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How to travel from Lyon to Toulouse by train

Want to find out more about taking the train from Lyon to Toulouse? Look no further.

There are around 17 trains per day running between Lyon and Toulouse, which usually take 6 hours 56 minutes to complete the 224 miles (360 km) journey. It can take as little as 4 hours 11 minutes on the fastest services though, if you want to get there as quickly as possible. As soon as you board the train, you'll be able to make yourself comfortable and enjoy the journey as there are direct services available. Hop on a train operated by either TGV or SNCF to reach your destination in no time. These train companies are the main operators of services on this route and run modern comfortable trains to make your journey as relaxing as possible.

You can save money on train tickets from Lyon to Toulouse if you book in advance, as tickets usually start from €25.00. Use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to compare ticket prices and get the cheapest fares.

Want to book your train tickets now? Just start a search with us today. If you want to find out more about the journey, read on for timetables (including first and last train times), FAQs and tips on how to book cheap train tickets.

Lyon to Toulouse by train

It takes an average of 6h 56m to travel from Lyon to Toulouse by train, over a distance of around 224 miles (360 km). There are normally 17 trains per day travelling from Lyon to Toulouse and tickets for this journey start from €25 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 4h 11m
PriceFrom €25
Distance224 miles (360 km)
Frequency17 trains per day
First train06:36
Last train22:06
Departure stationLyon
Arrival stationToulouse
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsBlaBlaCar Bus, SNCF, Flixbus

Lyon to Toulouse train times

Check out the next trains departing from Lyon to Toulouse for Tuesday 9th August 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
06:36 Lyon Part-Dieu11:01 Toulouse Matabiautgv inoui 6821 SNCF Get tickets4h 25m, direct
07:06 Lyon Perrache12:42 Toulouse Matabiau7811 SNCF Get tickets5h 36m, 2 changes
07:06 Lyon Perrache13:14 Toulouse Matabiau7811 SNCF Get tickets6h 8m, 1 change
07:20 Lyon Part-Dieu14:39 Toulouse MatabiauTER 17701 SNCF Get tickets7h 19m, 2 changes
07:38 Lyon Perrache13:14 Toulouse MatabiauTER 86111 SNCF Get tickets5h 36m, 3 changes
08:20 Lyon Part-Dieu14:39 Toulouse MatabiauTER 86113 SNCF Get tickets6h 19m, 3 changes

TGV and SNCF trains from Lyon to Toulouse

You can travel from Lyon to Toulouse on TGV 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.

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 Toulouse

The price of train tickets from Lyon to Toulouse starts at €25 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 Toulouse 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 Toulouse? 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 Toulouse take?

The average journey time by train between Lyon and Toulouse is 6 hours and 56 minutes, with around 17 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 Toulouse by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Lyon to Toulouse is 4 hours and 11 minutes.

How much does the train from Lyon to Toulouse cost?

Train ticket prices from Lyon to Toulouse can start from as little as €25 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 Toulouse?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Lyon to Toulouse without having to change trains. There are 3 direct trains from Lyon to Toulouse 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 Toulouse leave?

The first train from Lyon to Toulouse leaves at 06:36. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Lyon to Toulouse leaves at 22:06. 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 Toulouse by train?

Trains travelling from Lyon to Toulouse cover a distance of around 224 miles (360 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Toulouse to Lyon. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Lyon to Toulouse.
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 Toulouse for a typical week day using timetable data for 08/09/2022. 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 09/02/2022 for travel on 09/02/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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