Greentraveller's Guide to taking the train from London St Pancras International Railway Station to Lausanne, Switzerland.
Journey Time: from 7 hours 6 minutes
Sample timetable: Depart London 11.31am, arrive Zürich 8.15pm
Transfer: Paris Gare du Nord to Paris Gare de Lyon
Frequency of Departures: 16/day
Carbon emissions: 4.51kg (flight would be 117.81kg)*
Car hire at Lausanne Railway Station: Yes
What's the journey like?
You have to change stations in Paris from Gare du Nord to Gare de Lyon, which can take about half an hour on the Paris RER line (it's only two stops, though we recommend you leave at least 50 minutes for the entire transfer - you have about an hour and a quarter to get the connection). See our guide to How to transfer between train stations across Paris. At Gare de Lyon, you board a Lyria high speed train to Lausanne station.
Stopover hotels to break the journey in Paris
If you want to break the journey and stay overnight to see a bit more of Paris while you're travelling through, there are lots of lovely places to stay near both Gare du Nord and Gare de Lyon. Here are some examples of hotels that are conveniently near these stations:
Miss your connection in Paris?
Don’t panic. Railteam’s ‘Hop on the Next Available Train’ service means that if you have missed your connection between high speed trains because of a delay on the preceding leg of your journey, you’ll automatically be put on the next available high-speed Lyria train. NB Remember to get your ticket stamped by your Train Manager. Whenever you’re connecting, always remember to validate your onward train ticket at the machine on the platform before departing (these are often coloured yellow).
On arrival at Lausanne station
These hotels near the station get good reviews: Hotels near Lausanne station.