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

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Train  •  5h 38m

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Genève 1 / ...
  2. Take the train from Geneve to Lyon Part Dieu Ter / ...

119€ - 214€

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Bus  •  6h 50m

  1. Take the bus from Zurich to Lyon, Lyon Perrache N882 / ...

22€ - 80€

3 alternative options

Drive  •  4h 21m

  1. Drive from Zürich to Lyon 428.3 km

45€ - 75€

Fly to Lyon  •  3h 57m

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

97€ - 335€

Fly to Geneva, train  •  5h 13m

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

137€ - 405€

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The cheapest way to get from Zürich to Lyon is to bus which costs SFr 24 - SFr 85 and takes 6h 50m.

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The quickest way to get from Zürich to Lyon is to fly which costs SFr 100 - SFr 370 and takes 3h 57m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Zurich and arriving at Lyon, Lyon Perrache. Services depart three times a day, and operate Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 6h 50m.

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No, there is no direct train from Zürich to Lyon. However, there are services departing from Zürich HB and arriving at Lyon Part Dieu via Geneve. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h 38m.

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The distance between Zürich and Lyon is 335 km. The road distance is 428.3 km.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Lyon without a car is to train which takes 5h 38m and costs SFr 120 - SFr 230.

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It takes approximately 5h 38m to get from Zürich to Lyon, including transfers.

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

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Zürich to Lyon train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), depart from Zürich HB station.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Lyon is to train which takes 5h 38m and costs SFr 120 - SFr 230. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 24 - SFr 85 and takes 6h 50m, you could also fly, which costs SFr 100 - SFr 370 and takes 3h 57m.

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Map of how to get from Zürich to Lyon.
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  • Distance: 335.4 km
  • Duration: 5h 38m

What companies run services between Zürich, Switzerland and Lyon, France?

You can take a train from Zürich to Lyon via Geneve in around 5h 38m. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Zurich to Lyon, Lyon Perrache every 4 hours. Tickets cost 22€ - 27€ and the journey takes 6h 50m. Three other operators also service this route.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Geneva
Ave. Duration
52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
80€ - 420€
Twin Jet
Website
twinjet.fr
Flights from Zurich to Lyon
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
18€ - 220€
Royal Jordanian
Website
rj.com
Flights from Zurich to Geneva
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
110€ - 160€
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 Zürich HB to Genève
Ave. Duration
2h 46m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
75€ - 140€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Geneve to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
1h 52m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
40€ - 75€
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
20€ - 30€
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
20€ - 23€
1st Class
25€ - 30€
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 Zurich to Lyon, Lyon Perrache
Ave. Duration
6h 50m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
22€ - 27€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Eurolines FR

Eurolines is a network of coach companies that operate throughout Europe plus Morocco. It’s an affordable way to travel around the continent, with tickets starting at €5. All coaches have Wi-Fi, plug sockets and USBs, reclining chairs and toilets, and a standard ticket includes up to two medium suitcases plus carry-on luggage. Within France, Eurolines serves 69 destinations; including Paris, Lyon, Versailles, Nice and Bordeaux.

Contact Details
Phone
+ 33 1 41 86 24 21
Website
eurolines.fr
Bus from Zurich to Lyon, Perrache
Ave. Duration
7h 15m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
25€ - 40€
Website
Eurolines FR
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus from Zurich to Lyon Gare Perrache
Ave. Duration
7h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
27€ - 40€
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eurolines.ch
Iberocoach
Phone
(+351) 253 267 730
Website
iberocoach.com
Bus from Zürich to Lyon
Ave. Duration
9h 15m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
55€ - 80€
Website
iberocoach.com

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The quickest flight from Zurich Airport to Lyon Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 5m.

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

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

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

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Twin Jet offers flights from Zurich Airport to Lyon Airport.

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Book your Zürich to Lyon bus tickets online with Omio, FlixBus and Busbud.

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There are 1407+ hotels available in Lyon. Prices start at 87€ per night.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Zurich Airport is to train which takes 13 min and costs SFr 3 - SFr 20.

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