TGV Lyria (France <> Switzerland)

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If you will be taking a journey by Lyria train our guide will tell you the key things you need to know about making the most of the journey experience.

Lyria is the SERVICE of high speed trains between France and Switzerland and from Dec 15th 2019 ALL Lyria services are scheduled to be operated by double-deck trains.

The trains used for the Lyria services are also being provided with new look interiors.




TGV-Lyria services are the only direct trains on these routes:

(1) Paris Gare De Lyon - Dijon - Basel - Zurich (and Bern)

(2) Paris Gare De Lyon - Bellegarde - Geneve - (Lausanne)

(3) Paris - Gare De Lyon - Frasne - Lausanne

(4) Marseille - Avignon TGV - Lyon - Bellegarde - Geneve

Technically these trains are known as ‘Euroduplex’ trains, as they can operate on railways outside France, but the travelling experience is the same as on a typical TGV Duplex - except for the at seat catering service in Premiére Class.

Some of the Duplex trains used on ‘Lyria’ services don’t have any external Lyria branding, so if you are boarding at Paris Gare De Lyon, those trains won’t look any different to those heading to Marseille, Montpellier or Nice etc.

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Seats will automatically be assigned when booking tickets for journeys by Lyria train.

If a single deck train is being used for the departure you will be taking, you will be given the option of selecting forward facing seats.

However, if a double deck TGV Duplex train is being used for your departure, you won't be able to choose forward facing seats, but will have a choice between travelling on the upper or lower decks.

Rail pass users will need to have made reservations prior to boarding (see below).

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If you’ll be travelling 2nd class on a Lyria train, you won’t have a perceptively different experience to travelling on TGV services that operate solely within France.

However, there is a distinguishing feature between a non-international TGV and a TGV-Lyria service if you are travelling 1st/Premiere class – namely the complimentary drink and snack you will receive.

Though don’t plan on being able to skip a meal thanks to what will be brought to your seat – the offering varies during the day, but a muffin may be all you can look forward to.

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There are two ways in which to travel with your bike on a Lyria train.

(1) If you fold or disassemble your bike and place it in a bag or case no larger than 120 cm high by 90 cm wide, you can take it on board as hand luggage and place it in the luggage storage areas.

(2) If you don't want to disassemble a non-folding bike then it can be taken on most, but not all Lyria departures, subject to spaces still being available.
Though these bike tickets cannot be booked online, they can only be booked at the international ticket counters at stations in France and Switzerland, they cost €10.

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If you have a rail pass you will need to reserve a seat(s) - EXCEPT for journeys between Basel and Zurich, between those cities no rail pass reservation fees apply.

However, if you will be using a Eurail or InterRail pass, our advice is to avoid taking Lyria train services, when travelling between Paris and Switzerland.

The rail pass reservation fee/supplement is comparable to the cheapest discounted point-2-point tickets.
So once you factor in the cost per day of using the rail pass, taking a Lyria train service becomes particularly expensive.

Though there are cheaper alternatives available, so you can still include journeys between Paris and Switzerland on a rail pass itinerary.

Paris to Basel and Zurich

Paris to Geneva

Paris to Interlaken

Geneva to Paris

Zurich and Basel to Paris

For journeys between Paris and Lausanne - the balance begins to tip in favour of paying the Lyria reservation fee.
To avoid it you’ll need to change trains in both Geneve and Lyon.

International train routes to/from France

International train routes to/from Switzerland

An overview of train travel in France

An overview of train travel in Switzerland

Travelling on European daytime trains

Travelling on European overnight trains

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