City of Lyon

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Population and geography

Lyon, capital of the Auvergne Rhône Alpes region (69), it is located at the confluence of the Rhône and the Saône, it has a strategic position in Europe, since it is a crossroads between the Mediterranean, the Alps, Auvergne and on an axis connecting northern Europe.
Its municipal population was 516,092 inhabitants in 2017 (3rd most populous city in France) and is part of the urban area of ​​Lyon with a population of 2,326,223 inhabitants in 2017 (2nd in France behind Paris).
Its neighboring municipalities are: Caluire-et-Cuire, Villeurbanne, Vénissieux, Saint-Fons, Pierre-Bénite, la Mulatière, Sainte-Foy-lès-Lyon, Francheville and Ecully.


Ideally located, Lyon is served by the A6, A7, A42, A43, A47 and A89 motorways, among others.
The urban transport network of the agglomeration is the second in France after Paris in number of travelers transported daily.
The bus network includes 123 regular lines, 4 metro lines, 2 funiculars and 6 tram lines in particular.
The rail network is not to be outdone since the city has six stations including three TGV stations (Lyon Part dieu, Lyon Perrache and Lyon Saint Exupéry).
The city also has its Lyon Saint Exupéry international airport, as well as Lyon Bron for leisure and business aviation.


The metropolis is the subject of many major projects, including real estate projects for the construction of office towers in the Lyon Part Dieu district.
Many headquarters of companies or international organizations are located there, including Interpol, Euronews, Handicap international, April group, Biomérieux, Boiron, Gl events, Cegid and many others.
Lyon is also the second most touristic city in France.


The city has a very dynamic city center with many shops and in particular a district dedicated to the high-end: Cordeliers district on the peninsula.


The city of Lyon welcomes many students (2nd student city of France). There are notably: 4 universities, the central school of Lyon, the management school of Lyon or even the higher normal school of Lyon, and many other establishments.

Real Estate

Commercial rents in Lyon amount on average to € 246 m2 / year. The average rent for an individual will however amount to 180 € m2 / year. For office premises, the average rent is € 196 m2 / year, and the average purchase price is € 4,045 m2 / year.

Hotels and restaurants

There are 113 hotels in Lyon for 7,782 rooms with an average price of € 89 per night. Regarding restaurants, there are 1,633 restaurants for an average price of a meal at € 12.


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