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!
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.§
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.
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!
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.
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.
The fastest journey time by train from Lyon to Zurich Hb is 4 hours and 26 minutes.
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.
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.
The first train from Lyon to Zurich Hb leaves at 06:16. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
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.
Trains travelling from Lyon to Zurich Hb cover a distance of around 335km during the journey.