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There are 8 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 Ic1 / ...
  2. Take the train from Geneve to Lyon Part Dieu Ter / ...

€97 - €166

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Bus  •  6h 55m

  1. Take the bus from Zurich Bus Station to Lyon Perrache 106 / ...

€22 - €27

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Train, bus  •  7h 39m

  1. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Basel Sbb Ice / ...
  2. Take the bus from Basel, Meret Oppenheim-Strasse to Lyon, de Perrache - Galerie A RegioJet

€36 - €53

Drive  •  4h 18m

  1. Drive from Zürich to Lyon 424.9 km

€45 - €70

Fly Zurich 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

€117 - €248

Fly Zurich to Lyon  •  3h 57m

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

€33 - €274

Train, train to Strasbourg, fly to Lyon  •  5h 53m

  1. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Basel Sbb
  2. Take the train from Basel Sbb to Strasbourg
  3. Fly from Strasbourg (SXB) to Lyon (LYS) SXB - LYS

€172 - €379

Train to Stuttgart, fly to Lyon  •  6h 54m

  1. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Boeblingen
  2. Fly from Stuttgart (STR) to Lyon (LYS) STR - LYS

€98 - €382

Zürich to Lyon by train

The train journey time between Zürich and Lyon is around 5h 58m and covers a distance of around 435 km. The fastest train normally takes 4h 50m. Operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) and TGV inOui, the Zürich to Lyon train service departs from Zürich HB and arrives in Lyon Part Dieu. Typically 55 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
5h 58m
Fastest train time:
4h 50m
Trains per week:
55
Cheapest price:
€117
Carbon emissions:
22 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
06:32
Last train departs at:
20:32

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Zürich to Lyon train schedules

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Yes, but conditions apply when entering France from Switzerland.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Lyon is 800 130 000.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Lyon is mandatory.

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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Zürich to Lyon is to bus which costs SFr 24 - SFr 30 and takes 6h 55m.

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The fastest way to get from Zürich to Lyon is to fly which takes 3h 57m and costs SFr 35 - SFr 310.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Zurich Bus Station station and arriving at Lyon Perrache. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6h 55m.

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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 424.9 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 100 - SFr 190.

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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 Bus 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 100 - SFr 190. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 24 - SFr 30 and takes 6h 55m, you could also fly, which costs SFr 35 - SFr 310 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 Bus Station to Lyon Perrache 3 times a day. Tickets cost €22 - €27 and the journey takes 6h 55m.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Geneva
Ave. Duration
51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
€85 - €230
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Zurich to Geneva
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
€85 - €230
Flights from Stuttgart to Lyon via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h
When
Every day
Estimated price
€80 - €410
Twin Jet
Website
twinjet.fr
Flights from Zurich to Lyon
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
€16 - €240
Flights from Stuttgart to Lyon
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
€19 - €250
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Strasbourg to Lyon
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€110 - €430
Royal Jordanian
Website
rj.com
Flights from Zurich to Geneva
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
€110 - €190
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)
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
€29 - €55
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Basel Sbb to Strasbourg
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€40 - €80
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Zuerich Hb to Boeblingen
Ave. Duration
2h 32m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€60 - €110
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
Train from Zuerich Hb to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
€24 - €35
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
€30 - €35
1st Class
€24 - €29
Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express

German rail company Deutsche Bahn is known for its efficient and comfortable service. It offers many different types of rail transportation, including ICE or Intercity-Express for high-speed services between major cities and regions, IC (InterCity) for long-distance trains, RE (Regional Express) trains that connect regions and cities, and the S-Bahn rapid transit service. There are two main tickets on offer: the Flexpreis that has full flexibility, and the Sparpreis which is the cheaper, advanced fare (bookings usually open 6 months in advance for domestic tickets).

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Zuerich Hb to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€23 - €35
Website
Deutsche Bahn
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 Bus Station to Lyon Perrache
Ave. Duration
6h 55m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€22 - €27
Website
flixbus.co.uk
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.com
Bus from Basel, Meret Oppenheim-Strasse to Lyon, de Perrache - Galerie A
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
€12 - €18
Website
RegioJet

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The quickest flight from Zurich Airport to Geneva Airport is the direct flight which takes 45 min.

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Zürich to Lyon bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at 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 425 km. It takes approximately 4h 18m to drive from Zürich to Lyon.

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Royal Jordanian and Swiss offer flights from Zurich Airport to Geneva Airport.

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