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Taking the train from Nice to Lyon

The average train time from Nice to Lyon is 5h 45m, although it takes 4h 34m on the fastest TGV services. There are around 9 trains per day running from Nice to Lyon, 3 of which are direct.

  • All trains depart from Nice Ville station.
  • All trains arrive into Lyon Part-Dieu station.

Looking for the best way to travel from Nice to Lyon? Take a direct train from Nice station and you could be wandering through Lyon’s charming Presqu'ile District in under five hours. SNCF’s high-speed TGV trains will whisk you over at speeds of up to 320 km/h (198 mph). Opt for the train and skip the hassle of lengthy airport transfers and time-consuming security checks. And most importantly, you’ll arrive at a central station in close proximity to the city’s main sights.

TGV trains are kitted out to offer passengers with a truly comfortable journey, with food carriages, free WiFI, and power sockets to keep your phone charged up for those holiday photos. Book First Class seats for more flexible train tickets and ultra-wide seats.

Want to find out more about this route? Read on for train times and more information about the trip from Nice to Lyon by high-speed train.

Nice to Lyon by train

It takes an average of 5h 34m to travel from Nice to Lyon by train, over a distance of around 186 miles (300 km). There are normally 12 trains per day travelling from Nice to Lyon and tickets for this journey start from €20 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 4h 32m
PriceFrom €20
Distance186 miles (300 km)
Frequency12 trains per day
First train05:20
Last train19:20
Departure stationNice
Arrival stationLyon
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsBlaBlaCar Bus, SNCF, Flixbus

Nice to Lyon train times

Check out the next trains departing from Nice to Lyon for Saturday 20th August 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
06:20 Nice Ville11:07 Lyon St-Exupéry TGVTER 17476 SNCF Get tickets4h 47m, 1 change
06:52 Nice Ville11:28 Lyon Part-Dieutgv inoui 2242 SNCF Get tickets4h 36m, direct
08:20 Nice Ville13:18 Lyon St-Exupéry TGVTER 17478 SNCF Get tickets4h 58m, 1 change
09:52 Nice Ville15:35 Lyon Part-Dieutgv inoui 6170 SNCF Get tickets5h 43m, 2 changes
11:20 Nice Ville16:22 Lyon Part-DieuTER 17482 SNCF Get tickets5h 2m, 1 change
11:53 Nice Ville17:51 Lyon Part-Dieutgv inoui 6176 SNCF Get tickets5h 58m, 2 changes

TGV and SNCF trains from Nice to Lyon

You can travel from Nice to Lyon 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 Nice to Lyon

The price of train tickets from Nice to Lyon starts at €20 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 Nice 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 Nice 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 Nice to Lyon take?

The average journey time by train between Nice and Lyon is 5 hours and 34 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 Nice and Lyon by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Nice to Lyon is 4 hours and 32 minutes.

How much does the train from Nice to Lyon cost?

Train ticket prices from Nice to Lyon can start from as little as €20 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 Nice to Lyon?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Nice to Lyon without having to change trains. There are 3 direct trains from Nice to Lyon each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Nice to Lyon leaves at 05:20. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Nice to Lyon leaves at 19:20. 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 Nice and Lyon by train?

Trains travelling from Nice to Lyon cover a distance of around 186 miles (300 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Lyon to Nice. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Nice 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. / The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Nice to Lyon for a typical week day using timetable data for 08/20/2022. 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 09/21/2022 for travel on 09/21/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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