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

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Fly to Lyon  •  4h 54m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Lyon (LYS) MAD - LYS

52€ - 166€

4 alternative options

Fly to Geneva, train  •  7h 39m

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

87€ - 410€

Train  •  8h 35m

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

123€ - 198€

Bus  •  16h 35m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Lyon Perrache N748

55€ - 70€

Drive  •  11h 28m

  1. Drive from Madrid to Lyon 1223.2 km

130€ - 200€

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The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Lyon is to bus which costs 55€ - 70€ and takes 16h 35m.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid to Lyon is to fly which costs 50€ - 170€ and takes 4h 54m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Madrid and arriving at Lyon Perrache. Services depart three times a week, and operate Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 16h 35m.

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No, there is no direct train from Madrid to Lyon. However, there are services departing from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha and arriving at Lyon Part Dieu via Barcelona-Sants. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8h 35m.

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The distance between Madrid and Lyon is 912 km. The road distance is 1223.2 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Lyon without a car is to train which takes 8h 35m and costs 120€ - 200€.

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It takes approximately 4h 54m to get from Madrid to Lyon, including transfers.

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

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

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The best way to get from Madrid to Lyon is to fly which takes 4h 54m and costs 50€ - 170€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 120€ - 200€ and takes 8h 35m, you could also bus, which costs 55€ - 70€ and takes 16h 35m.

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Map of how to get from Madrid to Lyon.
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  • Distance: 912.1 km
  • Duration: 4h 54m

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

Iberia, easyJet and Vueling Airlines fly from Madrid to Lyon 3 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a train from Madrid to Lyon via Barcelona-Sants in around 8h 35m.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Lyon
Ave. Duration
1h 48m
When
Every day
Estimated price
50€ - 200€
Flights from Madrid to Lyon via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
100€ - 320€
Flights from Madrid to Geneva
Ave. Duration
2h
When
Every day
Estimated price
45€ - 550€
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Madrid to Lyon
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
35€ - 150€
Flights from Madrid to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
35€ - 300€
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Madrid to Lyon via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
100€ - 320€
Flights from Madrid to Geneva
Ave. Duration
2h
When
Every day
Estimated price
45€ - 550€
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
130€ - 1600€
Train operators
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
45€ - 90€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
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 Geneve to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
1h 43m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
35€ - 45€
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
35€ - 45€
1st Class
35€ - 45€
Renfe AVE
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Contact Details
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Barcelona-Sants
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
60€ - 120€
Website
Renfe AVE
Promo
60€ - 80€
Promo+
68€ - 73€
Flexible
90€ - 120€
Renfe SNCF
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 Madrid to Lyon Perrache
Ave. Duration
16h 35m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
55€ - 70€
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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

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Madrid to Lyon train services, operated by Renfe SNCF, arrive at Lyon Part Dieu station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid to Lyon is 1223 km. It takes approximately 11h 28m to drive from Madrid to Lyon.

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easyJet, Vueling Airlines and Iberia offer flights from Madrid Airport to Lyon Airport.

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Book your Madrid to Lyon bus tickets online with Omio and FlixBus.

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There are 1205+ hotels available in Lyon. Prices start at 75€ per night.

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