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London to Lyon Trains

City or station
City or station
No hidden costseverything’s included
Arrive in the centre of Lyonin just 4h41
Sit back, relaxand enjoy the views

IMPORTANT: We’re sorry not to be able to operate our direct Summer service to Lyon South of France for the foreseeable future. Although we can’t take you there directly, you can still get to Lyon, Avignon and Marseille by taking a Eurostar train to Lille or Paris and changing on to a connecting TGV train:

London to Lyon is possible in under 5 hours, connecting through Paris or with a simple change at Lille Europe.

Eurostar is a member of Railteam, which means travellers can benefit from the ‘Hop on the next available train’ feature should they experience any delays or cancellations on their journey, providing peace of mind when connecting between trains.



Trains from London to Lyon

Take the train to Lyon

Trains to Lyon leave from St Pancras International and you need to arrive 45-60 mins before departure to clear security. Then you can settle in on board as we speed you to the gastronomic capital of France.

Our trains are designed with comfort in mind, so whichever class you travel in, you’ll have lots of space to relax and enjoy the 4h 41min journey to Lyon Part-Dieu.

The return journey

You'll also be leaving from Lyon Part Dieu station, but no need to arrive early to go through security as we’ll be doing security and immigration checks later in the journey, in Lille. On arrival there, our on board and station teams will guide you every step of the way.

What’s on board?

In Standard Premier and Business Premier you’ll get a complimentary breakfast and lunch en route. Standard passengers can visit Café Métropole for meals, drinks and snacks.

Our trains have spacious, four-seater tables, which are perfect for families or groups of friends. Get up and stretch your legs or just sit back and enjoy the changing scenery.

Arriving at Lyon Part-Dieu

Eurostar trains arrive at Lyon Part-Dieu station. Just step off the train and straight onto a metro, bus or tram, and start exploring this vibrant, foodie’s paradise.

At some point during your visit, take a break from eating and sightseeing and head to the stunning Musée des Confluences.

On the return journey

Simply board your train at Lyon Part-Dieu station. You won’t need to check in or arrive 30 minutes before departure because we’ll be doing check-in, security and immigration checks later in the journey at our hub station in Lille. When you arrive in Lille, our on board and station teams will guide you every step of the way.

Living it up in Lyon

A UNESCO World Heritage site with superb restaurants, world-class museums and galleries, fabulous festivals and two rivers running through the centre – Lyon pretty much has it all.

La capitale gastronomique

If you have an adventurous appetite, Lyon’s the place for you.

Try the dumpling-like quenelles, brave an andouillette sausage, sample some Saint-Marcellin or devour a praline tart.

What’s on in Lyon?

May: Les Nuits Sonores

June-July: Les Nuits de Fourvière

Sept-Dec: Lyon Biennial

Nov-Dec: Christmas markets

December: Festival of Lights


From the big bang to the human brain, the visually stunning Musée des Confluences explores the origins of life on earth. 


Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the Eurostar train journey from London to Lyon?

Typically, the train journey from London to Lyon takes 4hrs 41mins. When you view the available tickets, you will be able to see the length of the train journey for each departure time. 

Are there additional fees when travelling with the Eurostar?

Unlike airlines, there are no hidden costs when travelling by Eurostar. Once you have picked your train tickets (Standard, Standard Premier or Business Premier), there will be no additional fees for seat selection, advanced booking, or luggage allowance. 

How far in advance can you book your Eurostar train ticket to Lyon?

Eurostar tickets from London to Lyon can be booked up to 180 days before your return travel date, however, there are a few exceptions depending on engineering work or when you book. Have a look at our booking calendar and available days will show in black while the greyed-out dates are not available for sale just yet.

Can you take liquids on the Eurostar? 

You can take liquids on the Eurostar and there is no volume limit, so you can bring all your toiletries and even a bottle of bubbly!

Can you take your own food on the Eurostar?

There are no food restrictions, so you’re allowed to bring your own food from home on the Eurostar.

How early should you arrive for the Eurostar?

You should get to London St Pancras International 60 minutes before departure in order to pass the customs and security checks before your train departs.

How fast does the Eurostar go between London and Lyon?

Between London and Lyon, the high-speed lines allow our trains to drive at a maximum speed of 186 miles per hour (300 km/h).

Where does the Eurostar leave from in the UK to go to Lyon?

In addition to our trains from London to Lyon, we also offer tickets to Lyon from Ashford International and Ebbsfleet International, as well as tickets from cities in the UK that require a change in London. 

How much luggage can I bring with me on the Eurostar?

Standard adult tickets allow you to bring two pieces of luggage that are up to 85cm long, and one small piece of hand luggage such as a handbag or briefcase. You can find out more information about luggage allowances here.  

Can you take dogs on the Eurostar?

Pets are not allowed to travel on the Eurostar, apart from guide and assistance dogs which are welcome onboard. Have a look here to read more about what to do if you are travelling with a registered guide or assistance dog.

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