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London to Lyon by train

The fastest services from London to Lyon take 4h 56m, requiring a change at Lille. You will travel from London St Pancras to Lille Europe station on a Eurostar train, before changing on to a high-speed TGV service to complete the journey to Lyon.

You can also travel to Lyon via Paris, but this will require you to transfer from Gare du Nord (the Eurostar terminus) to Gare de Lyon for your connecting train to Lyon. Fortunately, there are regular RER services between the two station (Paris’ suburban rail network) and the transit takes just 15 minutes. It’s best to allow around 50 minutes in total for the transfer, however, as there is a small chance you could be delayed arriving into Paris.

What’s on board the Eurostar?

Eurostar run a mixture of trains on the London-Paris route: re-furbished e300 trains, and the super-modern e320 trains.

There are three classes of seat on board: Standard, Standard Premier and Business Premier. Free WiFi is available throughout the train, and every pair of seats has access to UK and EU plug sockets (located under the seats). If you’re travelling in Business Premier, you’ll have access to an additional USB port. That’s not the only perk of travelling in Business Premier, though – seats are made out of plush leather, you’ll be served complimentary food on board and be able to access the Business Premier lounges at St Pancras.

The cafe-bar on board, Café Metropole, is back open for business as usual. This is located in coaches 8 and 9 on the e320s, or coaches 6 and 13 on the e300s. Of course, you can also bring food with you on board.

Are there direct services from London to Lyon?

For most of the year there are no direct services to Lyon. During the summer, however, Eurostar runs up to 4 direct services per week to Lyon, Avignon and Marseille. Our Journey Planner connects directly to Eurostar’s booking engine, so as soon as these before available you’ll see them in your journey search.

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London to Lyon by train

It takes an average of 7h 24m to travel from London to Lyon by train, over a distance of around 455 miles (733 km). There are normally 7 trains per day travelling from London to Lyon and tickets for this journey start from €69 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 6h 2m
PriceFrom €69
Distance455 miles (733 km)
Frequency7 trains per day
First train08:01
Last train19:01
Departure stationLondon
Arrival stationLyon
Changes1 change
Train and bus operatorsBlaBlaBus

Cheap train tickets from London to Lyon

The price of train tickets from London to Lyon starts at €69 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 London 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.

Journey details

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

The average journey time by train between London and Lyon is 7 hours and 24 minutes, with around 7 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 London and Lyon by train?

The fastest journey time by train from London to Lyon is 6 hours and 2 minutes.

How much does the train from London to Lyon cost?

Train ticket prices from London to Lyon can start from as little as €69 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.

Is there a direct train from London to Lyon?

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

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

The first train from London to Lyon leaves at 08:01. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from London to Lyon leaves at 19:01. 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 London and Lyon by train?

Trains travelling from London to Lyon cover a distance of around 455 miles (733 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Lyon to London.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for London to Lyon for a typical week day using timetable data for . 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 11/30/2021 for travel on 11/30/2021 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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