There are 8 ways to get from Lyon to Athens by plane, train, bus, bus and ferry, car or car ferry

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

Fly from Lyon  •  6 h 11 min

  1. Fly from Lyon (LYS) to Athens (ATH) LYS - ATH

$113 - $369

7 alternative options

Train to Geneva, fly  •  8 h 2 min

  1. Take the train from Lyon Part Dieu to Geneve
  2. Fly from Geneva (GVA) to Athens (ATH) GVA - ATH

$120 - $340

Bus, bus and ferry  •  27 h 2 min

  1. Take the bus from Lyon, Lyon Perrache to Bologna, Bologna
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Bologna to Ioannina
  3. Take the bus from Ioannina to Athens

$205 - $378

Train, bus and ferry  •  27 h 12 min

  1. Take the train from Lyon Part Dieu to Torino Porta Susa Tgv
  2. Take the train from Torino Porta Susa Station to Bologna Centrale Station Fr
  3. Take the bus and ferry from Bologna to Larissa
  4. Take the train from Larissa to Athens 601

$263 - $393

Drive, car ferry  •  30 h 52 min

  1. Drive from Lyon to Ancona
  2. Take the car ferry from Ancona to Patras
  3. Drive from Patras to Athens

$237 - $473

Bus  •  41 h 23 min

  1. Take the bus from Lyon to Sofia
  2. Take the bus from Sofia - Central Bus Station to Athens

$265 - $339

Train, car ferry, bus  •  45 h 47 min

  1. Take the train from Lyon Part Dieu to Geneve Tgv / ...
  2. Take the train from Geneve to Venezia Santa Lucia Ec
  3. Take the car ferry from Venezia to Patras
  4. Take the bus from Patras to Athens

$278 - $618

Drive  •  25 h 2 min

  1. Drive from Lyon to Athens 1600.5 miles

$380 - $600

What companies run services between Lyon, France and Athens, Greece?

Aegean Airlines, Transavia France and six other airlines fly from Lyon to Athens every 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Lyon to Athens via Sofia and Sofia - Central Bus Station in around 41 h 23 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Lyon to Athens via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $900
Flights from Lyon to Athens via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $900
Flights from Geneva to Athens via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $850
Flights from Geneva to Athens via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $550
Flights from Geneva to Athens via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $850
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from Lyon to Athens
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
When
Monday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$120 - $950
Flights from Geneva to Athens
Ave. Duration
2 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $600
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Geneva to Athens
Ave. Duration
2 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $600
Flights from Geneva to Athens via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $550
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Lyon to Athens
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$85 - $470
Flights from Lyon to Athens via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $1,200
Flights from Geneva to Athens via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Transavia France
Website
transavia.com
Flights from Lyon to Athens
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$85 - $470
Croatia Airlines
Website
croatiaairlines.com
Flights from Lyon to Athens via Split
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$150 - $600
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Lyon to Athens via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $1,000
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Geneva to Athens
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$190 - $1,000
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Geneva to Athens via Rome
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,400
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Geneva to Athens via Vienna
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$190 - $900
Train operators
SNCF
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Geneve
Ave. Duration
1 h 54 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $55
Website
en.oui.sncf
TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
tgv.com
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Geneve
Ave. Duration
1 h 44 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $45
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$35 - $45
1st Class
$60 - $75
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Torino Porta Susa
Ave. Duration
3 h 53 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $75
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$65 - $75
1st Class
$95 - $130
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Lyon-Part-Dieu to Genève
Ave. Duration
1 h 57 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$55 - $100
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Geneve to Venezia Santa Lucia
Ave. Duration
6 h 58 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$120 - $200
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
ItaloTreno
Phone
+39 060708
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Torino Porta Susa Station to Bologna Centrale Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
italotreno.it
Greek Railways (OSE)
Website
trainose.gr
Train from Larissa to Athens
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$20 - $27
Website
trainose.gr
Purchase a
eurail.com
Second Class
$20 - $27
First Class
$25 - $35
Bus operators
FlixBus
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Lyon, Lyon Perrache to Bologna, Bologna
Ave. Duration
8 h 20 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$35 - $65
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Eurolines FR
Phone
+ 33 1 41 86 24 21
Website
eurolines.fr
Bus from Lyon to Bologna
Ave. Duration
11 h 34 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$80 - $130
Schedules at
eurolines.fr
Portokalidis Tours
Website
portokalidistours.gr
Bus and ferry from Bologna to Ioannina
Ave. Duration
12 h 13 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$120 - $190
Schedules at
portokalidistours.gr
Bus and ferry from Bologna to Larissa
Ave. Duration
14 h 4 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$140 - $220
Schedules at
portokalidistours.gr
KTEL Ioanninon
Phone
26510 25014
Website
ktelioannina.gr
Bus from Ioannina to Athens
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $60
Schedules at
ktelioannina.gr
Georg
Phone
+ 359/38/66 34 04
Email
georg_ltd@abv.bg
Website
georg-bg.com
Bus from Lyon to Sofia
Ave. Duration
28 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$230 - $300
Schedules at
georg-bg.com
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Sofia - Central Bus Station to Athens
Ave. Duration
11 h 53 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
union-ivkoni.com
KTEL Achaias
Phone
2610 623 888
Website
ktelachaias.gr
Bus from Patras to Athens
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$24 - $28
Schedules at
ktelachaias.gr
Ferry operators
Minoan Lines
Phone
801 11 75000
Email
reservation@minoan.gr
Website
minoan.gr
Car ferry from Ancona to Patras
Ave. Duration
20 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$80 - $240
Schedules at
minoan.gr
Deck
$82 - $86
Airplane economy seats
$97 - $101
2-berth outside
$200 - $240
3-berth outside shower
$180 - $220
Superfast ferries
Phone
+30 210 8919700
Email
superfast@superfast.com
Website
superfast.com
Car ferry from Venezia to Patras
Ave. Duration
31 h 1 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$100 - $340
Schedules at
superfast.com
Deck
$105 - $106
Aircraft-type seats
$126 - $129
2 bed inside cabin
$334 - $337
3 bed outside cabin
$290 - $340

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Questions & Answers

How far is it from Lyon to Athens?

The distance between Lyon and Athens is 1779 km. The road distance is 2561 km.

What is the cheapest way to get from Lyon to Athens?

The cheapest way to get from Lyon to Athens is to fly which costs 90€ - 300€ and takes 6 h 11 min.

What is the fastest way to get from Lyon to Athens?

The quickest way to get from Lyon to Athens is to fly which takes 6 h 11 min and costs 90€ - 300€.

Is there a direct bus between Lyon and Athens?

No, there is no direct bus from Lyon to Athens. However, there are services departing from Lyon, Lyon Perrache and arriving at Athens via Autostazione, Bologna and Ioannina. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 27 h 2 min.

How long does it take to get from Lyon to Athens?

It takes approximately 6 h 11 min to get from Lyon to Athens, including transfers.