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Geneva 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.

Prices are sourced in GBP and converted to other currencies using the daily market exchange rate.

We're always seeking to improve how price-checking works, and we welcome feedback on how we can make it better.

More advice about how to find the cheapest tickets can be found in our infographic.

  1. Cheapest Price $35.83
  2. 30 day advance $36.49
  • First train
  • Last train
  • Avg changes
  • Fastest journey
    1hr 41m
  • Distance
    114 kilometres
  • Trains per day
  • Avg. journey time
    1hr 54m
  • Train operators

Travelling from Geneva to Lyon by train

Fast trains from Geneva to Lyon take around 1 hour and 41 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 114 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Geneva and Lyon.

1. Are there direct trains from Geneva to Lyon?

Direct trains from Geneva to Lyon have been found.

We usually find around 34 direct trains on the route from Geneva to Lyon every weekday.

There are typically fewer departures at weekends, when we found around 33 departures.

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

The Geneva to Lyon train travel time is normally about 1 hour and 41 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

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

On weekdays the earliest direct train to Lyon is usually scheduled to depart Geneva around 05:26 and the last train is around 19:31. This is the same at the weekend.

What's the Geneva to Lyon train price?

The earlier you book the better, and the cheapest tickets we've found for trains from Geneva to Lyon are $35.83.

Trains departing 30 days in advance will cost around $36, 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 Geneva to Lyon train tickets?

Trains for this journey usually open for booking around 12 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 Geneva to Lyon by train.

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Which train companies operate between Geneva and Lyon?

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

  • Autocar
  • Lyria
  • 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 Geneva by train

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TER or TGV Lyria

It is an easy journey by train from Geneva to Lyon. There are direct trains each day on this route. These are in the main TER regional trains, but an occasional TGV Lyria service also links the two cities.

On the face of it, this is a journey that follows the Rhône Valley all the way from Geneva to Lyon. But the railway plays cat and mouse with the river, on some occasions leaving the main valley and cutting through the hilly terrain of the Jura region. The highlight is the rugged gorge-like Cluse des Hôpitaux. All in all this is a short trip worth making just for its varied scenery.

Geneva to Lyon

Trains on the route from Geneva to Lyon depart from the Gare de Cornavin. They make up to six intermediate stops on their journey to Lyon. All trains stop at Bellegarde about 25 minutes after leaving Geneva. This is the frontier station where once Swiss and French officials conducted border formalities. Nowadays both countries have signed up to the Schengen Agreement, so passport checks are extremely rare.

Upon arrival in Lyon all trains stop at Part-Dieu station. Some, but not all, of the TER services then continue to Lyon-Perrache which is much more convenient for the heart of the old city.

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Child and youth passengers

The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and operator. This is why we ask for the age of young passengers.

Sometimes children below a certain age can travel without a seat for free. If you want to guarantee a seat for child passengers, enter '6' as the age of the child.

Read more about child and youth passenger ages. See also youth discounts and railcards.