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Train travel from London to Lyon

Make your way from London to Lyon by train, and you can travel from the centre of one city to the heart of another in just five hours. You’ll take the Eurostar from London St. Pancras to Lille and then switch to the high-speed SNCF train from Lille to Lyon. Hop in a five-minute taxi from Lyon station and you’ll find yourself soaking in the atmosphere at La Place Bellecour, the city’s most famous square, in no time.

If you’ve never taken the Eurostar before, you’re in for a treat. Travelling at speeds of 320 km/h, you’ll whizz through the European countryside from the comfort of your air-conditioned coach. Upgrade to Business Premier and you’ll get priority boarding and delicious snacks and drinks to indulge in along the way. Not quite sure yet? Scroll down for all the details you need on this train journey, including FAQs and train times.

London to Lyon by train

It takes an average of 6h 15m to travel from London to Lyon by train, over a distance of around 455 miles (733 km). There are normally 5 trains per day travelling from London to Lyon and tickets for this journey start from €54 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 5h 32m
Price€54 - €457.40
Distance455 miles (733 km)
Frequency5 trains per day
Departure stationLondon
Arrival stationLyon
Changes1 change
Train and bus operators

London to Lyon train times

Check out the next trains departing from London to Lyon for dimanche 31 mai 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
09:01 London St-Pancras17:00 Lyon Part-DieuEurostar 9116 Eurostar Get tickets6h 59m, 1 change
10:24 London St-Pancras17:58 Lyon Part-DieuEurostar 9018 Eurostar Get tickets6h 34m, 1 change
12:24 London St-Pancras19:34 Lyon St-Exupéry TGVEurostar 9024 Eurostar Get tickets6h 10m, 1 change
09:01 London St-Pancras17:00 Lyon Part-DieuEurostar 9116 Eurostar Get tickets6h 59m, 1 change
10:24 London St-Pancras17:58 Lyon Part-DieuEurostar 9018 Eurostar Get tickets6h 34m, 1 change
12:24 London St-Pancras19:34 Lyon St-Exupéry TGVEurostar 9024 Eurostar Get tickets6h 10m, 1 change
09:01 London St-Pancras17:00 Lyon Part-DieuEurostar 9116 Eurostar Get tickets6h 59m, 1 change
10:24 London St-Pancras18:01 Lyon Part-DieuEurostar 9018 Eurostar Get tickets6h 37m, 1 change
12:24 London St-Pancras18:56 Lyon Part-DieuEurostar 9024 Eurostar Get tickets5h 32m, 2 changes
12:24 London St-Pancras19:34 Lyon St-Exupéry TGVEurostar 9024 Eurostar Get tickets6h 10m, 1 change

Eurostar trains from London to Lyon

You can travel from London to Lyon on Eurostar trains. When you search for times and tickets, we might also show you some other options with multiple connections or operators if they’re available.

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Eurostar is the exclusive high-speed train service that links London to Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam and the rest of Europe at speeds of up to 186 mph (300 km/h). All Eurostar trains have modern, comfortable facilities, plenty of room for luggage, and onboard food and beverage car. There are three comfort classes on offer – Standard, Standard Premier (equivalent to Premium Economy, with light refreshments served), and Business Premier (equivalent to First or Business Class, with flexible travel options, priority boarding, lounge access and delicious food and drink included).

Cheap train tickets from London to Lyon

Train tickets from London to Lyon start at €54 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in Advance, however, if you're booking last-minute tickets on the day, the average price is around €237.97.
lowest price found
from54
4 weeksin advance
avg. single price178.82
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price192.77
on the day
avg. single price237.97

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 guide to check when European train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap 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 6 hours and 15 minutes, with around 5 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 5 hours and 32 minutes.

How much does the train from London to Lyon cost?

Train tickets from London to Lyon can start from as little as €54 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 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 07:55. 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 12:24. 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.
Average prices for adult tickets in economy. Discount cards and coach journey excluded. Prices are based on searches made by our customers over the past 6 months. "14 days in advance" includes days 13 and 15. / The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for London to Lyon for a typical week day using timetable data for 31/05/2020. 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 01/04/2019 for travel on 01/04/2019 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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