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Train Information between Geneva and Lyon

distanceDistance69 miles (112 km)
durationAverage train duration1 h 52 min
priceAverage train ticket price$19 (€15)
changesDirect trainYes
carriersTrain providersSNCF | TER, SNCF | TER, SNCF | TGV Lyria or SNCF | TGV Lyria

Trains from Geneva to Lyon cover the 69 miles (112 km) long trip taking on average 1 h 52 min with our travel partners like SNCF | TER, SNCF | TER, SNCF | TGV Lyria or SNCF | TGV Lyria. There are direct train services available. While the average ticket price for this journey costs around $19 (€15), you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as $19 (€15). Travelers depart most frequently from Genève and arrive in Lyon Part Dieu.

 Trains from Geneva to Lyon

Planning a trip with trains from Geneva to Lyon will allow you to enjoy the spectacular scenery provided by the Swiss alps and the French countryside. There are about 15 daily trains that cater to the route from Geneva to Lyon.The first train departs at around 5:26 a.m. and the last one leaves at around 6:42 p.m. The average journey time is of just about 1 hour and 56 minutes. 

 Geneva to Lyon train times: daily departures

When planning your trip with trains from Geneva to Lyon you might be interested in knowing about the various daily departures that cater to this route. Usually, you will be able to find at least 15 trains going from Geneva to Lyon leaving every day of the week. The first train departs at around 5:26 a.m. and the last one leaves at around 6:42 p.m.

How long is the journey by train from Geneva to Lyon?

The majority of the routes that go from Geneva to Lyon are direct, with just a few that require only one transfer. The average journey time for this trip 1 hour and 56 minutes, with the longest journey taking just a little over 3 hours.

What are the departure and arrival stations for trains from Geneva to Lyon?

Departure station: The Cornavin train station is Geneva's main station and is located right in the center of the city. It's within walking distance from all the main attractions. 

Arrival station: Lyon Part Dieu is 1.5 miles from the city center and well connected by public transit. 

Which train companies travel from Geneva to Lyon?

Two train companies provide trains for the route from Geneva to Lyon. The SNCF TER is a regional train network that provides urban and regional passenger rail. The SNCF TGV Lyria is the carrier that connects the railway lines from France and Switzerland. 

SNCF TER Geneva to Lyon

The SNCF TER train carrier allows its passengers to choose between first- and second-class tickets. The train is equipped with power sockets, large reclining chairs and ample space for luggage. This train carrier provides 13 daily trains for this route and it takes on average about 2 hours to arrive at the destination.

SNCF TGV Lyria Geneva to Lyon

The SNCF TGV Lyria trains provide passengers with the choice between first-class business and second-class standard carriages. Moreover, the trains are equipped with a refurbished bar carriage and free WiFi. The trains also offer power sockets, large reclining chairs and ample space for luggage. This train carrier provides 2 daily trains for this route and it takes on average about 3 hours to arrive at the destination.

Geneva to Lyon trains: services on board

Both train carriers provide ample space needed for passengers to store their extra and bulky luggage in first and second class. In terms of carrying pets on board of the train, passengers are requested to check the various size requirements and respective fees for their specific pets ahead of their departure. Lastly, both train providers are fully accessible and assist passengers with limited mobility.

How to find cheap train tickets from Geneva to Lyon?

To save money on a trip with trains from Geneva to Lyon. book your tickets a few weeks or at least a month ahead of your desired departure date, remain flexible with the departure times and days in order to find multiple route options, and routes that require transfers may offer a more affordable price.

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Trains from Geneva to Lyon
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FAQs
Is cross-border travel by train between Geneva, Switzerland and Lyon, France allowed?

Travel by train between Geneva, Switzerland and Lyon, France is: Partially open.

Is international entry into Lyon from Geneva restricted?

International entry is allowed for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Switzerland

Do I need to quarantine on arrival in France from Geneva?

Entry Requirements:

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)
  • Health declaration required
  • Exempted International Movement Certificate for travel required

What are the safety rules to follow in Lyon, France?

The government of France has imposed these measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Physical distance required: 1 metre (s) (3 feet)
  • Face mask required: Mandatory

The above information was last checked on 7/30/21. Remember to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your train between Geneva and Lyon closer to your date of departure here

What is the restriction level for the return leg of a round trip journey from Lyon, France to Geneva, Switzerland?

Return travel from France to Switzerland is: Partially open.

Are there any international entry restrictions on returning to Geneva from Lyon?

Entry into Switzerland is allowed for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of France

Do I need to quarantine on arrival in Switzerland from Lyon?

Requirements for reentering:

  • 10-day mandatory quarantine and a negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before boarding for all arrivals by air
  • Entry is allowed only for fully vaccinated travellers
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival (certificate required)
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Health declaration required
  • Health declaration required

What are the safety rules to follow in Geneva, Switzerland?

The government of Switzerland has imposed these measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Physical distance requirement: 1.5 metre (s) (5 feet)
  • Face mask requirement: Mandatory

Last checked on 7/29/21. Please check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   closer to the travel date of your train to Geneva from Lyon.

How much does a cheap train between Geneva and Lyon cost?
Train tickets between Geneva and Lyon for some dates and times can be found for as cheap as $19 (€15)  one way in the next 7 days.
How much does it cost to take a train from Geneva to Lyon?
The Geneva to Lyon train ticket price is on average $19 (€15)  if you are looking to buy your tickets for this trip in the next week.
How far is it from Geneva to Lyon by train?
You should expect to travel around 69 miles (112 km)  from Geneva to Lyon by train.
How many hours is the train time between Geneva and Lyon?
While the time it takes to travel 69 miles (112 km) from Geneva to Lyon can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and holidays, the Geneva to Lyon train journey time is on average 1 h 52 min.
What train station in Geneva goes to Lyon? What train station do I come into Lyon from Geneva?

When departing from Geneva, you have various train station options to start your trip from including Genève, Geneva and Geneva. When arriving in Lyon, you can end your route in train stations like Lyon Part Dieu, Lyon-Perrache and Lyon Part-Dieu Gare routière.

Omio customers book a train from Genève   to Lyon Part Dieu   most frequently for this route.

Where is the train station in Geneva? Where is the train station in Lyon?

You can find the most popular departure train station for this journey, Genève, located approximately 0 mile (s) / 0 km from the city center of Geneva. The most popular arrival train station in Lyon, called Lyon Part Dieu, is located around 0 mile (s) / 0 km away from its city center.

Which train companies can get me from Geneva to Lyon?
For the best Geneva to Lyon train to buy, you can travel safely and comfortably with SNCF | TER, SNCF | TER, SNCF | TGV Lyria or SNCF | TGV Lyria. However, it's always good to check all possible train companies with services between Geneva and Lyon to compare what amenities they may offer.
When can I take the first train from Geneva to Lyon? When can I take the last train for the day?
The earliest train departing from Geneva to Lyon leaves at 9: 30 AM. The last train departing from Geneva to Lyon leaves at 2: 35 PM. You can find the latest Geneva to Lyon train schedule on Omio and book the best time to leave for your journey on your chosen travel date.
How far in advance should I book train tickets between Geneva and Lyon for the best deals?
If you book a train ticket from Geneva to Lyon within the next 7 days, you can find tickets to cost on average $19 (€15) one way. However, we recommend booking your train in advance to get access to the best prices. Train tickets from Geneva to Lyon are generally on sale a few months before the planned departure date.
Stations

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Geneva
Lyon
Geneve, Cornavin
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