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Getting There -- Vienne is 20 minutes away from Lyon by train (at Jean Mace or Part Dieu train stations). For information, visit www.voyages-sncf.com or call [tel] 08-92-33-53-35. The one-way train fare from Lyon is about 7€. If you’re driving from Lyon, take the A7.

Visitor Information -- The Office de Tourisme is at 14, cours Brillier (www.vienne-tourisme.com; [tel] 04-74-53-80-30).

 

Special Events -- Vienne is alive with summer festivals. In the first 2 weeks of July, Vienne attracts some of the biggest names in jazz for the annual Festival du Jazz à Vienne. Tickets are 36€. You can get tickets and information online (www.jazzavienne.com; [tel] 04-74-78-87-87). There are also several historic festivals: a Gallo-Roman reconstruction weekend in June where everyone gets dressed up for mock battles; a medieval reconstruction weekend in late August and Vinalia, and a Gallo-Roman grape harvest in October. For more information on these festivals, go to www.vienne-tourisme.com or phone the tourist office. 

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.