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

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Train  •  5h 6m

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

$114 - $192

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Night bus  •  6h 51m

  1. Take the night bus from Lyon, Lyon Perrache to Zurich N106

$27 - $44

4 alternative options

Bus  •  7h 4m

  1. Take the bus from Lyon Gare de Perrache to Zurich

$49 - $63

Drive  •  4h 21m

  1. Drive from Lyon to Zürich 267.5 miles

$55 - $85

Fly to Zurich  •  4h 9m

  1. Fly from Lyon (LYS) to Zurich (ZRH) LYS - ZRH

$82 - $237

Fly to Milan Malpensa  •  5h 49m

  1. Fly from Lyon (LYS) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) LYS - MXP

$105 - $267

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The cheapest way to get from Lyon to Switzerland is to night bus which costs 23€ - 40€ and takes 6h 51m.

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The quickest way to get from Lyon to Switzerland is to fly which costs 70€ - 210€ and takes 4h 9m.

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No, there is no direct train from Lyon to Switzerland. However, there are services departing from Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu and arriving at Zürich Stadelhofen via Genève and Zürich HB. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h 6m.

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The distance between Lyon and Switzerland is 285 km. The road distance is 428.1 km.

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The best way to get from Lyon to Switzerland without a car is to train which takes 5h 6m and costs 95€ - 170€.

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It takes approximately 5h 6m to get from Lyon to Switzerland, including transfers.

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Lyon to Switzerland train services, operated by SNCF, depart from Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu station.

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The best way to get from Lyon to Switzerland is to train which takes 5h 6m and costs 95€ - 170€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 40€ - 55€ and takes 7h 4m, you could also fly, which costs 70€ - 210€ and takes 4h 9m.

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

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Lyon to Switzerland train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), arrive at Zürich HB station.

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Map of how to get from Lyon to Switzerland.
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  • Distance: 178.2 miles
  • Duration: 5h 6m

What companies run services between Lyon, France and Switzerland?

You can take a train from Lyon to Zürich via Gare de Genève, Genève, and Zürich HB in around 5h 6m. Alternatively, Eurolines CH operates a bus from Lyon to Zürich 3 times a week. Tickets cost $40 - $50 and the journey takes 7h.

Airlines
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Lyon to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $500
Hop!
Website
hop.com
Flights from Lyon to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $500
Twin Jet
Website
twinjet.fr
Flights from Lyon to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$200 - $410
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
1h 51m
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
1h 44m
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
1h 58m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$50 - $95
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Genève to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
2h 46m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$85 - $150
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 Gare de Perrache to Zurich
Ave. Duration
7h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$40 - $50
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eurolines.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.

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Night bus from Lyon, Lyon Perrache to Zurich
Ave. Duration
6h 35m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$25 - $45
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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Yes, the driving distance between Lyon to Switzerland is 428 km. It takes approximately 4h 21m to drive from Lyon to Switzerland.

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Twin Jet offers flights from Lyon Airport to Zurich Airport.

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There are 695+ hotels available in Switzerland. Prices start at $90 USD per night.

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

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