TGV Lyria

TGV Lyria
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  • Paris - Zurich: 04:03
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  • Book up to 90 days in advance
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  • 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$ 102
Paris Interlaken 05:29 AU$ 121
Basel Paris 03:03 AU$ 108
Nice Geneva 06:19 AU$ 92
Geneva Avignon 03:03 AU$ 91
Geneva Lyon 01:46 AU$ 45
Paris Bern 04:35 AU$ 108
Geneva Marseille 03:37 AU$ 86
Montpellier Geneva 03:48 AU$ 86
Dijon Zurich 02:33 AU$ 86
Lausanne Paris 03:43 AU$ 94
Dijon Interlaken 03:59 AU$ 99
Basel Dijon 01:36 AU$ 75
Bern Dijon 03:00 AU$ 75
Geneva Aix En Provence Tgv 03:40 AU$ 86
Vallorbe Paris 03:06 AU$ 94
Mulhouse Zurich 01:19 AU$ 67
Paris Neuchatel (loc) 04:11 AU$ 63
Lausanne Dijon 02:09 AU$ 64
Namur Zurich 07:45 AU$ 67
Colmar Zurich 03:33 AU$ 67
Nimes Geneva 03:20 AU$ 91
Geneva St Raphael 05:24 AU$ 124
Toulon Geneva 04:30 AU$ 105
Geneva Valence 02:28 AU$ 53
Cannes Geneva 05:49 AU$ 92
Antibes Geneva 06:00 AU$ 92
Bourg En Bresse Geneva 01:14 AU$ 44

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. How many classes of travel does Lyria offer?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Overall rating (384)

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  • "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
  • "On Time and Very Fast"    
    Reasonable comfort for a 4 hour trip. Left on time, reached 300km/hr and arrived on the dot. Overall a good experience and if you get in early for 'earlybird' specials then great value.  
  • "Paris to Basel"    
    We were given a meal in 1st class,it was unexpected. The meal was of a very high standard    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Convenient except for luggage"    
    Very convenient/comfortable trip. Except it was difficult to load and take off luggage since the luggage spaces on lower level were full so had to carry 3 large suitcases up the stairs to upper level. It was hard to quickly take them off when other people were tryng to board.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Zurich to paris"    
    It all went off like clockwork. the journey was seamless indeed. It was comfortable and the food was good. will definitely do it again.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Love the train ride"    
    Love the train ride across the country,relaxing and comfortable, kids were excited about the train journey and at the speed it travels and just looking outside at the world flying by.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Europe 2016"    
    It was just a little difficult getting on and off with a suitcase and back pack being a single female over 60. But all in all clean, convenient and comfortable.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "best way to travel intercity"    
    Plenty of room overhead for luggage. Train arrived a few minutes late despite missing the second last stop. On board drinks were I thought expensive. Train a little old and tired. Would use it again however.    Value for money  Convenience
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