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How to travel from Lyon to Zürich by train

Want to find out more about taking the train from Lyon to Zürich? Look no further.

You'll usually find 17 trains per day running between Lyon and Zürich, which usually take 5 hours 39 minutes to complete the 335 km journey. It can take as little as 4 hours 22 minutes on the fastest services though, if you want to get there as quickly as possible. Although there aren't any direct services on this line, it's still easy to travel to Zürich from Lyon, you'll just need to make 1 change along the way. All or part of your journey will be onboard a train operated by Regiojet, as they are the main carrier on this route.

You can save money on train tickets from Lyon to Zürich if you book in advance, as tickets usually start from $55.05. 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.

Lyon to Zürich by train

It takes an average of 5h 39m to travel from Lyon to Zürich by train, over a distance of around 208 miles (335 km). There are normally 17 trains per day traveling from Lyon to Zürich and tickets for this journey start from $55.05 when you book in advance.

First train

06:38

Last train

22:16

Departure station

Lyon

Arrival station

Zürich

Journey time

4h 22m

Distance

335 miles (208 km)

Frequency

17 trains per day

Changes

1 change

Price

From $55.05

Train and bus operators

Flixbus, Regiojet, Union Ivkoni (Bus), ALSA

Lyon to Zürich train times

Check out the next trains departing from Lyon to Zürich for Tuesday Feb 14th 2023. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
07:34 12:26 4h 52m, 2 changes
07:38 12:28 4h 50m, 1 change
09:04 13:26 4h 22m, 1 change
09:38 14:28 4h 50m, 1 change
10:32 15:26 4h 54m, 1 change
11:38 16:28 4h 50m, 1 change
13:38 18:28 4h 50m, 1 change
15:04 20:00 4h 56m, 2 changes
15:38 20:28 4h 50m, 1 change
17:00 21:26 4h 26m, 1 change

Cheap train tickets from Lyon to Zürich

The price of train tickets from Lyon to Zürich starts at $55.05 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 Lyon to Zürich 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 Lyon to Zürich

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

The average journey time by train between Lyon and Zürich is 5 hours and 39 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 Lyon and Zürich by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Lyon to Zürich is 4 hours and 22 minutes.

How much does the train from Lyon to Zürich cost?

Train tickets from Lyon to Zürich can start from as little as $55.05 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 Lyon to Zürich?

No, there are no direct train services from Lyon to Zürich. Travelling from Lyon to Zürich by train will require a minimum of 1 change.

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

The first train from Lyon to Zürich leaves at 06:38. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Lyon to Zürich leaves at 22:16. 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 Lyon and Zürich by train?

Trains travelling from Lyon to Zürich cover a distance of around 208 miles (335 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Zürich to Lyon.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Lyon to Zürich for a typical week day using timetable data for 02/14/2023. 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 02/28/2023 for travel on 02/28/2023 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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