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  • Paul O'Doherty

    I am excited about meeting so many open-minded people, who are willing to help a total stranger enjoy Lyon.

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 are moving to another country or going on a business trip somewhere — our communities around the world are there to make you feel at home wherever you are. Feel free to also check out our other vibrant InterNations Communities like the ones in Shanghai or Singapore.

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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.

Feb 28, 2024, 7:45 PM
1 attendee
The second part of the Dune saga, in English, for Sci Fi fans, directed by the great Canadian director Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Blade Runner 2049, Dune)
Mar 4, 2024, 7:00 PM
35 attendees
You are cordially invited to an exceptional gathering at Aromo Wine Bar, presented by InterNations Lyon. Join us for an evening of exploration and camaraderie as we return to relive the incredible exp
Mar 16, 2024, 8:00 PM
14 attendees
Let's join the Irish in celebrating their national day by taking a tour of their pubs. Starting point: James Joyce pub, then we can visit other pubs nearby: (...) Protected content (...) Dress code
Mar 21, 2024, 7:00 PM
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The Goethe Institute hosts another of its famous speak-dating events. If you feel able to converse in German and French at a B1 level, please join us for this lively conversation evening. You have to

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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 around the world. Meet fellow global minds in your city of residence or get to know local expatriates before you're moving or traveling abroad 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.

  • 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.

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