Trains in France are a convenient and efficient way to travel, with SNCF offering domestic and international train routes. Those traveling to Lyon by train will arrive at one of two main stations, Perrache or Part-Dieu. Those staying in central Lyon will want to arrive at Perrache which is closer to the hotel district. Most TGV trains to Lyon from intercontinental or other major French cities stop at Part-Deux, although trains from Paris stop at both stations. High-speed train travel to Lyon is provided by TGV, SNCF's high-speed train service. Regional lines serving the area include SNCF and TER services. Perrache Station can be found in the very heart of the city whilst Part-Dieux is found to the east of central Lyon, in the business district. Both stations rare connected to the city’s compact but celebrated metro system.
As the gastronomic capital and the third most populated city of France, Lyon offers up just as much as the capital and arguably represents the heart of France. The city is characterized by its blend of Renaissance, Roman and modern architecture. As the country’s industrial and banking hub, Lyon has an elegant, grand air about it and the locals are fiercely proud of their restaurants, museums and shopping. Must see attractions include the Museum Gadange for an insight into local history, Fouviere Hill for its Roman legacy and the city’s mysterious traboules, covered passageways found in the old Renaissance quarter, Vieux Lyon. Dining is a major pastime in Lyon where it's worth visiting the smaller independent restaurants as well as the famous ones.