Your Expat
Community in Lyon

Connect with fellow expats in Lyon
Join exciting events and groups
Get information in our Lyon guides
Exchange tips about expat life in Lyon
Paul O'Doherty
"I am excited about meeting so many open-minded people, who are willing to help a total stranger enjoy Lyon. "
Maria Cristina Alves
"If you don't speak French, it is difficult to find friends here. But InterNations helped me to meet other expats and get tips to improve my language skills. "

Welcome to Your Expat Community of Lyon

Salut and welcome to the InterNations Community of expats in Lyon, a city where Roman ruins attract meandering tourists in one part of the city and the busy corporate world dominates in another. InterNations is packed with guides, advice, and insider tips to help you navigate the tricky process of relocation. As a platform especially created for expats, you'll find all the essential information you need to answer questions such as "how do I apply for a work permit?" and "how can I find out which arrondissement would be best for my family?". When you have concerns or seek day-to-day advice, simply head over to our forum where our friendly expats are always happy to share their knowledge. Remember, they've already solved the dilemmas you are likely to face, so build on their experience and learn from their success.

With InterNations, you never stand alone. Whether you move to another city or go on a business trip somewhere — our communities are there to make you feel at home wherever you are in the world. Feel free to also check out our other vibrant InterNations Communities like the ones in Shanghai or Singapore.

Join Our Exciting Events in Lyon

Attend our monthly events and activities for Lyon expatriates to get to know like-minded expatriates in real life.

Our Global Partners

Find More Information in Our Lyon Expat Guides

  • Moving to Lyon

    Lyon's international profile has increased in recent years due to the success of the local football team, which has helped to put the city on the global map. The headquarters of important bodies such as Interpol, Euronews and the International Agency for Research on Cancer are all located in Lyon, drawing in expats from around the world.
  • Living in Lyon

    Lyon is the third largest city in France and is one of Europe's most important banking centers, while the chemical, pharmaceutical, software and biotech industries are also vital in the city. As such, expats planning life in Lyon can look forward to a variety of working opportunities.
  • Working in Lyon

    As one of Europe's most important banking centers, working in Lyon can be very appealing to foreigners. Thriving industries such as software and biotechnology provide a boost to the local economy, and tourism is also a growing sector providing plenty of work in Lyon.

Exchange Tips about living in Lyon

Get trustworthy advice and local insights from fellow members in our Lyon expat forums.

Building a New Life in Lyon

Lyon is the second richest city in France and an important economic center. The main industries are consumer services, finance and business services, whilst biotechnology, software development, and IT are also growth industries. Real estate, retail, fashion and design, as well as tourism are also notable industries, with tourism attracting millions of visitors per year and generating significant amounts of income. Away from the formalities of the business world, expats can enjoy the historic center of the city surrounded by architecture dating back to the 12th century. Culture lovers can explore museums and art galleries covering natural history, science and African culture, and then seek out Roman ruins of amphitheaters still remarkably intact. Parks and gardens provide peaceful places to relax, including the 117 hectare Parc de la Tête d'Or. The Lyon life wouldn't be complete without also tasting the famous Lyonnais cuisine and local wines from the Beaujolais and Côtes du Rhône regions.

InterNations is the largest global network for expatriates, with communities in 420 cities across the globe. Get to know fellow internationals in your city, before you're moving, or when traveling somewhere and never feel like a stranger. InterNations makes it easy for you to stay in touch with your expat friends, both online and offline, so you can grow your network of friends and contacts from all over the world. Whether they live in Brussels or Jeddah, InterNations allows you to be close to them even if they are miles away.

Meet Fellow Expats with InterNations Groups and Events

At our regular InterNations Official Events, we encourage our members to socialize, network, and have fun together. Making new friends in an unfamiliar city can be difficult, but with InterNations you are part of a community of global minds. Jogging, wine tasting, cinema and theater are just a selection of the InterNations Groups you can join to meet like-minded expats as you find your place in Lyon.

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