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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$133
From London 01:22 HK$451
From Nice 07:30 HK$1,142
From Brussels 00:35 HK$168
From Paris Cdg Airport 00:49 HK$133
From Avignon 04:06 HK$354
From Lyon 02:57 HK$310
From Marseille 04:43 HK$434
From Bordeaux 05:05 HK$389
From Montpellier 04:52 HK$354
From Dijon 02:44 HK$372
From Rennes 03:59 HK$221
From Antwerp 01:19 HK$363
From Aix En Provence Tgv 04:27 HK$434
From Strasbourg 03:42 HK$345
From Rouen 02:41 HK$310
From Calais 00:28 HK$150
From Angers 03:29 HK$221
From Poitiers 03:12 HK$327
From Narbonne 06:01 HK$1,053
From Laval 03:30 HK$584
From Valence 03:37 HK$354
From Les Arcs 06:18 HK$1,142
From St Raphael 06:34 HK$1,142
From St Pierre Des Corps 02:27 HK$301
From Louvigny 02:25 HK$619
From Le Mans 02:34 HK$221
From Antibes 07:11 HK$1,142
From Cannes 06:59 HK$1,301
From Charleville 02:45 HK$257
From Brive 06:01 HK$894
From Toulon 05:42 HK$1,142
From Nimes 04:28 HK$354
From Saint-malo 05:41 HK$726
From Limoges 04:59 HK$814
From Vannes 05:22 HK$805
From Le Creusot Mo Tgv 02:23 HK$593
From La Souterraine 04:28 HK$779
From Lorient 05:58 HK$726
From Angouleme 04:02 HK$354
From Nantes 04:07 HK$221
From Beziers 05:43 HK$876
From Perpignan 06:37 HK$876
From Auray 05:35 HK$805
From Massy 01:32 HK$133
From Tgv Haute Picardie 00:26 HK$115
From Comines France 00:25 HK$80
From Henin Beaumont 00:21 HK$80
From Rosult 00:28 HK$80
From Valenciennes 00:28 HK$80
From Hazebrouck 00:30 HK$80
From Dunkerque 00:30 HK$124
From Lens 00:29 HK$80
From Bailleul 00:21 HK$80
From Arras 00:21 HK$80
From Armentieres 00:13 HK$80
From Perenchies 00:10 HK$80
From Roubaix 00:09 HK$80
From Tourcoing 00:14 HK$80
From Douai 00:19 HK$80
From Tournai 00:20 HK$80
From Mouscron 00:20 HK$80
From Kortrijk 00:30 HK$80
From Bethune 00:35 HK$80
From Ebbsfleet International 01:11 HK$451
From St Pol Ternoise 01:07 HK$115
From Cambrai 01:07 HK$97
From Etaples 01:19 HK$195
From Amiens 01:20 HK$186
From St Quentin 01:49 HK$168
From Champagne-ardenne 01:46 HK$434
From Lesquin 00:07 HK$80
From Marne La Vallee 01:03 HK$133
From Maubeuge 01:01 HK$142
From Aulnoye 00:51 HK$124
From St Omer 00:46 HK$106
From Cassel 00:39 HK$88
From Ashford 00:56 HK$451
From Bergues 00:56 HK$124
From Albert 00:57 HK$142
From Boulogne 00:56 HK$186
From Montbard 02:09 HK$655

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

To Lesquin 00:09 HK$80
To Roubaix 00:14 HK$80
To Perenchies 00:14 HK$80
To Armentieres 00:21 HK$80
To Mouscron 00:26 HK$80
To Henin Beaumont 00:32 HK$80
To Comines France 00:33 HK$80
To Bailleul 00:33 HK$80
To Tournai 00:35 HK$80
To Rosult 00:35 HK$80
To Kortrijk 00:36 HK$80
To Douai 00:43 HK$80
To Hazebrouck 00:47 HK$80
To Cassel 00:51 HK$88
To Lens 00:53 HK$80
To Ashford 00:59 HK$451
To Tgv Haute Picardie 01:02 HK$115
To Ebbsfleet International 01:15 HK$451
To Paris 01:18 HK$133
To Arras 01:28 HK$80
To London 01:35 HK$451
To Paris Cdg Airport 01:38 HK$133
To Marne La Vallee 01:53 HK$133
To Bethune 01:54 HK$80
To Charleroi 02:02 HK$195
To Montbard 02:05 HK$460
To Mons 02:11 HK$133
To Lokeren 02:30 HK$177
To Valenciennes 02:50 HK$80
To Ghent 03:11 HK$133
To St Omer 03:11 HK$106
To Cambrai 03:27 HK$88
To Albert 03:32 HK$124
To Liege 03:32 HK$292
To St Pol Ternoise 03:38 HK$115
To Sint Niklaas 03:39 HK$195
To Corbie 03:41 HK$133
To Calais 03:41 HK$142
To Amiens 03:51 HK$150
To Maubeuge 03:53 HK$142
To Champagne-ardenne 03:56 HK$310
To Brussels 03:57 HK$168
To Le Creusot Mo Tgv 04:00 HK$327
To St Pierre Des Corps 04:00 HK$301
To Dunkerque 04:02 HK$106
To Aulnoye 04:03 HK$124
To Ostend 04:08 HK$186
To Antwerp 04:08 HK$221
To Boulogne 04:11 HK$150
To Brugge 04:14 HK$150
To Lyon 04:19 HK$221
To St Quentin 04:21 HK$168
To La Souterraine 04:24 HK$982
To Louvigny 04:28 HK$504
To Rouen 04:44 HK$310
To Le Mans 04:47 HK$221
To Angers 04:56 HK$265
To Valence 05:12 HK$451
To Rennes 05:14 HK$221
To Laval 05:14 HK$292
To Lyon St Exupery Airport 05:20 HK$735
To Poitiers 05:22 HK$310
To Chateauroux 05:32 HK$354
To Nimes 05:37 HK$522
To Strasbourg 05:42 HK$398
To Dijon 05:49 HK$177
To Angouleme 05:51 HK$354
To Grenoble 05:56 HK$619
To Besançon 06:02 HK$602
To Montpellier 06:05 HK$398
To Nantes 06:11 HK$265
To Aix En Provence Tgv 06:18 HK$398
To Avignon 06:49 HK$522
To Bordeaux 06:56 HK$389
To Mulhouse 07:01 HK$655
To Saint-malo 07:05 HK$832
To Limoges 07:06 HK$584
To Redon 07:31 HK$628
To Beziers 07:38 HK$637
To Vannes 08:05 HK$513
To Brive 08:07 HK$699
To Marseille 08:10 HK$522
To Libourne 08:15 HK$779
To Auray 08:18 HK$513
To Lorient 08:38 HK$513
To Quimperle 08:46 HK$726
To Agen 09:09 HK$814
To Toulouse 11:32 HK$531
To Toulon 11:33 HK$531
To Narbonne 11:56 HK$513
To Perpignan 12:58 HK$673
To Les Arcs 13:10 HK$876
To St Raphael 13:30 HK$947
To Antibes 13:37 HK$1,310
To Cannes 13:54 HK$770
To Bayonne 14:27 HK$708
To Nice 14:35 HK$655
To Biarritz 14:39 HK$726
To Hendaye 15:04 HK$637

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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