Included among France’s 27 regions, Rhône-Alpes was named after Rhône River and the Alps mountain range. Its capital is Lyon and it is divided into eight departments such as Ain, Ardèche, Drôme, Isère, Loire, Rhône, Savoie, and Haute-Savoie. Located in the eastern border of France, Rhône-Alpes is surrounded by the French regions of Bourgogne and Franche-Comte to the north, Auvergne to the west, and Languedoc-Roussillon and Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur to the south. To the east of the region is the westernmost part of the Alps as well as Switzerland and Italy.
What to see & do
Located at “the crossroads of Europe”, Rhône-Alpes is easily accessible to travellers via its impressive rail connections and a motorway network. The region is home to eight natural parks and sights including Mont Blanc and the Gorges de l’Ardeche. Recreation activities that are popular in Rhône-Alpes are skiing, hiking, mountain biking, paragliding, and canoeing. Rhône-Alpes is also the largest ski area in the world, as well as France’s second most important golfing region. Villes d’Art: Lyon can also be found here, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as other cultural sites including Annecy, Grenoble, Chambery, and Saint-Etienne.
How to get around Rhône-Alpes
Rhône-Alpes ski resorts are interconnected by major highways and paved mountain roads. When travelling through the highways and roads, it is best to keep change at hand since most of the roads are pay roads. Other than driving around, another way of going through Rhône-Alpes is via private taxicabs. There are multi-lingual taxis available via Taxis Savoie, from the Chambery Airport. The languages the drivers speak include English, German, Spanish, along with other European languages. When in Lyon, its TCL or public transportation system is the most efficient in all of France. Within the city are four metro or subway lines that go from A to D. Line A, red, serves Presqu'île, the neighbourhoods around Parc de la Tête d'Or, and then runs under Cours Emile Zola, Villeurbanne main artery, with last two stops by Laurent Bonnevay, and Vaulx La Soie. Line B, blue, serves Part Dieu station and Gerland stadium; Line C, yellow, serves the Croix-Rousse hill; while Line D, green, serves Gare de Vaise, Gorge de Loup, Grange Blanche, Parilly, and Gare de Vénissieux, which also has many bus connections to the areas. There are two funiculars that respectively go from Vieux Lyon metro station to Saint-Just and Fourvière. The tram lines within the city, referred to as T1 to T5 are mostly used when intending to reach suburban areas, and campuses within the area. Travelling by taxi is also possible albeit cannot be hailed on the street. The taxis are available by phone, or by a taxi station.
How to get there
Rhône-Alpes is served by Lyon–Saint -Exupéry Airport. Formerly known as Lyon Satolas Airport, the airport serves as focus city for Air France. The airport operates flights to and from destinations such as Dublin, Algiers, Constantine, Annaba, Casablanca, Nice, Paris, Ajaccio, Bologna, La Rochelle, Vienna, Limoges, Lorient, Barcelona, Dubai, Birmingham, Düsseldorf, Brussels, Madrid, Amsterdam, Istanbul, Izmir, Zürich, Lisbon, Funchal, Tunis, Stuttgart, and Saint-Denis de la Réunion, in addition to many, via Aegean Airlines, Aer Lingus, Aigle Azur, Air Algérie, Air Algérie operated by Saga Airlines, Air Arabia Maroc, Air France, Air France operated by Air Corsica, Air France operated by HOP!, Airlinair, Austrian Airlines operated by Tyrolean Airways, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Chalair, Eastern Airways, easyJet, Emirates, Flybe, Germanwings operated by Eurowings, HOP!, Iberia Express, Iberia operated by Air Nostrum, KLM operated by KLM Cityhopper, Pegasus Airlines, SunExpress, Swiss International Air Lines operated by Tyrolean Airways, Swiss International Air Lines operated by Swiss Global Air Lines, TAP Portugal, Transavia.com France, Tunisair, Turkish Airlines, Twin Jet, Vueling, and XL Airways France, among others.