUR from 20/05/2024

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Peugeot 208

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 39.46 EUR/day
Peugeot 208

7 Days rental at 276.24 EUR from 20/05/2024

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Renault Clio

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 41.25 EUR/day
Renault Clio

7 Days rental at 288.80 EUR from 20/05/2024

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Volkswagen ID.4

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 104.73 EUR/day
Volkswagen ID.4

7 Days rental at 733.15 EUR from 20/05/2024

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Peugeot 208 Electric

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 91.68 EUR/day
Peugeot 208 Electric

7 Days rental at 641.76 EUR from 20/05/2024

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Fiat 500 Electric

2 Adults, 2 Doors

From 89.92 EUR/day
Fiat 500 Electric

7 Days rental at 629.50 EUR from 20/05/2024

  1 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Renault Megane

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 95.73 EUR/day
Renault Megane

7 Days rental at 670.15 EUR from 20/05/2024

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Ford Mustang Mach-E

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 74.38 EUR/day
Ford Mustang Mach-E

7 Days rental at 520.71 EUR from 20/05/2024

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Volvo EX30

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 63.94 EUR/day
Volvo EX30

7 Days rental at 447.62 EUR from 20/05/2024

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Fiat 500

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 56.31 EUR/day
Fiat 500

7 Days rental at 394.21 EUR from 20/05/2024

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Fiat 500

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 51.47 EUR/day
Fiat 500

7 Days rental at 360.29 EUR from 20/05/2024

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Volvo C40

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 67.62 EUR/day
Volvo C40

7 Days rental at 473.37 EUR from 20/05/2024

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Renault Megane

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 63.94 EUR/day
Renault Megane

7 Days rental at 447.62 EUR from 20/05/2024

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

BMW iX3

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 76.67 EUR/day
BMW iX3

7 Days rental at 536.74 EUR from 20/05/2024

  6 |
  Manual |
  No

Hyundai Kona EV

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 55.29 EUR/day
Hyundai Kona EV

7 Days rental at 387.06 EUR from 20/05/2024

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Peugeot 208 Electric

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 51.33 EUR/day
Peugeot 208 Electric

7 Days rental at 359.32 EUR from 20/05/2024

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Peugeot 208 Electric

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 83.63 EUR/day
Peugeot 208 Electric

7 Days rental at 585.46 EUR from 20/05/2024

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Hyundai Kona EV

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 54.74 EUR/day
Hyundai Kona EV

7 Days rental at 383.19 EUR from 20/05/2024

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Peugeot 208 Electric

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 71.11 EUR/day
Peugeot 208 Electric

7 Days rental at 497.83 EUR from 20/05/2024

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Volkswagen ID.4

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 81.00 EUR/day
Volkswagen ID.4

7 Days rental at 567.06 EUR from 20/05/2024

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Renault Megane

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 74.18 EUR/day
Renault Megane

7 Days rental at 519.29 EUR from 20/05/2024

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Fiat 500 Electric

2 Adults, 2 Doors

From 69.79 EUR/day
Fiat 500 Electric

7 Days rental at 488.57 EUR from 20/05/2024

  1 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Peugeot 208 Electric

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 77.14 EUR/day
Peugeot 208 Electric

7 Days rental at 540.00 EUR from 20/05/2024

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Hyundai Kona EV

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 82.85 EUR/day
Hyundai Kona EV

7 Days rental at 579.99 EUR from 20/05/2024

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Volvo XC40

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 66.25 EUR/day
Volvo XC40

7 Days rental at 463.76 EUR from 20/05/2024

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Volvo XC40

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 65.58 EUR/day
Volvo XC40

7 Days rental at 459.10 EUR from 20/05/2024

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Volvo XC40

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 73.28 EUR/day
Volvo XC40

7 Days rental at 513.00 EUR from 20/05/2024

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Key Highlights for Car Hire at Lyon: Making the Most of Your Journey.

  • Old Lyon (Vieux Lyon): Explore the historic quarter of Lyon, known for its Renaissance architecture, narrow cobblestone streets, and traboules (hidden passageways).

  • Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière: Drive up to this iconic hilltop basilica for panoramic views of Lyon and explore its ornate interior adorned with mosaics and stained glass windows.

  • Beaujolais Wine Region: Take a scenic drive through the picturesque vineyards of Beaujolais, known for producing fruity red wines. Stop by local wineries for tastings and tours.

  • Perouges: Visit this well-preserved medieval village located just outside of Lyon. Wander through its charming cobblestone streets, admire the half-timbered houses, and enjoy traditional French cuisine at local restaurants.

  • Annecy: Take a day trip to the "Venice of the Alps," known for its stunning lake, winding canals, and picturesque old town. Enjoy boat rides, explore the Château d'Annecy, and stroll along the waterfront promenade.

 

Lyon - Popular Destinations

Best car rental companies in Lyon

9.2
No.1: ALAMO,
based on 3950 reviews
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95
87
96
92
19 min (average wait time)
9.0
No.2: FLIZZR,
based on 24 reviews
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91
86
91
92
7 min (average wait time)
8.7
No.3: SIXT,
based on 5846 reviews
90
88
81
86
90
17 min (average wait time)

Lyon car hire information

  • 9.2/10
    Best Rated Agent:
    Alamo EMEA Corporate
  • € 276.22
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 39.46
    Best Price:
    Per Week
  • 30
    Most Popular Type:
    Compact
  • 8
    Most popular model:
    Nissan Qashqai
  • 135
    Total Cars Available
     

Average prices per day in Lyon

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May€ 58
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August€ 90
September€ 65
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December€ 62
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January€ 51
February€ 57
March€ 50
April€ 56
May€ 52
June€ 49
July€ 70
August€ 71
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November€ 53
December€ 55
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January€ 94
February€ 106
March€ 82
April€ 100
May€ 81
June€ 113
July€ 143
August€ 112
September€ 97
October€ 69
November€ 94
December€ 103
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January€ 83
February€ 86
March€ 72
April€ 86
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June€ 92
July€ 119
August€ 109
September€ 84
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November€ 84
December€ 86
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January€ 94
February€ 108
March€ 97
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June€ 133
July€ 183
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December€ 102
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January€ 64
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June€ 66
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December€ 64

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