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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. "

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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Are you an expat living in Lyon? You will surely come across many questions, such as ʺWhat documents does the French aliens department require for a work permit?”, ʺHow proficient do I have to be in business French?ʺ, or ”What can other expats recommend for special food stores in town?”

Looking for all of the information that is important for living and working in Lyon can take you hours. However, by using our Lyon expat guide you can greatly simplify your relocation to Lyon. Beginning with local infrastructure top tips about sports & leisure - the guide deals with all the different facets of the expat life in Lyon.

However, InterNations does not only address expats in Lyon. We have brief overview guides for various locations around the world - from living in Bratislava to moving to Philadelphia.

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Top Articles in the Lyon Expat Guide

  • 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.
  • The French Economy: An Overview

    The French economy is a strong player, both in Europe and worldwide. With a large, and growing, services sector, it is an attractive destination for expats looking for work. Our guide briefly introduces the sectors, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of the French economy.
  • Unemployment Benefits in France: A Safety Net for Tough Times

    You have been enjoying a new life and career in France, but one day, the worst-case scenario happens: you lose your job. What now? This InterNations guide explains how unemployment benefits work in France and what to watch out for when it comes to renewing residence permits.
  • French Road Rules

    Getting behind the wheel is a great way to discover France. But before you embark on your trip, you should learn more about French road rules, from tolls to speed limits, from clean-air stickers to what to do in a case of emergency. With our guide, you will be ready to hit the road in no time!
  • Rural Towns or Major Cities? The Best Destinations for Expats

    Choosing a place to live can be hard, especially in a country as diverse as France. InterNations gives an overview of four regions in the land of wine and cheese that are perfect for relocation.
  • Finding Your New Physician: Doctors and Dentists in France

    Moving to a new country, you will also need to find a new doctor and dentist. Whether you are looking for a general practitioner or seeking specialist treatment, InterNations has compiled a guide to getting yourself set up in France.
  • From Crèches to Child-Minders: Childcare in France

    No matter where you are in the world, every working parent wants the best possible care for their children. Fortunately, France has several options, and our expat guide offers advice on where to send your little ones and how much you can expect to spend.
  • The Country of Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity

    The French are known to be proud of their country — a pride woven into their customs and traditions. From celebrating the end of the French Revolution to marching through the streets with their national motto: this expat guide gives you all the information on the rich culture of France.
  • Types of Businesses in France

    If you want to open up a business in your new home abroad, it will take a lot of research and planning to prepare everything correctly. This article provides a general summary of the types of business options available in France.
  • France in Numbers

    Have a look at these key facts and figures on France’s demographics, languages, economy, climate, and more to get a first impression of the republic, including its overseas regions.
  • How to Stay Safe and Sound in France

    An ongoing high threat-level has left not only tourists wondering whether or not France is a safe destination. However, you are much more likely to fall victim to a pickpocket in Paris than to a terrorist attack. In certain areas, nature as well as social tensions pose a certain risk, though.
  • French Customs: The Dos and Don’ts of “Douane”

    Ready to make the move to France? Whether you’re passing though on vacation or moving your home overseas, stay on the right side of French customs by keeping these things in mind when packing your bags.

Information for the Expat Life in Lyon

Are you looking for specific information, such as serviced apartments in town or a doctor speaking your native language in France? On top of our expat guide, you will have access to our expat directory for Lyon, which provides you with a complete catalogue of all expat-relevant locales and relocation services in Lyon. Moreover, you also can take full advantage of our Lyon expat forum in order to look for tips and information from your fellow expatriates.

Become part of InterNations Lyon and you’ll be warmly greeted with a welcoming Salut from our expats living and working in Lyon.

Are you curious about expatriate living outside Lyon? Then read more about our various expat guides, such as living in Oslo or living in Calgary!

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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