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!
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.
From 4h 44m
278 miles (448 km)
17 trains per day
Direct trains 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).
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.
In Second Class, TGV INOUI allows you to travel comfortably while enjoying the onboard services, such as free WiFi, power outlets and more.
Prefer to travel in style? Upgrade to First Class and you’ll enjoy all the benefits of Second Class as well as some additional extras.
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.§
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.
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!
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.
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.
The fastest journey time by train from Karlsruhe to Lyon is 4 hours and 44 minutes.
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.
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.
The first train from Karlsruhe to Lyon leaves at 04:12. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
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.
Trains travelling from Karlsruhe to Lyon cover a distance of around 278 miles (448 km) during the journey.