TGV Lyria

TGV Lyria


TGV Lyria, high speed trains connecting France and Switzerland, serving Paris, Lausanne, Interlaken etc.

  • Paris - Zurich: 04:03
  • Book early, save up to 50%
  • Book up to 120 days in advance
  • E-ticket
  • High Speed trains


TGV Lyria train


TGV Lyria

TGV Lyria is operated by SNCF, the French national railway company and CFF, the Swiss national railway company. The high speed train links France and Switzerland. TGV Lyria enables you to reach Basel, Zurich, Bern, Lausanne and Geneva from Gare de Lyon in just a few hours. TGV Lyria will take you from France to major Swiss cities, ski resorts and lakes. The TGV Lyria will take you from Paris city center and major train stations to the snow white Swiss mountains in just a couple of hours. Breathtaking scenery is very much part of your journey. In the first class carriages, you will be able to relax by enjoying a peaceful break, reading a book, watching a movie on your iPad or just by laying back. While on board you can make a taxi reservation in Paris or buy subway tickets for Parisian metro, in the bar-buffet car.

Practical information

You do not have to check in before boarding. However make sure that you board your train at least 2 minutes before departure time. Access to trains cannot be guaranteed beyond 2 minutes before departure.
Keep your ticket, passport and any other travel documents handy. Ticket controllers will ask for those travel documents onboard of the TGV Lyria. Police and customs check will take place at national borders.

Paper ticket

Receive your ticket directly to your address. Just take them with you and you are ready to travel. Shipping fees apply.

Print @ home

Print your ticket anywhere and anytime before your travel. Skip shipping fees.

Printing guide

Print @ Station (from France)

Go to a self-service ticket machine and enter your reference to retrieve your ticket. Skip shipping fees.

Printing guide

Booking :
  • TGV Lyria tickets are open for booking 120 days ahead.
  • Get the lowest prices by booking early and don’t wait until the last minute as cheaper seats sell the fastest.
  • Opt for off-peak trains when you have to travel short notice. They are more affordable than morning and evening trains along with those running on holiday eves, Friday and Sunday afternoon.

A class apart

Classes of service

Classes and facilities offered by TGV Lyria
First classSecond class
Reclining seats Cosy with more legroom, reclining seats are ideal to enjoy the trip.
Meal and drink* A delicious meal and drinks are served at seat on board.
Taxi reservation** Pre-book a taxi and don’t waste time when you get off at your destination.
Power sockets Ideal to plug your laptop, phone or any electronic device from your seat.
Bar buffet car Access to the bar buffet car where snacks and beverages can be bought.
Comfortable seats Spacious seats with a headrest and generous legroom.

*except on Geneva <> Marseille/Nice ** except on Geneva<>Nice

Travel forum

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Reviews & ratings

  • Value for money
    Very good option  | Sandra g. | 2017/03/01
    "It was a very good journey. The train was comfortable, the attendants were friendly. Service on board was perfect including the breakfast, which was delicious. "

  • Value for money
    Better than flying | Matthew v. | 2017/02/28
    "Coming from Australia I assumed flights would be far better than trains but having the stations right in the centre of the city made it much more convenient and easier to manage without a phone. The train was smooth and quick. "

  • Value for money
    VERY GOOD TRIP  | Buddike Eranga b. | 2017/02/22

  • Value for money
    Wi-Fi  | Feras a. | 2017/02/16
    "I wish there was Wi-Fi service in the train. "

  • Value for money
    Pleasant trip | Johannes w. | 2017/02/14
    "Pleasant ride but there was a 30 minute delay for unknown reason. Food service was good including refills. Appreciate taxi ordering service before reaching Gare de Lyon. "

  • Value for money
    First Time to Use Rail Europe | Maricar c. | 2017/02/14
    "Everything was excellent. Thank you for the wonderful service. "

  • Value for money
    awesome | Shih Yuin l. | 2017/01/25
    "it was awesome taking the train from lyon to geneva "

  • Value for money
    Paris to Geneva delight | Pieter v. | 2017/01/23
    "Always a pleasure to travel in luxury, comfort and with excellent service. "

  • Value for money
    Paris to Basel | David m. | 2017/01/15
    "So easy and great price "

  • Value for money
    Fast and direct  | Tressa h. | 2017/01/08
    "The train was full but comfortable. Enjoyed a snack in the food car. The view was wonderful and was happy it was a direct run. "

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Common Questions, Simple Answers

  • Q. Is dinner and/or breakfast included with my reservation on an overnight train?

  • Q. Where can I store my luggage on an overnight train?

  • Q. It looks like my train ticket does not include a reservation. How can I add one?

  • Q. Can I ensure that my traveling party will share a compartment on an overnight train?

  • Q. Can a reservation date on an overnight train be changed?

  • Q. Should I buy my seat reservations prior to arriving in Europe, or can I just get them at the station locally?

  • Q. How are sleeping compartments kept secure?

  • Q. Do I need to make a reservation if I’m traveling with a rail pass on an overnight train?

  • Q. Is it possible to have travellers of different genders in the same sleeping compartment?

  • Q. What happens if my train crosses an international border during the night?

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