How to Book Train Travel From Paris to Lyon. Lyon is France's second biggest city behind Paris, so it makes sense to choose two of the most metropolitan and fast-paced cities to see in this country. Just a quick train ride to the southeast, Lyon offers visitors countless culinary opportunities the likes of which are rarely found in the world. Fondue, bouchon lyonnais and more await hungry diners as well as lots of upscale shopping and museums.
Things You'll Need
- Computer with Internet access to purchase tickets
Prepare for Train Travel From Paris to Lyon
Book point-to-point tickets at the ticket counter, or guichet in French. Know that if you purchased your tickets online, you will also need to stop here to pick them up personally.
Don't validate your ticket until you're ready to travel. Once you've validated your ticket, you must travel the first leg of your trip by midnight that same day.
Pay less for youth tickets. You can typically book a rail pass within France for several days of travel for passengers aged 12-25 for 25 to 50 percent off the adult fare.
Make sure to bring photo ID for youth or senior discount ticket purchases.
Find Help If You Need It Between Paris and Lyon
Know that timetables are posted in every station clearly. Be sure to check that your train and time for departure match your ticket.
Seek a station helper near the big "i' (for information) sign in the Paris or Lyon stations. Typically, these helpers speak English well and can point you in the right direction.
Learn what French signs mean so that you don't get confused. This includes words for men's and women's restrooms, departures, arrivals, caution, exit and no entry.