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The travel time to Lyon, France, from cities in New Zealand can differ somewhat based mostly on where you depart from and how many stops you need to make along the way. From Auckland International Airport (AKL) to Lyon-Saint Exupery Airport (LYS), Lyon, you should expect a trip time of about 29h 45min. If you will be departing from Christchurch (CHC), you should expect travel times of about 33h. Finally, if you are departing from Wellington (WLG), you should expect travel times of about 38h 25min.
While it may be a little bit disappointing to learn that there are no direct flights available to Lyon, there are still some great Lyon flight deals to be had. There is a three-stop flight that departs from Wellington and has layovers at Auckland, Dubai International Airport (DXB) and Frankfurt Airport (FRA). There is a two-stop flight leaving from Christchurch that has layovers at Singapore Changi (SIN) and Frankfurt. Finally, you can take a two-stop flight from Auckland that has layovers at Singapore Changi and Munich Franz Josef Strauss Airport (MUC).
France is a country known for a number of different transportation options, so it should come as no surprise that there are plenty of choices to get from the airport to the centre of the city of Lyon. As an example, you can take the Lyon Rhonexpress train, which makes the trip in about 29min for a price of about € 14.50 (NZ$ 24.50). Another choice is to ride on a bus from FlixBus, which makes the trip in roughly 50min for a price of around € 5 (NZ$ 8.50). If you prefer to travel by taxi, you can easily find one at the airport; it can take you into the centre of town in about 22min for a price of around € 51 (NZ$ 86).
A very well-known destination for visitors to this area is La Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, which is a church and an art museum, plus it boasts an expansive view of the city below from its hilltop location. An example of an open green space where you can easily spend an entire day wandering and exploring is Parc de la Tete d'Or, which offers several examples of 19th-century architecture, plus there is a lake right in the centre of the park. If you would like to explore the cultural centre of Lyon, then make the trip to Place Bellecour, a huge public square that is quite pedestrian friendly.
For anyone departing from New Zealand that wants to travel to France, you will need a valid passport; it needs to be valid for at least 90 days beyond your planned date of departure from France. There is no need to obtain a visa before travelling to France from New Zealand if your visit will be for less than 90 days.
Travellers will need to book flights to Lyon-Saint Exupéry (LYS) if they wish to fly to Lyon. The Lyon airport is 20.1 km from the city centre.