Lyon, France: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2022]

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

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About your travel guide

Hi! I'm Dev. I've traveled all over the world and in my travels, I have made many packing lists. In this series, my team and I have compiled the most useful information, as well as things we couldn't live without, to help you plan your trip.


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.

Important essentials 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.

COVID-19 ESSENTIALS FOR 2022


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  • Touchless thermometer

    A touchless thermometer is important to have.


  • Hand sanitizer

    This hand sanitizer is an excellent TSA-friendly product.


  • Travel disinfecting wipes

    Use these to sanitize plane and hotel surfaces.


  • Kids' KN95 masks

    N95 masks don't exist for kids. These are a good alternative (and can also be used by adults if N95 masks are not available).


  • N95 masks

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  • A vaccine card protector

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General health necessities

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

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January

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

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February

If you are traveling to Lyon in February, you will notice that it is pretty cool. Expect it to rain or snow about a third of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the 40s F (single digits C).

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March

March for Lyon can be very chilly. Temperatures average in the low 50s F (low 10s C) during the day. It rains regularly.

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April

April in Lyon can be 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.

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May

May in Lyon is balmy. Temperatures average in the 60s F (high 10s C) during the day. It rains a bit less than half of the time.

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June

June in Lyon is balmy. Temperatures average in the low 70s F (low 20s C) during the day. It rains a bit less than half of the time.

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July

July for Lyon is a perfect temperature. Temperatures average in the high 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day. It rains about a third of the time.

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August

Traveling to Lyon in August, you will notice that it is warm. Expect it to rain regularly. Daytime temperatures are in the high 70s F (mid 20s C).

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September

If you vacation in Lyon during September, you may see that it is balmy. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 70s F (low 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 50s F (low 10s C). Humidity is generally between 50 and 60% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about a third of the time.

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October

October in Lyon is crisp. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 40s F (single digits C). But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 60% to 70% range on average.

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November

November in Lyon is cold. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the high 30s F (single digits C). But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 70% to 80% range on average.

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December

December in Lyon is pretty cool. The rain/snow can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the high 30s F (single digits C) to low 40s F (single digits C).

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Activities for Lyon, France

Here are some activity recommendations and activity-specific packing tips for Lyon.

If you are going to see the lovely St Jean Cathedral, it's worthwhile to wear modest clothing:

If you go to St Jean archaeological garden, you're likely to do a lot of walking. These are a must:


  • Small portable cooler

    Save money on drinks with this portable cooler.


  • Binoculars

    Like these


  • Ultralight day pack

    Like this, so you don't have to lug around a heavy suitcase.


  • Good hiking shoes

    These are designed for this kind of walking, and can breathe and can get wet

If you see the Musee d'art religieux, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

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