There are 7 ways to get from Zürich to Lyon by train, bus, night 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.

Recommended option

Train  •  5 h 46 min

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

$113 - $196

Cheapest option

Bus, night bus  •  9 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Zurich to Lausanne K388 / ...
  2. Take the night bus from Lausanne to Lyon, Lyon Perrache N122

$21 - $42

5 alternative options

Bus  •  7 h

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

$40 - $50

Drive  •  4 h 20 min

  1. Drive from Zürich to Lyon 267.7 miles

$55 - $85

Fly Zurich to Lyon  •  3 h 54 min

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

$74 - $238

Fly Zurich to Geneva, train  •  5 h 19 min

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

$93 - $219

Train, train to Strasbourg, fly to Lyon  •  5 h 37 min

  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

$126 - $487

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Zürich to Lyon is to bus and night bus which costs SFr 19 - SFr 45 and takes 9 h 15 min.

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The quickest way to get from Zürich to Lyon is to fly which costs SFr 70 - SFr 230 and takes 3 h 54 min.

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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 every day. The journey takes approximately 7 h.

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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 Genève. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 46 min.

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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 5 h 46 min and costs SFr 100 - SFr 190.

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It takes approximately 5 h 46 min 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 5 h 46 min and costs SFr 100 - SFr 190. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 40 - SFr 50 and takes 7 h, you could also fly, which costs SFr 70 - SFr 230 and takes 3 h 54 min.

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Map of how to get from Zürich to Lyon.
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  • Distance: 209.6 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 46 min

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

You can take a train from Zürich to Lyon via Genève in around 5 h 46 min. Alternatively, Eurolines CH operates a bus from Zürich to Lyon twice daily. Tickets cost $40 - $50 and the journey takes 7 h. Three other operators also service this route.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Geneva
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $320
Twin Jet
Website
twinjet.fr
Flights from Zurich to Lyon
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $430
Hop!
Website
hop.com
Flights from Strasbourg to Lyon
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $550
Royal Jordanian
Website
rj.com
Flights from Zurich to Geneva
Ave. Duration
45 min
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
2 h 46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$85 - $160
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Genève to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$24 - $40
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Strasbourg
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$21 - $35
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
sncf.com
Train from Genève to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
1 h 44 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $33
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$30 - $33
1st Class
$35 - $60
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$23 - $28
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$23 - $28
1st Class
$41 - $42
Bus operators
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus from Zürich to Lyon Gare Perrache
Ave. Duration
7 h
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.

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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
6 h 35 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$28 - $50
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Zurich to Lausanne
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$13 - $22
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Night bus from Lausanne to Lyon, Lyon Perrache
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$12 - $21
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 Zurich to Lyon - Perrache Bus station
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$18 - $25
Website
Ouibus
Bus from Zurich to Lausanne
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Website
Ouibus
Eurolines FR
Phone
+ 33 1 41 86 24 21
Website
eurolines.fr
Bus from Zurich to Lyon
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$60 - $110
Schedules at
eurolines.fr

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