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How to travel from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Lyon by train

Want to find out more about taking the train from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Lyon? Look no further.

You'll usually find 29 trains per day running between Frankfurt (Main) Hbf and Lyon, which usually take 9 hours 28 minutes to complete the 560 km journey. It can take as little as 5 hours 50 minutes on the fastest services though, if you want to get there as quickly as possible. As soon as you board the train, you'll be able to make yourself comfortable and enjoy the journey as there are direct services available. Hop on a train operated by either TGV or SNCF to reach your destination in no time. These train companies are the main operators of services on this route and run modern comfortable trains to make your journey as relaxing as possible.

You can save money on train tickets from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Lyon if you book in advance, as tickets usually start from $31.21. Use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to compare ticket prices and get the cheapest fares.

Want to book your train tickets now? Just start a search with us today. If you want to find out more about the journey, read on for train schedules (including first and last train times), FAQs and tips on how to book cheap train tickets.

Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Lyon by train

It takes an average of 9h 28m to travel from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Lyon by train, over a distance of around 348 miles (560 km). There are normally 29 trains per day traveling from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Lyon and tickets for this journey start from $31.21 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 5h 50m
PriceFrom $31.21
Distance348 miles (560 km)
Frequency29 trains per day
First train02:45
Last train22:08
Departure stationFrankfurt (Main) Hbf
Arrival stationLyon
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsSNCF, Flixbus, BlaBlaCar Bus

Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Lyon train times

Check out the next trains departing from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Lyon for Tuesday Aug 23rd 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
09:06 15:56 6h 50m, 2 changes
09:26 17:56 8h 30m, 2 changes
09:26 18:34 9h 8m, 2 changes
09:42 17:56 8h 14m, 3 changes
09:42 18:34 8h 52m, 3 changes
11:06 18:44 7h 38m, 4 changes
12:57 18:56 5h 59m, direct
13:06 18:56 5h 50m, 1 change
13:26 21:00 7h 34m, 1 change
14:09 21:56 7h 47m, 3 changes

SNCF and TGV trains from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Lyon

You can travel from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Lyon on SNCF and TGV 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.

PhotoCtruongngoc, under licence CC BY-SA 3.0

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).

PhotoErmell, under licence CC BY-SA 3.0

TGV is the high-speed train service of the SNCF company. It connects the major cities of France at speeds of up to 200 mph (320 km/h). All TGV trains are equipped with a food carriage, a free WiFi connection, power sockets and fold-down tables. Two comfort classes are offered – First Class and Second Class, with flexible fare options available and access to the Grand Voyageur lounge in some stations.

Cheap train tickets from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Lyon

The price of train tickets from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Lyon starts at $31.21 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 Frankfurt (Main) Hbf 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 Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Lyon

Want to know more about your journey from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf 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 Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Lyon take?

The average journey time by train between Frankfurt (Main) Hbf and Lyon is 9 hours and 28 minutes, with around 29 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 Frankfurt (Main) Hbf and Lyon by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Lyon is 5 hours and 50 minutes.

How much does the train from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Lyon cost?

Train tickets from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Lyon can start from as little as $31.21 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 Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Lyon?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Lyon without having to change trains. There is 1 direct train from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf 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 Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Lyon leave?

The first train from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Lyon leaves at 02:45. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Lyon leave?

The last train from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Lyon leaves at 22:08. 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 Frankfurt (Main) Hbf and Lyon by train?

Trains travelling from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Lyon cover a distance of around 348 miles (560 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Lyon to Frankfurt (Main) Hbf.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Lyon for a typical week day using timetable data for 08/23/2022. 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 07/26/2022 for travel on 07/26/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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