By Train from London (United Kingdom) to Lyon (France) - Option 1: avoid the need to transfer between stations in Paris, by connecting in Lille


Journey Summary


Depart London (United Kingdom)

London St Pancras International

Arrive Lyon (France)

Lyon Part-Dieu
Journey Time
Frequency
from 5hr 2mins
Daily
Notes
4 x connections* per day

*Though only 3 x connections are usually sold by the ticket agents.
 

Changing trains in: Lille
 

Depart London at 08:54/08:58 daily and you'll have a stress free connection in Lille of around 90 mins, but will most likely have to book separate tickets for the London to Lille and Lille to Lyon journeys.

Making the connection between the Eurostar from London and the TGV to Lyon at Lille Europe has the major advantage of avoiding the need to transfer between stations in Paris - which you'll encounter if you opt for the alternative route via the French capital.

And the shortest connections between trains at Lille Europe (if you take the 12:58 daily Eurostar from St Pancras International) result in faster journeys than travelling via Paris.

This guide explains how to make the connection in Lille.

However, the 4 other factors to be aware of when looking up this journey via Lille are:
 

(1) The cheapest tickets for connections via Lille tend to sell out faster than for the journeys via Paris,

(2) The ticket agents will only sell tickets for journeys via Lille when the connecting time between trains at Lille Europe is under an hour - USUALLY.

The journey options with the longer connections can be randomly available on certain dates.

As a result the daily connections via Lille sold by the ticket agents are the 12:58; 15:04 and 17:04 departures from London - plus the 06:57 departure on Saturdays only.

(3) In the very rare event of the Eurostar arriving too late to make the connections (the TGVs will depart on time) tickets can be swapped free of charge to a later departure.
See the 'Ticket Information' below.
 

(4) An option is to book separate tickets for London to Lille and Lille to Lyon journeys - in order to extend the connecting time between trains in Lille to more than an hour.
 

There are multiple scenarios (heavy luggage, the heat of summer etc) when sitting back and relaxing for around 90 mins at Lille Europe station, is arguably a more attractive proposition than taking the RER across Paris.

Train 1

  • Depart: London (United Kingdom)
  • Arrive: Lille (France)
  • Journey time: 1hr 22min - 1hr 43min

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Train 2

  • Depart: Lille (France)
  • Arrive: Lyon (France)
  • Journey time: 2hr 57min - 3hr 8min*

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Ticket information


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