A two thousand year city, situated at the junction of the Rhône and the Saône rivers. It is a city rich in history and particularly known for its Gallo-Roman origin with its former name Lugdunum. From the beginning of the industrial era, Lyon has attracted many companies representing various industrial sectors making its economic growth one of the most dynamic in the country.
This expansion fostered the development of research and higher education institutions, including private and public research centers, universities and engineering schools. Université de Lyon is considered as the second academic center in France after Paris, with more than 150,000 students.
Currently, Lyon is the primary city of a community of about 2 million people live. Lyon is easily accessible by all means of transportation from Europe, and from all continents. France welcomes international visitors from all over the world and September is a fine period for visiting Lyon and surroundings.
French City for International Events - 2nd
Europe’s Leading City Destination (World Travel Awards 2021) - European Capital of Smart Tourism
(GDS Awards 2019)
Lyon Saint-Exupéry International Airport
of bicycle paths
hotels - 18,200
restaurants - 19
research labs in 2018
students - 13,300
researchers - 5,400
start-ups in Lyon and surroundings
French Digital area
most liveable city in France (The Economist Intelligence 2017)