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There are 11 ways to get from Exeter to Lyon by train, bus, car, car ferry, car train or plane

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Train

  1. Take the train from Exeter St Davids to London Paddington
  2. Take the train from London St Pancras Eurostar to Marne La Vallee Chessy
  3. Take the train from Marne La Vallee Chessy to Lyon Part Dieu

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Bus

  1. Take the bus from Exeter Sidwell St to London Victoria Coach Station
  2. Take the bus from London Victoria to Paris Bercy
  3. Take the bus from Paris to Lyon Perrache

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Train, bus

  1. Take the train from Exeter Central to Clapham Junction
  2. Take the bus from London Victoria to Paris Bercy
  3. Take the train from Paris Gare de Lyon to Lyon Part Dieu

Drive, car ferry

  1. Drive from Exeter to Poole
  2. Take the car ferry from Poole to Cherbourg
  3. Drive from Cherbourg to Lyon

Drive, Eurotunnel

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

Train to Bristol, fly to Lyon

  1. Take the train from Exeter St Davids to Bristol Temple Meads
  2. Fly from Bristol (BRS) to Lyon (LYS)

Train to London Heathrow, fly to Lyon

  1. Take the train from Exeter St Davids to London Paddington
  2. Fly from London Heathrow (LHR) to Lyon (LYS)

Train to Bristol, fly to Geneva, train

  1. Take the train from Exeter St Davids to Bristol Temple Meads
  2. Fly from Bristol (BRS) to Geneva (GVA)
  3. Take the train from Geneve to Lyon Part Dieu

Train to Bristol, fly to Grenoble, train

  1. Take the train from Exeter St Davids to Bristol Temple Meads
  2. Fly from Bristol (BRS) to Grenoble (GNB)
  3. Take the train from Grenoble to Lyon Part Dieu

Train, train to London Gatwick, fly to Lyon

  1. Take the train from Exeter St Davids to Reading
  2. Take the train from Reading to Gatwick Airport
  3. Fly from London Gatwick (LGW) to Lyon (LYS)

Train to London Heathrow, fly to Geneva, train

  1. Take the train from Exeter St Davids to London Paddington
  2. Fly from London Heathrow (LHR) to Geneva (GVA)
  3. Take the train from Geneve to Lyon Part Dieu

Exeter to Lyon by train and subway

The journey time between Exeter and Lyon is around 9h 33m and covers a distance of around 1192 km. This includes an average layover time of around 2h 12m. The fastest journey normally takes 8h 2m. Operated by First Great Western Service, London Underground (Tube), Eurostar and others, the Exeter to Lyon service departs from Exeter St Davids and arrives in Lyon Part Dieu. Typically seven services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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Average journey times

Time on transportation:
7h 20m
Layover time:
2h 12m
Total time:
9h 33m

Route information

Fastest journey time:
8h 2m
Journey distance:
1192 km
Services per week:
7
Cheapest price:
€265
Carbon emissions:
62 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
06:52
Last service departs at:
20:51

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Exeter to Lyon train and subway schedules

Train services typically run at the following times each day These schedules are estimated
Estimated schedules: These schedules are estimated and based on typical services on an average day. Please check times and availability with the operator before travelling.
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Conditions of entry into France from United Kingdom

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
  • Entry is allowed only for fully vaccinated travellers
  • Mandatory installation of smart phone app for contact purposes
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  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
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Rules to follow in France

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Yes, but conditions apply when entering France from United Kingdom.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • 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 mandatory.

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, but conditions apply when returning to United Kingdom from France.

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Last updated: 15 Sep 2021
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Exeter to Lyon is to bus which costs £60 - £75 and takes 20h 41m.

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The quickest way to get from Exeter to Lyon is to train and fly which costs £90 - £240 and takes 5h 46m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Exeter to Lyon. However, there are services departing from Exeter Sidwell St and arriving at Lyon Perrache via London Victoria and Paris. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 20h 41m.

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No, there is no direct train from Exeter to Lyon. However, there are services departing from Exeter St Davids and arriving at Lyon Part Dieu via Paddington, London St Pancras Eurostar and Marne La Vallee Chessy. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8h 50m.

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The distance between Exeter and Lyon is 830 km.

The best way to get from Exeter to Lyon without a car is to train which takes 8h 50m and costs £220 - £460.

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It takes approximately 8h 50m to get from Exeter to Lyon, including transfers.

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Exeter to Lyon bus services, operated by National Express, depart from Exeter Sidwell St station.

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Exeter to Lyon train services, operated by First Great Western Service, depart from Exeter St Davids station.

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The best way to get from Exeter to Lyon is to train which takes 8h 50m and costs £220 - £460. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £60 - £75 and takes 20h 41m.

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Map of how to get from Exeter to Lyon.
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  • Distance: 830.2 km
  • Duration: 8h 50m

What companies run services between Exeter, England and Lyon, France?

You can take a train from Exeter to Lyon via London Paddington, Paddington, King's Cross St. Pancras station, London St Pancras Eurostar, and Marne La Vallee Chessy in around 8h 50m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Exeter to Lyon via London Victoria Coach Station, London Victoria, Paris Bercy, and Paris in around 20h 41m.

Airlines
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Lyon
Ave. Duration
1h 37m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€50 - €230
Flights from London Heathrow to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1h 44m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€55 - €460
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1h 41m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€55 - €310
Flights from London Heathrow to Geneva via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€55 - €310
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Bristol to Lyon
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
€45 - €190
Flights from Bristol to Lyon via Nantes
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Monday
Estimated price
€50 - €200
Flights from Bristol to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€80 - €250
Flights from Bristol to Grenoble
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
€55 - €230
Flights from London Gatwick to Lyon
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€60 - €190
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Lyon via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€100 - €220
Flights from London Heathrow to Geneva via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€130 - €330
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Bristol to Geneva via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h 2m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€140 - €350
Flights from London Heathrow to Geneva via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€120 - €380
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Bristol to Grenoble
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
€18 - €130
Flights from Bristol to Grenoble via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
€22 - €140
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Bristol to Lyon via Dublin
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€85 - €340
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Bristol to Geneva via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Thursday
Estimated price
€130 - €280
Jet2.com
Website
jet2.com
Flights from Bristol to Grenoble
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
€22 - €320
Train operators
First Great Western Service
Phone
+44 3457 000 125
Email
gwr.feedback@gwr.com
Website
gwr.com
Train from Exeter St Davids to London Paddington
Ave. Duration
2h 14m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€70 - €90
Website
First Great Western Service
Anytime Day
€70 - €90
Anytime Day 1st Class
€120 - €170
Train from Exeter St Davids to Bristol Temple Meads
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
€30 - €40
Website
First Great Western Service
Anytime Day
€30 - €40
Anytime Day 1st Class
€55 - €75
Train from Exeter St Davids to Reading
Ave. Duration
1h 44m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€55 - €75
Website
First Great Western Service
Anytime Day
€55 - €75
Anytime Day 1st Class
€100 - €140
Train from Reading to Gatwick Airport
Ave. Duration
1h 24m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€23 - €29
Website
First Great Western Service
Anytime Day
€23 - €29
Anytime Day 1st Class
€40 - €55
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 49m
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 58m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€70 - €95
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
€70 - €85
1st Class
€75 - €95
Train from Grenoble to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
1h 11m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
€30 - €45
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
€35 - €41
1st Class
€31 - €37
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 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)
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 Grenoble to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€40 - €75
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
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
SNCF

France’s state-owned railway company is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country, with over 14,000 trains operating daily. SNCF runs the country’s extensive rail network, including the high-speed TGV network, regional TER trains and local Intercités. It also operates international routes including Eurostar and Thalys, as well as the low-cost, long-distance Ouigo services that run on limited routes across France. Book up to 3 months in advance for the cheapest fares. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

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Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Grenoble to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€17 - €40
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
€17 - €24
Rail 1st Class
€25 - €40
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 Exeter Sidwell St to London Victoria Coach Station
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
€9 - €13
Website
National Express
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).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Paris to Lyon Perrache
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€23 - €28
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
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
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine to Lyon - Perrache Bus Station
Ave. Duration
6h 35m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€15 - €19
Website
Blablabus
Ferry operators
Brittany Ferries
Phone
0330 159 7000
Email
reservations@brittanyferries.com
Website
brittany-ferries.co.uk
Car ferry from Poole to Cherbourg
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€27 - €70
Schedules at
brittany-ferries.co.uk
Adult
€27 - €35
Car
€50 - €70

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The quickest flight from Bristol Airport to Lyon Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 40m.

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

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Lyon is 1h ahead of Exeter. It is currently 5:05 AM in Exeter and 6:05 AM in Lyon.

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

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