COVID-19 Travel restrictions may apply upon entering France. Learn More.

There are 4 ways to get from Geneva to Lyon by train, bus, rideshare or car

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

Recommended option

Train  •  1h 52m

  1. Take the train from Geneve to Lyon Part Dieu Ter / ...

35€ - 45€

Cheapest option

Bus  •  2h 35m

  1. Take the bus from Geneva to Lyon Perrache 736 / ...

5€ - 13€

2 alternative options

Rideshare  •  2h 3m

  1. Take the rideshare from Genève to Lyon 148.9 km

10€

Drive  •  1h 36m

  1. Drive from Geneva to Lyon 148.5 km

16€ - 24€

Geneva to Lyon by train

The train journey time between Geneva and Lyon is around 2h 2m and covers a distance of around 162 km. The fastest train normally takes 1h 52m. Operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) and TGV inOui, the Geneva to Lyon train service departs from Geneve and arrives in Lyon Part Dieu. Typically 60 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
2h 2m
Fastest train time:
1h 52m
Trains per week:
60
Cheapest price:
45€
Carbon emissions:
8 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
05:14
Last train departs at:
19:30

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Geneva to Lyon train schedules

Switzerland → France
Partially open

Travel safe during COVID-19

International entry into France from Switzerland

  • Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Switzerland
Show more details
Allowed for: All visitors

Restricted for: Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Nepal, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Turkey and Uruguay

Show less

Conditions of entry into France from Switzerland

  • Arrivals vaccinated against COVID-19 are exempted from compulsory quarantine
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempted from providing a negative COVID-19 test
This applies to arrivals from Switzerland
  • Negative Covid-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival or 7 day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Mandatory installation of smart phone app for contact purposes
  • Health screen upon arrival. Those showing symptoms will be placed under state quarantine
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
  • Health declaration required
This does not apply to fully vaccinated nationals
Show more details
  • Entry is allowed for fully vaccinated travellers
This doesn't apply to arrivals from: EU Schengen Area, Andorra, Australia, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea and Vatican
  • Arrivals vaccinated against COVID-19 are exempted from compulsory quarantine
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempted from providing a negative COVID-19 test
This applies to arrivals from EU Schengen Area, Andorra, Australia, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, Monaco, New Zealand, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea and Vatican
  • Negative Covid-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival or 7 day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Mandatory installation of smart phone app for contact purposes
  • Health screen upon arrival. Those showing symptoms will be placed under state quarantine
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
  • Exempted International Movement Certificate for travel required
This doesn't apply to arrivals from: EU Schengen Area, Andorra, Australia, Cyprus, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, Monaco, New Zealand, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea and Vatican
  • Health declaration required
This does not apply to fully vaccinated nationals

Show less

Rules to follow in France

1m

Mandatory

Considerations leaving from Switzerland

The official advice is to avoid non-essential international travel to high risk countries

Frequently Asked Questions


Yes, but conditions apply when entering France from Switzerland.

Explore options for future travel

Domestic travel is restricted

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1 metre
  • Nationwide control measures in place

Explore travel options

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 Switzerland from France.

See options for return travel.

Last updated: 13 Jun 2021
Exceptions may apply, for full details: European Union.

We're working around the clock to bring you the latest COVID-19 travel updates.
This information is compiled from official sources. To the best of our knowledge, it is correct as of the last update.
Visit Rome2rio travel advice for general help.

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Geneva to Lyon is to rideshare which costs SFr 11 and takes 2h 3m.

More details

The fastest way to get from Geneva to Lyon is to drive. Taking this option will cost SFr 18 - SFr 27 and takes 1h 36m.

More details

Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Geneva and arriving at Lyon Perrache. Services depart five times a week, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 35m.

More details

Yes, there is a direct train departing from Geneve and arriving at Lyon Part Dieu. Services depart every three hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1h 52m.

More details

The distance between Geneva and Lyon is 112 km. The road distance is 148.5 km.

Get driving directions

The best way to get from Geneva to Lyon without a car is to train which takes 1h 52m and costs SFr 40 - SFr 50.

More details

The train from Geneve to Lyon Part Dieu takes 1h 52m including transfers and departs every three hours.

More details

Geneva to Lyon bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Geneva station.

More details

Geneva to Lyon train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), depart from Geneve station.

More details

The best way to get from Geneva to Lyon is to train which takes 1h 52m and costs SFr 40 - SFr 50. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 6 - SFr 14 and takes 2h 35m.

Mode details

Map of how to get from Geneva to Lyon.
Launch map view
  • Distance: 112.3 km
  • Duration: 1h 52m

What companies run services between Geneva, Switzerland and Lyon, France?

Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) operates a train from Geneve to Lyon Part Dieu every 3 hours. Tickets cost 45€ - 90€ and the journey takes 1h 52m. TGV inOui also services this route once daily. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Geneva to Lyon Perrache once daily. Tickets cost 10€ - 13€ and the journey takes 2h 35m. Two other operators also service this route.

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)
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 Geneve to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
1h 43m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
35€ - 45€
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
35€ - 45€
1st Class
35€ - 45€
Bus operators
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 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Geneva to Lyon Perrache
Ave. Duration
2h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
10€ - 13€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Swiss PostAuto
Email
info@postauto.ch
Website
postauto.ch
Bus from Genève to Lyon-Part-Dieu Gare Routière
Ave. Duration
2h 17m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
10€ - 15€
Website
Swiss PostAuto
Schedules at
SBB
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.com
Bus from Geneve, Gare Routiere, pl. Dorciere to Lyon, de Perrache - Galerie A
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
5€ - 8€
Website
RegioJet
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

Blablacar is a popular ridesharing platform with 70 million users over 22 (mostly European) countries. The basic idea is that you carpool with locals who are already planning to drive your route and have space in their car. With some flexibility, you’ll get to your destination often faster and cheaper than other means. On the website or app, enter your departure and arrival points and your date of travel, sift through the profiles of drivers who’ve posted pre-planned drives and find one whose timing and preferences match yours. Request to join the ride, wait to be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Genève to Lyon
Ave. Duration
2h 3m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
10€
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

Want to know more about travelling around France

Rome2rio's Travel Guide series provide vital information for the global traveller. Filled with useful and timely travel information, the guides answer all the hard questions - such as 'How do I buy a ticket?', 'Should I book online before I travel? ', 'How much should I expect to pay?', 'Do the trains and buses have Wifi?' - to help you get the most out of your next trip.

More Questions & Answers

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

More details

Geneva to Lyon train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), arrive at Lyon Part Dieu station.

More details

Yes, the driving distance between Geneva to Lyon is 149 km. It takes approximately 1h 36m to drive from Geneva to Lyon.

Get driving directions

Book your Geneva to Lyon train tickets online with Omio.

Search and book

Book your Geneva to Lyon bus tickets online with Omio, FlixBus and Distribusion.

Search and book

There are 337+ hotels available in Lyon. Prices start at 75€ per night.

More details

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

Read Rome2rio's guide to Blablacar