Paris to Lyon by train

Prices explained

Prices explained

At Rail Europe we believe in price transparency. We use real data from Rail Europe searches to estimate the cheapest fares you should be able to find for your journey.

The cheapest price is the lowest fare we've ever found for this journey. These prices can usually be found by searching when booking opens but they vary due to availability, which depends on factors like the day of the week or time of year.

More popular journeys include 30 day advance and 7 day advance prices. These are updated every two weeks using prices we've found by searching exactly 7 or 30 days from the most recent Thursday (we picked Thursday because this is when average prices are usually found).

30 day and 7 day prices fluctuate based on demand and availability at the time of search. For example, the 7-day price in summer is likely to be more expensive than the same journey in winter.

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  1. Cheapest Price $28.24
  2. 30 day advance $84.72
  • First train
  • Last train
  • Avg changes
  • Fastest journey
    1hr 55m
  • Distance
    400 kilometres
  • Trains per day
  • Avg. journey time
    2hr 1m
  • Train operators

Travelling from Paris to Lyon by train

Fast trains from Paris to Lyon take around 1 hour and 55 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 400 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Paris and Lyon.

1. Are there direct trains from Paris to Lyon?

Direct trains from Paris to Lyon have been found.

We usually find around 40 direct trains on the route from Paris to Lyon every weekday.

There are typically fewer departures at weekends, when we found around 32 departures.

2. How long is the train journey from Paris to Lyon?

The Paris to Lyon train travel time is normally about 1 hour and 55 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

3. What are the Paris to Lyon train times and schedule?

On weekdays the earliest direct train to Lyon is usually scheduled to depart Paris around 05:50 and the last train is around 21:59. At weekends the first train of the day leaves Paris around 06:58, and the last at 21:59.

What's the Paris to Lyon train price?

The earlier you book the better, and the cheapest tickets we've found for trains from Paris to Lyon are $28.24.

Trains departing 30 days in advance will cost around $84, and when booking 7 days in advance the price is usually the same. Booking on the day of travel may be more expensive.

When to book Paris to Lyon train tickets?

Trains in France usually open for booking around 3 months in advance. If booking is not yet open for your dates then you can set a booking alert to receive an email on the day that the cheapest tickets are released for your journey from Paris to Lyon by train.

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Which train companies operate between Paris and Lyon?

More than one train company operates on the route from Paris to Lyon, so you’ll be travelling with one or more of the following rail operators:

  • Intercités
  • TER
  • TGV
  • Train Express Regional

You can check which train you’ll be travelling on by looking for the train name in search results.

Lyon to Paris by train

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Choose between a high-speed TGV or a slow but very scenic TER train for your journey from Paris to Lyon


The line from Paris to Lyon (called the LGV Sud-Est) was opened in 1981. If the idea of such speed doesn’t appeal, you can take the classic line to the south, using TER regional trains which leave from Paris-Bercy to reach Lyon.

The high-speed route route is usually served by double-deck TGV Duplex trains, so book a seat on the upper deck for the best views. The high-speed run from Paris to Lyon has a touch of drama. It sweeps south, defying the lie of the land, and before long the train from Paris to Lyon is dashing through the vineyards of Burgundy.

Paris to Lyon

Every day, TGVs leave the Gare de Lyon in Paris for the city of Lyon. This is a fast dash on France’s oldest dedicated high-speed rail route – it opened way back in 1981. Within little more than an hour you swap Parisian suburbs for the soft contours of Burgundy vineyards and before long the train is gliding into Lyon. All TGV services from Paris stop first at Lyon Part Dieu station. Most then continue to serve Lyon Perrache.


Most travellers opt for the high-speed rail service from Paris to Lyon. But, for those keen to see a little of rural France, there is a wonderful regional rail route from the French capital to Lyon. It follows the classic PLM route taken by the grand expresses of yesteryear on their journey from Paris to the south of France. PLM stands for Paris à Lyon et à la Méditerranée. The old PLM route was sidelined when the high-speed line from Paris to Lyon opened in 1981, but there are still some regional services (TER trains) that ply the route. To find those slower trains here on Loco2, enter Paris-Bercy as your departure station and look for direct trains to Lyon.

The slow train from Paris to Lyon slips through the forests of Fontainebleau then cuts south-east through hills which become slowly more emphatic. The railway then drops down steeply into the Saône Valley, which it follows south to Lyon, along the way passing through many of the most celebrated wine villages of Burgundy.

Paris-Bercy to Lyon

Every day TER trains from Paris to Lyon, leaving from Paris-Bercy station. Note that this is not the same station as that used by the high-speed TGV trains which depart from the Gare de Lyon. The journey gets off to a fast start with a non-stop run to Sens, taking just less than an hour. But then the pace slows and the train makes more than a dozen further stops on its journey to Lyon Part Dieu station.

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