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Travelling on a TGV Lyria train

At a glance

  • High speed train
  • France
  • Switzerland
  • Germany


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Discover the beauty of France and Switzerland with ease onboard TGV Lyria trains. TGV Lyria is a cooperative venture between the Swiss and French railways, using the same train type as France’s celebrated high-speed TGV.

TGV Lyria trains, all double-deck, reach speeds of up to 320 km/h, connecting Paris with major cities in Switzerland: Zurich, Bern, Neuchâtel and Interlaken. There are also TGV Lyria services between Paris and Geneva, Lausanne, Basel and Zurich during summer months. TGV Lyria operates a summer once-daily service from Geneva to the Rhône Valley, all serving Lyon and then speeding south via Marseille to terminate in Nice. These summer Lyria trains operate from the beginning of July to the end of August. There are winter season trains from Paris via Montreux to Brig in the Valais region of Switzerland.

Practical information

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Before you board

While there are no formal pre-boarding check-in procedures for this train, please be sure to board your train at least 2 mins prior to the train’s scheduled departure time. Within 2-mins of departure, boarding may not be permitted.

You will need your ticket, passport, and any other travel documents onboard the TGV Lyria train for ticket controllers to inspect.


TGV Lyria carriages are extremely modern, with air-conditioning and comfortable, spacious seats fitted with power sockets.

A seat reservation is compulsory and included in the price of your ticket. There is good luggage space onboard, but bear in mind that your luggage must be labelled. Luggage can be stored above your seat and in the luggage racks in the middle of each carriage.

Booking and printing options

TGV Lyria tickets are open for booking 120 days in advance.

Get the lowest prices on TGV Lyria by booking early and don’t wait until the last minute as cheaper seats sell out quickly.

Opt for off-peak TGV Lyria trains when you have to travel at short notice. Off-peak TGV Lyria trains are more affordable than ones running mornings and evenings trains along with those running around the holidays, Fridays and Sunday afternoons.

Classes of service

TGV Lyria trains provide three classes of service: Standard Class, First Class and Business Class.

TGV Lyria Business Class (Business 1re)

TGV Lyria’s Business Class is available to book all week, except on Saturdays. Routes include: Paris to Basel, Paris to Geneva, Paris to Lausanne, Paris to Zurich, Dijon to Basel and Dijon to Zurich.

Travellers who choose Business Class can relax straight away with a welcome drink and a meal as well as a wide selection of both local and international newspapers and magazines. Business 1re passengers have access to the La Table full service dining. Free access to the SNCF Grand Voyageur Lounge at Paris Gare de Lyon station is included with every TGV Lyria Business Class ticket, as is the added flexibility of boarding any train going to the chosen destination, any time of day.

TGV Lyria First Class (Standard Premier Class)

TGV Lyria Standard Premier seats offer more legroom as well as larger more comfortable seats. Standard 1re passengers also get access to the SNCF Grand Voyageur Lounge and, if a Flex ticket is purchased, the option is available to board any train that goes to your chosen destination any time of day. First Class passengers can purchase food and drink from the Deli menu from the onboard bar.

TGV Lyria Standard Class

Lyria’s Second class provides comfortable seats. If you purchase a Flex ticket, you have the flexibility of boarding any train going to your destination at any time of day. Standard Class passengers can purchase food and drink from the Deli menu at the onboard bar.

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.