When to go to Lyon: climate, best time and tips month by month

Lyon, a French city in the historic region of the Rhône-Alpes, was born at the confluence of the Rhone and Saone rivers. Its precious historic center, among the best preserved in the world, is spread over the Presqu'île peninsula and reveals its 2000 years of history, with the medieval and Renaissance architecture of Vieux Lyon andRoman amphitheater of the Tre Gallie. Its tourist attractions will surprise you, as will its cuisine: it was declared the "Capital of Gastronomy" in 1935 by a famous culinary critic. You will find a restaurant on every corner, of any type and always of excellent quality. Indeed, many inns are elected among the UNESCO heritage and, not least, it is the city that has the most restaurants with Michelin stars immediately after Paris.


  1. Climate, Average Temperatures and Precipitation
  2. When to go to Lyon: the cheapest period
  3. Lyon in Spring
  4. Lyon in the Summer
  5. Lyon in Autumn
  6. Lyon in Winter
  7. User questions and comments

Climate, Average Temperatures and Precipitation

  • Best time: from June to September, but late spring (May) and early autumn (September-October) are also pleasant on the occasion of the biennials in Lyon.
  • Period to avoid: from November to February. It is cold, it rains a lot and the days are rather gloomy.

The climate of Lyon is semi-continental, that is, the winters are rigid with a minimum of 3 ° C and the summers mild, but with frequent days of heat where it goes over 35 ° C. In spring and autumn the weather is pleasant, averages are around 12 ° C. Rainfall is quite abundant and well distributed throughout the year: the maximum rainfall occurs in May.
Il best time to visit Lyon it is from the beginning of June to the end of September, when there are clear days and with perceived temperatures between 18 ° C and 27 ° C.

When to go to Lyon: the cheapest period

The low season in Lyon covers the winter months, with the exception of the Christmas period, including the New Year.

The best compromise is in the months of April-May and September-October, however, when the temperatures are rather cool but not rigid.

Lyon in Spring

Spring, from March to May, is pleasant: the days get longer and the maximums are on average around 15 -16 ° C, while the minimums remain rather low, at 6 - 7 degrees. This season is particularly rainy, in May there are 19 rainy days.
In this period, discover all the beauties of Lyon: from Place des Terreaux, the beating heart of the city to the Cathedral of Sant Jean. From the Opéra Nouvel, a symbolic building of Lyon, to the Roman Amphitheater, perhaps the largest and most impressive in all of Gaul.
Events not to be missed are, at the end of May, the "Nuits Sonores" for lovers of electronic music. If you love suspense and devour noir, the Quais du Polar Festival, a festival dedicated to yellow, will certainly win you over, with a rich program of conferences, meetings and films. Finally, La nuit des musées in May, will allow you to visit the museums of Lyon for free. An opportunity not to be missed!

Lyon in the Summer

Summer, from June to August, is hot, but not too hot. On some days the climate is dry and very hot, with highs of 35 ° C. These days, however, there are others with often violent storms. On average, the maximums are around 26 ° C, the minimums 15 ° C.
This season you can take a walk to the famous covered market of Les Halles which extends over three floors, and where you can really find everything: typical regional specialties, wines, sweets, foie gras and French cheeses. Relax in the Parc de la Tete d'Or, among the largest urban parks in France. Time allows you to enjoy a beautiful cruise on the Saone river, admiring the breathtaking view.
The main cultural event is the "Nuits de Fourviere" at the theater of the same name, held between June and July. A festival with over 60 shows of music, dance, cinema, theater, circus, etc.

Lyon in Autumn

Autumn, from September to November, begins with pleasant temperatures in September, then from October it becomes cold, especially in the afternoon and evening, with the lows falling below 10 ° C. Like all year round, rainfall is not lacking in these months!
The fall season allows you to visit the city and all its most famous monuments, and also the museums. Don't miss the Museum of Fine Arts, with works by Renoir, Monet, Perugino, Guido Reni and Cézanne to name a few.
Visit theInstitut and Musee Lumière, a must for cinema lovers, in the Montplasir district or the Musée des Confluences, monumental structure of metal and glass located at the confluence of the Rhone and the Saone.
Important manifestations are the Biennials of Lyon (from September to December), where dance and contemporary art alternate for several weeks. Every day a new show is staged on the street, at the Maison de la Danse or elsewhere. The culmination of the event is the highly anticipated parade in which the inhabitants of Lyon enthusiastically participate. Then, there is the RuninLyon in October, which is in the top 10 of the French marathons. An excellent opportunity to discover the most beautiful sites of Lyon in an entirely urban route.

Lyon in Winter

In winter, from December to February, temperatures are almost always close to 0 ° C and the maximums arrive on average around 7 - 8 degrees. The feeling of cold is accentuated by the Bise, an icy wind that comes from Switzerland and which, at the same time, brings clear and sunny days. Rains are frequent, especially in December.
It is worth coming to Lyon in the winter season only for the very famous "Fete des Lumieres", in December, the pride of the city. Lyon becomes an enchantment when thousands of lights are lit and displayed on buildings and monuments. An unmissable appointment to immerse yourself in the Christmas atmosphere! You cannot go away, moreover, without tasting typical specialties low cost at the classics Plugs, the restaurants offering typical dishes, located in particular in Rue Mercière e Marronniers Street.

How to dress: what to pack

  • In winter: very warm clothes, down jacket, hat, gloves, scarf.
  • In summer: mid-season clothes, with the possibility of covering and uncovering, t-shirt, long pants, jacket and sweatshirt; raincoat or umbrella.
  • In autumn and spring: spring / autumn clothes, jacket, t-shirt, jacket or sweatshirt; raincoat or umbrella.

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