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Geneva to Lyon by train
Fastest journey1hr 41m
Trains per day33
Avg. journey time1hr 54m
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 $35.72.
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.
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:
- Train Express Regional
You can check which train you’ll be travelling on by looking for the train name in search results.
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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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