Free tours in Lyon

Join us on a free tour of Lyon and get to know this amazing city intimately.

Discover all the highlights of Lyon on a Free Tour

Lyon is one of France's most important cities. It is an economic powerhouse in the region and it has a long history. It is also called the culinary capital of France. Many people come from far to eat at one of the traditional 'bouchon', the typical restaurants of the city. But the food is not the only reason to visit Lyon. The city has a beautiful historic center, which can rival with any other French town. You can explore Lyon by booking one of our free tours around the center of Lyon.

One of our free tours of Lyon can be the perfect way to get introduced to this amazing city. Our guides love to show you the most amazing spots in Lyon. You can ask any questions about living in France or the history and culture of the city.


Why book your free walking tour with AiroTour?

  • Great local tour guides
  • Guaranteed small groups (2 - 20 people max)
  • Guaranteed reserved spots on the tour

This way, we are certain you will have a lovely experience!


  • Book now to get a FREE PDF with our best tips about what to do in Lyon. Our guides have written down the things they can recommend the most for when you are visiting Lyon. When you book, you will find a download link in the confirmation email we will send you.


Our Free Tour of Vieux Lyon

On this free tour, your guide will take you through the old city of Lyon, Vieux Lyon. We start at Saint-Jean cathedral. During the middle ages and the renaissance, this was the heart of the city. Now, it is one of highlights of a visit to Lyon. The neighborhood is so unique that it is protected by UNESCO and on our tour you will see why!

The houses in Vieux Lyon are painted in bright colours and are often hundreds of years old. The little streets are not only filled with history, but also with traditional restaurants and shops. Your guide will explain everything about the neighborhood and show you some hidden 'Traboules', old passageways between houses. You will learn about the gastronomy in Lyon, get to know the Michelin guide system and find out how to find some 'Traboules' for yourself. We will finish the tour at one of the amazing murals that Lyon is famous for.



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5 Star Rating: Excellent Free City Tour Lyon - "Great and only for tips!"

Review by Petra, Germany, - January 15, 2016


We booked this tour when we read the reviews. It was such an excellent idea. Our guide was a very friendly guy and he showed us all the main sites and also some of his favourite places. He also gave us ideas for the rest of our trip. I would recommend this tour.


5 Star Rating: Excellent Free Tour of Vieux Lyon - "2 hours well spend"

Review by Peter, UK - December 14, 2015


Our guide covered quite a lot of the main sites and attractions with his own narration within this Tour of 2 hours, sense of humour included! We found out some interesting facts about these sites which I probably wouldn't get from a book. All together, I really enjoyed myself. Would recommend it for those who want to have a quick tour of the city's main sites and also to get your bearings. After, you can revisit some of the nicer places and enjoy them on your own.


5 Star Rating: Excellent Free City Tour Lyon - "All in all, this is a must tour!"

Review by Noa H, Israel - December 1, 2015


We took the city tour yesterday on the 1st of December. I just want to say that it was great! Our guide was really nice, he explained everything in a very interesting way. He also made sure everyone was having a great time. He also gave a lot of tips about Lyon. You can see he really cares, for example since I'm pregnant, he made sure that I was doing fine and had a place to sit on the stops and so on.. We will definitely recommend this tour!


5 Star Rating: Excellent Free Tour of Vieux Lyon - "We really enjoyed ourselves!"

Review by Jessica, US - September 27, 2015


We took Vieux Lyon tour yesterday on the 27th May. We really enjoyed ourselves


5 Star Rating: Excellent Free City Tour Lyon - "The tour was very detailed!"

Review by John, Ireland - October 3, 2015


The tour was fantastic. The tour guide arrived on time. He was happy to show us around the beautiful city of Lyon. The tour was very detailed and informative. Even after our tour, he gave us great ideas for the rest of our stay. It was definitely worth it!!


5 Star Rating: Excellent Free Tour of Vieux Lyon - "Our guide was lovely we had a great time!"

Review by Kees, Holland - January 17, 2015


Our guide was lovely we had a great time


5 Star Rating: Excellent Free Tour of Vieux Lyon - "This was the best tour of Lyon!"

Review by Salvatore, Italy - August 21, 2015


This was the best tour of Lyon. We learned many interesting facts and visited excellent sites. Jean is very friendly and enthusiastic. Our children both said how much they enjoyed the walking tour. We felt happy to give a nice tip as it was so worth it! Don't hesitate, book all tours if you have the time.


5 Star Rating: Excellent Free City Tour Lyon - "We were recommended sights and places to go!"

Review by June, US - December 10, 2015


Yesterday, we were a group of only three ladies on the city tour of Lyon, so it was really a private tour. Our guide told us a lot of exciting history from Lyon and showed us nice details around the city. Furthermore we were recommended sights and places to go. Also we were encouraged to ask, if we did not understand. Thank you so much for this informative tour.




Yes, if you want to book one of our tours, we charge a small booking fee of 2,50. This is to cover the costs of maintaining our office, booking engine and website. Also, this way we can guarantee that the groups are never bigger than 20 persons, so you always will be able to understand and interact with the guide.
Most of our tours are in English. However, we also provide tours in different languages. Make sure you check which language your tour is in before you book.
We try to provide many different free walking tours in every city. Check out the details at the tour you are interested in. You will find the specific meeting point and time there.
Our guides work for tips only. You can tip them as much or little as you want. Just give them the amount you think the tour deserved. This system makes sure that the guides work hard for their money and you get the best tour possible. Also, if you are on a small budget, you can still enjoy a great tour with the best guides on your holiday!
Yes, this is no problem at all. We will always try to accommodate your needs, if they are reasonable. You can even cancel and get your money back if you do it 72 hours in advance.


If you like the sun, spring and summer are the best time to visit Lyon. But even in winter the city is really nice to visit. Winter is the perfect time to eat the famous French mountain dish raclette and even if it rains, there are many indoor activities like the new and amazing Musee de Confluence. In short, any time a year is perfect for a weekend get-away to Lyon. But even if you want to stay a week, Lyon has more than enough to offer. Just make sure to join one of our Free Walking Tours of Lyon, to get to know the city well!
Lyon has many highlights. On our free walking tours of Lyon you will see many of them. There are beautifull squares like the Place de Bellecour and Place de Terreaux. There are majestic Churches like the Basilique de Fourviere and the Cathedral de St. Jean. The old neighborhood Vieux Lyon is both beautiful and very fun. The Presque'Ile is where the city center is. Here you can find great restaurants and it's the best place for shopping. And if you feel more like visiting a museum, we recommend the Musee de Confluence, a new science museum or the Musee de Beaux-Arts de Lyon, where you can find an important collection of paintings and statues.
On our free walking tours of Lyon, your guide will answer all your questions and give you some useful tips for your stay in Lyon, like:
  • Eat at a bouchon, a typical Lyonaise restaurant.
  • Walk up to Fourviere, for an amazing view of the city.
  • Visit Vieux Lyon at night, to find a nice restaurant or bar
  • Go up to the Roman Theatre, to enjoy some classical culture
  • Visit the Parc de Tete d'Or, with its free zoo
The lonely planet guide for france is a good start with some basic information. The Only Lyon website gives you some useful information about your stay in Lyon.




We at AiroTour are providing Free Tours all over the world. At the moment, we are rapidly expanding. We try to combine the benefits of a Free tour with the service of a full tour company. This is why you can book with us, groups are never big and we only employ the best guides available. Come join one of our tours and see for yourself!