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Train Information between Rotterdam and Lyon

distanceDistance426 miles (687 km)
frequencyTrain frequency4 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 4 direct trains a day
carriersTrain companiesTGV or Thalys

Trains from Rotterdam to Lyon cover the 426 miles (687 km) long trip taking on average 7 h 18 min with our travel partners like TGV or Thalys. Normally, there are 4 trains operating per day, including direct services available. Travelers depart most frequently from Rotterdam Centraal and arrive in Lyon Part Dieu.


Thalys tickets from Rotterdam to Lyon are available online on Omio. We help you compare and book your perfect trip with Thalys between Rotterdam and Lyon all in one place. If you’re specifically looking for the cheapest, fastest or earliest train, you can find all the current Thalys train schedules and train tickets available on Omio for the 426 miles (687 km) route. You can also see relevant travel information for the Thalys train, such as baggage allowance and amenities onboard depending on the class fare. Search for your ideal departure and arrival times for this train, compare the fastest Rotterdam to Lyon routes as well as the cheapest ticket prices available, and buy the best Thalys Rotterdam to Lyon train ticket that fits your needs. If you purchase tickets in the Omio app, you can quickly see if the Thalys train ticket is available as a mobile ticket, which makes it easy for you to travel paperless. You’ll then be ready to embark on your smooth and relaxing journey to Lyon with Thalys!

Operator ticket policies for COVID

  • Cashless payments recommended
  • Online booking and check-in recommended
  • Pre-reservation / seat allocation
  • Verification of ticket with valid ID
  • Exceptions to waive change or cancellation fees policy
  • If a ticket is nonrefundable, a Thalys e-voucher can still be issued for a 15€ fee to passengers requesting a refund up to 30 days after the departure date.

Travel Tips

Trains from Rotterdam to Lyon
Travel by train to Lyon easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Rotterdam to Lyon.
What are the travel restrictions for Lyon, France if I'm coming from Rotterdam, Netherlands by train?

Travel between Rotterdam, Netherlands and Lyon, France by train is: Partially open.

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

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

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

Conditions of entry:

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 1 days before arrival
  • Entry is allowed only for fully vaccinated travellers
  • 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)
  • Exempted International Movement Certificate for travel required

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 9/19/21. This can change before your date of travel so please review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   for your train from Rotterdam to Lyon before traveling.

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

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

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

Reentry to Netherlands is allowed for: Entry is fully open for citizens and permanent residents of France

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

What are the requirements?

  • Travellers issued with the EU Digital COVID Certificate are exempt from quarantine and COVID-19 testing
  • Health declaration required

What are the safety rules to follow in Rotterdam, Netherlands?

The government of Netherlands 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 9/19/21. 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 Rotterdam from Lyon here.

What is the distance from Rotterdam to Lyon by train?
The Rotterdam to Lyon train distance is approximately 426 miles (687 km).
What is the Rotterdam to Lyon train travel time?
The train time from Rotterdam to Lyon is on average 7 h 18 min  for the 426 miles (687 km) long journey, but the time it takes to go from Rotterdam to Lyon by train can vary depending on specific dates or traveling on weekends and holidays.
What train station in Rotterdam goes to Lyon? What train station do I come into Lyon from Rotterdam?

Some of the Rotterdam train stations to Lyon you can start your journey from include Rotterdam Centraal, Rotterdam Central Station and Rotterdam Noord. Similarly, some of the arrival train stations in Lyon include Lyon Part Dieu, Lyon-Perrache and Lyon Part-Dieu Gare routière.

When traveling this route, Omio customers are departing most frequently from Rotterdam Centraal   and arriving in Lyon Part Dieu.

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

Passengers board their train most frequently from Rotterdam Centraal and travel around 0 mile (s) / 0 km 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 mile (s) / 1 km from the train station to the city center in Lyon.

What train providers offer a service from Rotterdam to Lyon?
If you're looking for trains from Rotterdam to Lyon, you can rely on TGV or Thalys to get you to Lyon. It's also good to check out all possible train providers for the Rotterdam to Lyon journey to see if there might be differences in the amenities they offer.
How many trains are there to Lyon from Rotterdam a day?
The average number of trains departing Rotterdam for Lyon is 4 a day. The train schedules and services may vary between weekdays and weekends.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Rotterdam Centraal