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Lille, the gateway to Northern France

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Getting there You can get to Lille from Brussels, Paris CDG Airport and Avignon. Best price and travel duration below.

From Paris 00:59 AU$24
From London 01:22 AU$82
From Nice 07:30 AU$206
From Brussels 00:35 AU$30
From Paris Cdg Airport 00:49 AU$24
From Avignon 04:06 AU$64
From Lyon 02:57 AU$56
From Marseille 04:43 AU$78
From Bordeaux 05:05 AU$70
From Montpellier 04:52 AU$64
From Dijon 02:44 AU$67
From Rennes 03:59 AU$40
From Antwerp 01:19 AU$66
From Aix En Provence Tgv 04:27 AU$78
From Strasbourg 03:42 AU$62
From Rouen 02:41 AU$57
From Calais 00:28 AU$27
From Angers 03:29 AU$40
From Poitiers 03:12 AU$59
From Narbonne 06:01 AU$190
From Laval 03:30 AU$106
From Valence 03:37 AU$64
From Les Arcs 06:18 AU$206
From St Raphael 06:34 AU$206
From St Pierre Des Corps 02:27 AU$54
From Louvigny 02:25 AU$112
From Le Mans 02:34 AU$40
From Antibes 07:11 AU$206
From Cannes 06:59 AU$235
From Charleville 02:45 AU$47
From Brive 06:01 AU$162
From Toulon 05:42 AU$206
From Nimes 04:28 AU$64
From Saint-malo 05:41 AU$131
From Limoges 04:59 AU$147
From Vannes 05:22 AU$146
From Le Creusot Mo Tgv 02:23 AU$107
From La Souterraine 04:28 AU$141
From Lorient 05:58 AU$131
From Angouleme 04:02 AU$64
From Nantes 04:07 AU$40
From Beziers 05:43 AU$158
From Perpignan 06:37 AU$158
From Auray 05:35 AU$146
From Massy 01:32 AU$24
From Tgv Haute Picardie 00:26 AU$22
From Comines France 00:25 AU$14
From Henin Beaumont 00:21 AU$14
From Rosult 00:28 AU$14
From Valenciennes 00:28 AU$15
From Hazebrouck 00:30 AU$15
From Dunkerque 00:30 AU$24
From Lens 00:29 AU$14
From Bailleul 00:21 AU$14
From Arras 00:21 AU$16
From Armentieres 00:13 AU$14
From Perenchies 00:10 AU$14
From Roubaix 00:09 AU$14
From Tourcoing 00:14 AU$14
From Douai 00:19 AU$14
From Tournai 00:20 AU$14
From Mouscron 00:20 AU$14
From Kortrijk 00:30 AU$14
From Bethune 00:35 AU$14
From Ebbsfleet International 01:11 AU$82
From St Pol Ternoise 01:07 AU$22
From Cambrai 01:07 AU$18
From Etaples 01:19 AU$36
From Amiens 01:20 AU$35
From St Quentin 01:49 AU$31
From Champagne-ardenne 01:46 AU$78
From Lesquin 00:07 AU$14
From Marne La Vallee 01:03 AU$24
From Maubeuge 01:01 AU$26
From Aulnoye 00:51 AU$24
From St Omer 00:46 AU$20
From Cassel 00:39 AU$17
From Ashford 00:56 AU$82
From Bergues 00:56 AU$23
From Albert 00:57 AU$26
From Boulogne 00:56 AU$34
From Montbard 02:09 AU$118

Getting around From Lille, you can travel to nearby cities and towns. Best price and travel duration below.

To Lesquin 00:09 AU$14
To Roubaix 00:14 AU$14
To Perenchies 00:14 AU$14
To Armentieres 00:21 AU$14
To Mouscron 00:26 AU$14
To Henin Beaumont 00:32 AU$14
To Comines France 00:33 AU$14
To Bailleul 00:33 AU$14
To Tournai 00:35 AU$14
To Rosult 00:35 AU$14
To Kortrijk 00:36 AU$14
To Douai 00:43 AU$14
To Hazebrouck 00:47 AU$14
To Cassel 00:51 AU$17
To Lens 00:53 AU$14
To Ashford 00:59 AU$82
To Tgv Haute Picardie 01:02 AU$22
To Ebbsfleet International 01:15 AU$82
To Paris 01:18 AU$24
To Arras 01:28 AU$16
To London 01:35 AU$82
To Paris Cdg Airport 01:38 AU$24
To Marne La Vallee 01:53 AU$24
To Bethune 01:54 AU$14
To Charleroi 02:02 AU$37
To Montbard 02:05 AU$83
To Mons 02:11 AU$25
To Lokeren 02:30 AU$33
To Valenciennes 02:50 AU$15
To Ghent 03:11 AU$25
To St Omer 03:11 AU$20
To Cambrai 03:27 AU$17
To Albert 03:32 AU$23
To Liege 03:32 AU$54
To St Pol Ternoise 03:38 AU$21
To Sint Niklaas 03:39 AU$35
To Corbie 03:41 AU$25
To Calais 03:41 AU$27
To Amiens 03:51 AU$27
To Maubeuge 03:53 AU$26
To Champagne-ardenne 03:56 AU$56
To Brussels 03:57 AU$30
To Le Creusot Mo Tgv 04:00 AU$59
To St Pierre Des Corps 04:00 AU$54
To Dunkerque 04:02 AU$20
To Aulnoye 04:03 AU$24
To Ostend 04:08 AU$34
To Antwerp 04:08 AU$41
To Boulogne 04:11 AU$29
To Brugge 04:14 AU$29
To Lyon 04:19 AU$40
To St Quentin 04:21 AU$31
To La Souterraine 04:24 AU$178
To Louvigny 04:28 AU$91
To Rouen 04:44 AU$57
To Le Mans 04:47 AU$40
To Angers 04:56 AU$48
To Valence 05:12 AU$82
To Rennes 05:14 AU$40
To Laval 05:14 AU$53
To Lyon St Exupery Airport 05:20 AU$133
To Poitiers 05:22 AU$56
To Chateauroux 05:32 AU$64
To Nimes 05:37 AU$94
To Strasbourg 05:42 AU$72
To Dijon 05:49 AU$32
To Angouleme 05:51 AU$64
To Grenoble 05:56 AU$112
To Besançon 06:02 AU$109
To Montpellier 06:05 AU$72
To Nantes 06:11 AU$48
To Aix En Provence Tgv 06:18 AU$72
To Avignon 06:49 AU$94
To Bordeaux 06:56 AU$70
To Mulhouse 07:01 AU$119
To Saint-malo 07:05 AU$151
To Limoges 07:06 AU$107
To Redon 07:31 AU$114
To Beziers 07:38 AU$115
To Vannes 08:05 AU$93
To Brive 08:07 AU$126
To Marseille 08:10 AU$94
To Libourne 08:15 AU$141
To Auray 08:18 AU$93
To Lorient 08:38 AU$93
To Quimperle 08:46 AU$131
To Agen 09:09 AU$148
To Toulouse 11:32 AU$96
To Toulon 11:33 AU$96
To Narbonne 11:56 AU$93
To Perpignan 12:58 AU$123
To Les Arcs 13:10 AU$159
To St Raphael 13:30 AU$171
To Antibes 13:37 AU$238
To Cannes 13:54 AU$139
To Bayonne 14:27 AU$129
To Nice 14:35 AU$118
To Biarritz 14:39 AU$131
To Hendaye 15:04 AU$116

While you're there

Lille, the gateway to Northern France

Lille is an artistic and historic city located in Northern France. It is France’s 4th largest metropolitan area with about 1.1 million inhabitants and about 100,000 students. In 2004, it was designated as the European Capital of Culture. Lille is at the crossroad of international railway network of Europe with easy access to Belgium and the UK. The city has a long-standing festive tradition. The famous Braderie in September is the main event for all shopping addicts. Lille is also regarded as the European capital of online retail with main brands such as La Redoute, Les 3 Suisses, Camaïeu, Castorama and Décathlon having stores in the city.

Start by visiting the Vieux Lille (old town), which is the most picturesque district of the city. It extends north from the Grand Place and included two different areas, each with distinctive architecture: the historic Flemish old town and the royal district. Between the Grand Place and the Notre-Dame de la Treille cathedral, the historic Flemish old town is home to various shops, art galleries, cafes and restaurants. Some of the landmarks which are not to be missed include the Palais Rihour, the only architectural reminder of the period during which the dukes of Burgundy ruled Lille and the Rue Rihour which is located between the Place Rihour and the Grand Place. Rue Rihour will allow you to follow the evolution in Lille’s architecture. Don’t miss the Grand Place, which has been renamed Place du Général de Gaulle, in tribute to Charles de Gaulle who was born in Lille in 1890. The Grand Place is the habitual meeting place and venue for festivities. At the slightest hint of sunshine, the restaurant and café terraces are literally taken by storm. Have a look at the Vieille Bourse (old stock exchange), one of the finest monument in the city.

Have a taste of local cuisines such as carbonnade flamande (small chunks of beef stewed in beer), waterzoï (poultry or fish in a creamy sauce) and potjevleesch (small potted meat). Don’t miss the famous Maroilles cheese.

The main event for shopping is in September during the famous Braderie de Lille. The Braderie turns the city into a huge pedestrian zone where thousands of traders, antique dealers and second-hand sellers continue a tradition which is both commercial and festive! Equally the shops offers interesting deals for all shopping addicts.

Office de tourisme de Lille
Place Rihour, 59002 Lille.
Tel: +33 (0)3 59 57 94 00

The city’s tourist office has a helpful personnel, insider information and tips as well as handy maps and brochures. The city’s tourist office also arranges tours and excursions and is a focal point for local accommodation.

Train station(s)

Trains are a convenient way of reaching many towns and cities throughout Europe. The majority of cities in Europe have a minimum of one train station, while larger, more populated cities have two or more stations. Train stations, in general, are located in the heart of the city. Review the map below to get an idea of where the train station(s) in Lille can be found.

Lille railway station(s)

Lille Europe Train Station

Lille Europe Train Station

Address: 1, Place François Mitterand 59777 Lille

Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 5:20am to 12:15am
Saturday and Sunday: 5:20am to 12:15am
Public holidays: 5:20am to 12:15am

Trains operating in and from this station:
High speed trains (TGV, Eurostar), Regional trains (TER)
Information Point, Tourist Office, Assistance for disabled persons, Wheelchairs and boarding ramps, Lost and found, Banks and currency exchange, Toilets, Luggage storage, Wi-Fi Internet, Photo Booths, ATM and Phone cabins.

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Lille Flandres Train Station

Lille Flandres Train Station

Address: Place des Buisses 59000 Lille

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 5am to 12:30am
Sunday: 6am to 12:30am
Public holidays: 6am to 12:30am

Trains operating in and from this station:
High speed trains (TGV), Intercity trains, Regional trains (TER)
Tourist Office, Disabled Facilities, Assistance for disabled, Wheelchairs and boarding ramps, Lost and found, Toilets, Luggage storage, Wi-Fi Internet, Bank & Currency Exchange, ATM and Phone cabins.

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Customer reviews

  • "TGV Travel in France"    
    I was pleasantly surprised to find how easy it was to move around France using their TGV network. The trains were fast and very clean, with storage for luggage both overhead and at the end of the carriage for bags too large to go up.  
  • "Great ride on TGV"    
    This trip was planned to replace a drive to CDG Paris Airport and it turned out to be a wonderful experience. In just on 1 hour we went from Lille to CDG and the drop off point was so convenient to our terminal with an easy walk with all our bags. Would highly recommend to other travellers and look forward to using TGV again.  
  • "TGV review"    
    We booked for a first class ticket and it was very comfortable. Tip - if you are travelling with lots of luggage, make sure you book on a single level TGV or book on the downstairs level on a double decker TGV.  
  • "Lille to Paris"    
    A very comfortable trip and most enjoyable. We had problem finding the First Class carriage and even when we got off there appeared to be no Carriage 2. We sat in the wrong seat in Second Class but it did not seem to matter.  
  • "First Eurostar trip"    
    I had a very smooth trip once on board. The train left and arrived on time. Seats were comfortable. I didn't quite understand what was involved in checking in at St Pancras. Luckily I left any enough time to get through security and passport control. However, I had arrived quite early as it turned out and my ticket was checked by the staff at the entrance to the departure area. I then caused quite a hold up in my queue trying to scan my boarding ticket. It turned out I was trying to check in too early! My train wasn't open yet. I felt foolish and those behind got quite cranky. Perhaps a Beginners Guide to Departures" would be useful to print on ticket or in response to a suitable question at time of purchase. It would help others and avoid cranky passengers.. I am catching return train tomorrow so hopefully I will better at it this time! Cheers v  
  • "first trip"    
    this was my first experience of a public train trip in Europe, when the I don't know what I have got myself into was out of the way, it was easy and smooth and enjoyable. I had never booked anything on line before, but I managed it, and tickets and all information was received very soon afterwards.  
  • "More efficient than a plane"    
    It certainly is quicker and easier to travel by train to France from London. No waiting at airports - dead time, easy to unload, no waiting for luggage.  
  • "Ticket"    
    We missed our train to Lille and then to Paris. Staff at Lille were very good and provided us with a replacement ticket to Paris.  
  • "Train to Airport"    
    Train from Lille Flanders on time and straight to CDG Airport Terminal 2 which is what we wanted. Very comfortable. Bathroom could have been cleaner.  
  • "Great trip"    
    So quick, so easy - a must do. Enjoyed the trip very much.  
  • "Australians in France 4"    
    Trip Comfort, Value for money  
  • "Australians in France 2"    
    Very happy with Comfort, price etc. Station staff very helpful.  
  • "Australians in France 3"    
    All very Good thank you. Station staff very Helpful.  
  • "train to St Pancras"    
    The trip was most enjoyable. Staff were polite and showed concern for the travellers. Train was on time. A most enjoyable experience. Would recommend this trip to my friends  
  • "Very clean and comfortable."    
    Great way to travel through Europe. Clean and comfortable carriages and seats. No waiting around for hours like at airports.  
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