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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.
|Geneva||Aix En Provence Tgv||03:40||AU$ 86|
|Paris||Neuchatel (loc)||04:11||AU$ 63|
|Geneva||St Raphael||05:24||AU$ 124|
|Bourg En Bresse||Geneva||01:14||AU$ 44|
Booking and printing optionsBooking :
- 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) :
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.
Print @ Station (from France)
Go to a self-service ticket machine and enter your reference to retrieve your ticket. Skip shipping fees.
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.
OnboardThere 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.
|First class||Second class|
|Reclining seats Cosy with more legroom, reclining seats are ideal to enjoy the trip. small>|
|Meal and drink* A delicious meal and drinks are served at seat on board. small>|
|Taxi reservation** Pre-book a taxi and don’t waste time when you get off at your destination. small>|
|Power sockets Ideal to plug your laptop, phone or any electronic device from your seat. small>|
|Bar buffet car Access to the bar buffet car where snacks and beverages can be bought. small>|
|Comfortable seats Spacious seats with a headrest and generous legroom. small>|
*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.
Interactive Rail Map
- A. Lyria trains offer two different classes of travel. In First class, a delicious cold at-seat meal is offered to you, no matter what time you travel. A large selection of Swiss, French, international magazines and newspapers are also available for your perusal. Onboard taxi booking service is also available from Monday to Friday. Comfortable seats will welcome you in Second class where you can also enjoy the convenience of a bar-buffet car.
- A. You can print your Lyria ticket directly from your printer at home or, alternatively, you can retrieve it from the self-service machines available at the train stations in France only before boarding your Lyria train.
Q. Should Eurostar, Thalys and other High Speed Train tickets be purchased prior to your departure date?A. Many trains such as the Eurostar offer discounted tickets for advance purchase. These fares have limited availability and sell out quickly. To receive the best price on the train you want to travel on you should purchase your tickets prior to your departure so you can avoid fully booked trains.
- A. TGV Lyria is a high speed train and requires a compulsory reservation. Special pass holder fares are available if you carry a Eurail Pass covering France or Switzerland, Swiss Pass or France Rail Pass but subject to limited availability.
- A. With Lyria, you’ll be allowed two bags or suitcases plus your hand luggage. Keep in mind that there is no charge for oversize luggage on Lyria trains.
- A. First class on the Lyria offers large comfortable reclining seats and a bar-buffet car offering a selection of food and beverages for purchase. Second class on the Lyria offers generous legroom and a bar-buffet car offering a selection of food and beverages for purchase.
- A. You can make reservations to travel on TGV Lyria trains up to 3 months before your travel date. To take advantage of the best fares, always try to buy your ticket as early as possible. And when buying your TGV Lyria tickets, check what exchange and refund conditions apply. Your fare type will be clearly stated on your ticket.
- A. TGV Lyria offers direct, high speed services between Paris-Gare de Lyon, Dijon and cities such as Geneva, Lausanne, Basel, Neuchatel, Bern and Zurich. During winter, TGV Lyria snow train connects you directly from Paris to the charming resorts of the canton of Vaud (including Château-d’Oex, Leysin, Les Diablerets and Villars) and Valais (Verbier, CransMontana, Leukerbad, Saas-Fee and Zermatt, among others).
- A. Located in the middle of the train (carriage 4 or 14), TGV Lyria bar provides a service for tasty snacks and meals: sandwiches, hot/cold local dishes, salads, children’s menu, hot and cold drinks, treats are available to eat at the bar or take away. In First class, you can also enjoy the convenience of Lyriapremière service at seat.
- A. When travelling to Switzerland, or departing from this country, your ticket does not need to be punched. Ticket inspectors will check your ticket during your Lyria journey. You should be able to produce currently valid proof of eligibility for the fare you have chosen at any time.
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Reviews & ratings TGV Lyria
Overall rating (384)
Overall appreciationExcellent 40% Very good 37% Average 16% Poor 3% Terrible 3%
- "A great way to France" Yvonne k. 27/09/2016
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" Julie g. 21/09/2016
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" Tim s. 19/09/2016
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" Mary p. 06/09/2016
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" Ameara k. 04/09/2016
The trip was convenient and we saw the country instead of clouds. Value for money Convenience
- "Short train ride" Caitlin o. 19/08/2016
Good train and comfy journey but no space for luggage. Value for money Convenience
- "I like train travel" John m. 16/08/2016
Trains are easier than planes Value for money Convenience
- "Zurich to Paris" Michael g. 14/08/2016
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" . 13/08/2016
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" Alan e. 13/08/2016
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" Mark c. 04/08/2016
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" A W Brian d. 29/07/2016
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" William b. 28/07/2016
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" Diane b. 27/07/2016
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" James g. 27/07/2016
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