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Bron is located in France
Coordinates: 45°44′22″N 4°54′50″E / 45.7394°N 4.9139°E / 45.7394; 4.9139Coordinates: 45°44′22″N 4°54′50″E / 45.7394°N 4.9139°E / 45.7394; 4.9139
Country France
Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Metropolis Metropolis of Lyon
Arrondissement Lyon
 • Mayor (2015-2020) Jean-Michel Longueval (PS)
Area1 10.3 km2 (4.0 sq mi)
Population (2012)2 39,232
 • Density 3,800/km2 (9,900/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 69029 / 69500
Elevation 183–221 m (600–725 ft)
(avg. 212 m or 696 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Bron is a commune in the Metropolis of Lyon in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in eastern France.


It lies 10 km (6.2 mi) east of Lyon. It is the sixth-largest suburb of the city of Lyon, and is adjacent to its east side.


The earliest traces of life in Bron can be found in the cemetery and date from 71 BC. The town as it is today did not take shape until approximately 1812.

August 1944, 109 prisoners of Montluc prison, including 72 Jews, were massacred by the Nazis in what would become "Le Charnier de Bron". [1]

Bron was spared much of the damage caused by the riots in many of France's suburbs in the 1990s, such as in Venissieux and Villeurbanne.


Bron has a fort (erected between 1872 and 1876).


Bron is served by the following TCL (Lyon public transport) services:

  • Metro
    • Line D (Gare de Vaise to Gare de Vénissieux) – served by 2 stations (Mermoz-Pinel and Parilly) located on the boundary with Lyon.
  • Bus
    • 24 (Bachut – Bron – Sept Chemins)
    • 25 (Cordeliers – Gare Part-DieuMontchat – Sept Chemins)
    • 26 (Bachut – Bron Aéroport – Manissieux)
    • 64 (Laurent Bonnevay – La Soie – Bron Droits de l'Homme)
    • 68 (Vaulx-en-Velin La Soie – ChassieuAzieu)
    • 78 (Mermoz-Pinel – Parc du Chêne – Sept Chemins)
    • 79 (Grange Blanche – Bron – Décines or Chassieu)
    • 81 (Laurent Bonnevay – Bron – Porte des Alpes)
    • 82 (Vaulx-en-Velin La Soie – Bron – La Borelle)
    • C17 (Charpennes - Laurent Bonnevay)

Bron airport
Lyon-Bron Airport (technically located in the communes of Chassieu and Saint-Priest) has existed since 1920, although much of its commercial activity was diverted to Satolas (Saint-Exupéry International Airport), Lyon's main airport, in 1975.


Bron is home to part of the University of Lyon 2. The Bron campus is located on the south-eastern edge of the town, close to the Parc de Parilly and Saint-Priest.

Twin towns[edit]

Bron is twinned with the new town of Cumbernauld (Scotland, UK), as well as Weingarten and Grimma in Germany, and Talavera de la Reina in Spain.

See also[edit]

Communes of the Rhône department


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