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Route overview
Avg. journey time4h 59m
Trains per day3
Fare range€18.00 - €298.00
Distance558km
Train operators
First & last trains
First train departs at05:36
Last train departs at21:35
Fastest journey
Fastest route3h 51m
ChangesDirect
Stations
Origin StationRennes
Destination StationLyon

Rennes to Lyon train times

Check out the next trains departing from Rennes to Lyon for Tuesday 26th Mar 2019. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
11:35
16:33
Rennes
Lyon
4h 58m
1 change
12:26
17:04
Rennes
Lyon
4h 38m
1 change
13:29
17:30
Rennes
Lyon
4h 01m
Direct
13:37
18:16
Rennes
Lyon
4h 39m
1 change
15:39
19:30
Rennes
Lyon
3h 51m
Direct

SNCF and TGV trains from Rennes to Lyon

You can travel from Rennes to Lyon on SNCF and TGV 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.

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).

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 320 km/h. All TGV trains are equipped with a food carriage, a free WiFi connection, power sockets and removable shelves. Two comfort classes are offered – First Class and Second Class, with more flexible train tickets and access to the Grand Voyageur lounge in some stations.

Cheap train tickets from Rennes to Lyon

Train tickets from Rennes to Lyon start at €17.99 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 €131.33.
lowest price found
from17.99
4 weeksin advance
avg. single price123.70
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price125.29
on the day
avg. single price131.33

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 Rennes 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 dependant on the individual train operating company you travel with.

How long does it take to travel from Rennes to Lyon by train?

The average journey time between Rennes and Lyon is 4 hours and 59 minutes and the fastest journey time is 3 hours and 51 minutes. On an average weekday, there are 14 trains per day travelling from Rennes to Lyon. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays; use our journey planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

What time is the first and last train of the day from Rennes to Lyon?

The first train from Rennes to Lyon departs at 05:36. The last train from Rennes to Lyon departs at 21:35. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services. Alternatively, some popular routes may run throughout the night at a reduced frequency. There may also be less services on weekends and holidays; use our journey planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

Are there direct train services between Rennes and Lyon?

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

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Lyon to Rennes. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Rennes 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 Rennes to Lyon for a typical week day using timetable data for 26/03/2019. 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 01/10/2018 for travel on 01/10/2018 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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