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Overview: Train from Geneva to Lyon

distanceDistance69 miles (112 km)
durationAverage train duration1 h 52 min
priceAverage train ticket price$23 (€19)
frequencyTrain frequency10 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 10 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersSNCF | TER, SNCF | TER, SNCF | TGV Lyria or SNCF | TGV Lyria

Trains from Geneva to Lyon cover the 69 miles (112 km) long route taking on average 1 h 52 min with our travel partners like SNCF | TER, SNCF | TER, SNCF | TGV Lyria or SNCF | TGV Lyria. Normally, there are 10 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this journey costs around $23 (€19), you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as $18 (€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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FAQs
Are there COVID-19 travel restrictions for trains to Lyon from Geneva?

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

What is the status of international entry into France from Switzerland?

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

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

Conditions of entry:

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 1 days before arrival
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Health declaration required
  • Health screen upon arrival. Those showing symptoms will be placed under state quarantine

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

When traveling in France, you must follow these COVID-19 safety rules:

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

The information above was last checked on 12/6/21. This can change before your date of travel so please review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   for your train between Geneva and Lyon before traveling.

Do I need to quarantine when I return to Switzerland from Lyon, France?

The current restriction level for your return trip by train from Lyon to Geneva is: Partially open

Are there any international entry restrictions on returning to Switzerland from France?

Reentry to 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?

What are the requirements?

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival or 14 day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Negative COVID-19 test is required to end quarantine early. This test occurs on day 4 in quarantine
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Health declaration required
  • Digital entry registration is required prior to arrival

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

Last checked on 11/29/21. We do our best to keep this information up to date, but regulations can change so please double check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations ahead of your train to Geneva from Lyon here.

How much are cheap trains from Geneva to Lyon?
Omio customers have found the cheapest trains from Geneva to Lyon to cost as little as $18 (€15)  in the next 7 days.
What is the price of a train ticket from Geneva to Lyon?
The Geneva to Lyon train ticket price is on average $23 (€19)  if you are looking to book your tickets for this route 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.
What is the Geneva to Lyon train travel time?
While the time it takes to travel 69 miles (112 km) to Lyon from Geneva can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and holidays, the Geneva to Lyon train journey time is on average 1 h 52 min.
What station does the train from Geneva to Lyon depart from? Which Lyon train station do I come into from Geneva?

There are a few train stations in Geneva to start your trip from including Genève and Geneva. In Lyon you have a few train station options to choose from for your arrival including Lyon Part Dieu, Lyon-Perrache and Lyon Part-Dieu Gare routière.

Omio customers traveling this route depart most frequently from Genève   and arrive in Lyon Part Dieu.

Where do I find the Geneva train station to Lyon? Where is the Lyon train station?

Passengers board their train most frequently from Genève and travel around 0.6 miles (950 m) from the city center to this train station.

Passengers traveling this route most often arrive at Lyon Part Dieu and need to travel approximately 1.1 miles (1.8 km) from the train station to the city center in Lyon.

What train providers offer a service to Lyon from Geneva?
For the journey from Geneva to Lyon you can take a train with SNCF | TER, SNCF | TER, SNCF | TGV Lyria or SNCF | TGV Lyria. Be sure to check out all possible train companies that offer services between Geneva and Lyon on Omio to compare what amenities they may have.
How many trains per day are there between Geneva and Lyon?
On average, there are 10 trains a day from Geneva to Lyon. The train times and services may be different on weekends and holidays compared to weekdays.
When does the first train depart from Geneva to Lyon? When does the last train depart from Geneva to Lyon?
The first Geneva to Lyon train departs at 5: 14 AM   and the last train from Geneva to Lyon leaves at 6: 30 PM. Check out the most up-to-date train schedule from Geneva to Lyon on Omio and find the best time to travel to your destination.
How far in advance should I buy a train ticket from Geneva to Lyon to get the best deals?
If you book the Geneva to Lyon train within the next 7 days, you can find one way tickets to cost on average $23 (€19). However, booking your train ticket in advance gives you access to the best prices for trains between Geneva and Lyon. Look out for train tickets for this journey to go on sale a few months before your planned departure date to find the best deals.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Geneva
Lyon
Genève is the most popular Geneva railway station for Omio travelers, but it's not the only one. Read all the information you need to know about the main train stations in Geneva for your trip to Lyon.