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Prices explained

At Loco2 we believe in price transparency. We use real data from Loco2 searches to estimate the cheapest fares you should be able to find for your journey.

The cheapest price is the lowest fare we've ever found for this journey. These prices can usually be found by searching when booking opens but they vary due to availability, which depends on factors like the day of the week or time of year.

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30 day and 7 day prices fluctuate based on demand and availability at the time of search. For example, the 7-day price in summer is likely to be more expensive than the same journey in winter.

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  1. Cheapest price £28.50
  2. 30 day advance £37.00
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  1. It is an easy journey by train from Geneva to Lyon. There are eight direct trains each day on this route. These are in the main TER regional trains, but an occasional TGV Lyria service also links the two cities. Whether you opt for the TER or TGV, the journey takes under two hours.

    On the face of it, this is a journey that follows the Rhône Valley all the way from Geneva to Lyon. But the railway plays cat and mouse with the river, on some occasions leaving the main valley and cutting through the hilly terrain of the Jura region. The highlight is the rugged gorge-like Cluse des Hôpitaux. All in all this is a short trip worth making just for its varied scenery.

    Bookings for this route generally open four months prior to travel. But prices remain much the same even as the date of travel approaches. There is therefore no great advantage in booking a long time in advance.

    Geneva to Lyon

    Geneva to Lyon

    Trains on the route from Geneva to Lyon depart from the Gare de Cornavin. They make up to six intermediate stops on their journey to Lyon. All trains stop at Bellegarde about 25 minutes after leaving Geneva. This is the frontier station where once Swiss and French officials conducted border formalities. Nowadays both countries have signed up to the Schengen Agreement, so passport checks are extremely rare.

    Upon arrival in Lyon all trains stop at Part-Dieu station. Some, but not all, of the TER services then continue to Lyon-Perrache which is much more convenient for the heart of the old city.

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Passenger age requirements

Different countries have different classifications for "Child" and "Youth". That's why we ask you to enter the age of young passengers when you search.

Countries Children Youths
Belgium and Luxembourg 6 - 11 12 - 25
Eurostar 4 - 11 12 - 25
France* 4 - 11 12 - 25
Germany* 6 - 14 15 - 25
Italy 4 - 11 12 - 25
Netherlands (including Thalys) 4 - 11 12 - 25
Spain* 4 - 13 14 - 25
Switzerland 6 - 16 17 - 25
United Kingdom* 5 - 15 16 - 25
others 4 - 11 12 - 25

* There are some exceptions to these definitions. Please see child and youth passenger age requirements for more information.

You can also read about Youth and Senior discounts and railcards.

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