TGV Lyria

TGV Lyria
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  • Paris - Zurich: 04:03
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  • Book up to 90 days in advance
  • E-ticket
  • High speed trains

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TGV Lyria

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

The TGV Lyria is the high speed train which takes passengers on a stunning journey between France and Switzerland. The trains are operated by the French national railway SNCF and the Swiss national railway CFF. From Paris, trains stop in France and then at Basel, Zurich, Bern, Lausanne, Interlaken and Geneva. This means you could be up the Eiffel Tower in the morning and skiing on the slopes by the afternoon. The trains are smooth and quiet and have comfortable reclining chairs with plenty of legroom and ample luggage storage at the ends of the carriages and in the overhead shelves.

Popular journeys and travel durations

TGV Lyria connects Paris and other French cities to major Swiss cities such as Geneva, Zurich, Basel and Lausanne.

What’s new in 2015?

  • Please note that the Geneva to Montpellier route has been discontinued in December 2014.
  • A new daily return service from Brussels to Geneva, via Lille has been introduced in December 2014.

Zurich Paris 04:03 AU$ 117
Paris Geneva 03:05 AU$ 101
Paris Interlaken 05:29 AU$ 120
Basel Paris 03:03 AU$ 107
Nice Geneva 06:19 AU$ 92
Geneva Avignon 03:03 AU$ 90
Geneva Lyon 01:46 AU$ 45
Paris Bern 04:35 AU$ 107
Geneva Marseille 03:37 AU$ 86
Montpellier Geneva 03:48 AU$ 86
Dijon Zurich 02:33 AU$ 86
Lausanne Paris 03:43 AU$ 93
Dijon Interlaken 03:59 AU$ 98
Basel Dijon 01:36 AU$ 75
Bern Dijon 03:00 AU$ 75
Geneva Aix En Provence Tgv 03:40 AU$ 86
Mulhouse Zurich 01:19 AU$ 67
Vallorbe Paris 03:06 AU$ 93
Paris Neuchatel (loc) 04:11 AU$ 62
Lausanne Dijon 02:09 AU$ 64
Namur Zurich 07:45 AU$ 67
Colmar Zurich 03:33 AU$ 67
Geneva St Raphael 05:24 AU$ 123
Nimes Geneva 03:20 AU$ 90
Toulon Geneva 04:30 AU$ 104
Geneva Valence 02:28 AU$ 53
Cannes Geneva 05:49 AU$ 92
Bourg En Bresse Geneva 01:14 AU$ 44
Antibes Geneva 06:00 AU$ 92

Booking and printing options

Booking :
  • TGV Lyria tickets are open for booking 90 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.

Printing option(s) :

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

Seat reservation :
  • Mandatory for this train! The seat reservation is included in the price of your ticket. Please note that seats are auto-allocated by train carriers. Depending on availabilities, carriers will ensure that all passengers of a same party are seated together. Seats can be swapped only once on-board.
  • Pass holders . Book your seat reservation exclusively with Rail Europe.

Experience the service

Before you board

The TGV Lyria uses Gare de Lyon in Paris as its departure railway station. There are car parking facilities and the station is connected on the metro to Gare du Nord and other major hubs. If you are early and need to lock away our luggage there are some storage options too. In Switzerland the train stations are well organized and have good connections for onward travel. Passengers travelling first class from Zurich can visit the CFF lounge where they can relax with a drink and a magazine or surf the internet.

The platform number is displayed only 20 minutes before the train departs.Make sure to check the corresponding platform number of your train before boarding.Please note that it is not permitted to board a train if it is not displayed.

The train doors will lock two minutes before departure so allow plenty of time to board the train and get settled. You don’t need to check in, just climb on board and keep your ticket and passport handy. Police and customs check may take place at national borders.


There are two classes of service on board the TGV Lyria. First class includes large reclining seats, a welcome drink, power sockets and a gourmet meal served in-seat. Taxis can also be booked for arrival. Metro tickets for Paris can be bought in the buffet-bar on board. Second class includes generous legroom, and access to the buffet bar which serves a range of hot meals and refreshments.
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 <> Montpellier/Marseille/Nice ** except on Geneva<>Nice


The TGV Lyria Première service, a class above
The Lyria Premiere Service includes a quality meal, a delicious cold gourmet and other services. You will be served at your seat allowing you to travel in comfort. Depending on the time of the day, you will be offered either a breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea or an evening meal. The menu differs. In summer you can expect salads whereas in winter you can expect more festive meals. The quality does not change.

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  • Q. Should Eurostar, Thalys and other High Speed Train tickets be purchased prior to your departure date?

  • Q. When do I need to check-in before boarding a Lyria train?

  • Q. How far in advance can I book a Lyria ticket?

  • Q. Do I need to book my Lyria ticket?

  • Q. What is the difference between 1st and 2nd class on the Lyria (Paris to Switzerland)?

  • Q. How many luggage can I carry on-board Lyria?

  • Q. How shall I retrieve my Lyria tickets?

  • Q. Is there a catering service on Lyria trains?

  • Q. How many classes of travel does Lyria offer?

  • Q. What are the main destinations Lyria trains connect to?

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Overall rating (384)

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  • "Excellent "    
    Brilliant service Lovely staff Except in a 4 seater when a 2 seater was available  
  • "Easy way to travel"    
    It was just a bit of a challenge getting our luggage into the racks quickly. Seats don't turn so we spent the whole trip travelling backwards which we were not fussed about.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "TGX Lyria"    
    A great way to travel.Very comfortable,on time and in my opinion much better than flying    Value for money  Convenience
  • "A great way to travel"    
    Most comfortable and convenient.Our grandson loved travelling at such high speeds and we could still enjoy the scenery.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Great Trip"    
    The ease and times for the trains where great, information in the station is very good very easy to follow. never had any problems with delays. comfort is very good.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Geneva/Paris by TGV - perfect"    
    We caught the 9.42 train from central Geneva to Paris on a Monday. We are from Australia and bought and printed the tickets on line about 3 months before we were due to travel. The whole trip was perfect, took about 10 minutes to check in, we got there about half an hour before but could have left it a bit later. The train left on time and it was a really pleasant and scenic ride all the way. Really cheap and we arrived in the centre of Paris within about 3 hours. Forget the plane, no getting in and out of airports, waiting to check in, waiting for luggage. The best way to go.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Fine Dining"    
    We would like better dining facilities on the train , similar to the German trains    Value for money  Convenience
  • "A great way to France"    
    Comfortable trip, first time I'd been at 160kph on a train. Speeds that are never seen on any train my state or indeed anywhere in Australia. Our main compliants if any where we traveled with our backs to the direction of travel    Value for money  Convenience
  • "1st expeience on Bullet Train"    
    This was the first time my Husband and I have used this form of travel, and we thoughly found it relaxing and a great way to see the countyside whilst unwinding over lunch. We would highly recommend it and we will be travelling this way again to save time hanging around airports. Thank you for an enjoyable journey from Paris to Zurich.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Fast, but only fair"    
    Very unsmiling crew. Moderately comfortable seating. No way to request a seat facing the direction of travel. Food good, but very cold, dispassionate crew. Toilet was messy. Floor wet    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Comfortable and Reliable"    
    Our journey was easy and the staff friendly and helpful. Premier class was very comfortable and the meal and snacks provided more than adequate.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Excellent Way to Travel"    
    The trip was convenient and we saw the country instead of clouds.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Short train ride"    
    Good train and comfy journey but no space for luggage.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "I like train travel"    
    Trains are easier than planes    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Zurich to Paris"    
    This was our 3rd travel by Eurorail. I suggest when booking preference be asked for direction facing as some do not like their back to the direction of travel. also the 2 seats allocated basically had no window for viewing which was one advantage f travelling by train. This should be made known at time of booking. Previous travel was with party of 4 so allocation of 4 seats together was fine.    Value for money  Convenience
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