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High-speed train travel from Lyon to Paris

The average train time from Lyon to Paris is 1h 58m, although it takes just 1h 53m on the fastest TGV INOUI services. There are around 33 trains per day running from Lyon to Paris – the first train leaves Lyon Part-Dieu at 05:34 and the last train leaves at 21:01. 

  • All trains depart from Lyon Part-Dieu station. 
  • All trains arrive into Paris Gare de Lyon.  

If you’re planning a trip from Lyon to the City of Light, taking the train is the way to go. Sure, you could drive, but why bother with the hassle of car rentals, busy roads and finding somewhere to park when you could sit back and relax as a high-speed TGV INOUI train whisks you from the heart of Lyon to the centre of the capital in under two hours.  

For optimum comfort during your journey, book yourself First Class tickets and settle into the spacious seats kitted out with headrests and footrests. Take a little nap and arrive in Paris refreshed and ready to explore all the city’s many iconic sights, don't miss the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre. Fancy something a bit different? Why not pay a visit to the Paris Catacombs or a day trip to the Palace of Versailles. Paris is known for its food, so check out our guide to the top restaurants in Paris for inspiration.

Ready to book? Start your search for times and tickets in our Journey Planner at the top of the page. Keep reading for FAQs about the journey from Lyon to Paris by train and how to find cheap train tickets.  

Lyon to Paris by train

It takes an average of 1h 59m to travel from Lyon to Paris by train, over a distance of around 243 miles (391 km). There are normally 25 trains per day travelling from Lyon to Paris and tickets for this journey start from €4 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 1h 56m
PriceFrom €4
Distance243 miles (391 km)
Frequency25 trains per day
Departure stationLyon
Arrival stationParis
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsOUIGO, SNCF, Flixbus, BlaBlaBus

Lyon to Paris train times

Check out the next trains departing from Lyon to Paris for Saturday 8th May 2021. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
13:04 Lyon Part-Dieu15:00 Paris Gare de LyonTGV INOUI 6618 SNCF Get tickets1h 56m, direct
14:25 Lyon St-Exupéry TGV16:17 Paris Gare de LyonTGV INOUI 6196 SNCF Get tickets1h 52m, direct
15:04 Lyon Part-Dieu17:00 Paris Gare de LyonTGV INOUI 6622 SNCF Get tickets1h 56m, direct
16:04 Lyon Part-Dieu18:08 Paris Gare de LyonTGV INOUI 6624 SNCF Get tickets2h 4m, direct
17:04 Lyon Part-Dieu19:00 Paris Gare de LyonTGV INOUI 6626 SNCF Get tickets1h 56m, direct
18:04 Lyon Part-Dieu20:08 Paris Gare de LyonTGV INOUI 6628 SNCF Get tickets2h 4m, direct
18:26 Lyon St-Exupéry TGV20:17 Paris Gare de LyonTGV INOUI 6922 SNCF Get tickets1h 51m, direct
19:04 Lyon Part-Dieu21:00 Paris Gare de LyonTGV INOUI 6630 SNCF Get tickets1h 56m, direct
20:15 Lyon St-Exupéry TGV22:08 Paris Gare de LyonTGV INOUI 9248 SNCF Get tickets1h 53m, direct
20:25 Lyon St-Exupéry TGV22:17 Paris Gare de LyonTGV INOUI 6924 SNCF Get tickets1h 52m, direct

TGV, OUIGO, TER and SNCF trains from Lyon to Paris

You can travel from Lyon to Paris on TGV, OUIGO, 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.

PhotoCramos, under licence CC BY-SA 4.0

OUIGO is the low-cost, high-speed train service operated by the French national train company SNCF. Despite having only one class on board, OUIGO trains offer the same comfort as Second Class seats on TGV trains, although OUIGO tickets are only available to purchase online. To make your journey as smooth as possible, arrive at least 30 minutes before departure and bear in mind that there's an additional fee for bringing a suitcase with you, having a seat with power sockets and travelling with a stroller/buggy.

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 Paris

The price of train tickets from Lyon to Paris starts at €4 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 Lyon to Paris 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 Lyon to Paris? 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 Paris take?

The average journey time by train between Lyon and Paris is 1 hour and 59 minutes, with around 25 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 Paris by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Lyon to Paris is 1 hour and 56 minutes.

How much does the train from Lyon to Paris cost?

Train ticket prices from Lyon to Paris can start from as little as €4 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 Lyon to Paris?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Lyon to Paris without having to change trains. There are 25 direct trains from Lyon to Paris each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Lyon to Paris leaves at 05:04. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Lyon to Paris leaves at 07:04. 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 Paris by train?

Trains travelling from Lyon to Paris cover a distance of around 243 miles (391 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Paris to Lyon. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Lyon to Paris.

Our tips and tricks

We love helping our customers find inspiration for their next train journey. We also believe about taking those journeys and sharing our experiences with you, so you can sit back, relax and get the most out of your trip.

Taking a high-speed TGV train from Lyon to Paris

Review by Estelle Van de Velde

Departing from Lyon Part-Dieu station 

I arrived at Lyon Part-Dieu station with enough time to have a wander before I needed to catch my train.  

It’s located right in front of the Part-Dieu shopping centre, so there’s plenty of opportunity for some window shopping and grabbing a bite to eat before you start your journey. There’s also a fair few shops inside the station as well if you fancy staying a little closer to your platform – Foot Locker, FNAC and Spirit are some of the stores you can spend your time.  

If you’re hungry, Lyon Part-Dieu has a sandwich shop offering quick breakfasts, lunches and coffee to grab and go. There’s also a Starbucks in the station, so there’s plenty of options for refreshments before you leave.  

 Onboard the TGV 

The TGV INOUI train I took from Lyon to Paris was a double-decker! It was still easy to find my seat though as my ticket featured my carriage and seat number. 

The seats are comfortable whether you’re travelling in First or Second Class – on this occasion, I was in Second Class. My seat also had a retractable table, a footrest and a reading light, which was a nice touch.  

I was able to connect to the free WiFi network as well, although there’s a bit of a process you have to go through to get access – connect to the WiFi network, then go to the wifi.sncf website and pop in your 6-letter code you can find on the ticket. 

Arriving into Paris Gare de Lyon  

I always enjoy arriving into Paris Gare de Lyon station – it's impressive clock tower and façade make it one of the most charming stations in the city. Plus, it’s situated very centrally, so it’s easy to get to wherever you’re heading in Paris thanks to its connection to the metro, RER and other trains and buses.  

About Estelle Van de Velde  

Estelle is one of our trusted, hand-picked travel writers. The information for this article was recorded first-hand, based on her own genuine experience of the journey. 

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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. / The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Lyon to Paris for a typical week day using timetable data for 05/08/2021. 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 03/07/2021 for travel on 03/07/2021 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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