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Zurich - Lyon Bus Schedule

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Journey Information

There are 4 intercity buses per day from Zurich to Lyon. Traveling by bus from Zurich to Lyon usually takes around 7 hours and 2 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus bus can make the trip in 6 hours and 35 minutes.

Distance208 mi (335 km)
Shortest duration6h 35m
Cheapest price$19.55
Trips per day4
Most frequent serviceFlixBus
Bus lines1

How much is a bus ticket from Zurich to Lyon?

Bus tickets for a trip from Zurich to Lyon cost $32.03 on average. Opting to take a bus is a wallet-friendly way to make this trip. If you book your trip ahead of time using Wanderu, you can easily find bus tickets at or below this price.

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Taking the bus from Zurich to Lyon is usually cheapest in January, when the average ticket price is only $32. If you're planning to take the bus from Zurich to Lyon during December, keep in mind that bus ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of $46. However, booking your trip in advance can help you score a ticket at a better price.

What bus companies travel from Zurich to Lyon?

There is one intercity bus company available to search and book on Wanderu that operates from Zurich to Lyon. FlixBus connects the two cities by bus, it offers multiple scheduled buses per day for you to choose from.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus47h 3m$36.39
  • 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 4 trips from Zurich to Lyon, and usually makes the trip in about 7 hours and 3 minutes. On your trip, you'll enjoy Wi-Fi and live GPS, as well as restrooms, air conditioning, and power outlets.

Frequently Asked Questions

The bus takes an average of 7 hours and 2 minutes to cover the 208 miles from Zurich to Lyon. However, the fastest bus only takes 6 hours and 35 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.

Because many passengers travel from Zurich 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.

The first bus leaves at 1:00am and the last bus leaves at 8:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Zurich to Lyon, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 4 scheduled buses that travel from Zurich 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 Zurich to Lyon without transferring.

City Information

Zurich

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Located in the heart of Europe, the Swiss capital lies at the northwestern tip of the eponymous Lake Zurich. This cosmopolitan city is buzzing year-round with vibrant city life, while the relaxing and peaceful Alps are less than an hour away.

Lake Zurich provides an elegant focal point of the city, with daily cruises available to explore this vast lake. Many chic cafes and restaurants are dotted along the banks, epitomizing Zurich's urban and cosmopolitan vibe.

The Old Town, or Altstadt, is arguably one of the city's most beautiful areas, characterized by winding cobblestone streets and medieval-style architecture. Here, you'll discover some of Zurich's most iconic landmarks, such as St Peter's church with its impossibly large clock face, the largest clock in Europe.

If the weather isn't suited to wandering, there are over 50 museums within Zurich to explore. Go traditional with the Swiss National Museum, or opt for something a bit more exhilarating at the FIFA Museum.

Zurich's airport is the largest in Switzerland, and it is just 10 kilometers from the city center. Several train carriers, including the German Deutsche Bahn network, operate routes to Zurich from across Europe. Long-distance buses also make it easy to reach Zurich from cities like Bern, Stuttgart, Munich, and Milan.

Lyon

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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.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Zurich?

Main departure station: Limmatstrasse 5

Zurich Central Bus Station is directly next to Zurich HB (the city's central train station), and buses operate here to various destinations across Europe. Although there are few amenities for the station, most people rely on the train station's extensive shopping facilities, including restaurants, grocery stores, cafes, and souvenir shops. There is also a large, multi-story parking garage and stops for different services, such as Flixbus and OneBus. Flixbus also has a ticket and information center here, although they encourage passengers to buy tickets online in advance. Destinations include Paris, Nantes, Salzburg, Sofia, and Bucharest.

All bus stations in Zurich:

  • Limmatstrasse 5

Where does the bus arrive in Lyon?

Main arrival station: Gare Routière De Lyon Perrache

All buses from Zurich arrive at one main station in Lyon.

All bus stations in Lyon:

  • Gare Routière De Lyon Perrache

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