There are 9 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

$111 - $367

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Train to Geneva, fly  •  8 h 2 min

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

$117 - $335

Train to Marseille, fly  •  7 h 34 min

  1. Take the train from Lyon Part Dieu to Aix-en-Provence TGV
  2. Fly from Marseille (MRS) to Athens (ATH) MRS - ATH

$152 - $411

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

$192 - $286

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

$232 - $463

Bus  •  40 h

  1. Take the bus from Lyon to Belgrade
  2. Take the bus from Beograd to Athens

$119 - $151

Train, car ferry, bus  •  46 h 8 min

  1. Take the train from Lyon Part Dieu to Genève 7-Y / ...
  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

$269 - $583

Train  •  2 days 0 h

  1. Take the train from Lyon Part Dieu to Genève 7-Y / ...
  2. Take the train from Genève to Zürich HB 1 / ...
  3. Take the train from Zürich HB to Beograd En
  4. Take the train from Beograd to Thessaloniki AVE
  5. Take the train from Θεσσαλονίκη to Αθήνα

$293 - $507

Drive  •  25 h 2 min

  1. Drive from Lyon to Athens 1600.5 miles

$380 - $600

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Lyon to Athens is to bus which costs 100€ - 140€ and takes 40 h.

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The quickest way to get from Lyon to Athens is to fly which costs 95€ - 320€ and takes 6 h 11 min.

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The distance between Lyon and Athens is 1779 km. The road distance is 2560.8 km.

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

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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.

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No, there is no direct train from Lyon to Athens. However, there are services departing from Lyon Part Dieu and arriving at Αθήνα via Genève, Zürich HB, Beograd and Θεσσαλονίκη. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 0 h.

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The best way to get from Lyon to Athens without a car is to bus and bus and ferry which takes 27 h 2 min and costs 160€ - 250€.

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Map of how to get from Lyon to Athens.
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  • Distance: 1112 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 11 min

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

Aegean Airlines, Transavia France and five other airlines fly from Lyon to Athens every 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Lyon to Athens via Belgrade and Beograd in around 40 h.

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 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $550
Flights from Geneva to Athens via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $850
Flights from Marseille to Athens via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,100
Flights from Marseille to Athens via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $950
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Lyon to Athens
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
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
Flights from Marseille to Athens
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$180 - $700
Flights from Marseille to Athens via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
5 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $700
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from Lyon to Athens
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $950
Flights from Geneva to Athens
Ave. Duration
2 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $600
Flights from Marseille to Athens
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $1,300
Flights from Marseille to Athens via Irakleion
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Monday and Thursday
Estimated price
$120 - $1,300
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 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $550
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Geneva to Athens via Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,400
Flights from Geneva to Athens via Rome
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,400
Flights from Marseille to Athens via Rome
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $1,400
Transavia France
Website
transavia.com
Flights from Lyon to Athens
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
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, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$190 - $1,000
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
Volotea
Website
volotea.com
Flights from Marseille to Athens via Santorini
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$100 - $480
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Marseille to Athens via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Monday
Estimated price
$190 - $1,200
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from Marseille to Athens via Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Monday and Thursday
Estimated price
$120 - $750
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.

Rome2rio's guide to SNCF
Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Genève
Ave. Duration
1 h 54 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
en.oui.sncf
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 Lyon-Part-Dieu to Genève
Ave. Duration
1 h 57 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$50 - $95
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 - $190
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Genève to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
2 h 46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$85 - $150
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Beograd
Ave. Duration
20 h 57 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$120 - $200
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
sncf.com
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Genève
Ave. Duration
1 h 44 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$35 - $45
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$35 - $45
1st Class
$55 - $70
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Aix-en-Provence TGV
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$60 - $70
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$60 - $70
1st Class
$85 - $120
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 Geneve to Venezia S.Lucia
Ave. Duration
7 h 1 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$90 - $130
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Greek Railways (OSE)
Website
trainose.gr
Train from Θεσσαλονίκη to Αθήνα
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Website
trainose.gr
Book at
Raileurope.com
Second Class
$27 - $40
First Class
$30 - $50
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.

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
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
3 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Portokalidis Tours
Website
portokalidistours.gr
Bus and ferry from Bologna to Ioannina
Ave. Duration
12 h 13 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$110 - $170
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 - $55
Schedules at
ktelioannina.gr
Crazy Holidays
Phone
2310-241545
Website
crazyholidays.gr
Bus from Beograd to Athens
Ave. Duration
16 h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Schedules at
crazyholidays.gr
KTEL Achaias
Phone
2610 623 888
Website
ktelachaias.gr
Bus from Patras to Athens
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$22 - $26
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
$75 - $230
Schedules at
minoan.gr
Deck
$76 - $80
Airplane economy seats
$90 - $93
2-berth outside
$190 - $230
3-berth outside shower
$160 - $200
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
$95 - $320
Schedules at
superfast.com
Deck
$97 - $98
Aircraft-type seats
$117 - $120
2 bed inside cabin
$309 - $312
3 bed outside cabin
$260 - $320

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