France’s third largest city and a gateway to the Mediterranean region as well as the neighboring Alps, Lyon has a lot to offer. The gastronomic capital is circles by wine-producing regions such as Burgundy or the Rhone Valley; and the center of Lyon offers a lot of Roman and Medieval experiences.
Although the police force are highly-effective in making Lyon a safe place, tourists may nevertheless be a target for pickpockets and crooks on the city’s streets.
SafeAround will allow you to see on a map the city’s safest and most dangerous neighborhoods and areas, details on scams and other risks, as well as some useful travel advice.
Lyon’s Unesco-listed old town, with its narrow streets and medieval and Renaissance houses, is divided into three quarters: St-Paul (north), St-Jean (middle) and St-Georges (south). The area attracts pickpockets and scammers, as seen on the map.
Over two millennia ago, the Romans built the city of Lugdunum on the slopes of Fourvière. Today this prominent hill on the Saône’s western bank is topped by a showy 19th-century basilica and the Tour Métallique, an Eiffel Tower–like structure built in 1893 and used as a TV transmitter.
Lyon’s city centre lies on this 500m- to 800m-wide peninsula bounded by the rivers Rhône and Saône.
Warnings & Dangers
OVERAL RISK: LOW
Lyon is an overall safe city. With a rating of 69%, it is ranked 58th out of 162 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous cities.
PICKPOCKETS RISK: MEDIUM
There is some pickpocket-related risk in Lyon. A few simple precautions will minimize your chances of being pickpocketed.
MUGGING & KIDNAPPING RISK: LOW
Lyon is a safe city regarding mugging and kidnapping risks, although some areas are best to be avoided at night.
SCAMS RISK: MEDIUM
As in any touristic place, there may be people trying to scam you in Lyon. Be aware of “gold ring” tricks, fake petitions, groups of teenagers acting strangely or trying to distract you; and people offering help with your luggage.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK: LOW
Transports and taxis are generally very safe in Lyon.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK: LOW
There are no natural hazards in Lyon and in France overall, other than a few avalanche risks in the Alps.
TERRORISM RISK: MEDIUM
Lyon has not recently been targeted by terrorist attacks, but it is best to stay alert.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK: LOW
Lyon is generally very safe for women travelers.
Avoid Being A Victim! 10 Tips for Your Personal Safety
It is best to carry a small bag across your shoulder or wear a concealed pouch rather than a back pack
Carry as little cash as you can
Don’t keep your wallet in your back pocket
Beware of individuals who act strangely and who try to divert your attention in order to steal your belongings.
Pay special attention while seating on restaurants and café terraces, when you are withdrawing money from ATMs or near tourist attractions
Never keep your mobile phone or wallet on the table of a café or restaurant.
Don’t wear expensive jewellery in an ostentatious way
If an attacker tries to snatch your bag, don’t try to stop them as you will risk being injured
Thieves commonly work near tourist attractions such as museums, monuments, restaurants, hotels, beaches, trains, train stations, airports, subways and target vehicles with non-local license plates.
Most but not all of pickpockets work in groups, often as teenagers
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