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

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Fly to Lyon  •  6 h 8 min

  1. Fly from Bucharest Otopeni (OTP) to Lyon (LYS) OTP - LYS

$82 - $209

6 alternative options

Fly to Geneva, train  •  8 h 25 min

  1. Fly from Bucharest Otopeni (OTP) to Geneva (GVA) OTP - GVA
  2. Take the train from Gare de Genève to Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu

$114 - $280

Bus, train  •  29 h 12 min

  1. Take the bus from București to Ruse
  2. Take the bus from Ruse to Marseille
  3. Take the train from Aix-en-Provence TGV to Lyon Part Dieu Tgv

$279 - $378

Train  •  34 h 7 min

  1. Take the train from Bucuresti Nord Gara A to Brasov Ir / ...
  2. Take the train from Brasov to Budapest-Keleti Ic
  3. Take the train from Budapest-Keleti to Zürich HB Rj
  4. Take the train from Zürich HB to Genève 1 / ...
  5. Take the train from Gare de Genève to Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu

$316 - $514

Train, bus  •  37 h 34 min

  1. Take the train from Bucuresti Nord Gara A to Ploiesti Sud Ir / ...
  2. Take the bus from Ploiești to Lyon, Lyon Perrache 1921

$122 - $213

Bus  •  39 h 28 min

  1. Take the bus from Bucharest to Geneva
  2. Take the bus from Genève to Lyon

$154 - $197

Drive  •  21 h 42 min

  1. Drive from Bucharest to Lyon 1298 miles

$270 - $410

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The cheapest way to get from Bucharest to Lyon is to fly which costs $80 - $210 and takes 6 h 8 min.

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The quickest way to get from Bucharest to Lyon is to fly which costs $80 - $210 and takes 6 h 8 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Bucharest to Lyon. However, there are services departing from Bucharest and arriving at Lyon via Genève. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 39 h 28 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Bucharest to Lyon. However, there are services departing from Bucuresti Nord Gara A and arriving at Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu via Brasov, Budapest-Keleti, Zürich HB and Gare de Genève. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 34 h 7 min.

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The distance between Bucharest and Lyon is 1670 km. The road distance is 2076.8 km.

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The best way to get from Bucharest to Lyon without a car is to bus and train which takes 29 h 12 min and costs $270 - $380.

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It takes approximately 6 h 8 min to get from Bucharest to Lyon, including transfers.

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Bucharest to Lyon bus services, operated by Eurolines CH, depart from Bucharest station.

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Bucharest to Lyon train services, operated by Romanian Railways (CFR), depart from Bucuresti Nord Gara A station.

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The best way to get from Bucharest to Lyon is to fly which takes 6 h 8 min and costs $80 - $210. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $310 - $550 and takes 34 h 7 min, you could also bus, which costs $150 - $200 and takes 39 h 28 min.

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  • Distance: 1044 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 8 min

What companies run services between Bucharest, Romania and Lyon, France?

Blue Air, Lufthansa and seven other airlines fly from Bucharest to Lyon every 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train from Bucharest to Lyon via Brasov, Budapest-Keleti, Zürich HB, Genève, and Gare de Genève in around 34 h 7 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Bucharest Otopeni to Lyon via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $550
Flights from Bucharest Otopeni to Lyon via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $550
Flights from Bucharest Otopeni to Geneva via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $650
Flights from Bucharest Otopeni to Geneva via Munich
Ave. Duration
5 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $650
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Bucharest Otopeni to Lyon via Vienna
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $480
Flights from Bucharest Otopeni to Geneva via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $600
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Bucharest Otopeni to Lyon via Nice
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,100
Flights from Bucharest Otopeni to Geneva via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $600
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from Bucharest Otopeni to Lyon via Athens
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,000
Flights from Bucharest Otopeni to Geneva via Athens
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
When
Tuesday and Friday
Estimated price
$140 - $850
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Bucharest Otopeni to Geneva via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $650
Blue Air
Website
blueairweb.com
Flights from Bucharest Otopeni to Lyon
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$90 - $300
Wizz Air
Website
wizzair.com
Flights from Bucharest Otopeni to Geneva
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $750
LOT
Website
lot.com
Flights from Bucharest Otopeni to Geneva via Warsaw Chopin
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Bucharest Otopeni to Geneva via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Air Moldova
Website
airmoldova.md
Flights from Bucharest Otopeni to Geneva via Chisinau
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
When
Monday
Estimated price
$100 - $330
Train operators
SNCF

Loosely translated as the French National Railway Corporation, the SNCF is France’s state-owned railway company. It covers the country’s extensive rail network, as well as the TGV and Thalys, France’s two high-speed railway networks. With over 14,000 trains operating daily, it is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

Rome2rio's guide to SNCF
Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Gare de Genève to Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu
Ave. Duration
1 h 51 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$28 - $40
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$28 - $40
1st Class
$35 - $60
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. Swiss Railways codeshares with American Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines out of Zurich International Airport.

Contact Details
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Genève to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Genève
Ave. Duration
2 h 46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$85 - $150
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Aix-en-Provence TGV to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$60 - $70
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$60 - $70
1st Class
$90 - $120
Romanian Railways (CFR)
Phone
0219521
Website
cfrcalatori.ro
Train from Bucuresti Nord Gara A to Brasov
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $10
Website
cfrcaltori.ro
Train from Brasov to Budapest-Keleti
Ave. Duration
13 h 23 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$27 - $45
Website
cfrcaltori.ro
Train from Bucuresti Nord Gara A to Ploiesti Sud
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Website
cfrcaltori.ro
Deutsche Bahn

Deutsche Bahn is the German railway company, and the largest railway operator and infrastructure owner in Europe. Based in Berlin, Deutsche Bahn was founded in 1994, and offers many different types of rail transportation including ICE or Intercity-Express for high-speed services between major cities and regions, IC (InterCity) for long-distance trains, RE (Regional Express) trains that connect regions and cities, and the S-Bahn rapid transit service. There are two main tickets on offer: the Flexpreis that has full flexibility, and the Sparpreis which is the cheaper, advanced fare.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Budapest-Keleti to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
10 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$170 - $270
Website
bahn.de
Bus operators
PEGASUS GROUP Ltd.
Phone
+359 (0) 877 34 47 47
Email
pegasus@pegasusbg.com
Website
pegasusbg.com
Bus from București to Ruse
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Schedules at
pegasusbg.com
Eurolines FR
Phone
+ 33 1 41 86 24 21
Website
eurolines.fr
Bus from Ruse to Marseille
Ave. Duration
23 h 48 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$200 - $300
Schedules at
eurolines.fr
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Ploiești to Lyon, Lyon Perrache
Ave. Duration
35 h 45 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$120 - $210
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus from Bucharest to Geneva
Ave. Duration
35 h 58 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$130 - $180
Book at
eurolines.ch
Bus from Genève to Lyon
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$20 - $25
Book at
eurolines.ch

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The quickest flight from Bucharest Otopeni Airport to Lyon Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 45 min.

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Bucharest to Lyon bus services, operated by Eurolines CH, arrive at Lyon station.

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Lyon is 1 h behind Bucharest. It is currently 6:53 AM in Bucharest and 5:53 AM in Lyon.

Bucharest to Lyon train services, operated by SNCF, arrive at Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Bucharest to Lyon is 2077 km. It takes approximately 21 h 42 min to drive from Bucharest to Lyon.

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Blue Air, Aegean Airlines, Austrian Airlines and three other airlines offer flights from Bucharest Otopeni Airport to Lyon Airport.

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There are 1129+ hotels available in Lyon. Prices start at $63 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Bucharest to Bucharest Otopeni Airport is to shuttle which takes 44 min and costs $1 - $2.

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