The TGV Lyria takes you right into Switzerland, the Alps with their ski fields and some of the most stunning scenery you can ever see through a train window. Access the cities of Valais, Geneva, Montreux, Neuchatel, Bern, Luzern, Basel and Zurich from Paris Gare de l’Est which is just a five minute’s walk from Gard du Nord.
In December 2011 a new connected Basel and Zurich which means you can now jump on a high speed TGV Lyria at Zurich to reach Paris without changing trains at all. There are six daily services with journey times reduced by more than 30 minutes each way. Basel can be reached from Paris in just 3 hours and 3 minutes, while the time from Zurich to Paris is 4 hours and 3 minutes.
The new Lyria Premiere service, with at-your-seat food service at all times of the day, free newspapers and magazines and a service manager at your disposal.
You can access train time tables from your mobile phone by accessing www.tgv-lyria.mobi.
Travelling by TGV Lyria is the best way to connect to Switzerland’s excellent and highly punctual rail system, for the Glacier Express, Jungfraubahn, Golden Pass Panoramic and all other Swiss destinations.
How to book:
You can book a journey through from London to Basel / Berne / Zurich online at RailEurope.co.uk. If you are living in North America go to RailEurope.com. All travel in Switzerland can be dealt with by buying a Swiss Pass at the Swiss Travel System website. You may also want to consider joining an organised tour to Switzerland with Treyn Holidays or Great Rail Journeys or by calling 01904 734173
The TGV Est is new service that was opened in 2007 along a brand new line that goes from Paris via Strasbourg to Zurich in just 4.5 hours. The train travels at speeds of up to 320km/h. This new line is in continuous development with the new line from Reims to Strasbourg being built at the moment which will be ready by 2014. The TGV currently runs along the coventional track at 160 km / hour.
Paris to Reims is now possible in just 45 minutes when it took twice that time before. Paris to Strasbourg used to take over four hours but can now be reached in 2 hours and 20 minutes, and 30 minutes less when the new line is complete in 2014. Paris to Luxembourg takes just over 2 hours.
This new line was the fastest in the world until 2009 (when one of the Chinese high-speed rail lines was opened). The actual train that broke the record at a speed of 574.8 km/ hour is pictured above. It runs as a normal service train to this day.