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Travelling from Lyon to Zurich by train

From Lyon to Lake Zurich, if you’re looking for a stylish European getaway, this might just be it! Start in the sleek city of Lyon, neatly sat between the Rhône and Saône rivers, this multi-city trip is the perfect way to enjoy some waterfront living. When you’ve had your fill of French charm, give your trip a Swiss spin by heading to Zurich.


You’ll travel by SNCF and TGV Lyria trains, high-speed models that will see you racing across the continent. Three classes are available for you to choose from, with Business giving you access to station lounges. Your journey will last just under 5 hours, so sit back, relax and enjoy the view. Zurich awaits, and the Old Town is where you should start. As well as being very, very pretty, this area is also where iconic landmarks like Grossmünster reside. Following the water to the stunning Lake Zurich is also a must. Tour the best of Europe with Trainline, just see our journey info below if you’re not quite convinced yet!

Journey timeFrom 4h 26m
Price$60.54 - $248.67
Distance335km (208 miles)
Departure stationLyon
Arrival stationZurich Hb
Changes1 change
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Lyon to Zurich Hb train times

Check out the next trains departing from Lyon to Zurich Hb for Tuesday 19th Nov 2019. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
08:3413:264h 52m, 2 changes
08:3813:284h 50m, 1 change
10:0014:264h 26m, 1 change
10:3815:284h 50m, 1 change
12:0016:264h 26m, 1 change
12:3817:284h 50m, 1 change
14:3819:284h 50m, 1 change
15:2820:264h 58m, 1 change
15:3220:284h 56m, 1 change
16:3821:284h 50m, 1 change

Cheap train tickets from Lyon to Zurich Hb

Train tickets from Lyon to Zurich Hb start at €52.17 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 €118.37.
lowest price found
from52.17
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price101.36
on the day
avg. single price118.37

Ahorra comprando tus billetes con la mayor antelación posible

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 Zurich Hb by booking early.§

Descubre cómo encontrar billetes de tren más baratos

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.

Consulta (¡y obtén!) los descuentos y ofertas de tren del momento

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!

Utiliza tu tarjeta de descuento al comprar tus billetes de tren

Take a look at Tarjetas de descuento Renfe 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 Zurich Hb? 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 Zurich Hb take?

The average journey time by train between Lyon and Zurich Hb is 5 hours and 31 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 Zurich Hb by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Lyon to Zurich Hb is 4 hours and 26 minutes.

How much does the train from Lyon to Zurich Hb cost?

Train tickets from Lyon to Zurich Hb can start from as little as €52.17 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 Zurich Hb?

No, there are no direct train services from Lyon to Zurich Hb. Travelling from Lyon to Zurich Hb by train will require a minimum of 1 change.

What time does the first train from Lyon to Zurich Hb leave?

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

What time does the last train from Lyon to Zurich Hb leave?

The last train from Lyon to Zurich Hb 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 Zurich Hb by train?

Trains travelling from Lyon to Zurich Hb cover a distance of around 335km during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Zurich Hb to Lyon. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Lyon to Zurich Hb.
*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 Zurich Hb for a typical week day using timetable data for 19/11/2019. 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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