My son and his friend (both 16) are cycling through France and will be arriving at Gare de Lyon around 10 pm. They will need to get to the youth hostel on Rue Pajol in the 18th Arrondissement. I'm assuming it's easy to get a taxi outside of the station, so my question concerns safety. Is the area around the station relatively safe? Also, I've heard that, in the past, the 18th Arrondissement was a sketchy area. The youth hostel is new and the entire area seems to be reinvigorated.
By the way, these boys are mature and responsible for their age, so I don't expect that they will have a problem. It's just good to know what to expect.