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There are 3 ways to get from Lyon to Bern by train, bus or car

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Train  •  3 h 56 min

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

$78 - $136

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Bus  •  4 h 55 min

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

$11 - $85

1 alternative option

Drive  •  3 h 10 min

  1. Drive from Lyon to Bern 192.6 miles

$40 - $60

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The cheapest way to get from Lyon to Bern is to bus which costs 9€ - 75€ and takes 4 h 55 min.

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The quickest way to get from Lyon to Bern is to drive which costs 35€ - 55€ and takes 3 h 10 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Lyon, Lyon Perrache and arriving at Bern. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4 h 55 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Lyon to Bern. However, there are services departing from Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu and arriving at Bern via Genève. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 56 min.

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The distance between Lyon and Bern is 240 km. The road distance is 308.1 km.

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The best way to get from Lyon to Bern without a car is to train which takes 3 h 56 min and costs 65€ - 120€.

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It takes approximately 3 h 56 min to get from Lyon to Bern, including transfers.

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Lyon to Bern bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Lyon, Lyon Perrache station.

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Lyon to Bern train services, operated by SNCF, depart from Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu station.

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The best way to get from Lyon to Bern is to train which takes 3 h 56 min and costs 65€ - 120€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 9€ - 75€ and takes 4 h 55 min.

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Map of how to get from Lyon to Bern.
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  • Distance: 150 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 56 min

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

You can take a train from Lyon to Bern via Gare de Genève and Genève in around 3 h 56 min. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Lyon to Bern 4 times a day. Tickets cost $18 - $30 and the journey takes 4 h 55 min. 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 Lyon-Part-Dieu to Gare de Genève
Ave. Duration
1 h 51 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$28 - $40
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$28 - $40
1st Class
$35 - $60
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
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
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 58 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$50 - $95
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Genève to Bern
Ave. Duration
1 h 44 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $95
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
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 Bern
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$18 - $30
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus from Lyon Gare Perrache to Bern
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$29 - $35
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 Lyon Gare Perrache to Berne
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$11 - $17
Website
Ouibus
InterNorte
Phone
707 200 512
Website
internorte.pt
Bus from Lyon Gare de Perrache to Bern
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$45 - $60
Schedules at
internorte.pt
Eurolines FR
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.com
Bus from Lyon, de Perrache - Galerie A to Bern, Car-Terminal Neufeld
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$11 - $14
Website
regiojet.com

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Lyon to Bern bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Bern station.

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Lyon to Bern train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), arrive at Bern station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Lyon to Bern is 308 km. It takes approximately 3 h 10 min to drive from Lyon to Bern.

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Book your Lyon to Bern bus tickets online with FlixBus, Distribusion and Busbud.

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