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.
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).
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.§
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 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.
The fastest journey time by train from London to Lyon is 5 hours and 32 minutes.
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.
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.
The first train from London to Lyon leaves at 07:55. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
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.
Trains travelling from London to Lyon cover a distance of around 455 miles (733 km) during the journey.