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Taking the train from Lyon to Grenoble

If you’ve visited the historical sights of Lyon and looking to change your view, a trip to nearby Grenoble is one to consider.

Easy to reach by train, you’ll find yourself at the foot of the mountains in an hour flat. Make the most of your quick journey from Lyon to Grenoble on the SNCF service by swotting up on your destination. For eco-conscious travellers, you’ll be pleased to know that train travel is more environmentally considerate than driving. Plus, SNCF is fully committed to reducing pollution and its carbon footprint. This all bodes well for your foray into its fresh mountain air.

Indeed, Grenoble station is perfectly placed to get around and see the sights, including its crowd-pleasing ‘Telepherique’ - better known as the cable car. For more insight into the destination, including train times, customer reviews and FAQs, please read on.

Lyon to Grenoble by train

It takes an average of 1h 35m to travel from Lyon to Grenoble by train, over a distance of around 58 miles (94 km). There are normally 30 trains per day travelling from Lyon to Grenoble and tickets for this journey start from €23.20 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 1h 04m
Price€23.20 - €64.90
Distance58 miles (94 km)
Frequency30 trains per day
Departure stationLyon
Arrival stationGrenoble
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operators

Lyon to Grenoble train times

Check out the next trains departing from Lyon to Grenoble for Sunday 31st May 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
06:28 Lyon Part-Dieu09:30 GrenobleTGV INOUI 6801 SNCF Get tickets3h 02m, 1 change
08:16 Lyon Part-Dieu09:39 GrenobleTER 17609 SNCF Get tickets1h 23m, direct
10:16 Lyon Part-Dieu11:39 GrenobleTER 17613 SNCF Get tickets1h 23m, direct
11:16 Lyon Part-Dieu12:39 GrenobleTER 17615 SNCF Get tickets1h 23m, direct
11:39 Lyon St-Exupéry TGV12:42 GrenobleTGV INOUI 6911 SNCF Get tickets1h 03m, direct
12:16 Lyon Part-Dieu13:39 GrenobleTER 17617 SNCF Get tickets1h 23m, direct
13:16 Lyon Part-Dieu14:39 GrenobleTER 17619 SNCF Get tickets1h 23m, direct
14:16 Lyon Part-Dieu15:39 GrenobleTER 17621 SNCF Get tickets1h 23m, direct
14:20 Lyon Part-Dieu17:26 GrenobleTER 86127 SNCF Get tickets3h 06m, 1 change
14:56 Lyon Perrache17:30 GrenobleTER 87333 SNCF Get tickets2h 34m, 1 change

TGV, TER and SNCF trains from Lyon to Grenoble

You can travel from Lyon to Grenoble on TGV, TER and SNCF 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.

PhotoErmell, under licence CC BY-SA 3.0

TGV is the high-speed train service of the SNCF company. It connects the major cities of France at speeds of up to 200 mph (320 km/h). All TGV trains are equipped with a food carriage, a free WiFi connection, power sockets and fold-down tables. Two comfort classes are offered – First Class and Second Class, with flexible fare options available and access to the Grand Voyageur lounge in some stations.

PhotoSmiley.toerist, under licence CC BY-SA 3.0

TER (Transport Express Régional) trains are the regional service from SNCF that allow you to make trips to nearby towns and villages located within the same region. With 20 regions in France, TER trains are ideal for travelling to destinations not covered by high-speed services, although ticket prices vary between each region. TER trains have dedicated spaces for bicycles and allow animals on board. Not all TER trains include a First Class carriage.

PhotoCtruongngoc, under licence CC BY-SA 3.0

SNCF is the national train operator of France. It operates all domestic trains and routes across France, as well as international services to Spain and Germany. There are three different types of domestic trains that operate under the SNCF banner – TGV (high-speed, full-service trains that connect the major cities in France), Intercités (usually a more frequent stopping service, but with all the amenities), and TER (regional train services with basic onboard facilities).

Cheap train tickets from Lyon to Grenoble

Train tickets from Lyon to Grenoble start at €23.20 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 €26.21.
lowest price found
4 weeksin advance
avg. single price25.62
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price25.82
on the day
avg. single price26.21

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 Lyon to Grenoble 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 Lyon to Grenoble? 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 Lyon to Grenoble take?

The average journey time by train between Lyon and Grenoble is 1 hour and 35 minutes, with around 30 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 Lyon and Grenoble by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Lyon to Grenoble is 1 hour and 4 minutes.

How much does the train from Lyon to Grenoble cost?

Train tickets from Lyon to Grenoble can start from as little as €23.20 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 Lyon to Grenoble?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Lyon to Grenoble without having to change trains. There are 29 direct trains from Lyon to Grenoble. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Lyon to Grenoble leave?

The first train from Lyon to Grenoble leaves at 06:16. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Lyon to Grenoble leave?

The last train from Lyon to Grenoble leaves at 22:14. 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 Lyon and Grenoble by train?

Trains travelling from Lyon to Grenoble cover a distance of around 58 miles (94 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Grenoble to Lyon. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Lyon to Grenoble.
Average savings on fares booked prior to day of travel vs full price fares on day of travel in France. Subject to availability. Excludes coach.
 / 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 Lyon to Grenoble 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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