A long distance loco hauled TER train

Lyon to Arles by train

How to take the rail journey from Lyon to Arles



From Lyon Part-Dieu to Arles

Journey Summary

Travel Time
2hr 40min (approx)
Travel Information

Final Destination: Marseille

All trains also call at: Valence Ville, Orange and Avignon Centre

The high speed line between Lyon and Marseille by-passed Arles, so these trains, which don't use that line and instead stick to the older route, are the only direct trains between the two cities.

Monday to Saturday = 3 x trains per day
Sunday = 2 x trains

Additional connections are available by changing trains in Avignon


Book early and save: No

Tickets will cost the same price if purchased at the station immediately before departure.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
SNCF Connect *

SNCF Connect Guide

SNCF is the national rail operator in France and not so long ago it recently simplified both the range of tickets and the term and conditions of using them.
Therefore the cheapest tickets also become more flexible too.

Other improvements included a simple integration of travelling with bicycles and rail pass users being able to book reservations for national journeys, without paying booking fees.

And it also recently launched SNCF Connect as replacement for its Oui.SNCF booking service.
You can set up a low price alert to let you know when the cheapest price is available for a future journey.

Something else to look out for is that simplest way of travelling with tickets is to use the SNCF Connect App, as booked tickets can therefore be stored on your mobile device, which can then be shown to the train conductors as proof of purchase.

SNCF Connect on Google Play

SNCF Connect in the App (Apple) store

SNCF also operates RailEurope, which is in effect a dedicated online booking service for making bookings from outside of Europe.
If you reside outside of Europe you may discover that SNCF Connect rejects phone numbers or card numbers, but RailEurope won't do so.
Though RailEurope will add booking fees when making a purchase

On this journey

Journey Features

River views

Good to Know

Even though you won't save by booking tickets online, it's definitely worth looking up the departure times on SNCF before heading to the station.

Particularly as building works at Part-Dieu station may begin to impact on the timings of these trains, with some trains commences their journeys at Lyon-Perrache station.

The railway travels through the valley carved by the River Rhome, but the glimpses of the river itself are fleeting, though some of Montélimar comes the most spectacular part of the journey where the railway travels through a narrower rocky gorge.

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