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Travelling by train from Paris to Lyon with TGV, Frecciarossa and OUIGO

Several railway lines disrupted between Paris and Lyon

Due to a landslide reported in the French Alps on 27th August, some Frecciarossa trains between Paris and Lyon will be suspended from 4th September, for an unknown period. If you’re travelling on this route, TGV INOUI and OUIGO trains will continue to run as normal.


Frecciarossa trains from Paris to Lyon

You can travel from Paris to Lyon on a high-speed Frecciarossa train operated by Trenitalia. Frecciarossa 1000 trains run daily return trips between Paris Gare de Lyon and Lyon Part Dieu.

What’s more, choosing Frecciarossa means you can enjoy plenty of amenities on board, including comfy seats, free WiFi, reading lights, at-seat power sockets, and lots of luggage space.

TGV and OUIGO trains from Paris to Lyon

Take a TGV or OUIGO train from Paris to Lyon and experience one of the best cities for gastronomy in all of Europe. Taking just under a couple of hours, TGV trains are an excellent way to travel, with plenty of space, great views and WiFi available on board – you can’t always say that about air travel! If you're on a budget, OUIGO generally offer cheap tickets and are Standard Class only.

First Class travel from Paris to Lyon

If you want to travel in style, why not choose a First Class train ticket from Paris to Lyon? TGV trains have First Class carriages that offer a wider choice of seats (solo, duo, four people or a private cabin) with head and footrests, reading lights and power sockets so you can really relax during your journey.

You'll also get access to a Business Première space in the Grand-Voyageur lounge, where you can enjoy: free snacks and drinks, newspaper and magazines, Fast Track boarding and ticket flexibility.

Frecciarossa trains offer Business Class and Executive Class where perks include reclining chairs, free WiFi, welcome service, and a quiet carriage to name a few.

Want to find out more about First Class train travel in Europe? Check out our guide to First Class v Second Class on European trains. Ready to book? If not, you can find more information below, including FAQs and trip reviews.

Paris to Lyon by train

It takes an average of 1h 59m to travel from Paris to Lyon by train, over a distance of around 243 miles (391 km). There are normally 6 trains per day travelling from Paris to Lyon and tickets for this journey start from £9.11 when you book in advance.

First train


Last train


Departure station


Arrival station


Journey time

From 1h 56m


243 miles (391 km)


6 trains per day


Direct trains available


From £9.11

Train and bus operators

OUIGO, Trenitalia, BlaBlaCar Bus, SNCF, Flixbus

Paris to Lyon train times

Check out the next trains departing from Paris to Lyon for Tuesday 26th September 2023. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
05:50 Paris Gare de Lyon07:56 Lyon Part-Dieutgv inoui 6601 Get tickets2h 6m, direct
06:26 Paris Gare de Lyon08:22 Lyon Part-Dieutgv inoui 6641 Get tickets1h 56m, direct
07:00 Paris Gare de Lyon08:56 Lyon Part-Dieutgv inoui 6603 Get tickets1h 56m, direct
07:26 Paris Gare de Lyon09:22 Lyon Part-Dieutgv inoui 6643 Get tickets1h 56m, direct
07:30 Paris Gare de Lyon09:26 Lyon Part-Dieufrecciarossa 9281 Get tickets1h 56m, direct
07:52 Paris Gare de Lyon09:56 Lyon Part-Dieutgv inoui 6681 Get tickets2h 4m, direct

TGV, Trenitalia, OUIGO and TER trains from Paris to Lyon

You can travel from Paris to Lyon on TGV, Trenitalia, OUIGO and TER 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.

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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.

Trenitalia is the national railway company of Italy, with a fleet including high-speed trains (Frecciarossa, Frecciargento and Frecciabianca), Intercity and Intercity night trains and regional trains. Trenitalia offers discounts and special promotions on selected routes, two types of discounted tickets for young people under 30 and people over 60.

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OUIGO is the low-cost brand of French rail company SNCF, who operate trains in France and Spain. In France, all seats on OUIGO are Second Class and tickets can only be purchased online. You can also pay for additional extras, such as reserving a seat in the ‘quiet area’, at-seat power sockets and extra luggage. OUIGO has been operating in Spain since May 2021, and their trains include an onboard bar and a premium class of service called OUIGO Plus.

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TER (Transport Express Régional) trains are the regional service from SNCF that allow you to make trips to nearby towns and villages located within the same region. With 20 regions in France, TER trains are ideal for travelling to destinations not covered by high-speed services, although ticket prices vary between each region. TER trains have dedicated spaces for bicycles and allow animals on board. Not all TER trains include a First Class carriage.

TGV INOUI, OUIGO and TER classes from Paris to Lyon

Compare the different travel classes offered by TGV INOUI, OUIGO and TER when travelling from Paris to Lyon.

Onboard services on TGV INOUI, OUIGO and TER

Discover more about the onboard services offered on trains from Paris to Lyon.


On TGV INOUI services, there's no weight limit for your luggage - you can travel your way! However, remember that your suitcases, overnight bags and rucksacks can't be larger than 130 x 90 cm, and you must be able to carry them and store them in the dedicated luggage racks on board by yourself. All luggage must be labelled before being stored.

RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

All TGV INOUI trains are equipped with a café-bar carriage offering a range of food and drink to suit you at any time of day. The Bar is always situated in carriage 4 or 14 of the train. There's a range of local and responsibly sourced products on offer to whet your appetite.


TGV INOUI trains have free WiFi on board for you to use throughout your journey, allowing you to stay connected, reply to emails or even relax and enjoy what's offered on the TGV INOUI entertainment portal.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

Children under 12 can get a half price ticket on TGV INOUI trains. Children under 4 travel free when they travel on your lap.


If you've got a foldable bicycle, you can take it on the train as hand luggage, so long as it's no larger than 130 x 90 cm once folded. Or, if you can dismantle your bike, you can transport it in a cover or case no larger than 130 x 90 cm. You can still travel with a bike that cannot be folded or dismantled - you'll need to reserve a bike space on the train when you buy your ticket. Bike tickets cost €10 per bike, per journey.


Small pets are allowed on board TGV INOUI trains provided they weigh less than 10kg. They must travel in a carrier no larger than 45 x 30 x 25 cm. Tickets for small pets cost €7. Larger dogs can also travel on TGV INOUI services, provided they are wearing a muzzle and are kept on a lead. Tickets for larger dogs cost €20. Guide dogs and assistance dogs travel free of charge on all SNCF trains.

WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

For disabled passengers or those with reduced mobility, you can request assistance through 'Accès Plus'. With this service, a member of staff will meet you at the station and help you get to your seat on the train. To book assistance, contact Accès Plus after you book your tickets (and no later than 48 hours before your train is due to depart).


One piece of hand luggage (36 x 27 x 15 cm) and one piece of cabin luggage (55 x 35 x 25 cm) can be taken onboard. You can take additional or larger bags with you (max. 30kg) for an extra fee or by paying for OUIGO Plus.

RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

On OUIGO trains in France: an at-seat service of snacks is available on Train classique services. This service is not available on high-speed OUIGO trains.
On OUIGO trains in Spain: OUIBAR is located in coach 4 of each train and offers a selection of hot and cold drinks, plus snacks.


WiFi (OUIFI) and an entertainment portal (OUIFUN) are available at an additional cost.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

For OUIGO trains in France: Passengers under 12 years old pay a fixed price for tickets all year round - €5 for journeys on Train classique services, and €8 for high speed services.
For OUIGO trains in Spain: Passengers under 12 pay €5 per ticket for all journeys.


You can take your bicycle on board OUIGO trains if you add the 'Bike' option onto your ticket for an additional fee of at least €5. Your bike must be folded or dismantled and placed in a storage bag for transport.


Pets are only allowed on board OUIGO trains if the 'Pets' option is added to your ticket at the time of booking. (1 pet per adult, per booking, €10 per pet.)

WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

For disabled passengers or those with reduced mobility, you can request assistance through 'Accès Plus'. With this service, a member of staff will meet you at the station and help you get to your seat on the train. To book assistance, contact Accès Plus after you book your tickets (and no later than 48 hours before your train is due to depart).


There are no size limits for the luggage you take on board TER trains, so you can travel your way. However, you must be able to carry any luggage you bring unassisted, and it must fit into the dedicated luggage storage spaces on the train.

RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

TER trains do not have any onboard catering facilities, so don't forget to pick up a snack at the station before you leave!


TER trains do not currently have WiFi available.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

All children under 12 years old get 50% off the price of a TER ticket - input the age of your child when searching your journey and the discount will be applied automatically. Children under the age of 4 travel for free if they're sat on your lap throughout the journey.


On TER trains, it's free to take your bicycle on board. You can hang it up or store it in a dedicated bicycle area. There are a fixed number of spaces available on each train - they're first come, first served and can't be reserved.


Animals weighing less than 6kg must travel in an appropriate carrier (no larger than 45 x 30 x 25 cm), stored at your feet or on your lap. Tickets for small animals cost 7€. Animals weighing more than 6kg must wear a muzzle and be kept on a lead at all times. Tickets for larger animals cost 50% of the price of a second class ticket. Up to 2 animals or 2 carriers allowed per passenger. Guide dogs and assistance dogs travel free of charge on board all SNCF trains.

WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

If you are disabled or have reduced mobility, you can reserve special assistance through 'Accès TER'. Someone can meet you at the station and accompany you to your train or TER bus, helping you to get around more easily.

Cheap train tickets from Paris to Lyon

The price of train tickets from Paris to Lyon starts at £9.11 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 Paris 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.

Frecciarossa train classes from Paris to Lyon

Trenitalia’s Frecciarossa trains have three travel classes available on the Paris to Lyon route – Standard Class, Business Class and Executive Class. Each class offers a different level of comfort, but all offer free and unlimited WiFi access as well as ample luggage space.

On the Paris to Lyon route, both the Standard and Business Class come with two areas, Silenzio and Allegro. Enjoy the tranquillity of the Silenzio space to take a nap, watch a series or focus on some work. Passengers in the Allegro space can enjoy a cheerful, albeit respectful atmosphere. Here, you can chat with your friends, keep your kids busy, or work as a team without worrying about disturbing your neighbours.

Standard Class

Standard Class is equivalent to SNCF’s Second Class and allows you to enjoy the high-speed Italian train at an affordable price. On board, you will take advantage of reclining chairs, electrical sockets at each seat, ample space for your luggage, free WiFi and more.

Free WiFi
Ample luggage space
Reclining seats
Power sockets

Business Class

Business Class is ideal for travellers looking for peace of mind while travelling from Paris to Lyon. On board Frecciarossa’s Business Class, you will enjoy all the benefits of Standard Class as well as large leather recliners, a large luggage area and a welcome service with sweet or savoury snacks, coffee and drinks. Not only that, but the glass partitions installed between the seats offer more privacy.

Large leather recliners
Large luggage space
Welcome service with complimentary snacks and drinks
Glass partitions between seats

Executive Class

Finally, opt for Executive Class and enjoy unparalleled comfort and a unique travel experience. For maximum comfort, you can adjust the backrest of the large leather seats, adjust the footrests according to your desires or rotate your seat for more privacy. You’ll also enjoy a tasty Italian meal served at your seat. Unlike Business Class, Executive Class does not have a quiet space, however it does include a meeting room. With five seats, power outlets and a flat screen that can be connected to your computer, the meeting room is ideal if you need to attend a work meeting during your trip.

Adjustable leather seats and footrests
Complimentary meal served to your seat
Meeting room

Onboard services on Frecciarossa trains

How to get to Paris Gare de Lyon and Paris Bercy stations

On this route, TGV INOUI, OUIGO and Frecciarossa trains leave from Paris Gare de Lyon station and arrive at Lyon Part-Dieu station. However, the OUIGO Train Classique leaves from Paris Bercy station and arrives at Lyon Part-Dieu station.

How to get to Paris Gare de Lyon train station

Address: Pl. Louis-Armand, 75012 Paris

To get to Paris Gare de Lyon station, you can use public transport:

  • Metro and RER lines (located downstairs, allow about 15 minutes to access the platform): 1, 14, RER A and RER D
  • RATP bus (bus stops serving the station are Rue de Bercy and Boulevard Diderot): lines 24, 29, 57, 61, 63, 65, 87, 91
  • Transilien train
  • Taxis and private drivers
  • On foot: Paris Gare de Lyon can be accessed either from the forecourt (Place Louis Armand) overlooking Boulevard Diderot, or from Rue de Bercy, or from Place Henri Frenay.

How to get to Paris Bercy station

Address: 48 bis boulevard de Bercy 75012 Paris

To get to Paris Bercy station, you can use public transport:

  • Metro lines: 14
  • RATP bus: lines 24, 87
  • Taxis and private drivers
  • On foot: Paris Bercy train station is 20 minutes away via Rue de Bercy, then Boulevard de Bercy.

Boarding the train from Paris to Lyon

Once you’ve arrived at Paris Gare de Lyon station, you can make your way to the platform. If you’re travelling with TGV INOUI and you’ve got a Business Première ticket or another eligible ticket, you can take advantage of the TGV INOUI Grand Voyageur lounge. Find out more here.

Arriving at Lyon Part-Dieu station from Paris

Address: 5, Place Charles Béraudier 69003 Lyon

To get to Lyon Part-Dieu train station, you can use public transport:

  • Metro and tram line: metro line B and tram line Rhônexpress
  • Bus and coaches: bus lines C1, C2, C3, C6, C7, C9, C13, C25, 25, 37, 38, 70 and intercity bus lines 165, 1980, 2960, 1920
  • Taxis and private drivers
  • On foot: Please note that Lyon Part-Dieu train station is currently under construction. In order to leave the station on foot, you will find a pedestrian bridge that will allow you to reach the boulevard Vivier-Merle from the temporary hall of the station.

Things to see and do in Lyon

Perched where the Rhône meets the Saône, Lyon is famed for its architectural heritage, history and gastronomy. Whether you're travelling for work or leisure, Lyon is the perfect place to visit all-year-round!

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Paris 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 Paris to Lyon take?

The average journey time by train between Paris and Lyon is 1 hour and 59 minutes, with around 6 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 Paris and Lyon by train?

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

How much does the train from Paris to Lyon cost?

Train ticket prices from Paris to Lyon can start from as little as £9.11 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 Paris to Lyon?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Paris to Lyon without having to change trains. There are 6 direct trains from Paris 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 Paris to Lyon leave?

The first train from Paris to Lyon leaves at 05:50. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Paris to Lyon leaves at 07:52. 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 Paris and Lyon by train?

Trains travelling from Paris to Lyon cover a distance of around 243 miles (391 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Lyon to Paris. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Paris to Lyon.

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Paris to Lyon on a Frecciarossa train in July 2023

Review by Kristina Fox

Buying my train ticket 

Once I’d decided I wanted to visit Lyon on my holiday, it was time to book my train ticket. I booked on the Trainline app so I could compare different trains and times and pay for my ticket in pounds. What’s more, getting an e-ticket meant one less thing to remember – my ticket was saved automatically in the app for when I needed it. 

Catching the train at Paris Gare de Lyon 

Paris has a number of large train stations, so if you’re planning a trip in France, it’s important to know which one you’re headed to. Trains to Lyon depart from Paris Gare de Lyon, which is easily accessible using the metro (lines 1 and 14) or by hopping onto an RER train.  

When I arrived at Gare de Lyon, I found the right platform and showed my e-ticket (stored in the Trainline app) to the train crew at the ticket gates. After my ticket had been scanned, I headed to the train to find my reserved seat. All high-speed trains on this route include a seat reservation with your ticket, so there’s no need to stand! 

Exterior of carriage 6 on Trenitalia Frecciarossa train sitting at platform at Paris Gare de Lyon

On board a Frecciarossa train  

There are three different train services on the route from Paris to Lyon: TGV INOUI, OUIGO and Frecciarossa. On this occasion, I took a Frecciarossa train. These trains have only been running on this route since December 2021, so they’re new and have been built to a high standard. 

My boyfriend and I travelled in Standard Class, which had comfy seats with fold-down tables, plug sockets at each seat, air conditioning and a reliable free WiFi connection throughout the journey. As we booked together, the system reserved us seats next to each other, so we settled in to watch the French countryside roll by.  

The train was quite early, so I didn’t manage to eat breakfast beforehand. Luckily, I was able to grab breakfast from the onboard café bar – I got a coffee, an orange juice and a pastry for €5! 

Croissant, orange juice and coffee on a fold down table on a Frecciarossa train

The journey from Paris to Lyon 

We left Gare de Lyon right on time at 9:30am, and soon the train was speeding toward Lyon. There are two main train stations in Lyon: Lyon Part-Dieu and Lyon Perrache. It’s worth checking which one is closest to where you want to be and making sure your chosen train stops there.  

Trenitalia services stop at both, so we stayed on the train until Lyon Perrache station as we were staying nearby.  

Arriving at Lyon Perrache 

We made one stop at Lyon Part-Dieu station, where the train waited for a few minutes as passengers alighted, before the train pulled into Lyon Perrache, its final destination. We arrived exactly on time at 11:49am, having travelled 243 miles in just 2 hours and 19 minutes (while the journey to Lyon Part-Dieu is under 2 hours!). 

Overall, I’d really recommend the Frecciarossa train between Paris and Lyon. The train was clean and well-equipped with everything you might need for the journey ahead – as we travelled in the middle of July, I appreciated the air conditioning the most! It was simple to book with Trainline too, so the whole journey from booking a ticket to arriving in Lyon was stress-free. 

Kristina Fox, review author

About Kristina
Kristina is one of our trusted, hand-picked travel writers. The information for this review was recorded first-hand, based on her own genuine experience of the journey. 

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