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There are 7 ways to get from Barcelona to Lyon by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

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Train

  1. Take the train from Barcelona-Sants to Lyon Part Dieu

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Bus

  1. Take the bus from Barcelona Nord - Bus Station to Lyon - Perrache Bus Station

5 alternative options

Train, bus

  1. Take the train from Barcelona-Paseo De Gracia to Figueras
  2. Take the bus from Figueres to Lyon

Rideshare

  1. Take the rideshare from Barcelone to Lyon

Drive

  1. Drive from Barcelona to Lyon

Fly to Lyon

  1. Fly from Barcelona (BCN) to Lyon (LYS)

Fly to Geneva, train

  1. Fly from Barcelona (BCN) to Geneva (GVA)
  2. Take the train from Geneve to Lyon Part Dieu

Barcelona to Lyon by train

7 Weekly Trains
5h 5m Average Duration
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International entry into France from Spain

  • Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Spain
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Allowed for: All visitors

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Conditions of entry into France from Spain

  • Travellers must present a negative COVID-19 test as either a RT-PCR performed within 72 hours prior to arrival, or an Antigen test performed within 48 hours prior to arrival
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Health declaration required
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)
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  • Entry is allowed only for fully vaccinated travellers
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  • Travellers must present a negative COVID-19 test as either a RT-PCR performed within 72 hours prior to arrival, or an Antigen test performed within 48 hours prior to arrival
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Health declaration required
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)
This applies to arrivals from EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), Albania, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Comoros, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Greenland, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kosovo, Kuwait, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, São Tomé and Príncipe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, South Africa, South Korea, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Taiwan, Tanzania, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States Virgin Islands, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Vatican, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe

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Rules to follow in France

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Considerations leaving from Spain

The official advice is to delay international travel until fully vaccinated

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Yes, but conditions apply when entering France from Spain.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are recommended
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1 metre
  • Health pass is required for long-distance travel by plane, train or coach, as well as in some public venues
  • Nationwide control measures in place

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Lyon is 800 130 000.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Lyon is recommended.

The social distance requirement in Lyon is 1 metre.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 800 130 000.

No, returning to Spain from France is currently allowed.

See options for return travel.

Last updated: 29 Jun 2022
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Questions & Answers

The most affordable way to get from Barcelona to Lyon is to bus, which costs €19 - €70 and takes 8h 20m.

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The quickest way to get from Barcelona to Lyon is to fly which costs €50 - €230 and takes 4h 32m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Barcelona Nord - Bus Station station and arriving at Lyon - Perrache Bus Station station. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 8h 20m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Barcelona-Sants and arriving at Lyon Part Dieu. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5h 5m.

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The distance between Barcelona and Lyon is 531 km. The road distance is 637.6 km.

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The best way to get from Barcelona to Lyon without a car is to train which takes 5h 5m and costs €60 - €85.

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The train from Barcelona-Sants to Lyon Part Dieu takes 5h 5m including transfers and departs once daily.

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Barcelona to Lyon bus services, operated by Blablabus, depart from Barcelona Nord - Bus Station.

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Barcelona to Lyon train services, operated by Renfe SNCF, depart from Barcelona-Sants station.

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The best way to get from Barcelona to Lyon is to train which takes 5h 5m and costs €60 - €85. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €19 - €70 and takes 8h 20m, you could also fly, which costs €50 - €230 and takes 4h 32m.

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Map of how to get from Barcelona to Lyon.
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  • Distance: 530.8 km
  • Duration: 5h 5m

What companies run services between Barcelona, Spain and Lyon, France?

Renfe SNCF operates a train from Barcelona-Sants to Lyon Part Dieu once daily. Tickets cost €60 - €85 and the journey takes 5h 5m. Alternatively, Blablabus operates a bus from Barcelona Nord - Bus Station to Lyon - Perrache Bus Station 3 times a day. Tickets cost €19 - €24 and the journey takes 8h 20m. Two other operators also service this route.

Airlines
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Barcelona to Lyon
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€45 - €350
Flights from Barcelona to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1h 38m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€30 - €290
Flights from Barcelona to Geneva via Nice
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Monday and Thursday
Estimated price
€30 - €290
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Barcelona to Lyon
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€35 - €320
Flights from Barcelona to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€28 - €320
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Barcelona to Geneva via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€90 - €370
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Barcelona to Geneva via Paris Charles de Gaulle
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Every day
Estimated price
€120 - €550
Train operators
Renfe SNCF
Renfe Viajeros

Spain's excellent and extensive rail system connects cities across Spain and into neighbouring countries. Renfe's high-speed AVE trains can reach speeds of up to 350km/h, making travel between major cities very efficient. All medium- and long-distance trains require a seat reservation; ticket sales for these trains usually open 30-60 days before travel. Most Renfe trains have two classes: Turista (2nd class) and Preferente (1st class), although some AVE trains offer Turista Plus. There is free WiFi for Preferente passengers and for those with a +Renfe loyalty card.

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Contact Details
Phone
+34 91 232 03 20
Email
comunicacion@renfe.es
Website
renfe.com
Train from Barcelona-Paseo De Gracia to Figueras
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€12 - €16
Website
Renfe Viajeros
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Geneve to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
1h 52m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
€50 - €95
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
TGV inOui

France’s high-speed TGV train network runs at speeds of up to 320km/h connecting major cities across France and into neighbouring countries. All TGV tickets include a seat reservation; seating is 1+2 in 1st class, 2+2 in 2nd class. Popular routes include Paris to Marseille and Paris to Strasbourg. Most TGVs have a cafe area, power points at each seat and WiFi.

Contact Details
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
sncf-connect.com
Train from Geneve to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
1h 44m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€35 - €45
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
€35 - €45
1st Class
€35 - €45
Bus operators
Blablabus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 10 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
+33 1 71 53 01 80
Website
blablacar.fr
Bus from Barcelona Nord - Bus Station to Lyon - Perrache Bus Station
Ave. Duration
8h 20m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€19 - €24
Website
Blablabus
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 300 137 300
Email
service@flixbus.com
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Barcelona to Lyon Perrache
Ave. Duration
9h 5m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€30 - €40
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on FlixBus?
Yes - FlixBus offers free Wi-Fi
Are there power outlets on FlixBus?
Yes
Does FlixBus offer meals or snacks?
Yes - snacks and drinks may be purchased from the driver. Please note, this is not available on all services.
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ALSA

A Spanish subsidiary of National Express, ALSA provides bus and coach services across Spain and neighbouring countries including Portugal, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Poland and Malta. Founded in 1923, ALSA values service and the customer experience. Buses are equipped with communal TV screens showing movies, individual behind-seat screens, ALSA radio, app for books and music, and free WiFi. ALSA services are accessible to people with disabilities, and guide dogs are welcome on all journeys. There are three types of tickets on offer (Frequent Traveller Pass, Share Pass and ALSA Pass), along with discounts for senior citizens, students and children.

Contact Details
Phone
+34 902 42 22 42
Email
alsa@alsa.es
Website
alsa.es
Bus from Barcelona to Lyon
Ave. Duration
12h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€45 - €70
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Figueres to Lyon
Ave. Duration
9h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€40 - €55
Website
alsa.com
Other operators
BlaBlaCar.es
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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Barcelone to Lyon
Ave. Duration
7h 25m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€45 - €50
Book at
blablacar.es

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The quickest flight from Barcelona Airport to Lyon Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 25m.

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Barcelona to Lyon bus services, operated by Blablabus, arrive at Lyon - Perrache Bus Station.

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Barcelona to Lyon train services, operated by Renfe SNCF, arrive at Lyon Part Dieu station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Barcelona to Lyon is 638 km. It takes approximately 5h 56m to drive from Barcelona to Lyon.

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Vueling Airlines and easyJet offer flights from Barcelona Airport to Lyon Airport.

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Book your Barcelona to Lyon train tickets online with Omio.

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Book your Barcelona to Lyon bus tickets online with Omio, FlixBus and Busbud.

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There are 354+ hotels available in Lyon. Prices start at €87 per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Barcelona and Lyon. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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The best way to get from Barcelona to Barcelona Airport is to bus which takes 20 min and costs €6.

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