Travel with ease from Switzerland to France thanks to the wonders of the train network. Take the train from Genève Cornavin to Lyon and in less than two hours you could be enjoying the attractions of this beautiful city after relaxing on a comfortable and high-speed TGV train.
Taking the train is a much better option than driving. You can sit back and enjoy the view rather than stressing about crowded roads, and you'll have the benefit of spacious seats, onboard internet access and tasty snack options throughout your journey. You'll arrive refreshed and ready to experience the highlights within easy walking distance of Lyon Part-Dieu station. In just 30 minutes you can reach the zoo and green space of the Parc de la Tete d'Or, or, if you prefer to get a retail fix, one of Europe's biggest shopping centres is right on your doorstep.
Book your ticket from Genève Cornavin to Lyon today. Start a search in our Journey Planner at the top of the page, or keep reading for times and tips on how to find cheap tickets.
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 Lyria links France to Switzerland and can travel at a maximum speed of 200 mph (320 km/h). Resulting from the collaboration between SNCF and SBB, TGV Lyria has three comfort classes on all trains. Standard (equivalent to the Second Class TGV, with comfortable seats), Standard 1ère (with more legroom and access to the SNCF show Grand Voyageur at the Gare de Lyon in Paris) and Business 1ère (available all week except Saturday, on some lines only).
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.
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 Genève Cornavin 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!
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 Genève Cornavin and Lyon is 2 hours and 35 minutes, with around 13 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 Genève Cornavin to Lyon is 1 hour and 44 minutes.
Train tickets from Genève Cornavin to Lyon can start from as little as €14.70 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 Genève Cornavin to Lyon without having to change trains. There are 11 direct trains from Genève Cornavin to Lyon. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Genève Cornavin to Lyon leaves at 05:26. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Genève Cornavin to Lyon leaves at 19:42. 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 Genève Cornavin to Lyon cover a distance of around 70 miles (112 km) during the journey.