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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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 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.
The fastest journey time by train from London to Lyon is 6 hours and 2 minutes.
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.
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 08:01. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
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.
Trains travelling from London to Lyon cover a distance of around 455 miles (733 km) during the journey.