There are 5 ways to get from Lyon to Geneva by train, bus, rideshare or car

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Train  •  1 h 54 min

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

$30 - $50

Cheapest option

Bus FlixBus  •  2 h 25 min

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

$5 - $55

3 alternative options

Bus Isilines  •  2 h 21 min

  1. Take the bus from Lyon to Saint-Julien-en-Genevois
  2. Take the bus from St-Julien-en-G., SNCF to Genève, Bel-Air D

$15 - $19

Rideshare  •  1 h 58 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Lyon to Genève 94.6 miles

$10 - $15

Drive  •  1 h 36 min

  1. Drive from Lyon to Geneva 93.4 miles

$20 - $29

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The cheapest way to get from Lyon to Geneva is to bus which costs 4€ - 45€ and takes 2 h 25 min.

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The quickest way to get from Lyon to Geneva is to drive which costs 17€ - 25€ and takes 1 h 36 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Lyon, Lyon Perrache and arriving at Geneva. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2 h 25 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Lyon Part Dieu and arriving at Genève. Services depart every two hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1 h 54 min.

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The distance between Lyon and Geneva is 112 km. The road distance is 149.5 km.

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The best way to get from Lyon to Geneva without a car is to train which takes 1 h 54 min and costs 27€ - 45€.

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The train from Lyon Part Dieu to Genève takes 1 h 54 min including transfers and departs every two hours.

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

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Lyon to Geneva train services, operated by SNCF, depart from Lyon Part Dieu station.

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The best way to get from Lyon to Geneva is to train which takes 1 h 54 min and costs 27€ - 45€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 12€ - 17€ and takes 2 h 21 min.

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Map of how to get from Lyon to Geneva.
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  • Distance: 70.2 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 54 min

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

SNCF operates a train from Lyon to Geneva every 2 hours. Tickets cost $30 - $50 and the journey takes 1 h 54 min. Two other operators also service this route. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Lyon to Geneva via Saint-Julien-en-Genevois and St-Julien-en-G., SNCF in around 2 h 21 min.

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 Lyon Part Dieu to Genève
Ave. Duration
1 h 54 min
Frequency
Every 2 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
$55 - $100
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
Bus operators
Isilines
Phone
0 892 89 12 00
Website
isilines.com
Bus from Lyon to Saint-Julien-en-Genevois
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$10 - $14
Schedules at
isilines.com
tpg
Website
tpg.ch
Bus from St-Julien-en-G., SNCF to Genève, Bel-Air
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Website
tpg.ch
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 Lyon, Lyon Perrache to Geneva
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$8 - $15
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus from Lyon Gare de Perrache to Genève
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$19 - $23
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 - Perrache Bus station to Geneva - Bus station
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Website
Ouibus
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.sk
Bus from Lyon, de Perrache - Galerie A to Geneve, Gare Routiere, pl. Dorciere
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Schedules at
regiojet.sk
InterNorte
Phone
707 200 512
Website
internorte.pt
Bus from Lyon Gare de Perrache to Genève
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
internorte.pt
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.

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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Lyon to Genève
Ave. Duration
1 h 58 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$10 - $15
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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

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Lyon to Geneva train services, operated by SNCF, arrive at Genève station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Lyon to Geneva is 149 km. It takes approximately 1 h 36 min to drive from Lyon to Geneva.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Lyon and Geneva. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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