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There are 16 daily trains from Paris to Lyon. Traveling by train from Paris to Lyon usually takes around 2 hours and 7 minutes, but the fastest SNCF TGV train can make the trip in one hour and 56 minutes.
|Distance||243 mi (391 km)|
|Fastest train||1h 56m|
|Trains per day||26|
|Most frequent service||SNCF TGV|
Which train should you take from Paris to Lyon?
SNCF TGV is the one and only train line which connects Paris to Lyon. However, there are 16 trains per day to choose from.
|Train||Daily Trips||Avg. Time||Avg. Price|
|SNCF TGV||16||2h 8m||€89.37|
SNCF TGV trains travel across France to cities like Paris, Bordeaux, Marseilles, Strasbourg, and Lille. SNCF TGV also has international connections in Switzerland and Belgium. You can choose between standard and first-class seating on single and double-deck cars when buying a ticket.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe to travel by train from Paris to Lyon during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Our train 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, train 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 train 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 train journey from Paris to Lyon?
When are trains the most crowded?
On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from Paris to Lyon on Sunday. Tickets for Sunday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Sunday. Sunday also tend to have less passengers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.
When are the first and last trains of the day?
The earliest train departs Paris at 06:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 19:00. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.
Is there a direct train from Paris to Lyon?
There are 16 scheduled trains on most days. 26 of these are direct connections to Lyon. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.
You can also take a train for your return trip from Lyon to Paris.
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 is the train station in Paris?
Main departure station: Gare de Lyon
There is one train station in Paris.
All train stations in Paris:
Gare de Lyon
Where is the train station in Lyon?
Main arrival station: Lyon Part Dieu
Lyon Part Dieu is the city's primary railway station, located in the Part Dieu neighborhood of Lyon near a major government office complex and Le Crayon skyscraper. TGV trains, local trams, airport trams, and the metro run routes through the Lyon Part Dieu, so it is often a bustling place. Though the station dates to 1978, the station received a brand new facade and modernized amenities in 2021. At your disposal are a variety of cafes, toilets, and some seating options.
Train stations in Lyon:
Lyon Part Dieu
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