Lyon

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.

SAFETY INDEX

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Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL 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.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM

There is some pickpocket-related risk in Lyon. A few simple precautions will minimize your chances of being pickpocketed.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : LOW

Lyon is a safe city regarding mugging and kidnapping risks, although some areas are best to be avoided at night.

Mid Priority-96 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.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW

Transports and taxis are generally very safe in Lyon.

Mid Priority-96 NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW

There are no natural hazards in Lyon and in France overall, other than a few avalanche risks in the Alps.

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM

Lyon has not recently been targeted by terrorist attacks, but it is best to stay alert.

Mid Priority-96 WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

Lyon is generally very safe for women travelers.

Carte

WHAT TO DO?

Vieux Lyon

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.

Fourvière

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.

Presqu’île

Lyon’s city centre lies on this 500m- to 800m-wide peninsula bounded by the rivers Rhône and Saône.

Useful Information

Visas are not usually required for stays under 90 days, and EU nationals (Schengen) can stay (and work) in the country as long as they want. Make sure your passport has at least six months’ validity from your planned date of return to the country you’re visiting. Check out http://www.doyouneedvisa.com/ to see if you need a visa.
France is a member of the Euro Zone and uses the Euro. France and Western Europe are particularly expensive. Allow a budget of at least 100€ per day including accommodation.
The weather in France is temperate, the best time to visit is around summer (June-September), although major cities can be visited year-long.
The main international airports are Aéroport de Charles de Gaulle, Paris Orly, Aéroport de Bordeaux, Aéroport de Lille, Aéroport International Strasbourg, Aéroport Lyon-St Exupéry, Aéroport Marseille-Provence, Aéroport Nantes Atlantique, Aéroport Nice Côte d’Azur and Aéroport Toulouse-Blagnac If you’re looking fore cheap flight deals, you can find some on JetRadar
As in any country, we advise travelers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page