Saint-Étienne is a city in eastern central France, it is the 13th most populated commune in France. Saint-Étienne Métropole is the 3rd most populous regional metropolis after Grenoble Alpes and Lyon.

 Mayor (2020–2026)Gaël Perdriau
Area79.97 km2 (30.88 sq mi)
Population (2017-01-01)172,565
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)

Long known as the French city of the “weapon, cycle and ribbon” and a major coal mining center. The city is currently undergoing renewal, with the installation of the Châteaucreux business district, the Steel shopping center and the Manufacturing creative district.


Saint-Étienne became a popular stop for automobile travelers in the early 20th century.

The city also launched the Massenet Festivals, (the composer Jules Massenet hailed from the area) devoted mainly to perform Massenet’s operas.

Saint-Étienne has four museums:

  1. the Musée d’Art Moderne has one of the largest collections of modern and contemporary art in France
  2. Musée de la Mine
  3. Musée d’Art et d’Industrie 
  4. Musée du vieux Saint-Etienne 


The climate is temperate at the weather station due to its low altitude, but Saint-Étienne itself is much higher. Actually, Saint-Étienne is very close from a warm-summer humid continental climate and is generally the snowiest city of France, with an average of 85 cm of snow accumulation per year.


The city’s football club AS Saint-Étienne has won the Ligue 1 title a record ten times, achieving most of their success in the 1970s. St. Étienne has many sports stadiums, the largest being Stade Geoffroy-Guichard used for football and Stade Henri-Lux for athletics.

St. Étienne was the capital of the French bicycle industry. The city often hosts a stage of the Tour de France.

St. Étienne resident Thierry Gueorgiou is a world champion in orienteering. The local rugby union team is CA Saint-Étienne Loire Sud Rugby.


Cité du designTramway, bus and bicycles run by STAS (Société de Transports de l’Agglomération Stéphanoise).

The nearest airport is Saint-Étienne – Bouthéon Airport which is located in Andrézieux-Bouthéon. The main railway station is Gare de Saint-Étienne-Châteaucreux, which offers high speed services to Paris, Lyon (Saint-Étienne–Lyon railway), and several regional lines.

Saint-Étienne is also notable for its tramway (Saint-Étienne tramway) – which uniquely with Lille, it kept throughout the 20th century – and its trolleybus system (Saint-Étienne trolleybus system) – which is one of only three such systems currently operating in France.

Bus and tram transport is regulated and provided by the Société de Transports de l’Agglomération Stéphanoise (STAS), a public transport executive organisation.

The bicycle sharing system Vélivert with 280 short term renting bicycles has been available since June 2010.

Colleges and universities

  • Jean Monnet University
  • École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Étienne (EMSE or ENSMSE)
  • École nationale d’ingénieurs de Saint-Étienne (ENISE)
  • Telecom Saint Etienne (TSE)
  • EMLYON Business School
  • ENSASE (Ecole National Supérieure d’Architecture de Saint-Étienne)


Place de l'Hôtel-de-Ville 42000 Saint Etienne, France
+33 4 77 48 77 48