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

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Fly to Lyon  •  4 h 46 min

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

$63 - $220

5 alternative options

Fly to Geneva, train  •  7 h 8 min

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

$75 - $261

Train  •  9 h 3 min

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Nîmes Ave
  2. Take the train from Nîmes to Lyon Part Dieu Tgv / ...

$162 - $234

Train via Barcelona Sants  •  9 h 5 min

  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

$162 - $224

Bus  •  16 h

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Lyon

$90 - $130

Drive  •  11 h 32 min

  1. Drive from Madrid to Lyon 765.3 miles

$160 - $240

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The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Lyon is to fly which costs 55€ - 200€ and takes 4 h 46 min.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid to Lyon is to fly which costs 55€ - 200€ and takes 4 h 46 min.

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

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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 Nîmes. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9 h 3 min.

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The distance between Madrid and Lyon is 912 km. The road distance is 1224.5 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Lyon without a car is to train which takes 9 h 3 min and costs 140€ - 210€.

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It takes approximately 4 h 46 min to get from Madrid to Lyon, including transfers.

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Madrid to Lyon bus services, operated by Autocares Grupo Samar, depart from Madrid station.

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Madrid to Lyon train services, operated by Spanish Railways 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 4 h 46 min and costs 55€ - 200€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 140€ - 210€ and takes 9 h 3 min, you could also bus, which costs 75€ - 110€ and takes 16 h.

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Map of how to get from Madrid to Lyon.
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  • Distance: 570.1 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 46 min

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

Iberia, easyJet and Air France fly from Madrid to Lyon 4 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a train from Madrid to Lyon via Nîmes in around 9 h 3 min.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Lyon
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $430
Flights from Madrid to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $450
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $440
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Madrid to Lyon via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $490
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $550
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Madrid to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $330
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $330
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Madrid to Lyon
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $400
Flights from Madrid to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1 h 57 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$50 - $340
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $440
TAP Portugal
Website
flytap.com
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Lisbon
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $330
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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Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Gare de Genève to Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu
Ave. Duration
1 h 51 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$28 - $40
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$28 - $40
1st Class
$35 - $60
Train from Nîmes to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$40 - $60
1st Class
$55 - $85
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 Genève to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Spanish Railways AVE
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Contact Details
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Nîmes
Ave. Duration
6 h 57 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$120 - $170
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Barcelona Sants
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$75 - $110
Website
renfe.com
Train from Barcelona Sants to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$85 - $120
Website
renfe.com
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Nîmes to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $65
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$50 - $65
1st Class
$75 - $110
Bus operators

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The quickest flight from Madrid Airport to Lyon Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 45 min.

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Madrid to Lyon bus services, operated by Autocares Grupo Samar, arrive at Lyon station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid to Lyon is 1224 km. It takes approximately 11 h 32 min to drive from Madrid to Lyon.

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easyJet, Air France and Iberia offer flights from Madrid Airport to Lyon Airport.

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There are 1102+ hotels available in Lyon. Prices start at $63 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Madrid Airport is to train which takes 22 min and costs 1€ - 3€.

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