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There are 5 ways to get from Geneva to Lyon by train, bus, rideshare or car

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Train  •  1 h 51 min

  1. Take the train from Gare de Genève to Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu Genève - Lyon-Part-Dieu / ...

$28 - $40

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Bus Eurolines CH  •  3 h

  1. Take the bus from Geneva to Lyon Ouibus / ...

$9 - $22

3 alternative options

Bus Isilines  •  3 h 9 min

  1. Take the bus from Genève, Stand to St-Julien-en-G., SNCF D
  2. Take the bus from Saint-Julien-en-Genevois to Lyon

$14 - $18

Rideshare  •  2 h 3 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Genève to Lyon 94 miles

$12

Drive  •  1 h 36 min

  1. Drive from Geneva to Lyon 94.4 miles

$20 - $30

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The cheapest way to get from Geneva to Lyon is to rideshare which costs SFr 12 and takes 2 h 3 min.

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The quickest way to get from Geneva to Lyon is to drive which costs SFr 20 - SFr 30 and takes 1 h 36 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Geneva and arriving at Lyon. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3 h.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Gare de Genève and arriving at Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu. Services depart every two hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1 h 51 min.

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The distance between Geneva and Lyon is 112 km. The road distance is 151 km.

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The best way to get from Geneva to Lyon without a car is to train which takes 1 h 51 min and costs SFr 28 - SFr 40.

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The train from Gare de Genève to Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu takes 1 h 51 min including transfers and departs every two hours.

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

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Geneva to Lyon train services, operated by SNCF, depart from Gare de Genève station.

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The best way to get from Geneva to Lyon is to train which takes 1 h 51 min and costs SFr 28 - SFr 40. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 9 - SFr 22 and takes 3 h.

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Map of how to get from Geneva to Lyon.
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  • Distance: 70.2 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 51 min

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

SNCF operates a train from Geneva to Lyon every 3 hours. Tickets cost $28 - $40 and the journey takes 1 h 51 min. Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) also services this route every 3 hours. Alternatively, Eurolines CH operates a bus from Geneva to Lyon every 4 hours. Tickets cost $9 - $22 and the journey takes 3 h. Five other operators also service this route.

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.

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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
Bus operators
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus from Geneva to Lyon
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$9 - $22
Book at
eurolines.ch
Bus from Saint-Julien-en-Genevois - Gare to Lyon
Ave. Duration
2 h 44 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$9 - $21
Book at
eurolines.ch
Ouibus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers comfortable, eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 11 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 Geneva - Bus station to Lyon Gare Perrache
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Website
Ouibus
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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Geneva to Lyon, Lyon Perrache
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$9 - $15
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Eurolines FR
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
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Website
regiojet.com
tpg
Website
tpg.ch
Bus from Genève, Stand to St-Julien-en-G., SNCF
Ave. Duration
29 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Website
tpg.ch
Isilines
Phone
0 892 89 12 00
Website
isilines.com
Bus from Saint-Julien-en-Genevois to Lyon
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$10 - $13
Schedules at
isilines.com
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

A ridesharing platform with 40 million users, Blablacar gives you access to destinations without worrying about on-the-road chaos. 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 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
2 h 3 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$12
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Geneva to Lyon is 151 km. It takes approximately 1 h 36 min to drive from Geneva to Lyon.

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

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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.

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