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Train Information from Lyon to Geneva

distanceDistance69 miles (112 km)
durationAverage train duration1 h 56 min
priceAverage train ticket price$25 (€21)
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 Lyon to Geneva cover the 69 miles (112 km) long route taking on average 1 h 56 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 trip costs around $25 (€21), you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as $18 (€15). Travelers depart most frequently from Lyon Part Dieu and arrive in Genève.

Trains from Lyon to Geneva

With at least 13 trains moving people from Lyon to Geneva every day, rail travel is convenient for passengers using the route. The cities are approximately 70 miles apart. Journeys are between two and three hours.

Lyon to Geneva Train Time: Daily Departures

The daily departure times for trains from Lyon to Geneva are flexible, with the earliest train leaving at around 6:30 a.m. Passengers who prefer evening journeys should prepare to depart not later than 8:30 p.m.

For every hour from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., there's at least a train leaving Lyon. Trains depart after about two hours for the rest of the daytime.

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

The fastest trains travel directly to Geneva in just under two hours. Slower trains involve one change, extending the travel time by about 50 minutes.

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

Departure Train Station: The point of departure for trains from Lyon to Geneva is Lyon Part Dieu. Strategically positioned in the city centre, it’s the preferred train station for people leaving Lyon.

The city has direct access to Lyon Part Dieu via Lyon Metro and tramways T1, T3, and T4, enabling passengers from the old town to reach the train station in 20 minutes. If you’re coming from the Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport, use the dedicated Rhônexpress tram service.

Among the available facilities include waiting rooms, baggage storage, toilets, shops, car parks, WiFi, facilities for people with reduced mobility, a police station, and more.

Arrival train station: Trains from Lyon drop Geneva passengers at the Geneve Train Station, popular as Cornavin. It's only five minutes walking distance or one tram to the heart of Geneva. If you are heading to the airport, you'll get there in 8 minutes by rail. The station is open 24/7, offering travellers facilities like cafes, restaurants, fast foods, luggage lockers, parking parks, shopping malls, and so forth.

Which Train Companies Travel From Lyon to Geneva?

Two train companies ply the Lyon-Geneva route every day. Most of the trains under SCNF TER offer direct journeys. All TGV Lyria travels have one change, making the trips considerably longer.

SCNF TER Lyon to Geneva

SCNF TER has 11 trains, ten of which are direct. The only journey with a connection breaks at Aix-les-Bains for passengers to change trains. Express trips take about two hours while the connection journey lasts just over 2 hours 50 minutes. Departure times spread between 6:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m.

TGV Lyria Lyon to Geneva

Two trains operated by TGV Lyria ferry passengers from Lyon to Geneva every evening. The first one departs around 4:40 p.m. while the second one leaves two hours later. Both the journeys have a change at Bourg-en-Bresse, stretching the travel time to at least 2 hours 45 minutes.

Lyon to Geneva Trains: Services on Board

TER trains have toilets, air conditioning, just enough legroom, and space for your luggage and bike, but there's no restaurant. You can travel with at most two pets weighing not more than 6kg each for free. TER has accessibility features, special assistance, and priority policies for disabled individuals. The trains are exclusively second class.

For budget travel with TGV Lyria, book a second class ticket. First-class tickets offer extra comfort, convenience, space, and hot meals. The trains come with baby-changing facilities, accessible toilets, wheelchair spaces, a luggage compartment and additional storage space between and above the seats. Animal fare is not applicable for two pets maximum, weighing at most 6kg each.

How to find cheap train tickets from Lyon to Geneva

For the best bargains in train tickets, book in advance and avoid rush hour, holidays, and weekends. You may also want to explore connection trains. The journeys are typically slower but cheaper. 

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FAQs
What COVID-19 travel safety information and restrictions should I be aware of for my train to Geneva from Lyon?

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

Can I enter Switzerland from France?

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

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

Conditions of entry:

  • 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?

All travelers in Switzerland must observe these coronavirus safety measures:

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

The information above was last checked on 11/29/21. Remember to review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   for your train from Lyon to Geneva as this information can change.

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

The restriction level for your return train to Lyon, France from Geneva is: Partially open.

Is my return train 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?

Conditions of reentry:

  • 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?

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

  • Social distancing required: 1 metre (s) (3 feet)
  • Face mask required: Mandatory

Last checked on 12/5/21. Remember to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your train to Lyon from Geneva closer to your date of departure here here.

What is the price of the cheapest train from Lyon to Geneva?
If you’re looking to save money on tickets, you can find cheap Lyon to Geneva trains for as little as $18 (€15)  in the next 7 days.
How much is the train to Geneva from Lyon on average?
The train price to Geneva from Lyon is on average $25 (€21)  if you are looking to purchase your tickets for this trip in the next 7 days.
What is the distance between Lyon and Geneva by train?
You should expect to travel around 69 miles (112 km)  from Lyon to Geneva by train.
How many hours is the train time to Geneva from Lyon?
On average the Lyon to Geneva train travel time is 1 h 56 min  for the 69 miles (112 km) long journey, but the duration can vary if you travel on weekends and holidays.
What is the departure train station in Lyon and arrival train station in Geneva?

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

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

Where is the departure train station in Lyon located? Where is the arrival train station in Geneva located?

Passengers board the train most frequently from Lyon Part Dieu, which is located around 1.1 miles (1.8 km) away from the city center, and they get off the train at Genève, located 0.6 miles (950 m) away from the city center.

What train providers go from Lyon to Geneva?
If you're looking for trains from Lyon to Geneva, you can rely on SNCF | TER, SNCF | TER, SNCF | TGV Lyria or SNCF | TGV Lyria to get you to Geneva. It's also good to check out all possible train providers for the Lyon to Geneva trip to see if there might be differences in the amenities they offer.
How many train services per day are there to Geneva from Lyon?
On average, there are 10 trains a day from Lyon to Geneva. The train times and services may be different on weekends and holidays compared to weekdays.
How far in advance should I purchase train tickets between Lyon and Geneva for the best deals?
In general, we recommend booking tickets for trains in advance to score the best deals from all possible train companies offering this route and save money. If you purchase train tickets between Lyon and Geneva within the next 7 days, you can find tickets to cost on average $25 (€21) one way. To find the best prices for this route, consider booking your train ticket from Lyon to Geneva a few months in advance.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Lyon
Geneva
Lyon Part Dieu is the most popular Lyon 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 Lyon for your trip to Geneva.
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
LockersLockers
ParkingParking
ATMATM
TaxisTaxis
AccessibilityAccessibility
phone
Phone Number
+33 184943635
ticketOfficeHours
Ticket Office Hours
Mon - Wed: 05: 00 - 20: 45 | Thu - Sat: 05: 00 - 21: 45 | Sun: 06: 45 - 21: 45
Public transit options for Lyon Part Dieu
Metro lines: A, B, C, D
Tram lines: T4, K240, T3, K100
Bus lines: 2960, C2, C3, C6, C9
Train lines: TGV, TGV Lyria, TGV INOUI, OUIGO, TER, Intercités, Eurostar, AVE
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
LockersLockers
ParkingParking
ATMATM
TaxisTaxis
AccessibilityAccessibility
phone
Phone Number
+33 72401062
ticketOfficeHours
Ticket Office Hours
Mon - Fri: 10: 00 - 18: 00
Public transit options for Lyon-Perrache
Metro lines: A, B, C, D
Bus lines: 8, 31, 46, 49, 55, 60, 63, S1, C19, C21, C22
Tram lines: 1, 2
Train lines: TGV, TGV INOUI, OUIGO, TER Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Intercités