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Travelling from London to Lyon by train

Planning a trip and want to find more information about the journey from London to Lyon by train? Look no further! 

Generally, the train from London to Lyon takes 7h 24m to travel the 455 miles (733 km) between these two cities. However, the fastest services can take you to Lyon in just 6h 2m. Firstly, take the Eurostar to Paris and hop on an RER service to Gare de Lyon, where a high-speed TGV train will whisk you down to Lyon.  

On the London to Paris route, Eurostar boast a variety of trains, including the re-furbished e300 trains and the super-modern e320 trains. Once on board, enjoy free WiFi, power sockets and three seating classes – Standard, Standard Premier and Business Premier. On the latter, you’ll enjoy plush leather seats and complimentary food. Once you’ve boarded the TGV train, you’ll also find free WiFi, comfortable seating and plenty of room for luggage. 

After you’ve arrived at Lyon station, you can start exploring the city. Head up to La Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière – the hilltop church that sits proudly, overlooking the city. Alternatively, meander through Parc de la Tête d'Or, a serene 19th century park centred around a shimmering lake. For more inspiration, take a look at the best things to do in Lyon.  

Eager to book? Start a search for cheap train tickets from London to Lyon with us today. Want to find out more information first? Keep scrolling for all the details you need, including FAQs and train times.

London to Lyon by train

It takes an average of 5h 50m to travel from London to Lyon by train, over a distance of around 455 miles (733 km). There are normally 23 trains per day travelling from London to Lyon and tickets for this journey start from £61.17 when you book in advance.

First train


Last train


Departure station


Arrival station


Journey time

From 4h 55m


455 miles (733 km)


23 trains per day


1 change


From £61.17

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London to Lyon train times

Check out the next trains departing from London to Lyon for Tuesday 20th June 2023. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
09:31 15:05 5h 34m, 1 change
10:26 15:56 5h 30m, 1 change
11:04 16:00 4h 56m, 1 change
11:31 17:03 5h 32m, 1 change
11:31 17:05 5h 34m, 1 change
12:31 18:02 5h 31m, 1 change
13:01 17:52 4h 51m, 2 changes
13:01 19:00 5h 59m, 1 change
13:31 18:56 5h 25m, 1 change
13:31 19:05 5h 34m, 1 change

Cheap train tickets from London to Lyon

The price of train tickets from London to Lyon starts at £61.17 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 5 hours and 50 minutes, with around 23 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 4 hours and 55 minutes.

How much does the train from London to Lyon cost?

Train ticket prices from London to Lyon can start from as little as £61.17 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 06:01. 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 20:01. 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 06/20/2023. 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 09/18/2023 for travel on 09/18/2023 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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