TGV Lyria

TGV Lyria

384 Reviews

The TGV Lyria : The France-Switzerland cultural connection.

  • Paris - Zurich: 04:03
  • Book early, save up to 50%
  • Book up to 120 days in advance
  • E-ticket
  • High Speed trains


Summer Savings for France & Switzerland
Experience the thrill of high speed travel on TGV Lyria as you journey between France and Switzerland. Enjoy limited-time savings on First or Second class fares. Offer ends June 11, 2018, for travel July 2 - August 29, 2018.
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TGV Lyria train


TGV Lyria

Discover the wonder of France and Switzerland with TGV Lyria. This high speed French train runs between Paris, Lausanne, Bern, Geneva, Zurich, and Basel, with an additional route between Geneva and Marseille, Avignon, and Aix en Provence.

All France to Switzerland trains feature crisp, redesigned interiors and new seating. TGV Lyria provides comfort in all classes, to match all travel budgets.

On-board messages are recorded in French, German, and English for added convenience. Handicapped facilities allow TGV Lyria to cater to all travelers. And these family- friendly trains are completely non-smoking. Parents of little ones will even find an on-board nursery with a dressing table and bottle warmer in the bar-buffet car. Babies aren’t the only ones have an appetite while traveling – TGV Lyria has got you covered with delicious foods available for purchase in the bar car including a large assortment of tasty meals, sandwiches, desserts, and beverages.

If your next European adventure takes you on a journey from Paris to Switzerland, the Lyria service delivers. It has everything to ensure that your experience delivers on your expectations the way France and Switzerland surely will.

Practical information

While there are no formal pre-boarding check-in procedures for this train, please be sure to board your train at least 2 minutes prior to to the train’s scheduled departure time. Within 2-minutes of departure, boarding may not be permitted.
You will need your ticket, passport, and any other travel documents on-board the TGV Lyria train for Ticket Controllers to inspect. Please be advised that police and customs checks will take occur at national borders.

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

Booking :
  • TGV Lyria tickets are open for booking 120 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.

A class apart

Classes of service

Services & amenities offered by TGV Lyria
Second classFirst class
Generous legroom Watch rolling landscapes pass with room to stretch your legs.
Power sockets Keep your phone, laptop, or other devices charged while sitting in your seat.
Reserve a private car service* Have a taxi waiting for you upon arrival at your destination by pre-booking.
Lounge access Access to the SNCF Grand Voyageur Lounge at Paris Gare de Lyon (except for groups), only for STANDARD 1ÈRE.
At-seat concessions An at-seat sale service is available offering a range of quality products for passengers to purchase.
Bar buffet car Choose from a variety of tasty snacks and beverages, for purchase, to enjoy on your journey.
Spacious seats Make yourself at home as you journey from one city to the next in a comfy reclining seat with headrest.

*This service is only for BUSINESS 1st class (1ÈRE)

Travel forum

From our travel community

Reservation booked/tickets received transfer times are 5 min! Hi, I reserved and booked train tickets on rail europe already and found a few reservations I made with 5-6 min transfer! Is this enough time? What happens if I miss a transfer, can I just jump on the next one without buying another ticket? (...)

mlo878 | 15 February 2011 complete | 62 Comments
Can we take a baby stroller on board the train from geneva to paris? Hello, me, my wife and our 10 month old baby are travelling from GVA to Paris, and we were wondering if is ok to bring his stroller (buggy) with us in the train? is this possible? thanks

Jonathan V | 14 September 2005 complete | 4 Comments
One way train rome - lucerne - paris. having an overnight in lucerne .. getting an error on the first (...) Hello, I am wondering if i can just get one way trains or if i have to buy a pass? We are only going Rome - Lucerne - the next day Paris. I can book the Switzerland the Paris but i get an error on the Rome the Lucerne? (...)

Wendy Mercil | 18 April 2030 complete | 8 Comments
Reservation for a trip from france to swizterland with a eurail france - italy pass Do I get a discount on a train from Switzerland into France if I only have a France-Italy Rail Pass?

Debbie Taylor | 12 February 2015 complete | 2 Comments

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Reviews & ratings

Overall rating (384)
  • Value for money
    Very good option  |
    "It was a very good journey. The train was comfortable, the attendants were friendly. Service on board was perfect including the breakfast, which was delicious. "

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    Better than flying |
    "Coming from Australia I assumed flights would be far better than trains but having the stations right in the centre of the city made it much more convenient and easier to manage without a phone. The train was smooth and quick. "

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    Wi-Fi  |
    "I wish there was Wi-Fi service in the train. "

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    Pleasant trip |
    "Pleasant ride but there was a 30 minute delay for unknown reason. Food service was good including refills. Appreciate taxi ordering service before reaching Gare de Lyon. "

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    First Time to Use Rail Europe |
    "Everything was excellent. Thank you for the wonderful service. "

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    awesome |
    "it was awesome taking the train from lyon to geneva "

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    Paris to Geneva delight |
    "Always a pleasure to travel in luxury, comfort and with excellent service. "

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    Paris to Basel |
    "So easy and great price "

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    Fast and direct  |
    "The train was full but comfortable. Enjoyed a snack in the food car. The view was wonderful and was happy it was a direct run. "

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Common Questions, Simple Answers

  • Q. Do I need to buy tickets for Eurostar, Thalys or any other high speed trains before my travel date ?

  • Q. Which European cities are served by the TGV Lyria trains ?

  • Q. What is the baggage limitation when travelling on board Lyria trains ?

  • Q. How do I retrieve my TGV Lyria tickets ?

  • Q. What are the classes of service which are offered on the Lyria train ?

  • Q. How soon in advance can I book tickets for Lyria trains ?

  • Q. What is the main difference between STANDARD 1st class (1ÈRE) and STANDARD on the Lyria between Paris and Switzerland ?

  • Q. Is there a check-in before the departure of a Lyria train ?

  • Q. Must I book a reservation for the TGV Lyria train ?

  • Q. Do Lyria trains have a catering service ?

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