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Montpellier to Lyon by train

It takes an average of 4h 26m to travel from Montpellier to Lyon by train, over a distance of around 157 miles (252 km). There are normally 12 trains per day travelling from Montpellier to Lyon and tickets for this journey start from €20 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 1h 56m
Price€20 - €127.50
Distance157 miles (252 km)
Frequency12 trains per day
Departure stationMontpellier
Arrival stationLyon
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operators

Montpellier to Lyon train times

Check out the next trains departing from Montpellier to Lyon for Wednesday 27th May 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
06:30 Montpellier St-Roch08:25 Lyon Part-DieuTGV INOUI 9898 SNCF Get tickets1h 55m, direct
08:09 Montpellier St-Roch10:50 Lyon Part-DieuTER 76404 SNCF Get tickets2h 41m, 1 change
12:29 Montpellier St-Roch16:20 Lyon Part-DieuTER 76310 SNCF Get tickets3h 51m, 2 changes
12:29 Montpellier St-Roch16:40 Lyon Part-DieuTER 76310 SNCF Get tickets4h 11m, 1 change
14:53 Montpellier St-Roch16:50 Lyon Part-DieuTGV INOUI 9864 SNCF Get tickets1h 57m, direct
15:21 Montpellier St-Roch18:21 Lyon PerracheTGV INOUI 6204 SNCF Get tickets3h 00m, 2 changes
16:34 Montpellier St-Roch18:50 Lyon Part-DieuTER 76314 SNCF Get tickets2h 16m, 1 change
17:21 Montpellier St-Roch20:22 Lyon PerracheTGV INOUI 9704 SNCF Get tickets3h 01m, 2 changes
19:09 Montpellier St-Roch21:53 Lyon Part-DieuTER 86994 SNCF Get tickets2h 44m, 1 change
20:10 Montpellier St-Roch08:20 Lyon Part-DieuTER 76428 SNCF Get tickets12h 10m, 2 changes

TGV, SNCF and Renfe-SNCF trains from Montpellier to Lyon

You can travel from Montpellier to Lyon on TGV, SNCF and Renfe-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).

Renfe-SNCF trains are the result of a collaboration between France and Spain to bring the two countries together via a network of high-speed trains. There are two comfort classes – Turista (or Second Class) and Preferente (or First Class). Both classes have power sockets and comfortable seating. Luggage security checks are in force at all Spanish stations before boarding. It's also advisable to travel with your identity card for border control.

Cheap train tickets from Montpellier to Lyon

Train tickets from Montpellier to Lyon start at €20 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 €60.29.
lowest price found
4 weeksin advance
avg. single price48.89
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price55.36
on the day
avg. single price60.29

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 Montpellier 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 guide 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 Montpellier 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 Montpellier to Lyon take?

The average journey time by train between Montpellier and Lyon is 4 hours and 26 minutes, with around 12 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 Montpellier and Lyon by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Montpellier to Lyon is 1 hour and 56 minutes.

How much does the train from Montpellier to Lyon cost?

Train tickets from Montpellier to Lyon can start from as little as €20 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 Montpellier to Lyon?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Montpellier to Lyon without having to change trains. There are 2 direct trains from Montpellier to Lyon. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Montpellier to Lyon leaves at 06:28. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Montpellier to Lyon leaves at 20:10. 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 Montpellier and Lyon by train?

Trains travelling from Montpellier to Lyon cover a distance of around 157 miles (252 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Lyon to Montpellier. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Montpellier to Lyon.
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 Montpellier to Lyon for a typical week day using timetable data for 27/05/2020. 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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