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

65€ - 176€

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Bus  •  16h 35m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid, Madrid to Lyon, Lyon Perrache N748

55€ - 70€

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Fly to Geneva, train  •  7h 35m

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

105€ - 336€

Train  •  9h 30m

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

129€ - 454€

Drive  •  11h 30m

  1. Drive from Madrid to Lyon 1224.4 km

140€ - 220€

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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 65€ - 180€ and takes 4h 54m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Madrid, Madrid and arriving at Lyon, Lyon Perrache. Services depart once daily, and operate Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 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 Avignon Tgv. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9h 30m.

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The distance between Madrid and Lyon is 912 km. The road distance is 1224.4 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Lyon without a car is to train which takes 9h 30m and costs 120€ - 460€.

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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, Madrid station.

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Madrid 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 to Lyon is to fly which takes 4h 54m and costs 65€ - 180€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 120€ - 460€ and takes 9h 30m, 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 three other airlines fly from Madrid to Lyon every 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train from Madrid to Lyon via Avignon Tgv in around 9h 30m.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Lyon
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
60€ - 240€
Flights from Madrid to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1h 56m
When
Every day
Estimated price
40€ - 190€
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Madrid to Lyon
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
75€ - 240€
Flights from Madrid to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
50€ - 150€
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Madrid to Lyon via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 17m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
110€ - 350€
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Madrid to Lyon via Paris Orly
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
40€ - 170€
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
80€ - 480€
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Madrid to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
45€ - 230€
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
45€ - 230€
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Brussels
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
80€ - 200€
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
130€ - 240€
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
50€ - 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 44m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
35€ - 45€
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
35€ - 45€
1st Class
35€ - 45€
Train from Avignon Tgv to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
45€ - 55€
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
45€ - 55€
1st Class
45€ - 55€
Renfe SNCF
Website
renfe-sncf.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Avignon Tgv
Ave. Duration
7h 27m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
80€ - 120€
Website
renfe-sncf.com
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 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Madrid, Madrid to Lyon, Lyon Perrache
Ave. Duration
16h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
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, Lyon Perrache station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid to Lyon is 1224 km. It takes approximately 11h 30m to drive from Madrid to Lyon.

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easyJet, Air Europa, Air France and two other airlines offer flights from Madrid Airport to Lyon Airport.

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Book your Madrid to Lyon train tickets online with Omio and Omio.

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

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There are 1373+ hotels available in Lyon. Prices start at 87€ per night.

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