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

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Train TGV  •  4 h 52 min

  1. Take the train from Lyon Part Dieu to Basel SBB Tgv
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB 36 / ...

$118 - $157

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Bus  •  7 h 4 min

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

$49 - $63

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Train via Genève  •  5 h 10 min

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

$118 - $209

Drive  •  4 h 21 min

  1. Drive from Lyon to Zürich 267.5 miles

$55 - $85

Fly to Zurich  •  4 h 8 min

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

$82 - $238

Fly to Milan Malpensa, bus  •  5 h 24 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

$102 - $245

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No, there is no direct train from Lyon to Switzerland. However, there are services departing from Lyon Part Dieu and arriving at Zürich Stadelhofen via Genève and Zürich HB. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 10 min.

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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 4 h 52 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 4 h 52 min to get from Lyon to Switzerland, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Lyon to Switzerland is to train which takes 4 h 52 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 7 h 4 min, you could also fly, which costs and takes 4 h 8 min.

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

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

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Twin Jet offers flights from Lyon Airport to Zurich Airport.

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Map of how to get from Lyon to Switzerland.
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  • Distance: 178.2 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 52 min

What companies run services between Lyon, France and Switzerland?

You can take a train from Lyon to Zürich via Basel SBB, Zürich HB, and Zürich, Bahnhofquai/HB in around 4 h 52 min. Alternatively, Eurolines CH operates a bus from Lyon to Zürich 3 times a week. Tickets cost $40 - $50 and the journey takes 7 h.

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
TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
sncf.com
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
3 h 22 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$85 - $95
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$85 - $95
1st Class
$110 - $170
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
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 Basel SBB to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Lyon-Part-Dieu to Genève
Ave. Duration
1 h 57 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$50 - $95
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Genève to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
2 h 46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$85 - $160
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
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
Bus operators
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus from Lyon Gare de Perrache to Zurich
Ave. Duration
7 h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$40 - $50
Book at
eurolines.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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