Lyon, France: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

Traveling to Lyon, France? If you're planning to go to Lyon, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack:

When to go to Lyon, France

Based on the climate and weather in Lyon, the best time to go is July. See below for details.

What to wear/what to pack for Lyon, France by month

January

If you are traveling to Lyon in January, you will notice that it is brisk. Expect it to rain or snow regularly. Daytime temperatures are in the low 40s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Jacket or coat
  • Socks
  • Fleeces
  • Waterproof boots
  • Umbrella
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Standard footwear
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Waterproof coat

February

February is cold. Temperatures average in the 40s F (single digits C) during the day. It rains or snows regularly.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Fleeces
  • Socks
  • Standard footwear
  • Jacket or coat
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Umbrella
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Waterproof boots
  • Waterproof coat

March

Traveling to Lyon in March, you will notice that it can be brisk. Expect it to rain 5-10 days this month. Daytime temperatures are in the low 50s F (low 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Fleeces
  • Standard footwear
  • Jacket or coat
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Rain coat
  • Socks
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Umbrella
  • Light gloves or mittens

April

April in Lyon is chilly. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 40s F (single digits C), with a few days below 32 F (single digits C).

But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 50% to 60% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Pants or jeans
  • Socks
  • Long skirts
  • Standard footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Dresses
  • Umbrella

May

If you vacation in Lyon during May, you are likely to find that it is mild. Temperatures tend to hover around the 60s F (high 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 50s F (single digits C).

Humidity is generally between 50 and 60% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain a bit less than half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Standard footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Pants or jeans
  • Socks
  • Rain coat
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Long skirts
  • Umbrella
  • Dresses
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses

June

If you go to Lyon in June, you will notice that it is balmy. Expect it to rain 5-10 days this month. Daytime temperatures are in the low 70s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Sandals
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Skirts
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Rain coat
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Light footwear
  • Shorts or short pants

July

July here is a perfect temperature. Temperatures average in the high 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day. It rains 5-10 days this month.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Skirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Sandals
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Rain coat
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Light footwear
  • Dresses

August

If you vacation in Lyon during August, you are likely to find that it is warm. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 50s F (mid 10s C).

Humidity is generally around 50 during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about a third of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sandals
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Light footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Umbrella
  • Dresses
  • Shorts or short pants
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Skirts

September

Traveling to Lyon in September, you will notice that it is balmy. Expect it to rain 5-10 days this month. Daytime temperatures are in the low 70s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light footwear
  • Shorts or short pants
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Umbrella
  • Sandals
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Dresses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Skirts
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof footwear

October

If you vacation in Lyon during October, you are likely to find that it can be chilly. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 60s F (mid 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 40s F (single digits C).

Humidity is generally between 60 and 70% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about a third of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Socks
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Dresses
  • Pants or jeans
  • Rain coat
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Standard footwear
  • Long skirts
  • Waterproof luggage

November

November here is brisk. Temperatures average in the low 50s F (single digits C) during the day. It rains regularly.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Umbrella
  • Standard footwear
  • Jacket or coat
  • Fleeces
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Socks
  • Rain coat

December

If you go to Lyon in December, you will notice that it is brisk. Expect it to rain or snow regularly. Daytime temperatures are in the low 40s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Waterproof coat
  • Socks
  • Jacket or coat
  • Fleeces
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Standard footwear
  • Waterproof boots
  • Umbrella

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Lyon, France

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Lyon, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types C and E
  • A SIM card that works in Lyon
  • If you plan to visit a church, make sure to bring appropriate clothing
  • If you are visiting a temple, pack respectful clothing
  • Appropriate museum wear
  • Bicycle friendly attire, if you plan on biking anywhere

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