Travel from Lyon to Cardiff

In September 2015, I will need to travel from Lyon, France to Cardiff, Wales. So far I have come up with SNCF to Lille, then Eurostar to St Pancras. It seems that I would have take the Tube to Paddington in London,and travel from there to Cardiff on Arriva, or Great Western. Does anyone have any other ideas? Is there any way to book this trip on one website, or will I need to make multiple bookings?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) January 23, 2015 17:49
    Hi Richard,

    The connection you described is how you would get from Lyon to Cardiff; however, there would be more frequent options via Paris instead of Lille. Lille would just be easier, as you would not have to commute between different stations, in order to connect to your train to London. Trains from Lyon to Lille and Lyon to Paris are high-speed TGV trains, trains from Lille to London or Paris to London are high-speed Eurostar trains, and trains from London to Cardiff are high-speed First Great Western trains.

    You would purchase tickets and check shedules by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage. For this trip, you can just break up your search once in London. Therefore, you would do one search for the part of the connection from Lyon to London and another search for connecting trains from London to Cardiff. Otherwise, you can arrange for even longer connection times in Lille or Paris by doing a separate search for each segment of the connection (i.e. one search for trains from Lyon to Lille or Lyon to Paris, another search for connecting trains from Lille to London or Paris to London, and another search for connecting trains from London to Cardiff).

    The trains from Lyon to Lille or Paris and the trains from London to Cardiff can only be booked within 90 days of an intended departure. The Eurostar from Lille or Paris to London is unique in that it can be booked 6 to 9 months in advance of a departure.

    If you opt for the connection via Paris, you will see that the trains from Lyon arrive into the Gare de Lyon station, while the trains to London depart from the Nord station. To commute from the Gare de Lyon station to the Nord station, you would take Line D of the local RER train network. The ride on the RER from Gare de Lyon to Nord would only take about 8 minutes, and the trains depart every 7 to 15 minutes. You would pay to board the RER locally at the turnstiles upon arrival.

    The trains from Paris to London arrive into the St. Pancras station, while the trains to Cardiff depart from the Paddington station. To commute from the St. Pancras station to the Paddington station, you would take the Circle Line of the Tube. The ride on the Tube from St. Pancras to Paddington would take about 15 minutes.
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