How to travel from Amsterdam to Lyon on a combination of high speed trains

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Amsterdam to Lyon by train

There are no direct trains from Amsterdam to Lyon, so when looking up the journey what may not be obvious is that the simplest routing is to make the connection between trains at Midi/Zuid station in Bruxelles.
On arrival at that station, you'll usually need to descend into the international departures area and pass through security to board the TGV train to Lyon.

The more frequent and usually cheaper option is to travel via Paris, but this involves having to make a transfer across the city centre from the Gare Du Nord to the Gare De Lyon.

Connect in Lyon for Aix-les-Bains, Annecy, Chambery and Grenoble.

Users of Eurail and InterRail passes should try to avoid this routing as both the Thalys trains and the TGV trains have comparatively high reservation fees, though if you take an Intercity train to Bruxelles you'll save more than €20 and will only have to reserve for the TGV.

Routes you can take to go from Amsterdam to Lyon

When travelling between most cities by train there is only one logical option, though on other journeys there is a choice between different trains or alternative routes. If different options are available you can use the info to decide which is best for you.

Choose one of the following options:

Route Information

Via stations: Bruxelles-Midi/Brussel Zuid

Option 1: making a connection in Bruxelles

Route Information

Via stations: Paris Gare Du Nord/Paris Nord and Paris Gare de Lyon/Paris Lyon

Option 2: making a connection in Paris
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