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There are 11 ways to get from Lyon to Greece by plane, train, bus, bus and ferry, car, car ferry or night train

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Fly Lyon to Athens  •  6 h 11 min

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

$111 - $367

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Bus Union Ivkoni  •  38 h 18 min

  1. Take the bus from Lyon to Sofia
  2. Take the bus from Sofia to Athens

$92 - $185

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Fly Lyon to Heraklion  •  5 h 34 min

  1. Fly from Lyon (LYS) to Heraklion (HER) LYS - HER

$162 - $409

Fly Lyon to Thessaloniki  •  7 h 52 min

  1. Fly from Lyon (LYS) to Thessaloniki (SKG) LYS - SKG

$114 - $340

Train to Geneva, fly to Heraklion  •  7 h 22 min

  1. Take the train from Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu to Gare de Genève
  2. Fly from Geneva (GVA) to Heraklion (HER) GVA - HER

$124 - $491

Train to Geneva, fly to Athens  •  7 h 59 min

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

$113 - $329

Bus, bus and ferry, train  •  28 h 50 min

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

$186 - $344

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 - $453

Bus Lasta  •  40 h

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

$120 - $152

Train, night train, bus and ferry, bus  •  42 h 12 min

  1. Take the train from Lyon Saint-Exupéry TGV Station to Torino Porta Susa
  2. Take the night train from Torino Porta Nuova to Brindisi Icn
  3. Take the bus and ferry from Brindisi to Fier
  4. Take the bus from Fier to Athens

$288 - $376

Drive  •  25 h 2 min

  1. Drive from Lyon to Athens 1600.5 miles

$380 - $600

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

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The quickest way to get from Lyon to Greece is to fly which costs 140€ - 360€ and takes 5 h 34 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Lyon to Greece. However, there are services departing from Lyon and arriving at Athens via Sofia. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 38 h 18 min.

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The distance between Lyon and Greece is 1591 km. The road distance is 2560.8 km.

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The best way to get from Lyon to Greece without a car is to bus and bus and ferry and train which takes 28 h 50 min and costs 160€ - 300€.

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

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Lyon to Greece bus services, operated by Union Ivkoni, depart from Lyon station.

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The best way to get from Lyon to Greece is to fly which takes 6 h 11 min and costs 95€ - 320€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 80€ - 170€ and takes 38 h 18 min.

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The quickest flight from Lyon Airport to Athens Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 40 min.

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Lyon to Greece bus services, operated by Valeross, arrive at Athens station.

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Map of how to get from Lyon to Greece.
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  • Distance: 994.5 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 11 min

What companies run services between Lyon, France and Greece?

Aegean Airlines, Transavia France and five other airlines fly from Lyon to Athens 5 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Lyon to Athens via Sofia in around 38 h 18 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Lyon to Athens via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $950
Flights from Lyon to Athens via Munich
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$210 - $900
Flights from Lyon to Heraklion via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,000
Flights from Lyon to Thessaloniki via Munich
Ave. Duration
5 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $1,400
Flights from Lyon to Thessaloniki via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
6 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $700
Flights from Geneva to Heraklion via Munich
Ave. Duration
5 h 7 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$240 - $1,000
Flights from Geneva to Heraklion via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$130 - $900
Flights from Geneva to Athens via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$170 - $850
Flights from Geneva to Athens via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $550
Flights from Geneva to Athens via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h 7 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
Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$120 - $950
Flights from Lyon to Athens via Heraklion
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $950
Flights from Lyon to Athens via Rhodes
Ave. Duration
6 h 10 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $950
Flights from Lyon to Heraklion
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,000
Flights from Lyon to Heraklion via Athens
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,000
Flights from Lyon to Thessaloniki via Athens
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$100 - $700
Flights from Geneva to Heraklion via Athens
Ave. Duration
5 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $1,000
Flights from Geneva to Athens
Ave. Duration
2 h 43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $600
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Geneva to Heraklion
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$150 - $1,100
Flights from Geneva to Athens
Ave. Duration
2 h 43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $600
Flights from Geneva to Athens via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $550
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Lyon to Thessaloniki via Venice
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$210 - $800
Flights from Lyon to Thessaloniki via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $800
Flights from Geneva to Heraklion
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$130 - $1,100
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 Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,400
Flights from Geneva to Athens via Rome
Ave. Duration
4 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,400
Transavia France
Website
transavia.com
Flights from Lyon to Athens
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$85 - $470
Flights from Lyon to Heraklion
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$140 - $800
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Lyon to Athens via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $1,200
Flights from Geneva to Athens via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Lyon to Athens via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $1,000
Flights from Lyon to Thessaloniki via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$100 - $600
Croatia Airlines
Website
croatiaairlines.com
Flights from Lyon to Athens via Split
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Lyon to Thessaloniki via Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
7 h 50 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$200 - $430
Jet2.com
Website
jet2.com
Flights from Lyon to Thessaloniki via Manchester
Ave. Duration
8 h 30 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$85 - $650
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Geneva to Athens via Vienna
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$190 - $900
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 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
Train from Lyon Saint-Exupéry TGV Station to Torino Porta Susa
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$70 - $80
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$70 - $80
1st Class
$100 - $140
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
Greek Railways (OSE)
Website
trainose.gr
Train from Larissa to Athens
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$19 - $25
Website
trainose.gr
Book at
Raileurope.com
Second Class
$19 - $25
First Class
$23 - $35
Trenitalia Intercity

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
Night train from Torino Porta Nuova to Brindisi
Ave. Duration
11 h 58 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$100 - $140
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
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
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $60
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
$75 - $120
Schedules at
eurolines.fr
Portokalidis Tours
Website
portokalidistours.gr
Bus and ferry from Bologna to Larissa
Ave. Duration
14 h 4 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$130 - $200
Schedules at
portokalidistours.gr
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Lyon to Sofia
Ave. Duration
27 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$60 - $120
Schedules at
online.union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Sofia to Athens
Ave. Duration
12 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$27 - $65
Schedules at
online.union-ivkoni.com
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
$220 - $280
Schedules at
georg-bg.com
Valeross
Phone
046/ 66 13 21
Email
valeross_holiday@abv.bg
Website
valeross.com
Bus from Sofia to Athens
Ave. Duration
10 h 3 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30 - $70
Schedules at
valeross.com
Ilias Travel
Phone
+359 2831 9192
Email
office@iliastravel.com
Website
iliastravel.com
Bus from Sofia to Athens
Ave. Duration
14 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$61 - $65
Schedules at
iliastravel.com
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
Florentia Bus
Phone
+39 055 967024
Email
info@florentiabus.it
Website
florentiabus.it
Bus and ferry from Brindisi to Fier
Ave. Duration
9 h 50 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Schedules at
florentiabus.it
Albtrans sh.p.k
Phone
+355 4 2239 203
Email
rezervime@albtrans.net
Website
albtrans.net
Bus from Fier to Athens
Ave. Duration
10 h 50 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$46
Schedules at
albtrans.net
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 - $220
Schedules at
minoan.gr
Deck
$77 - $79
Airplane economy seats
$90 - $93
2-berth outside
$190 - $220
3-berth outside shower
$160 - $200

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Greece is 1 h ahead of Lyon. It is currently 6:00 AM in Lyon and 7:00 AM in Greece.

Yes, the driving distance between Lyon to Greece is 2561 km. It takes approximately 25 h 2 min to drive from Lyon to Greece.

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Transavia France, Croatia Airlines, Air France and four other airlines offer flights from Lyon Airport to Athens Airport.

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There are 65+ hotels available in Greece. Prices start at $48 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Lyon to Lyon Airport is to Rhonexpress which takes 29 min and costs 9€ - 15€.

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