A TGV Lyria train about to leave Paris Gare de Lyon for Switzerland

A 200mph TGV-Lyria train about to leave Paris for Switzerland.

Check times & buy TGV-Lyria
tickets from €25 at:

www.loco2.com (anyone).

uk.voyages-sncf.com (UK residents)

www.raileurope.com (US residents)

www.raileurope-world.com (residents of Canada, Australia, NZ, Asia, Africa, South America)

www.capitainetrain.com (anyone)

www.sbb.ch (anyone)

What is TGV-Lyria?

TGV-Lyria is a consortium of French & Swiss national railways formed to run the high-speed trains between Paris & Switzerland.  Paris-Geneva in 3 hours 05 min, Paris-Basel in 3 hours 30 min, Paris-Zurich in 4 hours 03 min, faster than flying!  TGV stands for Train à Grande Vitesse or High Speed Train.  TGV-Lyrias run on these routes:

Tips for travelling by TGV-Lyria...

Double-deck or single-deck TGV?  Upper deck?  Forward-facing seat?

Most Paris-Geneva & a couple of Paris-Basel-Zurich TGV-Lyria departures are operated by impressive 320 km/h (200 mph) double-deck TGV Duplex of the latest Euroduplex type.  A few Paris-Geneva, most Paris-Basel-Zurich and all Paris-Lausanne, Bern & Interlaken TGV-Lyrias are operated by single-deck TGVs, technically type TGV-POS, with a funky interior by designer Christian Lacroix and a special dual seat numbering system that allows passengers to specify a forward-facing seat.  You can check which type you TGV will be by running an enquiry on www.capitainetrain.com - sign up for an account, find your train, select a price, click 'Seating' and if you get a choice of decks, it's a Duplex.  If you get a chance to select a box marked 'forward facing seat' it's a single-deck TGV-POS (you cannot specify a forward-facing seat on a TGV Duplex).  I strongly recommend an upper deck seat on a Duplex for the best views of the scenery, although you can only choose decks if you buy tickets at www.loco2.com or www.capitainetrain.com, not at most other sites.

Double-deck TGV Duplex...

The stairs to the top deck are short, wide and easy, and there are luggage racks and toilets both upstairs and downstairs.  You walk through the train to the cafe-bar at the upper deck level.  TGV-Lyria trains leave from Paris Gare de Lyon.  Why not dine at the amazing Train Bleu Restaurant inside the Gare de Lyon itself, before or after your journey?

TGV Duplex at Paris Gare de Lyon   Upper deck second class on board a TGV Duplex.

TGV Duplex at Paris Gare de Lyon. These 200 mph double-deck trains operate most Paris-Geneva & some Paris Basel-Zurich trains.

 

2nd class table for 4 on TGV Duplex upper deck...

TGV Duplex cafe-bar   TGV Duplex upper deck 2nd class seats

The cafe-bar on the upper deck in car 4, serving tea, coffee, soft drinks, wine, beer, snacks & microwave-style hot dishes....

 

2nd class seats, this is upper deck seating.  There's a mix or tables for 4 and unidirectional seating.

First class on board a TGV Duplex   An TGV Duplex at Paris Est.

1st class seats on the upper deck, with a club duo on the left, a club quatre on the right.

 

A TGV Duplex.  The red near the door indicates 1st class, pale green indicates 2nd class.

 

Watch the video:

Inside a TGV Duplex

 

 

 

 

 

 

Single-deck TGV-Lyria...

TGV-Lyria's single-deck trains feature interiors styled by designer Christian Lacroix, with 1st & 2nd class seats plus a cafe-bar car selling drinks, snacks & microwaved hot dishes.  First class fares include a complimentary cold breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack according to time of day, served at your seat.  There are power points for mobiles & laptops at all seats.  Incidentally, SNCF's in-house designer has never forgiven Christian Lacroix for breaking the unwritten 'rule' and using warm funky oranges and purples in 2nd class, cooler greys and lime green in 1st class, but see what you think...

TGV-Lyria trains leave from Paris Gare de Lyon.  Why not dine at the amazing Train Bleu Restaurant, inside the Gare de Lyon itself, before or after your journey? 

Meal bought from the TGV bar car   A TGV-Lyria at Paris Gare de Lyon

Food included in 1st class fare...

 

A TGV-Lyria at Paris Gare de Lyon.

TGV interior by Christian Lacroix, second class   TGV 1st class by Christian Lacroix

2nd class with a mix or unidirectional seats & tables for 4.  Seats are 2+2 across car width.  Panorama photo.

 

1st class with a mix of unidirectional seats, solo seats, tables for 2 & tables for 4.  Seats 2+1 across car width.  Panorama photo.

TGV-Lyria at Paris Gare de Lyon   TGV bar car

Boarding a TGV-Lyria at Paris Gare de Lyon...

 

Cafe-bar...

Watch the video:  Inside a TGV-Lyria with Christian Lacroix interior

 

 

 

 

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