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 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).
Train tickets from Genève Cornavin to Lyon start at €14.50 if purchased from 3 to 6 months in advance. Prices for train journeys from Genève Cornavin to Lyon start at €30.18 when you book at least 28 days in advance.** Tickets usually go on sale 3 months in advance, yet in some rare cases this can be up to 6 months. For more precise information on when you can book your tickets or whether there are any promotional sales, click here.
The average journey time between Genève Cornavin and Lyon is 2 hours and 11 minutes and the fastest journey time is 1 hour and 41 minutes. On an average weekday, there are 15 trains per day travelling from Genève Cornavin to Lyon. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays; use our journey planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.
The first train from Genève Cornavin to Lyon departs at 05:02. The last train from Genève Cornavin to Lyon departs at 19:31. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services. Alternatively, some popular routes may run throughout the night at a reduced frequency. There may also be less services on weekends and holidays; use our journey planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Genève Cornavin to Lyon without having to change trains. There are 8 direct trains from Genève Cornavin to Lyon. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.