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There are 7 ways to get from Edinburgh to Lyon by plane, train, bus, bus and ferry, car, car train or car ferry

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Fly to Lyon  •  5h 28m

  1. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Lyon (LYS) EDI - LYS

Cheapest option

Bus, bus and ferry  •  24h 29m

  1. Take the bus from Edinburgh to London Victoria Coach Station
  2. Take the bus and ferry from London to Lille
  3. Take the bus from Lille to Lyon Perrache

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Fly to Geneva, train  •  8h 1m

  1. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Geneva (GVA) EDI - GVA
  2. Take the train from Geneve to Lyon Part Dieu

Train  •  10h 42m

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to London Kings Cross
  2. Take the train from London St Pancras Eurostar to Marne La Vallee Chessy Eil
  3. Take the train from Marne La Vallee Chessy to Lyon Part Dieu Tgv / ...

Train, bus  •  17h 52m

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to London Euston
  2. Take the bus from London Victoria to Paris Bercy
  3. Take the train from Paris Gare de Lyon to Lyon Part Dieu Tgv / ...

Drive, Eurotunnel  •  15h 12m

  1. Drive from Edinburgh to Folkestone
  2. Take the Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais-Fréthun
  3. Drive from Calais-Fréthun to Lyon

Drive, car ferry  •  16h 18m

  1. Drive from Edinburgh to Dover
  2. Take the car ferry from Dover to Calais
  3. Drive from Calais to Lyon

Edinburgh to Lyon by train

The train journey time between Edinburgh and Lyon is around 12h 30m and covers a distance of around 1538 km. This includes an average layover time of around 3h 31m. The fastest train normally takes 9h 20m. Operated by LNER, Eurostar and TGV inOui, the Edinburgh to Lyon train service departs from Edinburgh and arrives in Lyon Part Dieu. Typically seven trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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Average train journey times

Time on train:
8h 59m
Layover time:
3h 31m
Total time:
12h 30m

Train route information

Fastest train time:
9h 20m
Train distance:
1538 km
Trains per week:
7
Cheapest price:
€250
Carbon emissions:
81 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
05:40
Last train departs at:
19:36

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Edinburgh to Lyon train schedules

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The cheapest way to get from Edinburgh to Lyon is to bus and bus and ferry which costs £45 - £65 and takes 24h 29m.

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The quickest way to get from Edinburgh to Lyon is to fly which costs £45 - £200 and takes 5h 28m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Edinburgh to Lyon. However, there are services departing from Edinburgh and arriving at Lyon Perrache via London and Lille. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 24h 29m.

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No, there is no direct train from Edinburgh to Lyon. However, there are services departing from Edinburgh and arriving at Lyon Part Dieu via London St Pancras Eurostar and Marne La Vallee Chessy. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10h 42m.

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The distance between Edinburgh and Lyon is 1265 km.

The best way to get from Edinburgh to Lyon without a car is to train which takes 10h 42m and costs £210 - £800.

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It takes approximately 5h 28m to get from Edinburgh to Lyon, including transfers.

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Edinburgh to Lyon bus services, operated by National Express, depart from Edinburgh station.

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Edinburgh to Lyon train services, operated by LNER, depart from Edinburgh station.

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The best way to get from Edinburgh to Lyon is to fly which takes 5h 28m and costs £45 - £200. Alternatively, you can train, which costs £210 - £800 and takes 10h 42m.

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Map of how to get from Edinburgh to Lyon.
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  • Distance: 1265.4 km
  • Duration: 5h 28m

What companies run services between Edinburgh, Scotland and Lyon, France?

easyJet, Lufthansa and five other airlines fly from Edinburgh to Lyon every 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train from Edinburgh to Lyon via London Kings Cross, London St Pancras Eurostar, and Marne La Vallee Chessy in around 10h 42m.

Airlines
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Lyon
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
€45 - €240
Flights from Edinburgh to Geneva
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€80 - €290
Flights from Edinburgh to Geneva via Bristol
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
€80 - €290
Flights from Edinburgh to Geneva via Nice
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
€80 - €290
Flights from Edinburgh to Geneva via London Luton
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Friday
Estimated price
€80 - €290
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Lyon via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 42m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€140 - €300
Flights from Edinburgh to Lyon via Munich
Ave. Duration
5h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€140 - €300
Flights from Edinburgh to Geneva via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€150 - €600
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Lyon via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
€110 - €550
Flights from Edinburgh to Geneva via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
5h 6m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€140 - €700
Flights from Edinburgh to Geneva via London City
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
€140 - €700
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Lyon via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€110 - €400
Flights from Edinburgh to Geneva via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€130 - €430
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Lyon via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Every day
Estimated price
€120 - €440
Flights from Edinburgh to Geneva via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€120 - €480
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Lyon via Brussels
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
€110 - €470
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Lyon via Dublin
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€190 - €900
Jet2.com
Website
jet2.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Geneva
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
€24 - €250
Train operators
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
€45 - €90
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Paris Gare de Lyon to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
5h 11m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€110 - €210
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
LNER
Website
lner.co.uk
Train from Edinburgh to London Kings Cross
Ave. Duration
4h 17m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€60 - €450
Website
lner.co.uk
Advance Single
€60 - €85
Anytime Day Single
€200 - €290
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
€320 - €450
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
en.oui.sncf
Train from Marne La Vallee Chessy to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
1h 47m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€70 - €90
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
€70 - €85
1st Class
€75 - €90
Train from Paris Gare de Lyon to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
1h 59m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€70 - €95
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
€70 - €85
1st Class
€75 - €95
Eurotunnel
Phone
+44 (0) 8443 35 35 35
Website
eurotunnel.com
Car train from Folkestone to Calais-Fréthun
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€154
Website
Eurotunnel
Bus operators
Traveleuro Tours & Travels
Phone
07710115044
Email
info@traveleuro.co.uk
Website
traveleuro.co.uk
Bus from London Victoria to Paris Bercy
Ave. Duration
8h 15m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€46
Schedules at
traveleuro.co.uk
National Express

National Express Coaches are a quick and convenient way of travelling around the UK. Over 550 National Express coaches run on Britain's roads every day, serving over 900 destinations across the UK. National Express Coaches carry around 19 million passenger journeys every year. For added convenience, National Express operate coach services to all major UK airports 24 hours per day, and is on its way to being 100% wheelchair accessible. The company also has a 24-hour control centre that receives a GPS signal to update on location, speed and the temperature inside coaches, ensuring the smoothest journey possible.

Contact Details
Phone
+44 08717 818178
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Edinburgh to London Victoria Coach Station
Ave. Duration
9h 10m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€16 - €21
Website
National Express
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus and ferry from London to Lille
Ave. Duration
4h 19m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
€9 - €13
Schedules at
union-ivkoni.com
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.xom
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Lille to Lyon Perrache
Ave. Duration
9h
Frequency
Once daily
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.
For more information, please visit this page
Ferry operators

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The quickest flight from Edinburgh Airport to Lyon Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 15m.

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Edinburgh to Lyon bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Lyon Perrache station.

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Lyon is 1h ahead of Edinburgh. It is currently 10:49 PM in Edinburgh and 11:49 PM in Lyon.

Edinburgh to Lyon train services, operated by TGV inOui, arrive at Lyon Part Dieu station.

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easyJet, Brussels Airlines, KLM and four other airlines offer flights from Edinburgh Airport to Lyon Airport.

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There are 333+ hotels available in Lyon. Prices start at €87 per night.

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The best way to get from Edinburgh to Edinburgh Airport is to tram which takes 31 min and costs £1 - £6.

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