There are 5 ways to get from Lausanne to Lyon by bus, train, 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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Bus  •  3 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Lausanne to Lyon, Lyon Perrache 106 / ...

$7 - $21

4 alternative options

Train  •  3 h 36 min

  1. Take the train from Lausanne to Genève 1 / ...
  2. Take the train from Genève to Lyon Part Dieu Tgv

$49 - $86

Train, bus  •  5 h 16 min

  1. Take the train from Lausanne to Bourg-en-Bresse Tgv
  2. Take the bus from Bourg-en-Bresse to Lyon Guillotière 132

$39 - $44

Rideshare  •  2 h 45 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Lausanne to Lyon 132.6 miles

$17 - $19

Drive  •  2 h 12 min

  1. Drive from Lausanne to Lyon 133.2 miles

$28 - $45

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The cheapest way to get from Lausanne to Lyon is to bus which costs SFr 7 - SFr 20 and takes 3 h 30 min.

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The quickest way to get from Lausanne to Lyon is to drive which costs SFr 27 - SFr 40 and takes 2 h 12 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Lausanne and arriving at Lyon, Lyon Perrache. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3 h 30 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Lausanne to Lyon. However, there are services departing from Lausanne and arriving at Lyon Part Dieu via Genève. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 36 min.

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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 bus which takes 3 h 30 min and costs SFr 7 - SFr 20.

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The bus from Lausanne to Lyon, Lyon Perrache takes 3 h 30 min including transfers and departs once daily.

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Lausanne to Lyon bus services, operated by FlixBus, 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 bus which takes 3 h 30 min and costs SFr 7 - SFr 20. Alternatively, you can train, which costs SFr 45 - SFr 85 and takes 3 h 36 min.

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Map of how to get from Lausanne to Lyon.
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  • Distance: 101.2 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 30 min

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

FlixBus operates a bus from Lausanne to Lyon 4 times a day. Tickets cost $12 - $21 and the journey takes 3 h 30 min. Three other operators also service this route. Alternatively, you can take a train from Lausanne to Lyon via Genève in around 3 h 36 min.

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
36 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$26 - $50
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Genève to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$23 - $40
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
36 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$20 - $28
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
sncf.com
Train from Genève to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
1 h 44 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $33
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$30 - $33
1st Class
$35 - $60
Train from Lausanne to Bourg-en-Bresse
Ave. Duration
2 h 16 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$35 - $45
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$35 - $45
1st Class
$55 - $70
Bus operators
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 Lausanne to Lyon, Lyon Perrache
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$12 - $21
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus from Lausanne to Lyon Gare de Perrache
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$23 - $28
Book at
eurolines.ch
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.sk
Bus from Lausanne, park.Velodrome to Lyon, de Perrache - Galerie A
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$7 - $10
Schedules at
regiojet.sk
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 Lausanne to Lyon - Perrache Bus station
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Website
Ouibus
Car Ain.fr
Phone
04 74 22 01 77
Website
ain.fr
Bus from Bourg-en-Bresse to Lyon Guillotière
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
ain.fr
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
2 h 45 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$17 - $19
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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