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Lyon, France

Lyon, France

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Apr 20, 2023

Summary: Lyon, France is a vibrant city with a rich cultural heritage, beautiful architecture, and a great food scene. Expats love the city's relaxed atmosphere, its proximity to the Alps, and its excellent public transportation system. The weather in Lyon is generally mild, with temperatures ranging from the mid-30s to the mid-70s Fahrenheit (1-24 Celsius). The average cost of living for an expat is estimated to be around $2,000 per month. The cost of a one bedroom apartment in Lyon is around $1,000 per month, while a two bedroom apartment can cost up to $1,500 per month. The population of Lyon is 513,275.

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What do I need to know about living in Lyon?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Lyon, they said:

"Before retiring to Lyon, expats should familiarize themselves with the local laws and regulations for retirees. It is also important to understand the language barriers associated with living in Lyon, as most of the locals speak French as their primary language. Additionally, it is wise for expats to research their housing options and the cost of living in the city ahead of time to ensure a comfortable transition. Finally, expats should research the availability of healthcare services in the city and make sure to obtain the proper health insurance coverage," said one expat who made the move to Lyon, France.

"Well, firstly - great to hear that there is nothing to wait for. Just start learning some French...take few documents with yourself as France seems to like red tape very much and you need papers for everything! Take some birth certificates for sure. Don't worry about the accommodation because here in Lyon you will get many estate agencies to help you out and they speak English! And mostly...read some blogs, forums, expats websites which will provide you with the up to date info," explained one expat living in Lyon, France.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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