Moving to Lyon

Are you considering moving to Lyon?

What are the factors influencing the price?

The cost of moving goods to Lyon depends on several factors: the nature, volume and the weight of course, the distance between pickup and delivery, the level of service you require and sometimes your flexibility with the timing of the operation.

How do I choose my contractor?

When you post your transport request on App A Van, it will display to all the traders who said they operated within your chosen area and were qualified to transport your type of goods. You can choose between the quotes you receive, based on price and on the reputation they gained from previous customers like you.

Can I receive additional services?

Yes. Some of our Man & Van operators will only load and drive, but others can offer additional services like storage or packing/unpacking. Make sure your transport request is precise as to what you expect exactly from your chosen trader. If you receive no answer, you can always split your request so 2 independent contractors fulfil your demand.

Moving to Lyon made easy

We have built up a network of experienced and carefully selected Man and Van contractors across the United Kingdom that can help you move to Lyon. The only thing you need to do is to register on our platform, fill in the details of your request in our online form, and all interested contractors will quote you for your custom. Whether you are moving to Lyon or within the city itself, or you have any transport need in the area, App A Van wants to be your one-stop solution.

Furthermore, by getting in touch with small Man and Van operations, it gives you a chance to use local tradesmen rather than big corporate companies. We strive to be environmentally friendly within your area – creating more jobs for the local people.

Essential links
when you’re moving to Lyon

City council

The site of the City of Lyon (in French only) is a valuable source of information for all inhabitants, and especially for newcomers. You will discover the city and its boroughs but also help for administrative tasks such as requests for housing assistance. For early childhood and schooling, you can learn about day nurseries, daycare, and school enrollment. There is also practical information such as contact information for on-duty pharmacies and emergency numbers, and a very practical cultural guide. The site now has an app for your mobile or tablet, too.

Public transports

The site of Public Transport of Lyon (TCL) will be your best ally to move you to Lyon without a car. You can quickly find the lines passing near you, calculate a route, find a point of sale or consult the prices of tickets and subscriptions. Now you can even avoid the queue at the box office by purchasing and reloading your Técély card online.

For standard bike rental services, or electric bicycles and scooters, visit the Vélo’v and Indigo Weel sites. Both sites offer an English version.

A new, sweet mode of transport has recently emerged in Lyon: the vaporetto. This hybrid water shuttle service serves 4 stops: Vaise, St Paul, Bellecour, and Confluence. This is undoubtedly a pleasant and eco-friendly way of connecting downtown to Confluence.

A unique guide

Want to find tips in Lyon? Go get a Petit Paumé booklet! This little local guide will be a precious mine of information. Many establishments and restaurants in Lyon – good and bad – are decrypted for you with a tasty frankness. Just for its humour and the quality of its critics, this guide deserves to be read! Updated annually, it is distributed free in several public places around October. Do not panic if you missed the last edition, you can always check the website of Petit Paumé, or order the guide (shipping costs will be at your expense).

Moving to Lyon at a glance

  • Lyon is the capital of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region located in the center-east of France.
  • The city of Lyon has about 521,000 inhabitants (INSEE census of December 2017), making it the 3rd largest city in France. With 1.39 million inhabitants on 55,000 hectares, the Lyon conurbation ranks second in the French agglomeration ranking.
  • The agglomeration has a very well-supplied public transport network with 4 metro lines, 5 tram lines, 2 funiculars, and more than 130 bus lines.
  • A study conducted in 2018 elected Lyon the most attractive city in France! It also reveals that 90.9% of Lyonnais professionals recommend to those who want to change region to come to live in Lyon!
  • Each year, the city counts more than 21,000 cultural and artistic events. We can cite the famous Festival of Lights, Nuits de Fourvière, Biennales of Dance and Contemporary Art, Nuits Sonores, Festival Lumière, and many others.
  • The city is crossed by two rivers, the Rhone and the Saone. The left bank of the Rhone offers 5 km of walks in the heart of the city.
  • The city also favors easy modes of travel by offering self-service bike rental stations, as well as a rental service without stations and electric scooters, as well as electric scooters.
  • Lyon Saint-Exupéry International Airport serves more than 120 direct destinations.
  • Lyon’s 3 TGV stations connect Lyon to Paris in 2 hours, Marseille in 1 hour 40 minutes, Lille in 3 hours or Toulouse in 4 hours 10 minutes.
  • By car, Lyon is only 1h30 from Geneva, 4h from Paris and 5h from Barcelona, ​​thanks to a tight motorway network.

In the heart of the city in the 3rd arrondissement and with its more than 110 000 m², Part-Dieu is the largest urban shopping centre in Europe. Open Monday to Saturday from 9:30 to 20:00, the centre offers a choice of 180 shops, 37 restaurants, and 18 movie theatres. Located at the foot of the TGV station of Part-Dieu, it is also accessible by metro, bus, and tramway, and it has 3 parking for a total of 1350 spaces.

Inaugurated in 2012, the Confluence business and leisure centre covers more than 53,000 m². More upscale, this semi-open mall has 74 stores, 25 restaurants, and 19 movie theatres. It is open from Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 20:00. It is easy to reach by tram, bus, and vaporetto and offers 1355 parking spaces (for a fee).

For outdoor shopping, Rue de la République is a must. Called “Rue de la Ré” by locals, it is the longest street on the peninsula (1.5 km). This is the perfect place for window shopping and to have a coffee. Make sure you do not miss anything and start at the metro Hôtel de Ville, walk along the street to Place Bellecour, then continue on rue Victor Hugo until Perrache metro station.

For outlet lovers, a new centre opened in 2018 in Villefontaine: The Village – Le French Outlet. There are more than 100 stores with discounts up to 70% all year long. The Village is located about thirty kilometres from Lyon, and parking is free. It is also accessible by TER train and by shuttle bus from the city centre.

Moving to Lyon means having access to a wide range of entertainment at your fingertips. Even though bars, restaurants, and clubs are scattered all over the city, neighborhood trends can be found. A quick tour of the places that do not go to sleep at 22h …

The Berges du Rhône is the place to go in the evening. We love to stroll along the river, sip a few beers and party. Chic and trendy, or cool and relaxed, there is something for everyone. Among the bar-barges anchored along the Quai de la Soif we love the electro club La Marquise.

The street that all students know is rue St. Catherine. This rather deserted street during the day comes to life in the evening when a dozen bars open their doors. you will find Lyon’s youth in a fuss-free atmosphere.

If you are looking for a more chic and trendy atmosphere, go to the Brotteaux in the upscale neighborhood of Lyon, the 6th arrondissement. Here you want to take out your finery and prepare to spend a bit.

A little hint to beer lovers: do not miss these two addresses. The Wallace, a real pub where most servers are English speakers. You’ll enjoy their draft beers in a Scottish atmosphere, not to mention the live sport on their 4 big screens. Make sure you don’t miss any sports event, check the schedule on their site. If you would rather discover new beers, go to the Palais de la Bière in the district of Terreaux. The passionate staff will help you find your perfect beer among their 15 draft and 300 bottles!

Useful information for
Moving to Lyon

Lyon is renowned for its excellent living environment, its ideal geographical location, its economic dynamism, its gastronomy and its very varied cultural offer. The reasons are not lacking to move to Lyon!
 As in any city of this size, each neighborhood has a different atmosphere and special features. To help you choose where to move to Lyon, let’s take a quick look around.

  • Le Vieux-Lyon (Old Lyon), Saint-Jean: Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Vieux-Lyon is the most touristy area of ​​the city. It is also the centre of Lyon’s gastronomy, particularly with its famous “bouchons Lyonnais”. You will find many bars and restaurants, as well as pretty little streets sheltering “traboules”, these pedestrian walkways that crisscross the yards of buildings. As you would expect, rents are very high in this neighborhood.
  • Croix-Rousse: Emblematic and full of charm, the Croix-Rousse hill is the former district of the silk workers. On the transport side, subways and buses are limited and car traffic is complicated. Walking and cycling will undoubtedly strengthen you calf muscles! The slopes and the plateau of Croix-Rousse offer an incomparable atmosphere of a slightly bohemian friendly village. If you like café-theatres, neighbourhood cinemas and independent shops, this is where you need to live.
  • Guillotière: Formerly unsavory, this area north of the 7th arrondissement is having a serious refurbishment. Historically cosmopolitan, the district attracts more and more a younger and more trendy population. The proximity of Lyon 2 and Lyon 3 universities make La Guillotière a good choice for students.
  • Confluence: This is the new district of Lyon, south of the peninsula. In fifteen years, the district of Confluence went from brownfield to a new and trendy neighborhood. Developed according to a contemporary urban planning model focused on sustainable development, architecture is eclectic and the population diverse.
  • Villeurbanne: A town contiguous with the northeast of Lyon, Villeurbanne is home to the campus of La Doua and has become the home port of many students. The price of housing is lower than those of Lyon, and the area is extremely well served by public transport. We particularly like the district of Charpennes for its geographically strategic location and that of Gratte-Ciel which corresponds to the city centre of Villeurbanne.