Travelling on a TGV Lyria train

At a glance

  • High speed train
  • France
  • Switzerland
  • Germany

TGV Lyria is a cooperative venture between the Swiss and French railways, using the same train type as France’s celebrated high-speed TGV. Lyria runs only on routes to and from Switzerland and offers an extra level of service for travellers. TGV Lyria carriages are extremely modern, all air-conditioned, and seats are comfortable and spacious. Some double-deck trains (dubbed TGV Lyria Duplex) operate on the Paris to Geneva route.

TGV Lyria trains connect Paris with major cities in Switzerland: Basel, Zurich, Lausanne, Geneva, Bern, Neuchâtel and Interlaken. TGV Lyria also operates a once-daily service from Geneva to the Rhône Valley, all serving Lyon and then speeding south via Marseille to terminate in Nice. There are seasonal trains from Paris via Montreux to Brig in the Valais region of Switzerland. Each TGV Lyria train carries three First Class, four Standard Class cars and a buffet carriage.

TGV Lyria trains offer seated accommodation in two classes. A seat reservation is compulsory and included in the price of your ticket. There is good luggage space on board, but bear in mind that your luggage must be labelled. Luggage can be stored above your seat and in the luggage racks in the middle of each carriage.

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Seating and sleeping on TGV Lyria

Standard Class

Seating on TGV Lyria trains in Standard Class is arranged in pairs of airline-style seats across a central aisle in open-plan carriages. There are some groups of four seats around a table. At-seat power sockets are only standard on TGV Lyria Duplex services and else only exist sparingly in Standard Class.

Food and drink on TGV Lyria

Bar / Buffet

A bar / buffet car is conveyed in the middle of every TGV Lyria, offering hot and cold snacks, sandwiches, breakfast, salads, confectionary and hot and cold drinks, beer and wine. You can eat your meal standing in the bar or take it back to your seat. On TGV Duplex services the bar is located on the upper level.

Child and youth passengers

The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and operator. This is why we ask for the age of young passengers.

Sometimes children below a certain age can travel without a seat for free. If you want to guarantee a seat for child passengers, enter '6' as the age of the child.

Read more about child and youth passenger ages. See also youth discounts and railcards.