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

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

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What is TGV-Lyria?

TGV-Lyria is the company formed to run the high-speed trains between Paris & Switzerland, 76% owned by SNCF French Railways and 24% by SBB Swiss Railways. TGV stands for Train Grande Vitesse or High Speed Train, running at up to 320 km/h (200mph).  From city centre to city centre it's faster than flying.

  TGV-Lyria routes

  The 3 classes explained

  What are TGV-Lyria trains like?

  Travel tips

  Route map

  How to find times, fares & tickets

TGV-Lyria routes...

Paris Gare de Lyon - Basel - Zurich in 4h03

Paris Gare de Lyon - Geneva in 3h09

Paris Gare de Lyon - Lausanne in 3h40

See the route map below

TGV-Lyria has 3 classes of travel...

On 10 December 2017 TGV-Lyria switched from two classes (1st & 2nd class) to three:  Standard, Standard Premier & Business Premier.  The trains physically have two types of seating, 2nd class & 1st class, but some 1st class cars are designated Standard Premier and others Business Premier.  2nd class cars are called Standard.  You will choose your class when buying your ticket.

What are TGV-Lyria trains like?

Until December 2019, TGV-Lyria owned a mix of single-deck TGVs and double deck TGV Duplex.  But all 19 of their single-deck TGVs have now been replaced by additional double-deck TGV Euroduplex trains, and from the timetable change on 15 December 2019 their entire fleet consists of TGV Duplex double-deck high-speed trains, capable of up to 300km/h on the Sud-Est high-speed line out of Paris and up to 320km/h (200mph) on the Rhine-Rhone high-speed line between Dijon & Mulhouse.  These trains carry a new TGV-Lyria livery and will be progressively be refurbished with new interiors.

Double-deck TGV Duplex...

All Lyria services are now operated by 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.  I recommend an upper deck seat on a TGV Duplex for the best views of the scenery, you can choose decks if you buy tickets at Raileurope.co.uk or www.trainline.eu, not on some other sites.  Another reason for choosing the upper deck on a TGV Duplex is that the refreshment trolley comes along the upper deck from the cafe-bar, it cannot go downstairs.

TGV-Lyria to Geneva at Paris Gare de Lyon

TGV-Lyria euroduplex train at Paris Gare de Lyon. These 200 mph double-deck trains now operate all TGV-Lyria services.

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.  360 photo.

First class on board a TGV Duplex   A TGV-Lyria Duplex at Paris Gare de Lyon

1st class seats on the upper deck, with a club duo on the left, a club quatre on the right. 360 photo.

 

A TGV-Lyria for Geneva, boarding at Paris Gare de Lyon.  You enter on the lower deck, with 9 stairs up to top deck.

TGV Duplex:  Stairs to upper deck   TGV Duplex:  Power outlets   TGV Duplex:  Luggage racks

The stairs from entrance to upper deck, 9 easy shallow steps with handrails. Usually no problem!

 

Power sockets:  All 1st class seats have power sockets, 2-pin 230v.  2nd class seats also have power sockets on all the Duplex sets used by TGV-Lyria.

 

Luggage racks.  You take your bags on board with you and place them on the racks.  There are racks both upstairs and downstairs, both at the car ends and (as here) between the seats, which I personally prefer.

Video guide:  TGV Duplex

Travel tips...

Route map...

Paris to Switzerland TGV Lyria route map

 

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Highlighted = Paris to Geneva, Paris to Lausanne, Paris to Basel & Zurich by TGV-Lyria

Green = scenic sections.  Red = high-speed line

Some Paris-Lausanne TGVs operate via Geneva not Dijon.

Reproduced from the excellent European Rail Map with kind permission of the European Rail Timetable people.  I recommend buying a copy of the European Rail Map for your travels, www.europeanrailtimetable.eu with shipping worldwide.

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