There are 5 ways to get from Lyon to Swiss Alps by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  8 h 2 min

  1. Take the train from Lyon Part Dieu to Genève 7-Y / ...
  2. Take the train from Geneve to Brig Ec
  3. Take the train from Brig Bahnhofplatz to Realp 6-Y

$353 - $524

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Fly to Zurich, train, line 2 train, line 110 bus  •  8 h 24 min

  1. Fly from Lyon (LYS) to Zurich (ZRH) LYS - ZRH
  2. Take the train from Zürich HB to Arth-Goldau
  3. Take the line 2 train from Arth-Goldau to Erstfeld
  4. Take the train from Erstfeld to Airolo
  5. Take the line 110 bus from Airolo, Stazione to Gotthard Passhöhe

$124 - $327

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Bus, train  •  10 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Lyon Gare de Perrache to Châteauneuf-Conthey
  2. Take the train from Châteauneuf-Conthey to Brig 130
  3. Take the train from Brig Bahnhofplatz to Andermatt 6-Y / ...

Drive  •  5 h 26 min

  1. Drive from Lyon to Swiss Alps 325.5 miles

$70 - $110

Fly to Milan Malpensa, bus, train  •  9 h 11 min

  1. Fly from Lyon (LYS) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) LYS - MXP
  2. Take the bus from Milan Airport Malpensa 1 to Lugano, Piazzale Besso
  3. Take the train from Lugano to Airolo

$145 - $320

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The cheapest way to get from Lyon to Swiss Alps is to drive which costs 55€ - 90€ and takes 5 h 26 min.

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The quickest way to get from Lyon to Swiss Alps is to drive which costs 55€ - 90€ and takes 5 h 26 min.

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The distance between Lyon and Swiss Alps is 300 km. The road distance is 520.8 km.

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The best way to get from Lyon to Swiss Alps without a car is to train which takes 8 h 2 min and costs 300€ - 450€.

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It takes approximately 8 h 2 min to get from Lyon to Swiss Alps, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Lyon Airport to Zurich Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 5 min.

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Yes, the driving distance between Lyon to Swiss Alps is 521 km. It takes approximately 5 h 26 min to drive from Lyon to Swiss Alps.

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Twin Jet offers flights from Lyon Airport to Zurich Airport.

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There are 158+ hotels available in Swiss Alps. Prices start at $78 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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Map of how to get from Lyon to Swiss Alps.
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  • Distance: 187.5 miles
  • Duration: 8 h 2 min

What companies run services between Lyon, France and Swiss Alps, Switzerland?

You can take a train from Lyon to Swiss Alps via Genève, Geneve, Brig, Brig Bahnhofplatz, and Realp in around 8 h 2 min.

Airlines
Twin Jet
Website
twinjet.fr
Flights from Lyon to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $410
Hop!
Website
hop.com
Flights from Lyon to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $500
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
Train from Geneve to Brig
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$65 - $130
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Arth-Goldau
Ave. Duration
42 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $40
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Arth-Goldau to Erstfeld
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $17
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Erstfeld to Airolo
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$13 - $23
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Lugano to Airolo
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $65
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
Trenitalia Eurocity

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
Train from Geneve to Brig
Ave. Duration
2 h 1 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Zuerich Hb to Arth-Goldau
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$17 - $25
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
MGB
Website
matterhorngotthardbahn.ch
Train from Brig Bahnhofplatz to Realp
Ave. Duration
1 h 42 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $75
Website
matterhorngotthardbahn.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
2nd Class Ticket
$35 - $45
1st Class Ticket
$60 - $75
Train from Brig Bahnhofplatz to Andermatt
Ave. Duration
1 h 57 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $85
Website
matterhorngotthardbahn.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
2nd Class Ticket
$40 - $50
1st Class Ticket
$70 - $85
RegionalAlps
Website
regionalps.ch
Train from Châteauneuf-Conthey to Brig
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
regionalps.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Bus operators
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus from Lyon Gare de Perrache to Châteauneuf-Conthey
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$30 - $40
Book at
eurolines.ch
Swiss PostAuto
Email
info@postauto.ch
Website
postauto.ch
Bus from Airolo, Stazione to Gotthard Passhöhe
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$7 - $10
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Malpensa Express Bus
Phone
+41 91 858 23 23
Email
info@giosytours.ch
Website
malpensa-express.com
Bus from Milan Airport Malpensa 1 to Lugano, Piazzale Besso
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $28
Schedules at
malpensa-express.com

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