Cost of Living in Lyon, France

Prices in Lyon

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Restaurants [Edit]
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 10.00 €
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 50.00 €
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 7.50 €
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 5.00 €
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 3.00 €
Cappuccino (regular) 2.00 €
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 2.00 €
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 1.48 €
Markets [Edit]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.24 €
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.53 €
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.93 €
Eggs (12) 3.01 €
Local Cheese (1 lb) 6.29 €
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 4.76 €
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 8.62 €
Apples (1 lb) 1.29 €
Banana (1 lb) 0.91 €
Oranges (1 lb) 1.10 €
Tomato (1 lb) 1.25 €
Potato (1 lb) 0.74 €
Onion (1 lb) 0.68 €
Lettuce (1 head) 1.10 €
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.98 €
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 6.00 €
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.00 €
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 0.94 €
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 7.00 €
Transportation [Edit]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.80 €
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 58.00 €
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 2.50 €
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.22 €
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 34.57 €
Gasoline (1 gallon) 5.04 €
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 18,000.00 €
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 150.99 €
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.23 €
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 28.77 €
Sports And Leisure [Edit]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 53.96 €
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 28.33 €
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 10.00 €
Clothing And Shoes [Edit]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 85.62 €
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 48.33 €
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 91.67 €
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 97.50 €
Rent Per Month [Edit]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 621.25 €
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 403.75 €
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,285.71 €
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 885.71 €
Buy Apartment Price [Edit]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 379.35 €
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 256.41 €
Salaries And Financing [Edit]
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 1,911.11 €
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 2.17

These data are based on 532 entries in the past 18 months from 54 different contributors.

Last update: October, 2015

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2 Comments so far
#Yilina on Sep 18, 2013 :
Median Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax)

They are asking for the "MEDIAN" salary ( not the "MEAN" ( They are very different and this is causing confusion.

The median is the most common salary in a country/city, which is the most useful data for us. The mean is the average. The bigger the economic differences in a country/city, the higher the mean and they less realistic it's for expats/immigrants-to-be.

The mean in France is what it says in the data above as for now: 2,300 EUR/month, but it's not the realistic salary. Most people earn (median) 1,653 EUR/month. (source 2011:
#Rufus on Nov 28, 2012 :
I'm not a French expert. But I would guess that prices are going to be highest where incomes are highest. Incomes are generally higher in the North and East.
Incomes are lowest in the Midi or South France (except where there is lot of tourism) and the Massiff Central and probably Normandy. Other not so bad places would likely be southwest France (Bourdeax), along the Loire (Tours, Orleans, Lemans), the Alps (Grenoble), and Burgundy (Dijon).

This summer I was in Tours, Orleans, and Dijon. I kind of looked around at apartment prices and found that nice places (not so large) could be had for under 1000 Euro with some furnished at this price. Minimum stay appeared to be six months. Of those 3 my wife and I preferred Dijon.

When considerng a city I would keep in mind that although the French railway is very extensive it is still very Paris-centric. Non-Paris cities are not so well-connected. That indicates that you might want to locate closer to Paris if you want to travel extensively throughout France. Second, if you are staying the winter remember that as you go East and away from the Meditteranean, it gets colder as you get into more of a continental climate.

Also keep in mind that Paris is really the only world-class city in Paris. The only other cities of more than 1 million I believe are Lyon and Marsielle. Those I mentioned of Tours, Orleans, and Dijon are probably 300-400 thousand. But also keep in mind that French cities and probably European are less sprawling than those of U.S., Canada, and Australia. Orleans has the advantage of being only about 1 hour from Paris. Dijon has the advantage of a connection to Lyon and thus I would guess all of southern france.

If considering the Alps (Grenoble) remember than the Alps have huge long valleys that run East to West I believe. While I don't know what the winter climate is like it's not as rugged as one would believe.

Another option and possibly cheaper is to live in a smaller town closer to one of these regional cities. These small towns can be only 15 minutes by rail to the regional city and many are beautiful and likely even cheaper.

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