Lyon (France)

Lyon is third largest city of France, located in the east of the country at the banks of the Rhone River. Lyon is famous for its historical buildings, and it is also the birthplace of the modern film (Cinematography was invented here). The city's specialties also include a number of historical buildings and other illuminated buildings. Every August the town hosts the festival of light. Another specialty are the more than 100 optical illusions in the scattered murals all around the city. Most of the historic buildings are located in the Old Town or a nearby, but the museums and churches can be found all over the city.

Population: 491,268
Beach : No
Mountain : No
Popular destination: No
Official language: French
Skill level of the English language : Moderate
Emergency numbers: 112 (the police, ambulance, fire brigade)
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Electric plugs: C, E
Voltage: 230 V
Tipping in a restaurant: A tip is not required, but most people tip in the 5 to 10% bracket when the service is good.
Time in destination: Jan 24, 2021, 10:30:57 PM

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Monthly Weather Conditions

Month Average Temperature °F High Temperature °F Low Temperature °F Rainy Days Rating
January 37.6 43.2 32.2 9
February 40.6 47.1 34.2 9
March 46.0 54.3 37.9 8
April 50.7 59.5 42.1 9
May 59.0 68.0 49.8 11
June 64.9 74.3 55.6 8
July 70.3 80.6 60.1 6
August 69.8 80.1 59.5 7
September 62.8 72.1 53.4 7
October 54.5 62.1 47.1 10
November 44.4 50.4 38.5 9
December 39.7 44.8 34.7 9

More information: Lyon forecast and weather conditions monthly

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Price Level

Compared to prices worldwide, Lyon is an average price destination.

On a tight budget, the daily budget is approximately $83.06, which includes hostel accommodation, budget meals and public transportation.

On a moderate budget, the daily budget is approximately $239.43, which includes a moderately priced hotel, meals at moderate priced restaurants and transportation costs.

Estimated prices:

  • Hotel (2 stars): $76.47
  • Hotel (3 stars): $82.31
  • Hotel (4 stars): $120.86
  • Hotel (5 stars): $225.14
  • Taxi ride (3 miles): $22.61
  • Taxi ride (6 miles): $33.07
  • Beer in a restaurant (16 ounces): $7.29
  • Meal, McDonalds: $10.33
  • Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: $16.41

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Lyon has been classified as quite dangerous with security classification 2/5.

Safety index values (higher is better):

  • General: 54.7 (better than United states average 47.9)
  • Walking alone during daytime hours: 73.5 (better than United states average 69.6)
  • Walking alone at night: 48.2 (better than United states average 41.7)

More information: Lyon safety

Car Rental

Things which affect the renting of the car:

  • Driver’s license: In the European Union / Schengen a driver's license from an EU country is sufficient, although for North Americans it is recommended to carry a separate international driving license, in addition to the American driving license.
  • Direction of traffic: In Europe the traffic is mainly right-handed. The exception is Great Britain, which is left-handed traffic.
  • Insurance: In Western Europe, all rental cars include some kind of insurance, so additional insurance policies are often unnecessary (unless you are going to Russia or Eastern Europe).
  • Driving abroad: You can drive a rental car almost everywhere within all countries of the European Union / Schengen territory without additional fees. Eastern European countries and Russia are the exceptions and you should always ask the car rental company in advance about the rules.

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