TGV Lyria

TGV Lyria
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Key features

  • Paris - Zurich: 04:03
  • Book early, save up to 50%
  • 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.

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.

Popular journeys and travel durations

The TGV Lyria links cities such as Paris or Dijon in France and/to cities such as Geneva, Lausanne, Neuchatel, Bern and Zurich in Switzerland.

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 HK$684
Paris Geneva 03:05 HK$593
Paris Interlaken 05:29 HK$702
Basel Paris 03:03 HK$629
Nice Geneva 06:19 HK$538
Geneva Avignon 03:03 HK$529
Geneva Lyon 01:46 HK$264
Paris Bern 04:35 HK$629
Geneva Marseille 03:37 HK$502
Montpellier Geneva 03:48 HK$502
Dijon Zurich 02:33 HK$502
Lausanne Paris 03:43 HK$547
Dijon Interlaken 03:59 HK$574
Basel Dijon 01:36 HK$438
Bern Dijon 03:00 HK$438
Geneva Aix En Provence Tgv 03:40 HK$502
Mulhouse Zurich 01:19 HK$392
Vallorbe Paris 03:06 HK$547
Paris Neuchatel (loc) 04:11 HK$365
Lausanne Dijon 02:09 HK$374
Namur Zurich 07:45 HK$392
Colmar Zurich 03:33 HK$392
Geneva St Raphael 05:24 HK$720
Nimes Geneva 03:20 HK$529
Toulon Geneva 04:30 HK$611
Geneva Valence 02:28 HK$310
Cannes Geneva 05:49 HK$538
Bourg En Bresse Geneva 01:14 HK$255
Antibes Geneva 06:00 HK$538

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 Gare de Lyon railway station in Paris and the Swiss train stations have excellent connections with public transport system and taxis.

Passengers travelling from Zurich onboard the 1st class of the TGV Lyria, can use the CFF lounge where drinks, internet access, newspapers and magazines are available. You can use luggage lockers in the stations to avoid carrying your suitcases around with you.

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.

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.


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


First and Second class onboard the TGV Lyria

  • First Class includes large reclining seats, a welcome drink, power sockets and a gourmet meal served at your seat.*
  • Taxi booking service is available onboard. No need to wait until your arrival to make a taxi booking.
  • Second Class includes generous legroom, bar buffer car with a wide selection of meals and beverages.

The TGV Lyriapremière service, a class above

  • The Lyriapremière 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.

Metro tickets onboard

  • Buy tickets for the Paris metro onboard. They are available for sale at the bar buffet car.

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

  • 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. How many classes of travel does Lyria offer?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Q. How shall I retrieve my Lyria tickets?

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Overall rating (384)

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  • "Europe tour"    
    It was an excellent journey by Rail Europe.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Best way of travel in Europe"    
    The train was always on time. It was quiet and confortab, definitely the best way of travelling in Europe.  
  • "YZ"    
    The trip was excellent! The train was on time and the travel was convenient and comfortable.  
  • "Well-run"    
    I even got a meal that I was not expecting!    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Fantastic experience "    
    Our trip from basel to Paris was enjoyable We had pleasant journey with all amenities we expected .Seat was comfortable the train ticket checker was polite and the catering staff too was very good. Thanks for your lovely memorable experience    Value for money  Convenience
  • "******"    
  • "First class Travel"    
    Train was on time convenient, comfortable and luxurious. The staff was helpful and informative.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Excellent"    
    Excellent    Value for money  Convenience
  • "trip by tgv paris to geneva re"    
    Punctual and comfortable - thanks    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Geneva to Nice trip"    
    First class in every sense of the word. Very comfortable, very interesting, the staff were all very efficient, very pleasant    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Food Menu"    
    It's not good compare with First Class Trip and should be looking Halal Food for Muslims , other service it's amazing in the train Regards M.Malki    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Trip to Zurich"    
    We had a safe journey to Zurich.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "****"    
    Good comfortable trip, value for money. The food served in the first class can be improved in terms of the menu in terms of serving sandwich etc instead of just packed nuts and pretzels.  
  • "Excellent service!"    
    We found the train comfortable,safe and on time. We are impressed by the train network and system. Also, it was easy to buy the train tickets online from the Rail Europe GCC website. Since we bought the tickets almost 2 months in advance, we got a reasonable rate. Additionally, the snacks offered in 1st class were good. We look forward to travel via train again!    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Euro Trip"    
    Great    Value for money  Convenience
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