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Train from London to Lausanne

Nightime in Lausanne
Photo © crschmidt @ Flickr


Route: London to Lausanne via Paris
Journey time: From 7 hours 11 minutes

Detailed itinerary

Option 1: via Paris

Sample itinerary: Take the 0802 from St Pancras to Paris, and you'll be able to catch the 1258 service from Gare de Lyon to Lausanne, arriving in the lakeside city at 1637.
Price: From £114 return
Leg 1:

London St Pancras International to Paris Gare du Nord in the heart of Paris. Don't forget check-in time for Eurostar is at least 30 mins before departure.

First train departs 0540 (Mon-Fri), 0618 (Sat), 0819 (Sun).

Last train departs 2001 (Mon-Sat), 2031 (Sun).

Frequency of service: 18 trains Mon-Thur, 20 trains Friday, 22 on Saturday, 17 on Sunday.


Journey time: From 2 hrs 16 mins

A relatively quick train trip from Gare du Nord to Gare de Lyon. From the Eurostar platform, turn left, walk down the stairs and follow the signs for RER ligne D (which will be signposted 'direction' 'Melun', 'Malesherbes' or 'Corbeil Essonnes'). It's just 2 stops from Gare de Nord to Gare de Lyon and takes a little over 10 minutes (plus there's a short 5 minute walk to the connecting TGV departure platforms), but we recommend you leave at least 50 minutes for the entire transfer.

Short hop

Transfer time: Allow 50 minutes.
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Leg 2: Paris Gare de Lyon to Lausanne

First train departs Paris Gare de Lyon at 0758, with further services at 1258 (not weekdays March 22nd to April 2nd) and 1758. There is a service at 1358 on Sunday and 1558 on Fridays between December 18th and April 2nd.
Frequency of service: Approximately 3 trains a day


Journey time: From 3 hours 39 minutes

Bienvenue à Lausanne. To book tickets on Switzerland's impressively well organised network of over 20,000 km of rail, bus and boat routes go to: Travel by train in Switzerland.

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Your route to Lausanne

The lines on the map are for illustrative purposes only - they don't show the exact route taken by the train.


Through-fare tickets

>> You can now buy a 'through-fare' ticket from over 300 UK rail stations to London that connect with Eurostar departures to Europe. These tickets cut the cost of the journey from your local station to London when used in conjunction with a Eurostar ticket. See: Through-fare tickets connecting with Eurostar

Changing Stations

The key to travelling by train to Europe is to plan the most convenient connections. Here's our guide to how to change stations within the key hub cities of Paris, Brussels and Lille for onward connections to the rest of Europe.

>> How to Change Train Stations in Paris, Brussels and Lille

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