By Train from Amsterdam (Netherlands) to Lyon (France) - Option 1: Option 2: Travel via Bruxelles and connect between trains at Bruxelles-Midi station

Journey Summary

Depart Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Amsterdam Centraal

Arrive Lyon (France)

Lyon Part-Dieu
Journey Time
5hr 43min - 6hr 7min (via Bruxelles)
What probably won't be obvious when looking up this route on the online ticket agents is that there are three journey options for taking the train from Amsterdam to Lyon

(1) This option via Bruxelles/Brussel

(2) Making the connection between trains in Paris

(3) Or until Dec 9th you can make the connection in Lille

On this route via Bruxelles there are 3 - 4 x connections per day

Change trains in: Bruxelles/Brussels

This should be the easiest opton for Amsterdam to Lyon train journeys, as it avoids having to make the awkward connection between stations in Paris.

However, look up this journey on a ticket agent and the only connections available online involve making a connection between trains at Bruxelles Midi/Zuid station of between 7 and 18 minutes.

Making this connection cannot be guaranteed, though tickets can be transferred free of charge to a later departure on from Bruxelles/Brussels in the event of the Thalys from Amsterdam arriving late.

But there can be gaps of more than three hours between departures of trains between Bruxelles and Lyon, so booking the tight connection and hoping you make it, is a scenario best avoided.

Our preference would be take an earlier Thalys from Amsterdam, allowing more than an hour to make the connection, but this requires separate bookings of the Amsterdam to Bruxelles and Bruxelles to Lyon journeys.

Both journeys can be booked on B-Europe, add them to its 'basket' and you can pay in one transaction.

Train 1

  • Depart: Amsterdam (Netherlands)
  • Arrive: Bruxelles / Brussels (Belgium)
  • Journey time: 1hr 50 mins - 1hr 55 mins

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Train 2

  • Depart: Bruxelles / Brussels (Belgium)
  • Arrive: Lyon (France)
  • Journey time: from 3hr 43min

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Ticket information

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