How Safe Is Lyon for Travel?

Lyon, France
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Lyon is France’s third-largest city which has about 480,000 inhabitants and is considered the gastronomic and historical capital.

Lyon offers a lot of Roman and Medieval experiences since it was founded by the Romans and has many preserved historical areas.

It is also the birthplace of cinema. It has a unique location between Northern and Southern Europe.

Lyon is a vibrant metropolis that is more and more open to the world, with an increasing number of students and international events.

Warnings & Dangers in Lyon

Overall Risk


Lyon is an overall safe city since the police force is highly effective. Tourists are sometimes targets for pickpockets and crooks, but the real security problems in the Lyon center are rare. Tourists should pay attention to Rue St. Catherine which is famous for a lot of drunk people on the street, who might be violent. It is probably better to avoid the area of Vieux Lyon, since similar problems may be encountered there.

Transport & Taxis Risk


Lyon's public transportation system is safe and efficient, but the network can be affected by strikes sometimes. For those who want to come to Lyon by car should know that the traffic is dense, parking is either very difficult or quite expensive, so they should avoid driving within the city if they can. The penalty for unpaid parking is €11. Taxis are quite expensive. There is a possible risk of people trying to sell you fake metro tickets when you travel by the metro.

Pickpockets Risk


Because very well organized pickpocket groups exist in Vieux Lyon, the professional thieves are watching you. So places that attract tourists will also attract thieves. You need to be careful around the Eiffel Tower, including the crowded lifts that take you to the top.

Natural Disasters Risk


Natural hazards in Lyon are rare except for a few avalanche risks in the Alps. Also, some forest fires can occur, as well as flooding in various areas.

Mugging Risk


Lyon is safe in terms of mugging risk but it's been reported some cases of muggings against pensioners who are easy prey. Travelers need to be cautious at specific areas like automated service stations, and rest areas on motorways.

Terrorism Risk


Terrorist attacks are very frequent nowadays, but Lyon has not been a target. Concerns about traveling to Lyon due to the high terror threat in France by Islamist terrorist groups exist, and the French government has warned the public to be extra vigilant especially in public places.

Scams Risk


As in any touristic place, common scams are used to obtain money from tourists, so be aware of fake petitions, card trick, and gold ring trick. Be careful if people dressed in specific clothing advertise for charities. They will give you information documents that encourage you to donate. Never give money directly to someone on the street, who claims to be working for charity. Homeless people sell newspapers which help them make some money.

Women Travelers Risk


Women travelers can feel free in France since it is one of the most well-touristed destinations on the planet. It is a country where women traveling solo will not have any trouble getting around. However, general precautions need to be applied when traveling everywhere.

So... How Safe Is Lyon Really?

Lyon is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has 2,000 years of history that can be read from its narrow streets and medieval and Renaissance houses in Vieux Lyon and Roman amphitheaters.

Lyon is famous for its first-class shopping, antique markets, theatre and music festivals, and museums.

However, the areas that attract a large number of tourists are the areas full of pickpockets and scammers.

So, if you are already in the city just remain watchful of your possessions and people around you, and try to enjoy the city’s beauty without worrying too much about your safety.

How Does Lyon Compare?

CitySafety Index
Cordoba (Argentina)61
Toronto (Canada)81
Melbourne (Australia)80

Useful Information

  • Visas - When you come to France as a tourist, Visas are not required, but only if you stay less than 90 days. The EU nationals can stay for both pleasures and work in the country as long as they want. If you have some unclear issues about the entry requirements, you can contact the embassy, high commission or consulate. Your passport should be valid during your stay.
  • Currency - France uses the Euro and is a particularly expensive country. Accommodation prices are approximately 100 Euros. Be careful when handling cash and credit cards in public areas and at cash machines. Credit cards are accepted almost everywhere.
  • Weather - The climate in France is temperate and you should visit Lyon around summer. The most pleasant weather is from June to September. Winters are cold and the freezing wind can make it even colder while summers can be hot, with temperatures around 35°C Spring and autumn are usually enjoyable.
  • Airports - The main airports which you can use to visit France 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-BlagnacLyon's. Saint-Exupéry Airport is 25 km east of Lyon, is an airport that has a few intercontinental flights, but is developing fast. Another one is Grenoble-Isère Airport between Lyon and Grenoble and is served by some low-cost airlines
  • Travel Insurance - Even though it is a safe city, accidents cannot be predicted, so travelers should get travel insurance before coming to Lyon, as well as France. It should cover 24/7 emergency assistance.
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Lyon Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 3° C
Feb 5° C
Mar 9° C
Apr 11° C
May 15° C
Jun 19° C
Jul 22° C
Aug 22° C
Sep 17° C
Oct 13° C
Nov 8° C
Dec 4° C
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5 Reviews on Lyon

  1. S
    Sarah S says:

    Ok but not great

    I don’t know who wrote this but most of it is incorrect – the summers can be extremely hot from May to October weeks of 33-39 degrees – the food is ok but really nothing that special unless you pay big time – I am an expat and find this city to be average and if I’m honest a little arrogant

    1. So, what make Lyon, or any city in France, a tourist mecca?

    2. Astonishing. The food in Lyon is superb.

  2. Not so safe for females

    I’m not sure how old this review is but from my experience (f in late 20s living in Paris), the level of sexual harassement I experienced from the moment I arrived in Lyon was extremely high. Any solo female traveller reading this will be in for a shock – so bare in mind that it is highly likely to experience frequent cat calling if not aggressive verbal abuse. It’s a shame because the city is beautiful but me and my (female) friend felt unsafe during our trip.

  3. Safe and very pleasant to visit

    I have a thing for French cities so the second I got my eyes on some cheap plane tickets I started drafting an itinerary. Some forums raised a few flags for safety regarding women traveling alone but overall it was labeled as safe which is my opinion as well.

Rated 4 / 5 based on 5 user reviews.

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