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Take the train from Karlsruhe to Lyon in 4 hours 44 minutes

If you want to travel from Karlsruhe to Lyon by train, you've come to the right place.

You can expect the journey from Karlsruhe to Lyon by train to take around 7 hours 3 minutes. If you want to get there as quickly as possible, it can take as little as 4 hours 44 minutes on the fastest services. You'll usually find around 17 trains per day running on this route, which spans 448 km. There's no need for any changes along the way, as there are direct trains available to Lyon. Both TGV and SNCF trains operate on this route, offering modern comfortable services with plenty of room for luggage as standard.

Use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to search for cheap ticket prices and we'll show you how much you can save. Tickets from Karlsruhe to Lyon start from $33.99 when you book in advance.

If you want to know more about the journey, keep reading for train schedules, tips on finding cheap tickets and FAQs, including first and last train times. Want to go straight to booking? Start a search with us today!

Karlsruhe to Lyon by train

It takes an average of 7h 3m to travel from Karlsruhe to Lyon by train, over a distance of around 278 miles (448 km). There are normally 17 trains per day traveling from Karlsruhe to Lyon and tickets for this journey start from $33.99 when you book in advance.

First train


Last train


Departure station


Arrival station


Journey time

From 4h 44m


278 miles (448 km)


17 trains per day


Direct trains available


From $33.99

Train and bus operators

SNCF, Flixbus, BlaBlaCar Bus

Karlsruhe to Lyon train times

Check out the next trains departing from Karlsruhe to Lyon for Tuesday Mar 28th 2023. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
07:09 13:33 6h 24m, 3 changes
08:53 14:42 5h 49m, 3 changes
10:32 15:56 5h 24m, 1 change
10:33 16:56 6h 23m, 3 changes
11:07 16:56 5h 49m, 4 changes
11:07 17:42 6h 35m, 3 changes
11:39 18:42 7h 3m, 3 changes
12:11 18:42 6h 31m, 4 changes
14:12 18:56 4h 44m, direct
14:32 20:42 6h 10m, 3 changes

SNCF and TGV trains from Karlsruhe to Lyon

You can travel from Karlsruhe 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.

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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).

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.

TGV INOUI classes from Karlsruhe to Lyon

Compare the different travel classes offered by TGV INOUI when traveling from Karlsruhe to Lyon.

Cheap train tickets from Karlsruhe to Lyon

The price of train tickets from Karlsruhe to Lyon starts at $33.99 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 Karlsruhe 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 Karlsruhe to Lyon

Want to know more about your journey from Karlsruhe 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 Karlsruhe to Lyon take?

The average journey time by train between Karlsruhe and Lyon is 7 hours and 3 minutes, with around 17 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 Karlsruhe and Lyon by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Karlsruhe to Lyon is 4 hours and 44 minutes.

How much does the train from Karlsruhe to Lyon cost?

Train tickets from Karlsruhe to Lyon can start from as little as $33.99 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 Karlsruhe to Lyon?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Karlsruhe to Lyon without having to change trains. There is 1 direct train from Karlsruhe 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 Karlsruhe to Lyon leave?

The first train from Karlsruhe to Lyon leaves at 04:12. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Karlsruhe to Lyon leaves at 22:00. 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 Karlsruhe and Lyon by train?

Trains travelling from Karlsruhe to Lyon cover a distance of around 278 miles (448 km) during the journey.

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