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About the train journey from Besançon to Lyon

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The train from Besançon to Lyon usually takes 3 hours 25 minutes on average to travel 187 km, although the quickest services can take as little as 2 hours 21 minutes. You can expect to find 21 trains per day running on this popular route. Good news! There are direct trains available to Lyon, so you can just make yourself comfortable as soon as you board the train and just enjoy the journey. The route to Lyon is operated by SNCF, the French national train operator. You're likely to be traveling on a TER regional train, or Intercités service during your journey, both of which offer modern comfortable seating.

To help you get the best train deals, we'll highlight the cheapest train ticket prices from Besançon to Lyon in our Journey Planner. Just remember, the sooner you book your tickets, the more you'll save, as advance tickets start from $15.48.

Keep reading for more information about the train journey to Lyon, including FAQs, timetables with first and last train times and tips on booking cheap train tickets. If you're ready to book, just start a search for tickets with us today.

Besançon to Lyon by train

It takes an average of 3h 25m to travel from Besançon to Lyon by train, over a distance of around 116 miles (187 km). There are normally 21 trains per day traveling from Besançon to Lyon and tickets for this journey start from $15.48 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 2h 21m
PriceFrom $15.48
Distance116 miles (187 km)
Frequency21 trains per day
First train05:33
Last train21:56
Departure stationBesançon
Arrival stationLyon
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsBlaBlaCar Bus, SNCF, Flixbus

Besançon to Lyon train times

Check out the next trains departing from Besançon to Lyon for Tuesday Oct 11th 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
08:12 11:44 3h 32m, 1 change
08:56 12:04 3h 8m, 1 change
09:56 13:44 3h 48m, 1 change
11:25 14:44 3h 19m, 1 change
11:56 15:44 3h 48m, 1 change
12:12 15:48 3h 36m, 1 change
13:15 15:56 2h 41m, 1 change
13:51 16:30 2h 39m, direct
14:15 16:56 2h 41m, 1 change
15:12 18:44 3h 32m, 1 change

TER and SNCF trains from Besançon to Lyon

You can travel from Besançon to Lyon on TER and SNCF trains. When you search for times and tickets, we might also show you some other options with multiple connections or operators if they’re available.

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TER (Transport Express Régional) trains are the regional service from SNCF that allow you to make trips to nearby towns and villages located within the same region. With 20 regions in France, TER trains are ideal for travelling to destinations not covered by high-speed services, although ticket prices vary between each region. TER trains have dedicated spaces for bicycles and allow animals on board. Not all TER trains include a First Class carriage.

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SNCF is the national train operator of France. It operates all domestic trains and routes across France, as well as international services to Spain and Germany. There are three different types of domestic trains that operate under the SNCF banner – TGV (high-speed, full-service trains that connect the major cities in France), Intercités (usually a more frequent stopping service, but with all the amenities), and TER (regional train services with basic onboard facilities).

Cheap train tickets from Besançon to Lyon

The price of train tickets from Besançon to Lyon starts at $15.48 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. Booking on the day is usually more expensive and costs can vary depending on the time of day, route or class.

Book in advance

Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Besançon to Lyon by booking early.§

Be flexible with your travel times

Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.

Choose a slower or connecting train

On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!

Look out for special deals

Take a look at our handy guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train tickets for your journey.

For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.

§Some train companies may not offer any Advance ticket types or cheaper deals for early bookings. On rare occasions, train companies may choose to release special offers closer to the date on last-minute or late-release tickets. This is dependent on the individual train operating company you travel with.

FAQs for Besançon to Lyon

Want to know more about your journey from Besançon to Lyon? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Besançon to Lyon take?

The average journey time by train between Besançon and Lyon is 3 hours and 25 minutes, with around 21 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

What's the fastest journey time between Besançon and Lyon by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Besançon to Lyon is 2 hours and 21 minutes.

How much does the train from Besançon to Lyon cost?

Train tickets from Besançon to Lyon can start from as little as $15.48 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.

Is there a direct train from Besançon to Lyon?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Besançon to Lyon without having to change trains. There are 4 direct trains from Besançon to Lyon each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Besançon to Lyon leave?

The first train from Besançon to Lyon leaves at 05:33. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Besançon to Lyon leave?

The last train from Besançon to Lyon leaves at 21:56. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.

What's the distance between Besançon and Lyon by train?

Trains travelling from Besançon to Lyon cover a distance of around 116 miles (187 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Lyon to Besançon.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Besançon to Lyon for a typical week day using timetable data for 10/11/2022. On weekends, holidays or other exceptional times, fewer services may be available. The fare range provided has been found by our customers on Trainline on 08/31/2022 for travel on 08/31/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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