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TGV Lyria, high speed trains connecting France and Switzerland, serving Paris, Lausanne, Interlaken etc.
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TGV Lyria network
TGV Lyria is operated by the French national railway-SNCF and the Swiss national railway-CFF. 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 less than 4 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.
Bookings can be done up 3 months prior to your travel date. Earliest booking will beneficiate from the best fares for the TGV Lyria.
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.
Less than 4h by TGV Lyria train, the cities below can be reached from the international hub of Paris:
Popular journeys and travel durations
Paris – Geneva
Paris - Lausanne
Paris - Basel
Paris - Zurich
Paris - Interlaken
Geneva - Marseille
Geneva - Nice
With TGV Lyria’s first class you will experience the première service on board the Lyria. 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. Complimentary meal and drinks will be served at your seat. While on board you can make a taxi reservation in Paris.
Booking & Ticket delivery
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.
Ticket delivery 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.
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.
The Gare de Lyon in Paris (train station) has car parking facilities and an excellent connection with public transport system and taxis.
You can use luggage lockers in the stations to avoid carrying your suitcases around with you, if you arrive with time to spare before you board TGV Lyria.
The Swiss train stations have an excellent connection to a vast network of public transport system.
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 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.
Food and drinks are available in the Buffet cars situated in the middle of the TGV Lyria train. A complimentary meal is served at seat if you travel in 1st class.
Families can be seated in the Family Area which are available in 2nd class onboard the TGV Lyria. The Family Area (French: Espace Famille) configuration offers 4 seats facing each other. Other services include folding chairs, changing tables and bottle warmers.
Special accommodations are available for people using a wheelchair. Carriages 1 and 11 are specially designed for easy access. They have special toilet facilities.
Subway tickets for Parisian metro are available for sale onboard, in the buffet car.
Payments can be made in Euros and Swiss Francs.
TGV Lyria are non-smoking trains.
Classes and facilities offered by TGV Lyria
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
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.
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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
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.
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. 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.
Excellent 40% Very good 37% Average 16% Poor 3% Terrible 3%
"TGV disappointed me"
Rutt k. Seat is too small compare to SBB (Swiss Rail) Price's pretty reasonable compare to the flight cost. Value for money Convenience
"DIY - Euro trains"
13/05/2013 The tickets purchased from RailEurope poses no problems for me. Train conductors understand and have no issues with those tickets that i have purchased. Train schedules are accurate. Value for money Convenience
"Fantastic Train Journey"
13/05/2013 I travelled with my family from Paris to Zurich on May 01, 2013 by TGV Lyria. It was a fantastic experience. My only suggestion is that the facility for booking through Net Banking should also be made available. I booked my hotels through net banking. - Ashok Das, Duliajan, Assam, India. Value for money Convenience
Wee Hoe w.
11/05/2013 Preferred mode to air travel between Lausanne and Paris. Breakfast on-board was a nice surprise and it was good. No Wi-Fi, though read somewhere it was available. Seats were really comfy and the ride was quiet. All in, satisfaction for the price paid. Value for money Convenience
07/05/2013 Buying the e-tickets was super easy and couldn't find any better rates than the ones I bought here. I arrived from Costa Rica into Paris at 6am, took the Air France direct bus to Gare de Lyon at 7.30 am and then the TGV Lyria an hour later, which departed on the second ! The seats were very comfortable, clean, and super modern. The lunch service was very good, which included entrée, main dish, salad, wine, cheese, and desert Value for money Convenience
"Paris to Lausane"
06/05/2013 Our trip from Paris Gare De Lyon was a good one on the TGV Lyria. However, certain things could have made it better.
1. The train could have been a bit more cleaner.
2. There were a few stops that, while necessary, delayed the trip - although they did mention the same and apologized at the destination. Value for money Convenience
"Train ride to Basel"
Hwee Ying c.
06/05/2013 My flight was delayed which led me to miss my original train, however the ground staffs were very helpful to assist me, which i was very grateful granted it was strike that day.
However, I do hope there were more English speaking service staffs. Value for money Convenience
"enjoyed the journey"
05/05/2013 enjoyed the journey Value for money Convenience
"train always the best"
03/05/2013 If there is option to transport between cities, come to the train it is fast, less headache, and enjoyable. For me I would recommend train if the trip is 0 changes and less than 5 hrs since I'm traveling with my family and we have heavy language Value for money Convenience
"TGV Paris to Geneva"
03/05/2013 Very easy and efficient, comfort like an airplane flight. But the cafeteria was a big disappointment. The woman working there was extremely unpleasant, didn't understand English, and charged an exorbitant price for a tiny cup of coffee from a machine, which tasted awful. Value for money Convenience
"wonderful trip "
Yuen Ping t.
03/05/2013 wonderful trip on a clean n fast train, very impressed and very happy to travel with TGV Lyria. Value for money Convenience
Yuen Ping t.
02/05/2013 Its more than excellent.We back with nice memory of eurorail trip.
"An excellent ride"
02/05/2013 I travelled with my family (wife and daughter) from Paris to Zurich. The entire journey was excellent. The train left exactly on time and arrived on time too. The ride was extremely comfortable even at speeds in excess of 300kph. The seats were comfortable with enough leg space (we occupied 3 of the 4 semi-enclosed seats). There was also adequate space to store our 3 pieces of luggage. The toilets were clean as well. The train officials were very courteous. Value for money Convenience
"Europe by train Wow !"
01/05/2013 I recently completed my first solo train journey through Italy, Switzerland and France. Due to minor mobility issues I was concerned about connecting trains at Zuerich HB, I had no problems at all. The station has easy access to all trains and just a short walk from one platform to the other. The service on board TGV Lyria is great with clean comfortable seating and plenty of baggage spaces. I will do this journey again. Value for money Convenience
"Perfect holiday by trains"
02/04/2013 I booked the tickets 3 mths in advance. So the return fares are cheap! In Geneva and Paris the check-in are smooth. Rides are comfortable and relaxing. Leaving us energy to explore Paris on 3-day trip. Both to and fro, the trains are punctual. Thumbs up to TGV Lyria. Comfort Value for money Convenience