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There are 7 ways to get from Zürich to Lyon by train, bus, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Train via Gare de Genève  •  5h 13m

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Genève 1 / ...
  2. Take the train from Gare de Genève to Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu Genève - Lyon-Part-Dieu / ...

$114 - $190

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Bus  •  7h

  1. Take the bus from Zürich to Lyon Gare Perrache 306 / ...

$40 - $50

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Train inOui TGV  •  5h 29m

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB 37 / ...
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Lyon Part Dieu Tgv

$118 - $154

Drive  •  4h 20m

  1. Drive from Zürich to Lyon 267.7 miles

$55 - $85

Fly Zurich to Lyon  •  3h 57m

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

$82 - $236

Fly Zurich to Geneva, train  •  4h 49m

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

$99 - $207

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

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Strasbourg
  3. Fly from Strasbourg (SXB) to Lyon (LYS) SXB - LYS

$124 - $485

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The cheapest way to get from Zürich to Lyon is to bus which costs SFr 40 - SFr 50 and takes 7h.

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The quickest way to get from Zürich to Lyon is to fly which costs SFr 80 - SFr 240 and takes 3h 57m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Zürich and arriving at Lyon Gare Perrache. Services depart once daily, and operate Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 7h.

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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 Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu via Gare de Genève. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h 13m.

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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 13m and costs SFr 110 - SFr 190.

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It takes approximately 5h 13m to get from Zürich to Lyon, including transfers.

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Zürich to Lyon bus services, operated by Eurolines CH, depart from Zürich 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 13m and costs SFr 110 - SFr 190. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 40 - SFr 50 and takes 7h, you could also fly, which costs SFr 80 - SFr 240 and takes 3h 57m.

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Map of how to get from Zürich to Lyon.
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  • Distance: 209.6 miles
  • Duration: 5h 13m

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

You can take a train from Zürich to Lyon via Genève and Gare de Genève in around 5h 13m. Alternatively, Eurolines CH operates a bus from Zürich to Lyon twice daily. Tickets cost $40 - $50 and the journey takes 7h. Three other operators also service this route.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Geneva
Ave. Duration
50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $320
Hop!
Website
hop.com
Flights from Strasbourg to Lyon
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $550
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Strasbourg to Lyon
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $550
Twin Jet
Website
twinjet.fr
Flights from Zurich to Lyon
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$210 - $430
Royal Jordanian
Website
rj.com
Flights from Zurich to Geneva
Ave. Duration
50m
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $400
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. Swiss Railways codeshares with American Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines out of Zurich International Airport.

Contact Details
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Genève
Ave. Duration
2h 46m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$85 - $150
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Genève to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Strasbourg
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$21 - $35
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
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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Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Gare de Genève to Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu
Ave. Duration
1h 51m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$28 - $40
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$28 - $40
1st Class
$35 - $60
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
53m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $28
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$22 - $28
1st Class
$41 - $42
Train from Basel SBB to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
3h 24m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$85 - $95
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$85 - $95
1st Class
$110 - $170
Bus operators
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus from Zürich to Lyon Gare Perrache
Ave. Duration
7h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40 - $50
Book at
eurolines.ch
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Zurich to Lyon, Lyon Perrache
Ave. Duration
7h 25m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$28 - $50
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Ouibus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers comfortable, eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 11 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Zürich to Lyon Gare Perrache
Ave. Duration
7h 40m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$17 - $25
Website
Ouibus
Eurolines FR

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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 Eurolines CH, arrive at Lyon Gare Perrache station.

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Zürich to Lyon train services, operated by inOui TGV, 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 20m 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 train tickets online with Loco2, Rome2rio and two other operators.

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

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There are 1143+ hotels available in Lyon. Prices start at $63 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Zurich Airport is to line 16 train which takes 13m and costs SFr 10 - SFr 20.

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