The high speed railway between Lille and Lyon is shared by both InOui and Ouigo services.
Though these two services don't tend to depart from and arrive at the same stations in each city.
Also it's worth checking the respective 'Train guides' to compare the facilities and boarding procedures.
Final Destination: Marseille or Montpellier or Lyon
All trains also call at: Marne La Vallée and Aeroport-CDG
On Mondays to Saturdays an additional TGV InOui service is typically scheduled to depart Lille at 06:45, but it diverts off of the high speed route in order to call in Douai and Arras, so it has a longer journey time of around 3hr 45mins.
Though it does depart from Lille Flandres station, which is closer to the city centre.
Mon-Weds = 8 x trains per day
Thursday & Friday = 9 x trains per day
Saturday = 6 x trains
Sunday = 7 x trains
Book early and save: Yes
Online bookings usually open: up to 6 months ahead of the travel date - but bookings can open sooner when SNCF is running a promotion.
When booking 2nd class tickets only one type of ticket will be available per departure, discounted 'Prems' tickets or 'Seconde' tickets; though the price of Seconde tickets are also typically cheaper when they are first placed on sale.
When booking 1st class tickets there will be a choice of Premiere tickets and Business Premiere tickets.
The two key T&Cs of booking Prems, Seconde, or Premiere tickets are:
Though if you book Business Premiere tickets, the key T&Cs are that tickets can be exchanged and refunded free of charge up to 30 minutes after departure, so if you get to the station just too late to miss the train you were originally booked on to, you won't lose out financially
The price is dictated by demand per departure, so book ahead and try and be flexible re: your departure and arrival times, as trains leaving earlier or later can be cheaper.
Seats will automatically be assigned when booking tickets for this journey, but rail pass users will need to be pay a reservation fee prior to boarding.
|Ticket Provider||Approximate Cost|
|SNCF Connect||from €25|
|Download the SNCF Connect App||from €25|
|Save A Train||from €25|
|Happy rail||from €25|
|Rail Europe||from €25|
Take care when comparing these InOui services with the alternative Ouigo trains.
None of the the Ouigo departures offer a like-for-like comparison with a journey from Lille Europe station to Lyon-Part Dieu, the primary station in the city.
Also keep in mind that not only will the on-board experience be more basic, you will also need to add the check-in time required for Ouigo passengers.
Final Destination: Marseille or Lyon
1 x train per day
(to Lyon-Part Dieu)
Online bookings usually open: up to 9 months ahead of the travel date
Tickets for the alternative service of TGV InOui trains are usually made available 4 months ahead, so if you look up this journey more than 4 months ahead on SNCF Connect, you may only see these Ouigo services, but they are not the only option on this route.
What is particularly worth being aware of when booking tickets for journeys by Ouigo train services, is that:
Though these factors, and more, are why you can make big savings by opting to travel by these Ouigo trains and not on the standard TGV InOui trains.
Eurail and InterRail Pass Users:
Rail passes cannot be used on Ouigo trains, but if you will be travelling with a 2nd class pass, our guide to using rail passes in France, explains why taking a Ouigo train can be worth considering
|Ticket Provider||Approximate Cost|
There are four Ouigo services per day, all of which depart from Lille Flandres station and not Lille Europe station, which is where the regular InOui services leave from.
Though only one of the Ouigo trains, the departure which typically leaves at 12:59 matches the InOui services, by arriving Part-Dieu, the main station in Lyon.
Two of the Ouigo services arrive at Lyon-St Exupery, which is the station attached to Lyon airport, so it's some distance from the city centre.
Though the final service of the day, which typically departs at 19:38, arrives at Perrache station, which is closer to the heart of Lyon than Part-Dieu.
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