When it comes to commercial real estate, the Lyon region offers a wide range of sites, competitive prices and a variety of premises. Three good reasons to choose it as the location for your current or future business projects.

A wide variety of business premises

With 6.6 million sq. m. of office space, the Lyon region offers a constantly growing stock of commercial real estate equivalent to Barcelona’s. Across its entire region, Lyon boasts a diverse range of real estate developments, adapted to activities of every type and companies of every size, from burgeoning start-ups to international headquarters. 

  • High-performance office space near a high-speed train station
  • Warehouses with easy access to the major transportation routes
  • Flexible spaces: coworking, shared offices, business centres
  • Mixed-use premises near Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport
  • Industrial and science parks
  • Business incubators, offering shared spaces and services
  • Coworking spaces

Companies that set up or expand here find solutions that meet the needs of their project, regardless of its scope, sector or constraints in terms of logistics or accessibility. In addition to this diversity, the metropolitan area boasts a geographic position that’s central to European trade, together with an ideal size to attract talent Europe-wide, making Lyon a truly strategic location for business.

Sources: The Year in Real Estate in the Lyon Metropolitan Area (2019 leaflet), CBRE study (October 2019)

Among the most competitively priced commercial real estate markets

Commercial real estate prices in the Lyon metropolitan area are more affordable than in many major European cities. For example, rent is 30% lower here than in Ile-de-France. Likewise, with prime rent of €325 per square metre and per year for new premises in the city centre, Lyon is cheaper than Manchester (€420), Amsterdam (€425) and Milan (€585), and nearly twice as affordable as Stockholm (€740).


Annual rent in 2022

  • Office space in new buildings: €340/sq. metre excl. VAT and excl. occupancy expenses (prime rent)
  • Business premises:
    • €87/sq. metre excl. VAT and excl. occupancy expenses in new buildings (average rent)
    • €69/sq. metre excl. VAT and excl. occupancy expenses in second-hand buildings (average rent)
  • Logistics warehouses: €55/sq. metre excl. VAT and excl. occupancy expenses (prime rent)

Source: FNAIM Entreprises conference - 01/02/2023

Find the location that meets your needs

The Lyon region has plenty of suitable locations, including business districts, research centres, technology and industrial parks and logistics warehouses. They all ensure that you’ll have access to a wide network of professionals in sectors as varied as healthcare, banks and insurance companies, digital technologies, cleantech, and more.

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