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There are 4 ways to get from Lyon to CERN by train, bus or car

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Train  •  2 h 19 min

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

$31 - $45

Cheapest option

Bus  •  3 h 34 min

  1. Take the bus from Lyon to Geneve-Aeroport Ouibus

$13 - $28

2 alternative options

Train via Lyon-Perrache  •  2 h 35 min

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

$35 - $51

Drive  •  1 h 39 min

  1. Drive from Lyon to CERN 96.5 miles

$20 - $30

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The cheapest way to get from Lyon to CERN is to bus which costs 11€ - 25€ and takes 3 h 34 min.

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The quickest way to get from Lyon to CERN is to drive which costs 18€ - 26€ and takes 1 h 39 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Lyon to CERN. However, there are services departing from Lyon and arriving at Meyrin, CERN via Genève, Aéroport. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 34 min.

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The distance between Lyon and CERN is 108 km. The road distance is 154.5 km.

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The best way to get from Lyon to CERN without a car is to train which takes 2 h 19 min and costs 27€ - 40€.

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It takes approximately 2 h 19 min to get from Lyon to CERN, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Lyon to CERN is to train which takes 2 h 19 min and costs 27€ - 40€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 11€ - 25€ and takes 3 h 34 min.

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Lyon to CERN bus services, operated by Eurolines CH, arrive at Geneve-Aeroport station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Lyon to CERN is 154 km. It takes approximately 1 h 39 min to drive from Lyon to CERN.

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  • Distance: 67.3 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 19 min

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

SNCF operates a train from Lyon to CERN every 2 hours. Tickets cost $28 - $40 and the journey takes 1 h 51 min. Two other operators also service this route. Alternatively, Eurolines CH operates a bus from Lyon to CERN 3 times a day. Tickets cost $9 - $22 and the journey takes 2 h 54 min. Two 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
Train from Lyon-Perrache to Genève
Ave. Duration
2 h 7 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
en.oui.sncf
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 Lyon-Perrache to Genève
Ave. Duration
2 h 7 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$55 - $100
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Bus operators
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus from Lyon to Geneve-Aeroport
Ave. Duration
2 h 54 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$9 - $22
Book at
eurolines.ch
Eurolines FR
Phone
+ 33 1 41 86 24 21
Website
eurolines.fr
Bus from Lyon to Geneva Airport
Ave. Duration
2 h 54 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$21 - $65
Schedules at
eurolines.fr
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 Geneva - Airport
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Website
Ouibus

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