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

End of our long weekend in Switzerland with this train back to Paris from Geneva.

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 at Geneva-Cornavin station with our rental car, which we drop off at the Hertz parking at the station, located on level -3 (very well signposted).

The Cornavin station concourse is a great success

Tout est fait dans cette gare pour éviter des cheminements compliqués : des ascenseurs et escalators sont disponibles à tous les endroits pour faciliter le parcours des passagers.

Après une pause gourmande au Starbucks de la gare, nous procédons à l’embarquement du train situé voies 7 et 8, celles réservées au trafic vers la France et qui demandent le passage de la douane française. Tracks 7 and 8 are therefore legally located in France!

There’s a lot of traffic this weekend at Cornavin

When we arrive on track 8, our train has not yet been docked: it will be docked 15 minutes before departure, and the train will arrive air-conditioned.

Platforms are long enough to accommodate multiple trains

Cabin and welcome

The cab is, of course, identical to that of the outward journey, and we’ll also be at the top of this Duplex train.

Another full car for this trip to Paris

Many greetings are given in 3 languages, French, Schweizerdeutsch and English. The train will leave Geneva Cornavin on time.

A power socket is available at each seat

Service and catering

Service is back on TGV Lyria trains. In addition to the bar (where it’s not possible to eat or drink, just buy at the counter), this train will be equipped with a mobile catering service.

Arrival and disembarkation

We arrive at Gare de Lyon 10 minutes ahead of schedule, and right in front of the exit. Uber ordered and arrived just as we arrived at the Drop off zone in Hall 3.

Bottom line

A very fluid journey, simpler than the load breaks induced by air travel…

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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