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There are 6 ways to get from Madrid Atocha Station to Lyon by train, plane, bus or car

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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Train, fly to Lyon

  1. Take the train from Atocha to Nuevos Ministerios
  2. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Lyon (LYS)

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Bus

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Lyon Perrache

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Fly to Geneva, train

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Geneva (GVA)
  2. Take the train from Geneve to Lyon Part Dieu

Train via Barcelona

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Barcelona-Sants
  2. Take the train from Barcelona-Sants to Lyon Perrache

Train

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Avignon Tgv
  2. Take the train from Avignon Tgv to Lyon Part Dieu

Drive

  1. Drive from Madrid Atocha Station to Lyon

Madrid Atocha Station to Lyon by walk and train

The journey time between Madrid Atocha Station and Lyon is around 17h 40m and covers a distance of around 1263 km. This includes an average layover time of around 8h 19m. The fastest journey normally takes 17h 40m. Operated by Renfe AVE and Renfe SNCF, the Madrid Atocha Station to Lyon service departs from Madrid Atocha Station and arrives in Lyon Perrache. Typically only one service runs weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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Average journey times

Time on transportation:
9h 21m
Layover time:
8h 19m
Total time:
17h 40m

Route information

Fastest journey time:
17h 40m
Journey distance:
1263 km
Services per week:
1
Cheapest price:
€123
Carbon emissions:
66 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
20:40
Last service departs at:
20:40

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Madrid Atocha Station to Lyon walk and train schedules

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The cheapest way to get from Madrid Atocha Station to Lyon is to bus which costs €55 - €75 and takes 17h 48m.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid Atocha Station to Lyon is to train and fly which costs €55 - €170 and takes 5h 7m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Madrid Atocha Station to Lyon. However, there are services departing from Estación De Atocha and arriving at Lyon Perrache via Madrid. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 17h 48m.

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No, there is no direct train from Madrid Atocha Station to Lyon. However, there are services departing from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha and arriving at Lyon Perrache via Barcelona-Sants. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8h 41m.

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The distance between Madrid Atocha Station and Lyon is 912 km. The road distance is 1224.3 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid Atocha Station to Lyon without a car is to train via Barcelona which takes 8h 41m and costs €110 - €200.

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It takes approximately 5h 7m to get from Madrid Atocha Station to Lyon, including transfers.

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Madrid Atocha Station to Lyon bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Madrid station.

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Madrid Atocha Station to Lyon train services, operated by Renfe SNCF, depart from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha station.

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The best way to get from Madrid Atocha Station to Lyon is to train via Barcelona which takes 8h 41m and costs €110 - €200. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €55 - €75 and takes 17h 48m.

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Map of how to get from Madrid Atocha Station to Lyon.
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  • Distance: 912.1 km
  • Duration: 5h 7m

What companies run services between Madrid Atocha Station, Spain and Lyon, France?

You can take a train from Madrid Atocha Station to Lyon via Madrid-Puerta De Atocha and Barcelona-Sants in around 8h 41m. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Madrid to Lyon Perrache once daily. Tickets cost €55 - €70 and the journey takes 16h 35m.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Lyon
Ave. Duration
1h 49m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€60 - €180
Flights from Madrid to Geneva
Ave. Duration
2h
When
Every day
Estimated price
€45 - €350
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€65 - €380
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Madrid to Lyon
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
€65 - €130
Flights from Madrid to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€40 - €160
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Madrid to Geneva
Ave. Duration
2h
When
Every day
Estimated price
€45 - €350
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€65 - €380
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€130 - €350
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Monday
Estimated price
€130 - €350
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4h 42m
When
Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
€55 - €290
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€140 - €600
Train operators
Renfe Cercanias

This regional commuter train system (also known as Cercanías) connects Barcelona with Catalonia and the Barcelona metropolitan area, including popular destinations like Sitges and the Costa Brava. The network of routes mostly runs overground and connects to many Barcelona metro and bus stations. Trains run frequently, and tickets can be bought at station ticket machines on the day of travel. Two children per adult (up to 6 years) can travel for free. If you’re arriving or departing Barcelona on a domestic AVE or long-distance train, check your ticket for a 5-digit Combinado Cercanias code, which is redeemable for a free local ticket from the ticket machines.

Contact Details
Phone
+34 902 320 320
Email
comunicacion@renfe.es
Website
renfe.com
Train from Atocha to Nuevos Ministerios
Ave. Duration
9 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Website
Renfe Cercanias
Renfe Viajeros

Spain's excellent and extensive rail system connects cities across Spain and into neighbouring countries. Renfe's high-speed AVE trains can reach speeds of up to 350km/h, making travel between major cities very efficient. All medium- and long-distance trains require a seat reservation; ticket sales for these trains usually open 30-60 days before travel. Most Renfe trains have two classes: Turista (2nd class) and Preferente (1st class), although some AVE trains offer Turista Plus. There is free WiFi for Preferente passengers and for those with a +Renfe loyalty card.

Rome2rio's guide to Renfe Viajeros
Contact Details
Phone
+34 91 232 03 20
Email
comunicacion@renfe.es
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Atocha Cercanias to Madrid-Nuevos Ministerios
Ave. Duration
8 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€5 - €7
Website
Renfe Viajeros
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 Geneve to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
1h 52m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
€50 - €90
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Avignon TGV to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
1h 1m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€65 - €120
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Renfe AVE
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Contact Details
Phone
+34 91 232 03 20
Email
comunicacion@renfe.es
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Barcelona-Sants
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
€60 - €120
Website
Renfe AVE
Promo
€60 - €80
Promo+
€68 - €73
Flexible
€90 - €120
Renfe SNCF
Phone
+34 902 320 320
Email
comunicacion@renfe.es
Website
renfe-sncf.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Barcelona-Sants
Ave. Duration
2h 57m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€55 - €85
Website
renfe-sncf.com
Train from Barcelona-Sants to Lyon Perrache
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
€60 - €85
Website
renfe-sncf.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Avignon Tgv
Ave. Duration
7h 22m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€80 - €120
Website
renfe-sncf.com
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 Avignon Tgv to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€45 - €55
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
€45 - €55
1st Class
€45 - €55
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.

Rome2rio's guide to SNCF
Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Avignon TGV to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€27 - €55
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
€27 - €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).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 300 137 300
Email
service@flixbus.com
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Madrid to Lyon Perrache
Ave. Duration
16h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€55 - €70
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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The quickest flight from Madrid Airport to Lyon Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 45m.

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Madrid Atocha Station to Lyon bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Lyon Perrache station.

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Madrid Atocha Station to Lyon train services, operated by TGV inOui, arrive at Lyon Part Dieu station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid Atocha Station to Lyon is 1224 km. It takes approximately 11h 28m to drive from Madrid Atocha Station to Lyon.

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easyJet and Iberia offer flights from Madrid Airport to Lyon Airport.

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