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There are 5 ways to get from Lausanne 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.

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Train SNCF  •  3h 3m

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

$53 - $84

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  2h 45m

  1. Take the rideshare from Lausanne to Lyon 132.6 miles

$16 - $18

3 alternative options

Bus  •  3h 30m

  1. Take the bus from Lausanne to Lyon N122

$25 - $30

Train via Lyon-Perrache  •  3h 48m

  1. Take the train from Lausanne to Genève 1 / ...
  2. Take the train from Genève to Lyon-Perrache Lyon - Genève

$48 - $79

Drive  •  2h 12m

  1. Drive from Lausanne to Lyon 133.2 miles

$28 - $45

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Lausanne to Lyon is to rideshare which costs SFr 16 - SFr 18 and takes 2h 45m.

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The quickest way to get from Lausanne to Lyon is to drive which costs SFr 28 - SFr 45 and takes 2h 12m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Lausanne and arriving at Lyon. Services depart five times a week, and operate Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 3h 30m.

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No, there is no direct train from Lausanne to Lyon. However, there are services departing from Lausanne and arriving at Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu via Gare de Genève. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3h 3m.

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The distance between Lausanne and Lyon is 162 km. The road distance is 213.1 km.

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The best way to get from Lausanne to Lyon without a car is to train which takes 3h 3m and costs SFr 50 - SFr 85.

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It takes approximately 3h 3m to get from Lausanne to Lyon, including transfers.

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

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

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The best way to get from Lausanne to Lyon is to train which takes 3h 3m and costs SFr 50 - SFr 85. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 25 - SFr 30 and takes 3h 30m.

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Map of how to get from Lausanne to Lyon.
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  • Distance: 101.2 miles
  • Duration: 3h 3m

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

You can take a train from Lausanne to Lyon via Genève and Gare de Genève in around 3h 3m. Alternatively, Eurolines CH operates a bus from Lausanne to Lyon 3 times a week. Tickets cost $25 - $30 and the journey takes 3h 30m. FlixBus also services this route 5 times a week.

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. Swiss Railways codeshares with American Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines out of Zurich International Airport.

Contact Details
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Lausanne to Genève
Ave. Duration
36m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$24 - $45
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Genève to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Genève to Lyon-Perrache
Ave. Duration
2h 12m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Trenitalia Eurocity

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Lausanne to Geneve
Ave. Duration
36m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$19 - $27
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
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
1h 51m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$28 - $40
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$28 - $40
1st Class
$35 - $60
Train from Gare de Genève to Gare de Lyon-Perrache
Ave. Duration
2h 12m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$20 - $29
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$20 - $29
1st Class
$30 - $50
Bus operators
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus from Lausanne to Lyon
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$25 - $30
Book at
eurolines.ch
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 Lausanne to Lyon, Lyon Perrache
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$14 - $25
Website
flixbus.co.uk
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 Lausanne to Lyon
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$16 - $18
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Lausanne to Lyon is 213 km. It takes approximately 2h 12m to drive from Lausanne to Lyon.

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Book your Lausanne to Lyon bus tickets online with FlixBus.

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

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