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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 HK$139
From London 01:22 HK$471
From Nice 07:30 HK$1,192
From Brussels 00:35 HK$176
From Paris Cdg Airport 00:49 HK$139
From Avignon 04:06 HK$370
From Lyon 02:57 HK$323
From Marseille 04:43 HK$453
From Bordeaux 05:05 HK$407
From Montpellier 04:52 HK$370
From Dijon 02:44 HK$388
From Rennes 03:59 HK$231
From Antwerp 01:19 HK$379
From Aix En Provence Tgv 04:27 HK$453
From Strasbourg 03:42 HK$360
From Rouen 02:41 HK$323
From Calais 00:28 HK$157
From Angers 03:29 HK$231
From Poitiers 03:12 HK$342
From Narbonne 06:01 HK$1,100
From Laval 03:30 HK$610
From Valence 03:37 HK$370
From Les Arcs 06:18 HK$1,192
From St Raphael 06:34 HK$1,192
From St Pierre Des Corps 02:27 HK$314
From Louvigny 02:25 HK$647
From Le Mans 02:34 HK$231
From Antibes 07:11 HK$1,192
From Cannes 06:59 HK$1,359
From Charleville 02:45 HK$268
From Brive 06:01 HK$933
From Toulon 05:42 HK$1,192
From Nimes 04:28 HK$370
From Saint-malo 05:41 HK$758
From Limoges 04:59 HK$850
From Vannes 05:22 HK$841
From Le Creusot Mo Tgv 02:23 HK$619
From La Souterraine 04:28 HK$813
From Lorient 05:58 HK$758
From Angouleme 04:02 HK$370
From Nantes 04:07 HK$231
From Beziers 05:43 HK$915
From Perpignan 06:37 HK$915
From Auray 05:35 HK$841
From Massy 01:32 HK$139
From Tgv Haute Picardie 00:26 HK$120
From Comines France 00:25 HK$83
From Henin Beaumont 00:21 HK$83
From Rosult 00:28 HK$83
From Valenciennes 00:28 HK$83
From Hazebrouck 00:30 HK$83
From Dunkerque 00:30 HK$129
From Lens 00:29 HK$83
From Bailleul 00:21 HK$83
From Arras 00:21 HK$83
From Armentieres 00:13 HK$83
From Perenchies 00:10 HK$83
From Roubaix 00:09 HK$83
From Tourcoing 00:14 HK$83
From Douai 00:19 HK$83
From Tournai 00:20 HK$83
From Mouscron 00:20 HK$83
From Kortrijk 00:30 HK$83
From Bethune 00:35 HK$83
From Ebbsfleet International 01:11 HK$471
From St Pol Ternoise 01:07 HK$120
From Cambrai 01:07 HK$102
From Etaples 01:19 HK$203
From Amiens 01:20 HK$194
From St Quentin 01:49 HK$176
From Champagne-ardenne 01:46 HK$453
From Lesquin 00:07 HK$83
From Marne La Vallee 01:03 HK$139
From Maubeuge 01:01 HK$148
From Aulnoye 00:51 HK$129
From St Omer 00:46 HK$111
From Cassel 00:39 HK$92
From Ashford 00:56 HK$471
From Bergues 00:56 HK$129
From Albert 00:57 HK$148
From Boulogne 00:56 HK$194
From Montbard 02:09 HK$684

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

To Lesquin 00:09 HK$83
To Roubaix 00:14 HK$83
To Perenchies 00:14 HK$83
To Armentieres 00:21 HK$83
To Mouscron 00:26 HK$83
To Henin Beaumont 00:32 HK$83
To Comines France 00:33 HK$83
To Bailleul 00:33 HK$83
To Tournai 00:35 HK$83
To Rosult 00:35 HK$83
To Kortrijk 00:36 HK$83
To Douai 00:43 HK$83
To Hazebrouck 00:47 HK$83
To Cassel 00:51 HK$92
To Lens 00:53 HK$83
To Ashford 00:59 HK$471
To Tgv Haute Picardie 01:02 HK$120
To Ebbsfleet International 01:15 HK$471
To Paris 01:18 HK$139
To Arras 01:28 HK$83
To London 01:35 HK$471
To Paris Cdg Airport 01:38 HK$139
To Marne La Vallee 01:53 HK$139
To Bethune 01:54 HK$83
To Charleroi 02:02 HK$203
To Montbard 02:05 HK$481
To Mons 02:11 HK$139
To Lokeren 02:30 HK$185
To Valenciennes 02:50 HK$83
To Ghent 03:11 HK$139
To St Omer 03:11 HK$111
To Cambrai 03:27 HK$92
To Albert 03:32 HK$129
To Liege 03:32 HK$305
To St Pol Ternoise 03:38 HK$120
To Sint Niklaas 03:39 HK$203
To Corbie 03:41 HK$139
To Calais 03:41 HK$148
To Amiens 03:51 HK$157
To Maubeuge 03:53 HK$148
To Champagne-ardenne 03:56 HK$323
To Brussels 03:57 HK$176
To Le Creusot Mo Tgv 04:00 HK$342
To St Pierre Des Corps 04:00 HK$314
To Dunkerque 04:02 HK$111
To Aulnoye 04:03 HK$129
To Ostend 04:08 HK$194
To Antwerp 04:08 HK$231
To Boulogne 04:11 HK$157
To Brugge 04:14 HK$157
To Lyon 04:19 HK$231
To St Quentin 04:21 HK$176
To La Souterraine 04:24 HK$1,026
To Louvigny 04:28 HK$527
To Rouen 04:44 HK$323
To Le Mans 04:47 HK$231
To Angers 04:56 HK$277
To Valence 05:12 HK$471
To Rennes 05:14 HK$231
To Laval 05:14 HK$305
To Lyon St Exupery Airport 05:20 HK$767
To Poitiers 05:22 HK$323
To Chateauroux 05:32 HK$370
To Nimes 05:37 HK$545
To Strasbourg 05:42 HK$416
To Dijon 05:49 HK$185
To Angouleme 05:51 HK$370
To Grenoble 05:56 HK$647
To Besançon 06:02 HK$628
To Montpellier 06:05 HK$416
To Nantes 06:11 HK$277
To Aix En Provence Tgv 06:18 HK$416
To Avignon 06:49 HK$545
To Bordeaux 06:56 HK$407
To Mulhouse 07:01 HK$684
To Saint-malo 07:05 HK$869
To Limoges 07:06 HK$610
To Redon 07:31 HK$656
To Beziers 07:38 HK$665
To Vannes 08:05 HK$536
To Brive 08:07 HK$730
To Marseille 08:10 HK$545
To Libourne 08:15 HK$813
To Auray 08:18 HK$536
To Lorient 08:38 HK$536
To Quimperle 08:46 HK$758
To Agen 09:09 HK$850
To Toulouse 11:32 HK$555
To Toulon 11:33 HK$555
To Narbonne 11:56 HK$536
To Perpignan 12:58 HK$702
To Les Arcs 13:10 HK$915
To St Raphael 13:30 HK$989
To Antibes 13:37 HK$1,368
To Cannes 13:54 HK$804
To Bayonne 14:27 HK$739
To Nice 14:35 HK$684
To Biarritz 14:39 HK$758
To Hendaye 15:04 HK$665

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

  • "very comfort seats"    
    It would be great if there is an instruction to tell us how and where to get the tickets, which i bought online before the trip.  
  • "Quick trip to Lille"    
    Recently traveled by Eurostars from London to Lille to attend a conference. I traveled second class as this was a journey of approx 80 minutes and I considered that the short journey was not worth a first class fare. Great journey with no hassles. Would do again.  
  • "First time with Thalys"    
    Hi, We used Thalys connection from bruxelles midi to lille europe for an exhibition attendance. Actually our first plan was to rent a car but after using raileurope website we decided to use the train. It was comfortable and the price was quite good. Thx. Benjamin R. Mietz  
  • "Unexpected travel experience"    
    The train departed and arrived on time. Train is very comfortable with quiet environment which I can concentrate on my work in first class. I can't say even a word to complaint. Thanks for everyone who are involved in the trip.  
  • "Outstanding"    
    The staff were friendly and they were supportive  
  • "planes, trains, and automobile"    
    Great trip, lovely conditions, smooth sailing, perfect way to get from point A to point B! Great staff in Arras for non-French clients  
  • ""Very Good""    
    This was my second trip with TGV within this Europe trip  
  • "Very fast train"    
    I like traveling with train. With this TGV train I feel comfort and the journey it self running on time  
  • "Visit friends"    
    Comfort, on time, quick boarding process  
  • "2nd leg - First Europe Train"    
    The trip was good. The check-in at Lille Euroupe is confusing. Fortunately we met a young lady on the same train that helped us and explained the "system"....  
  • "First European Train Ride"    
    The trip was good. We got to see some countryside.  
  • "No TGV counter in Brussels"    
    There is no counter sign with TGV in Brussels Midi station  
  • "good"    
    more trains schedule needed to accomodate the big number of passangers. thank you  
  • "nice"    
    more trains schedule needed to accomodate the big number of passangers. thank you  
  • "from paris to lille"    
    Everything was fine! One way we booked the first calss and I really think it's worth it! It was very comfortable and quite, so you could have slept if you want to.  
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