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Madrid to Lyon by train

It takes an average of 13h 23m to travel from Madrid to Lyon by train, over a distance of around 567 miles (913 km). There are normally 5 trains per day travelling from Madrid to Lyon and tickets for this journey start from €46 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 9h 39m
PriceFrom €46
Distance567 miles (913 km)
Frequency5 trains per day
First train05:30
Last train19:40
Departure stationMadrid
Arrival stationLyon
Changes1 change
Train and bus operatorsUnion Ivkoni (Bus), Flixbus, ALSA

Madrid to Lyon train times

Check out the next trains departing from Madrid to Lyon for Tuesday 10th August 2021. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
05:30 15:09 9h 39m, 3 changes
05:30 15:48 10h 18m, 2 changes
08:30 18:50 10h 20m, 2 changes
11:30 07:28 19h 58m, 3 changes
19:40 12:20 16h 40m, 1 change

Cheap train tickets from Madrid to Lyon

The price of train tickets from Madrid to Lyon starts at €46 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 Madrid to Lyon 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 Madrid to Lyon? 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 Madrid to Lyon take?

The average journey time by train between Madrid and Lyon is 13 hours and 23 minutes, with around 5 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 Madrid and Lyon by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Madrid to Lyon is 9 hours and 39 minutes.

How much does the train from Madrid to Lyon cost?

Train ticket prices from Madrid to Lyon can start from as little as €46 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 Madrid to Lyon?

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

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

The first train from Madrid to Lyon leaves at 05:30. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Madrid to Lyon leaves at 19:40. 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 Madrid and Lyon by train?

Trains travelling from Madrid to Lyon cover a distance of around 567 miles (913 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Lyon to Madrid. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Madrid to Lyon.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Madrid to Lyon for a typical week day using timetable data for 08/10/2021. 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 01/01/0001 for travel on 01/01/0001 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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