Fastest journey7hr 35m
Travelling from London to Cluses by train
Fast trains from London to Cluses take around 7 hours and 35 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 780 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between London and Cluses.
Are there direct trains from London to Cluses?
Journeys between London and Cluses usually involve one change of train.
We usually find around 11 departures on the route from London to Cluses every weekday that leave enough time to change trains without waiting around for longer than necessary.
Trains usually run with a similar frequency on weekends.
How long is the train journey from London to Cluses?
The London to Cluses train travel time is normally about 7 hours and 35 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.
What are the London to Cluses train times and schedule?
On weekdays the earliest train to Cluses is usually scheduled to depart London around 05:40 and the last train is around 18:31. At weekends the first train of the day leaves London around 06:18, and the last at 17:31.
What's the London to Cluses train price?
The earlier you book the better, and the cheapest tickets we've found for trains from London to Cluses are $97.55.
Trains departing 30 days in advance will cost around $149 while booking 7 days in advance the price is around $238. Booking on the day of travel is likely to be more expensive, so it is worth booking in advance if you can to save money.
When to book London to Cluses train tickets?
Trains for this journey usually open for booking around 5 and a half months in advance. If booking is not yet open for your dates then you can set a booking alert to receive an email on the day that the cheapest tickets are released for your journey from London to Cluses by train.
Which train companies operate between London and Cluses?
More than one train company operates on the route from London to Cluses, so you’ll be travelling with one or more of the following rail operators:
- Train Express Regional
You can check which train you’ll be travelling on by looking for the train name in search results.
It is an easy journey by train from London to Cluses in the French Alps with a choice of routes. Some passengers opt for the Eurostar train to Lyon, others favour the route via Paris. On peak travel days there are direct TGVs from Paris to Cluses, but more usually it’s necessary to change along the way. Here we describe the fastest option, which uses Eurostar from London to Paris and then continues via Bellegarde to Cluses.
The journey starts with a high-speed run on Eurostar from London to Paris. In the French capital, you join a TGV Lyria service bound for Switzerland. You alight at Bellegarde (which is well before the Swiss border), connecting there onto a regional express TER train to Cluses.
London to Paris
The first part of the journey from London sweeps through Thameside landscapes and rural Kent to reach the Channel Tunnel. Little more than an hour after leaving London you'll already be in northern France, tracking south through Flanders fields towards Paris.
Remember to factor in at least half an hour for Eurostar's airline-style baggage check prior to boarding your train. There is a luggage and body scan and you'll be asked to show your passport. There are no restrictions on taking liquids on board Eurostar trains.
Paris interchange: Paris Nord to Paris Lyon
When you alight from the train at Gare du Nord look for signs to the Metro and RER. Once you've bought a ticket follow the signs to 'RER D', direction 'Melun' or 'Malesherbes'. So long as you're heading in the right direction, all the trains on this line stop at Gare de Lyon. The actual train journey takes around 10 mins with just one stop on the way at Châtelet-les-Halles. Upon alighting from the RER train at Gare de Lyon, follow the signs to the mainline station. The signs read 'Accès aux trains Grandes Lignes'. The whole journey from the concourse at Gare du Nord to the mainline departure platforms at Gare de Lyon will normally take about 40 mins but we recommend leaving at least 50 mins.
If you are arriving at Gare du Nord from London, bear in mind that you can buy Paris Métro tickets at the Eurostar terminal at St. Pancras and on board the Eurostar train. Similarly, passengers arriving at the Gare du Nord on Thalys trains from Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands can buy Metro tickets on the train (at the Thalys Bar). Although universally referred to as Métro tickets, they are in fact valid on RER trains too.
Paris to Bellegarde
High-speed TGV trains to Bellegarde depart from Paris Gare de Lyon station. Most of the trains on this route are TGV Lyria services bound for the Swiss city of Geneva. Some trains on this route make no stops at all on the 470-km journey from Paris to Bellegarde. Other services make one or two stops en route. The train speeds south from Paris, crossing Burgundy and then heading east through increasingly hilly country towards the Swiss border. The last half hour through the Jura hills is full of drama. You’ll alight at Bellegarde, where it’s worth taking a look at the striking circular building which is the centrepiece of the modern station.
Bellegarde to Cluses
Regional TER trains generally run every two hours direct from Bellegarde (Ain) to Cluses, with most trains making about a dozen intermediate stops along the way. The train runs east towards Geneva, skirting the southern suburbs of the city but never actually crossing the Swiss border. At Annemasse, the train reverses and then heads south into the Alps. The TER train service from Bellegarde to Cluses is supplemented by an occasional SNCF bus (on which tickets purchased through Loco2 are valid).