Lyon to Paris 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 $32.03
  2. 30 day advance $83.57
  • First train
  • Last train
  • Avg changes
  • Fastest journey
    1hr 56m
  • Distance
    400 kilometres
  • Trains per day
  • Avg. journey time
    3hr 50m
  • Train operators

Travelling from Lyon to Paris by train

Fast trains from Lyon to Paris take around 1 hour and 56 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 400 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Lyon and Paris.

1. Are there direct trains from Lyon to Paris?

Direct trains from Lyon to Paris have been found.

We usually find around 25 direct trains on the route from Lyon to Paris every weekday.

There are typically fewer departures at weekends, when we found around 20 departures.

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

The Lyon to Paris train travel time is normally about 1 hour and 56 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

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

On weekdays the earliest direct train to Paris is usually scheduled to depart Lyon around 05:12 and the last train is around 22:04. At weekends the first train of the day leaves Lyon around 07:04, and the last at 22:04.

What's the Lyon to Paris train price?

The earlier you book the better, and the cheapest tickets we've found for trains from Lyon to Paris are $32.03.

Trains departing 30 days in advance will cost around $83, 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 Lyon to Paris 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 Lyon to Paris by train.

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Which train companies operate between Lyon and Paris?

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

  • TER
  • TGV
  • Train Express Regional

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

Paris to Lyon by train

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The fastest high-speed TGV trains run at least hourly on Europe’s first-ever high-speed rail route. The line from Lyon to Paris (called the LGV Sud-Est) was opened in 1981.

The high-speed route is usually served by double-deck TGV Duplex trains, so book a seat on the upper deck for the best views. The journey from Lyon to Paris has a touch of drama. The route sweeps north, dashing through the vineyards of Burgundy before cutting through the hills to reach the chalklands of the Paris Basin.

If the idea of such speed doesn’t appeal, you can take the very scenic classic line from Lyon to Paris, using TER regional trains which leave from Part Dieu station in Lyon and take just over five hours to reach Paris Bercy.

Lyon to Paris

Every day, direct TGVs – usually double-deck TGV Duplex trains – leave Lyon for Paris. Within little more than an hour you swap the soft contours of Burgundy vineyards for the suburbs of Paris. All TGV services from Paris serve Lyon Part Dieu station. Most also stop at Lyon-Perrache which is more convenient for the heart of the old city. Arrival in Paris is at the Gare de Lyon.

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Child and youth passengers

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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.