From the trendy architectural landmarks of France to the picture-perfect cobbled streets in Switzerland's capital city, the trip from Lyon to Bern isn't quite short enough for a drive, or long enough for a flight – so why not travel by train? It takes just under four hours on the fastest TER and Intercity services.
Sit back and relax in comfortable seating with plenty of legroom, whilst you enjoy views of the French and Swiss countryside from your window along the way. Although there’s no direct train service between Lyon and Bern, it only takes a quick change in Genève Cornavin station for an SBB service to complete your journey.
On arrival in Bern, you can take a short walk to the Bern Munster, built in the 15th-century. It's not only the most impressive church in town, but it also gives you a fabulous view of the surrounding city.
Still not convinced? Read on for train times and ticket prices or FAQs to help you plan your journey from Lyon to Bern.
It takes an average of 4h 40m to travel from Lyon to Bern Hbf by train, over a distance of around 149 miles (239 km). There are normally 13 trains per day travelling from Lyon to Bern Hbf and tickets for this journey start from £230.34 when you book in advance.
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Although Low Cost is the cheapest option offered by RegioJet, this class boasts a variety of free services, including WiFi, newspapers and an entertainment platform.
In addition to the amenities of the Economy class, you will also enjoy Italian coffee, complimentary tea and juice, power sockets and adjustable seats.
In the Relax class, you’ll take advantage of all the amenities in Standard and Low-Cost, as well as large fold-down tables, comfy leather seats and individual seating.
Travel in RegioJet’s Business class for a premium experience. During your journey, you can rest or work quietly in the quiet carriage and enjoy spacious seats.
There are no weight limits when it comes to luggage on Regiojet trains - you can take what you like, so long as you can carry it by yourself.
Choose from a wide range of drinks, snacks and light bites on board - you'll find the full menu on the Regiojet app. A free bottle of water is available for all customers. For passengers travelling with Relax or Business Class tickets, you'll also be offered a free Italian coffee or mint tea (made with real mint leaves) when on board.
Free WiFi is available on board. You can access the entertainment portal using the Regiojet app, or through the built-in screens on more modern Regiojet trains.
Pushchairs should be folded up to be taken on board. If this isn't possible, you must store your pushchair at the front or back of the carriage.
Bicycles cannot be transported on Regiojet trains.
It's possible to bring small pets on board Regiojet trains in suitable carriers. Pets are not allowed in sleeper carriages or couchettes. Guide dogs of all sizes are permitted on board.
Dedicated wheelchair spaces are available on Regiojet trains.
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 Lyon to Bern Hbf 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!
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.
The average journey time by train between Lyon and Bern Hbf is 4 hours and 40 minutes, with around 13 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 Lyon to Bern Hbf is 3 hours and 48 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Lyon to Bern Hbf can start from as little as £230.34 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 Lyon to Bern Hbf. Travelling from Lyon to Bern Hbf by train will require a minimum of 1 change.
The first train from Lyon to Bern Hbf leaves at 06:38. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Lyon to Bern Hbf leaves at 22:16. 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 Lyon to Bern Hbf cover a distance of around 149 miles (239 km) during the journey.