TGV Lyria Première post-COVID, Paris-Geneva: Uneventful

As part of a relaxing break, my wife and I decided to travel to Switzerland by train for a change. I have many SNCF coupons that are about to expire.

A look back at a very relaxing weekend.

Here is the itinerary:

1TrainTGV Lyria Première, Paris Gare de Lyon – Geneva Cornavin
2HotelGrand Hôtel Suisse Magestic Montreux, Autograph Collection
3HotelW Verbier
3TrainTGV Lyria Première, Geneva Cornavin – Paris Gare de Lyon
Today’s itinerary


We arrive from our home by Uber to Gare de Lyon, in less than 30 minutes. On arrival, we have time to buy a sandwich before boarding begins.

The Grand Voyageur lounge has reopened
The new-generation departures board
Boarding is through automatic gates

At Gare de Lyon, it’s easy to spot our TGV in its special Lyria livery.

The livery is quite distinctive and not too ugly

25 minutes before departure, our boarding begins and we have to scan our ticket to pass through the gates.

Our car is the first on the platform.

Our car for today’s journey

Cabin and welcome

The Lyria cabin is very elegant and clean. For the rest, it’s classic duplex TGV, with 1-2-1. For my wife’s first time in a duplex, we chose the upper room, which offers a beautiful view of the French countryside.

Welcome announcements are made in French, English and German, and are extremely clear.

The TGV is full on this Thursday morning

The toilets, on the other hand, won’t stay very clean for long!

The pitch is pretty average

Service and catering

There’s no service at the seat at the moment (it will be back a few weeks later), but the bar is open. I’ll go there to buy a sandwich and a coffee.

Arrival and disembarkation

We arrive on time at Cornavin station, where I’ve rented a car to take us to Montreux. Note the presence of customs at the station before entering the Swiss sector.

Bottom line

An excellent, relaxing time on the train… But don’t worry, I still prefer flying.

Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier has been into airline blogging since 2010. First a major contributor to the FlyerTalk forum, he created the FlyerPlan website in July 2012, and writes articles with a major echo among airline specialists. He now co-runs the TravelGuys blog with Bertrand, focusing on travel experience and loyalty programs.

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