This is our guide to running in Lyon, third largest city in France, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its cuisine, architecture, and unique geography. The Rhône and Saône rivers converge to the south of the city center at the Confluence. The original medieval city, ‘vieux Lyon’, was built on the west side of the Saône, at the foot of the Fourvière hill, on top of which sits the grand basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière. Downtown is on the eastern side of the Rhône. Note: If you’d like to have a guided running experience in Lyon, we highly recommend our affiliate partner Go! Running Tours.
The best places to run in Lyon center on the two rivers, where numerous bridges allow for loops. The better paths are along the Rhône (especially the east side), while the Saône has great views of Old Lyon and Fourvière. We’ve also mapped out a great ‘runseeing‘ tour, incorporating many important Lyon sites and a climb up Fourvière. Runners who like hills and stairs will love Lyon! Other great runs in Lyon are the paths around the Parc de la Tête d’Or, one of the largest urban parks in Europe, and the Grand Parc Miribel Jonage, where the running highlight is the 10k lake loop.
Lyon is an easy city to get around. There are 4 metro lines and 5 tram lines, buses, and two funicular lines from Vieux Lyon to Saint-Just and Fourvière.