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There are 6 ways to get from Lyon to Saclay by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  2h 48m

  1. Take the train from Lyon Part Dieu to Massy-Palaiseau-Grande-Cre Tgv

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Bus  •  6h 4m

  1. Take the bus from Lyon Perrache to Paris - Massy-Palaiseau N521

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Train via Massy Tgv  •  2h 55m

  1. Take the train from Lyon Part Dieu to Massy Tgv Tgv

Drive  •  4h 11m

  1. Drive from Lyon to Saclay 455.6 km

Fly from Lyon, train  •  4h 28m

  1. Fly from Lyon (LYS) to Paris CDG (CDG) LYS - CDG
  2. Take the train from Aeroport Charles De Gaulle 2 Tgv to Massy Palaiseau

Train to Clermont-Ferrand, fly, train  •  6h 55m

  1. Take the train from Lyon Part Dieu to Clermont-Ferrand
  2. Fly from Clermont-Ferrand (CFE) to Paris CDG (CDG) CFE - CDG
  3. Take the train from Aeroport Charles De Gaulle 2 Tgv to Massy Palaiseau

Lyon to Saclay by train and bus

The journey time between Lyon and Saclay is around 4h 6m and covers a distance of around 440 km. This includes an average layover time of around 1h 44m. The fastest journey normally takes 2h 45m. Operated by TGV inOui and Albatrans, the Lyon to Saclay service departs from Lyon Part Dieu and arrives in La Martinière. Typically seven services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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Average journey times

Time on transportation:
2h 22m
Layover time:
1h 44m
Total time:
4h 6m

Route information

Fastest journey time:
2h 45m
Journey distance:
440 km
Services per week:
7
Cheapest price:
€75
Carbon emissions:
23 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
17:26
Last service departs at:
17:26

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Lyon to Saclay train and bus schedules

Lyon → Saclay
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Saclay is 800 130 000.

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The cost-effective way to get from Lyon to Saclay is to bus, which costs €24 - €30 and takes 6h 4m.

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The quickest way to get from Lyon to Saclay is to train which costs €75 - €95 and takes 2h 48m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Lyon to Saclay. However, there are services departing from Lyon Perrache and arriving at La Martinière via Gare Massy Palaiseau. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6h 4m.

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The distance between Lyon and Saclay is 388 km. The road distance is 455.6 km.

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The best way to get from Lyon to Saclay without a car is to train which takes 2h 48m and costs €75 - €95.

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It takes approximately 2h 48m to get from Lyon to Saclay, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Lyon to Saclay is to train which takes 2h 48m and costs €75 - €95. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €24 - €30 and takes 6h 4m.

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The quickest flight from Lyon Airport to Paris CDG Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 10m.

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Lyon to Saclay bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Paris - Massy-Palaiseau station.

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Map of how to get from Lyon to Saclay.
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  • Distance: 388.2 km
  • Duration: 2h 48m

What companies run services between Lyon, France and Saclay, France?

TGV inOui operates a train from Lyon Part Dieu to Massy-Palaiseau-Grande-Cre once daily. Tickets cost €70 - €95 and the journey takes 2h 7m. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Lyon Perrache to Paris - Massy-Palaiseau 5 times a week. Tickets cost €22 - €28 and the journey takes 5h 15m.

Airlines
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Lyon to Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€55 - €180
Flights from Clermont-Ferrand to Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€45 - €360
Train operators
TGV inOui

France’s high-speed TGV train network runs at speeds of up to 320km/h connecting major cities across France and into neighbouring countries. All TGV tickets include a seat reservation; seating is 1+2 in 1st class, 2+2 in 2nd class. Popular routes include Paris to Marseille and Paris to Strasbourg. Most TGVs have a cafe area, power points at each seat and WiFi.

Contact Details
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Massy-Palaiseau-Grande-Cre
Ave. Duration
2h 7m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€70 - €95
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
€70 - €85
1st Class
€75 - €95
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Massy Tgv
Ave. Duration
2h 3m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
€70 - €95
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
€70 - €85
1st Class
€75 - €95
Paris RER

The Réseau Express Régional (RER) has 5 lines that connect central Paris to the city suburbs, including notable destinations such as Charles de Gaulle airport, Disneyland Paris and Versailles. The RER is also a great option for getting around the city centre as it operates like an express subway train (like the Paris metro, but with fewer stops). If you’re travelling solely within central Paris Zone 1, you can use a Paris Metro ticket. If you’re travelling beyond Zone 1, you’ll need to purchase a Billet Ile-de-France. Children under 4 travel free on the RER.

Contact Details
Phone
3424
Website
ratp.fr
Train from Aeroport Charles De Gaulle 2 Tgv to Massy Palaiseau
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
€9 - €13
Website
RATP Paris
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.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Clermont-Ferrand
Ave. Duration
2h 24m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€60 - €120
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
SNCF

France’s state-owned railway company is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country, with over 14,000 trains operating daily. SNCF runs the country’s extensive rail network, including the high-speed TGV network, regional TER trains and local Intercités. It also operates international routes including Eurostar and Thalys, as well as the low-cost, long-distance Ouigo services that run on limited routes across France. Book up to 3 months in advance for the cheapest fares. 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 Clermont Ferrand
Ave. Duration
2h 24m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€26 - €55
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
€26 - €40
Rail 1st Class
€35 - €55
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Lyon Perrache to Paris - Massy-Palaiseau
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
€22 - €28
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on FlixBus?
Yes - FlixBus offers free Wi-Fi
Are there power outlets on FlixBus?
Yes
Does FlixBus offer meals or snacks?
Yes - snacks and drinks may be purchased from the driver. Please note, this is not available on all services.
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Yes, the driving distance between Lyon to Saclay is 456 km. It takes approximately 4h 11m to drive from Lyon to Saclay.

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Air France offers flights from Lyon Airport to Paris CDG Airport.

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There are 4921+ hotels available in Saclay. Prices start at €87 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 €14 - €16.

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