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High-speed train travel from Lyon to Paris with TGV, Frecciarossa and OUIGO

Frecciarossa trains from Lyon to Paris now running

Good news! You can now travel from Lyon to Paris on a high-speed Frecciarossa train operated by Trenitalia. Frecciarossa 1000 trains run between Lyon Part Dieu and Paris Gare de Lyon station.

What’s more, you can enjoy plenty of amenities on board, including comfy seats, free WiFi, reading lights, at-seat power sockets, and lots of luggage space. We'll continually update this page with the latest information on the service, so be sure to check back regularly.

Frecciarossa Lyon to Paris timetable

Train 6650 Train 6652 Train 6654 Station
06:34 11:55 17:22 Lyon Part-Dieu
08:33 13:51 19:21 Paris Gare de Lyon


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 58m to travel from Lyon to Paris by train, over a distance of around 243 miles (391 km). There are normally 27 trains per day travelling from Lyon to Paris and tickets for this journey start from £8.97 when you book in advance.

First train


Last train


Departure station


Arrival station


Journey time

From 1h 56m


243 miles (391 km)


27 trains per day


Direct trains available


From £8.97

Train and bus operators

OUIGO, BlaBlaCar Bus, Trenitalia, SNCF, Flixbus

Lyon to Paris train times

Check out the next trains departing from Lyon to Paris for Tuesday 4th June 2024. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
08:04 10:00 1h 56m, direct
09:04 11:08 2h 4m, direct
09:38 11:34 1h 56m, direct
10:04 12:00 1h 56m, direct
10:34 12:30 1h 56m, direct
12:04 14:00 1h 56m, direct
12:34 14:30 1h 56m, direct
13:04 15:08 2h 4m, direct
14:04 16:00 1h 56m, direct
14:38 16:34 1h 56m, direct

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

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

Trenitalia is the national railway company of Italy, with a fleet including high-speed trains (Frecciarossa, Frecciargento and Frecciabianca), Intercity and Intercity night trains and regional trains. Trenitalia offers discounts and special promotions on selected routes, two types of discounted tickets for young people under 30 and people over 60.

PhotoCramos, under licence CC BY-SA 4.0

OUIGO is the low-cost brand of French rail company SNCF, who operate trains in France and Spain. In France, all seats on OUIGO are Second Class and tickets can only be purchased online. You can also pay for additional extras, such as reserving a seat in the ‘quiet area’, at-seat power sockets and extra luggage. OUIGO has been operating in Spain since May 2021, and their trains include an onboard bar and a premium class of service called OUIGO Plus.

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.

TGV INOUI, OUIGO and TER classes from Lyon to Paris

Compare the different travel classes offered by TGV INOUI, OUIGO and TER when travelling from Lyon to Paris.

Onboard services on TGV INOUI, OUIGO and TER

Discover more about the onboard services offered on trains from Lyon to Paris.


On board TGV INOUI trains, you can take up to 2 pieces of luggage measuring no more than 70 x 90 x 50 cm, plus one hand luggage measuring no more than 40 x 30 x 15 cm. If you are bringing an XL baggage (maximum 90 x 130 cm), it will replace one of the two 70 x 90 x 50 cm pieces of luggage authorised.

All your luggage must be labelled before entering the train.

RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

All TGV INOUI trains are equipped with a café-bar carriage offering a range of food and drink to suit you at any time of day. The Bar is always situated in carriage 4 or 14 of the train. There's a range of local and responsibly sourced products on offer to whet your appetite.


TGV INOUI trains have free WiFi on board for you to use throughout your journey, allowing you to stay connected, reply to emails or even relax and enjoy what's offered on the TGV INOUI entertainment portal.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

Children under 12 can get a half price ticket on TGV INOUI trains. Children under 4 travel free when they travel on your lap.


If you've got a foldable bicycle, you can take it on the train as hand luggage, so long as it's no larger than 130 x 90 cm once folded. Or, if you can dismantle your bike, you can transport it in a cover or case no larger than 130 x 90 cm. You can still travel with a bike that cannot be folded or dismantled - you'll need to reserve a bike space on the train when you buy your ticket. Bike tickets cost €10 per bike, per journey.


Small pets are allowed on board TGV INOUI trains provided they weigh less than 10kg. They must travel in a carrier no larger than 45 x 30 x 25 cm. Tickets for small pets cost €7. Larger dogs can also travel on TGV INOUI services, provided they are wearing a muzzle and are kept on a lead. Tickets for larger dogs cost €20. Guide dogs and assistance dogs travel free of charge on all SNCF trains.

WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

For disabled passengers or those with reduced mobility, you can request assistance through 'Accès Plus'. With this service, a member of staff will meet you at the station and help you get to your seat on the train. To book assistance, contact Accès Plus after you book your tickets (and no later than 48 hours before your train is due to depart).


One piece of hand luggage (36 x 27 x 15 cm) and one piece of cabin luggage (55 x 35 x 25 cm) can be taken onboard. You can take additional or larger bags with you (max. 30kg) for an extra fee or by paying for OUIGO Plus.

RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

On OUIGO trains in France: an at-seat service of snacks is available on Train classique services. This service is not available on high-speed OUIGO trains.
On OUIGO trains in Spain: OUIBAR is located in coach 4 of each train and offers a selection of hot and cold drinks, plus snacks.


WiFi (OUIFI) and an entertainment portal (OUIFUN) are available at an additional cost.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

For OUIGO trains in France: Passengers under 12 years old pay a fixed price for tickets all year round - €5 for journeys on Train classique services, and €8 for high speed services.
For OUIGO trains in Spain: Passengers under 12 pay €5 per ticket for all journeys.


You can take your bicycle on board OUIGO trains if you add the 'Bike' option onto your ticket for an additional fee of at least €5. Your bike must be folded or dismantled and placed in a storage bag for transport.


Pets are only allowed on board OUIGO trains if the 'Pets' option is added to your ticket at the time of booking. (1 pet per adult, per booking, €10 per pet.)

WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

For disabled passengers or those with reduced mobility, you can request assistance through 'Accès Plus'. With this service, a member of staff will meet you at the station and help you get to your seat on the train. To book assistance, contact Accès Plus after you book your tickets (and no later than 48 hours before your train is due to depart).


There are no size limits for the luggage you take on board TER trains, so you can travel your way. However, you must be able to carry any luggage you bring unassisted, and it must fit into the dedicated luggage storage spaces on the train.

RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

TER trains do not have any onboard catering facilities, so don't forget to pick up a snack at the station before you leave!


TER trains do not currently have WiFi available.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

All children under 12 years old get 50% off the price of a TER ticket - input the age of your child when searching your journey and the discount will be applied automatically. Children under the age of 4 travel for free if they're sat on your lap throughout the journey.


On TER trains, it's free to take your bicycle on board. You can hang it up or store it in a dedicated bicycle area. There are a fixed number of spaces available on each train - they're first come, first served and can't be reserved.


Animals weighing less than 6kg must travel in an appropriate carrier (no larger than 45 x 30 x 25 cm), stored at your feet or on your lap. Tickets for small animals cost 7€. Animals weighing more than 6kg must wear a muzzle and be kept on a lead at all times. Tickets for larger animals cost 50% of the price of a second class ticket. Up to 2 animals or 2 carriers allowed per passenger. Guide dogs and assistance dogs travel free of charge on board all SNCF trains.

WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

If you are disabled or have reduced mobility, you can reserve special assistance through 'Accès TER'. Someone can meet you at the station and accompany you to your train or TER bus, helping you to get around more easily.

Cheap train tickets from Lyon to Paris

The price of train tickets from Lyon to Paris starts at £8.97 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 58 minutes, with around 27 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 £8.97 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 27 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 06:04. 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 21:04. 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.

Tips and tricks from our Trainline team

We love helping our customers find inspiration for their next train journey. Discover some travel stories written based on our employees' experiences.

Taking a high-speed OUIGO train from Lyon to Paris in July 2023

Catching the train at Lyon Perrache 

When catching a train from Lyon to Paris, you’ll usually have the choice between Lyon Perrache and Lyon Part-Dieu stations as your starting point. As I was staying in a hotel close to Lyon Perrache train station, this was the obvious choice. 

I headed to the station and found the correct platform - OUIGO trains are decorated in a delightful blue and pink colour scheme, so you can’t miss them! When I arrived, boarding had already opened – you can board OUIGO trains from 30 minutes before departure. There are staff at the gates who scan your ticket, and then it’s just a matter of finding your reserved seat on the train.  

It’s worth noting that OUIGO tickets aren’t sent out until 4 days before your train’s scheduled departure. Don’t panic: they’ll appear in your email inbox when they’re ready, and you can use an e-ticket to board. 

On board a OUIGO train  

OUIGO trains are the budget-friendly offering from SNCF, France’s national train operator. These no-frills services are double-decker trains with only one class of seating, equivalent to Second Class on TGV INOUI services in France.  

There’s no catering on board at all, so be sure to stock up on drinks and snacks at the station before you board the train. Likewise, make sure you’ve charged your devices beforehand, as not all seats will have a plug socket – you must pay extra to guarantee a seat with a socket, and WiFi is also available at an extra cost.  

There are luggage storage facilities on board, though bear in mind that OUIGO has stricter luggage restrictions than other rail operators. With a standard ticket, you can bring one piece of hand luggage and one cabin bag. We had a big suitcase with us, so we bought the ‘Luggage’ supplement for €5 which allows you to bring a larger bag on board. If you try to bring an oversized item onto the train without purchasing the luggage add-on, you may be charged €20 when you board, so it’s worth planning ahead. 

You can buy an add-on when you purchase your ticket or buy one up to 30 minutes before departure via OUIGO’s website (with the exception of WiFi, which can be purchased when on board). 

The journey from Lyon to Paris 

Boarding closes 5 minutes before the train sets off to ensure a timely departure. Sure enough, we left on time at 9:04am and waved goodbye to Lyon’s traboules and its gorgeous Basilica before settling in for the journey ahead.  

The train made one stop at Marne-la-Vallée station (yes, the Disneyland Paris station) where we paused for a few minutes before continuing to our final destination, Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport station. 

Arriving at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport 

OUIGO trains to major cities sometimes use stations located further away from the city centre. In this case, we arrived on time at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport station at 11:20am, just 2 hours and 16 minutes after leaving Lyon.  

Luckily, Charles de Gaulle Airport is well-connected to the centre of Paris through the RER network as well as the RoissyBus service. We caught the RER B to Paris Gare du Nord, which was an easy option even with luggage. As of July 2023, it was €11.45 for an adult single, and there were plenty of automated machines where you could buy your ticket. However, it’s worth factoring in the time it takes to transfer to the city centre, as well as the cost of the RER train into your overall journey – it could work out cheaper or less hassle to buy a ticket for a train that goes direct to Paris city centre instead. 

Overall, taking a OUIGO train was good for two travellers on a budget with a bit of time to spare. However, if you’re looking for a touch of luxury or a more direct journey from Lyon to Paris, you may want to look at a TGV INOUI or Frecciarossa service instead.  

Kristina Fox, review author

About Kristina
Kristina, a Trainline employee, chose to share their experience of the journey between Lyon and Paris.

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