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There are 27 intercity buses per day from Paris to Lyon. Traveling by bus from Paris to Lyon usually takes around 5 hours and 55 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus bus can make the trip in 5 hours and 25 minutes.
|Distance||243 mi (391 km)|
|Shortest duration||5h 25m|
|Trips per day||27|
|Most frequent service||BlaBlaCar Bus|
How much is a bus ticket from Paris to Lyon?
€15.13 is the average price of a bus ticket from Paris to Lyon. This is currently one of the best deals in bus travel. It’s easy to find a bus ticket at this price or lower when you use Wanderu to book your trip online in advance of your travel date.
Monthly average prices
The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in January. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just €14 – the lowest of the year.
Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Paris to Lyon in December, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to €43 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you can still score a ticket at a lower price.
Prices as travel date approaches
Most bus companies charge higher ticket prices the closer you book to the date of travel, so it’s a good idea to buy your bus tickets as early as possible. The best way to find cheap bus tickets is to book at least 27 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save €34.09 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.
What bus companies travel from Paris to Lyon?
There are two bus lines that have daily service from Paris to Lyon that you can compare and book on Wanderu. Of these two carriers, BlaBlaCar Bus usually offers more choice, with 14 scheduled trips per day.
BlaBlaCar Bus is a bus service provider focused on reducing carbon emissions without breaking the bank. With rides to cities and towns across Europe, including Paris and Lyon, BlaBlaCar Bus has a variety of routes to get you to your chosen destination. Coaches in the BlaBlaCar Bus fleet are equipped with extra legroom, free Wi-Fi, clean toilets, and power outlets throughout.
First launched in Germany in 2013, FlixBus has become one of the largest intercity bus companies in Europe. Its fleet travels through nearly every country in Europe, including the U.K. FlixBus operates an average of 14 trips from Paris to Lyon, and usually makes the trip in about 5 hours and 55 minutes. On your trip, you'll enjoy Wi-Fi and live GPS, as well as restrooms, air conditioning, and power outlets.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe to travel by bus from Paris to Lyon during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Our bus partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, bus carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.
Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the bus or in stations.
Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.
How long is the bus ride from Paris to Lyon?
The bus takes an average of 5 hours and 55 minutes to cover the 391 kilometers from Paris to Lyon. However, the fastest bus only takes 5 hours and 25 minutes. It’s definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable for a long road trip. Keep in mind that your actual bus may arrive earlier or later than scheduled, depending on whether there is more or less traffic than usual.
What is the busiest day of the week to travel by bus?
Because many passengers travel from Paris to Lyon at the beginning of the work week, Monday is usually the busiest day for buses. If you are planning to travel on a Monday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.
On the other hand, Thursday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Thursday ticket is the way to go.
When do the earliest and latest buses leave Paris?
The first bus leaves at 00:00 and the last bus leaves at 23:00. To see the times for all buses from Paris to Lyon, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.
How many bus trips to Lyon are there per day?
There are 27 scheduled buses that travel from Paris to Lyon every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. Furthermore, all of these are direct buses which you can take the entire route from Paris to Lyon without transferring.
Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Paris to Lyon; ticket prices start at €62.27.
Paris, the famous City of Lights, is the premier destination of choice for people visiting France. Boasting a rich cultural heritage and world-famous culinary traditions, Paris will certainly amaze visitors with everything it has to offer. The city’s star attraction is the famous Eiffel Tower, which was constructed in 1889. An architectural marvel that has stood the test of time, the Eiffel Tower is perhaps the most iconic landmark of Paris, and visitors can take an elevator to the top for a panoramic view of the city. Another must-see iconic landmark is the Musée du Louvre, one of the best art museums in the world. At the Louvre, visitors can marvel at more than 35,000 works of art, including the world-famous Mona Lisa. If you wish to stay away from the deafening crowd, Pere-Lachaise Cemetery, the largest green space in the city, will have what you need.
Paris’ food scene is rich and vibrant, brimming with both traditional bistros and chic new restaurants. For those who enjoy a rustic French vibe, the 2ème arrondissement offers some great selections. If you feel like splurging a little bit, head over to Guy Savoy, one of the best restaurants in town.
Paris is a central hub of transportation in France and Europe, in general. Visitors can catch trains to other cities at one of the six central stations: Gare du Nord, Gare de l'Est, Gare de Lyon, Gare d'Austerlitz, Gare Montparnasse, and Gare Saint-Lazare. The main bus station is Paris Bercy Bourgogne - Pays d'Auvergne located not too far from Gare d'Austerlitz. The principal airports in the city are Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Paris–Orly, and Beauvais–Tillé Airport.
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Located at the confluence of the Rhône and the Saône rivers in the central-west of France, Lyon is France's third-largest city, after Paris and Marseille. Lyon has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its 2,000 years of history and its central role in the Renaissance. Vieux Lyon is the city's historic area, full of old buildings and a vibrant French atmosphere. Wander through the traboules, a unique architectural feature of the city; these secret passageways wind through Lyon's buildings and courtyards. Several guided tours will describe the many uses of these covered paths throughout Lyon's history: from shortcuts to the river for 4th-century residents to meeting places for 19th-century silk workers and the World War II French resistance.
Lyon is also famously hailed as the birthplace of cinema. To immerse yourself in film history, visit the Musée Cinéma et Miniature to explore old movie props, costumes, and even complete film sets from several iconic films. To experience a traditional French market, stop in Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse. This indoor gourmet market offers only the finest local produce, the perfect place to sample the local cuisine.
Getting to Lyon is simple, and the lion's share of options are via ground travel. Eurolines bus services offer transport from many European cities into the Perrache train station, and many train services, including the TGV, also operate from the same station. Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport is only 25 km east of the city, providing both European and intercontinental flights.
Where does the bus leave from in Paris?
Main departure station: Bercy
Paris has two bus stations with service to Lyon.
All bus stations in Paris:
Gare de Bercy Seine
Where does the bus arrive in Lyon?
Main arrival station: Perrache
Lyon-Perrache is a large station in the Perrache district of Lyon. Train services through this station include TGV and local services. Flixbus routes to Lyon arrive at the Perrache station and depart from the bus terminal on a lower level of the station complex. The station offers basic amenities like toilets and a few waiting areas. However, the surrounding area includes many hotels and restaurants off Place Carnot.
Bus stations in Lyon:
Gare SNCF de Lyon Perrache
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