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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 NZ$25
From London 01:22 NZ$85
From Nice 07:30 NZ$215
From Brussels 00:35 NZ$32
From Paris Cdg Airport 00:49 NZ$25
From Avignon 04:06 NZ$67
From Lyon 02:57 NZ$58
From Marseille 04:43 NZ$82
From Bordeaux 05:05 NZ$73
From Montpellier 04:52 NZ$67
From Dijon 02:44 NZ$70
From Rennes 03:59 NZ$42
From Antwerp 01:19 NZ$68
From Aix En Provence Tgv 04:27 NZ$82
From Strasbourg 03:42 NZ$65
From Rouen 02:41 NZ$60
From Calais 00:28 NZ$29
From Angers 03:29 NZ$42
From Poitiers 03:12 NZ$62
From Narbonne 06:01 NZ$198
From Laval 03:30 NZ$110
From Valence 03:37 NZ$67
From Les Arcs 06:18 NZ$215
From St Raphael 06:34 NZ$215
From St Pierre Des Corps 02:27 NZ$57
From Louvigny 02:25 NZ$117
From Le Mans 02:34 NZ$42
From Antibes 07:11 NZ$215
From Cannes 06:59 NZ$245
From Charleville 02:45 NZ$49
From Brive 06:01 NZ$168
From Toulon 05:42 NZ$215
From Nimes 04:28 NZ$67
From Saint-malo 05:41 NZ$137
From Limoges 04:59 NZ$153
From Vannes 05:22 NZ$152
From Le Creusot Mo Tgv 02:23 NZ$112
From La Souterraine 04:28 NZ$147
From Lorient 05:58 NZ$137
From Angouleme 04:02 NZ$67
From Nantes 04:07 NZ$42
From Beziers 05:43 NZ$165
From Perpignan 06:37 NZ$165
From Auray 05:35 NZ$152
From Massy 01:32 NZ$25
From Tgv Haute Picardie 00:26 NZ$23
From Comines France 00:25 NZ$15
From Henin Beaumont 00:21 NZ$15
From Rosult 00:28 NZ$15
From Valenciennes 00:28 NZ$16
From Hazebrouck 00:30 NZ$15
From Dunkerque 00:30 NZ$25
From Lens 00:29 NZ$15
From Bailleul 00:21 NZ$15
From Arras 00:21 NZ$16
From Armentieres 00:13 NZ$15
From Perenchies 00:10 NZ$15
From Roubaix 00:09 NZ$15
From Tourcoing 00:14 NZ$15
From Douai 00:19 NZ$15
From Tournai 00:20 NZ$15
From Mouscron 00:20 NZ$15
From Kortrijk 00:30 NZ$15
From Bethune 00:35 NZ$15
From Ebbsfleet International 01:11 NZ$85
From St Pol Ternoise 01:07 NZ$23
From Cambrai 01:07 NZ$19
From Etaples 01:19 NZ$37
From Amiens 01:20 NZ$36
From St Quentin 01:49 NZ$33
From Champagne-ardenne 01:46 NZ$82
From Lesquin 00:07 NZ$15
From Marne La Vallee 01:03 NZ$25
From Maubeuge 01:01 NZ$27
From Aulnoye 00:51 NZ$25
From St Omer 00:46 NZ$21
From Cassel 00:39 NZ$18
From Ashford 00:56 NZ$85
From Bergues 00:56 NZ$24
From Albert 00:57 NZ$27
From Boulogne 00:56 NZ$36
From Montbard 02:09 NZ$123

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

To Lesquin 00:09 NZ$15
To Roubaix 00:14 NZ$15
To Perenchies 00:14 NZ$15
To Armentieres 00:21 NZ$15
To Mouscron 00:26 NZ$15
To Henin Beaumont 00:32 NZ$15
To Comines France 00:33 NZ$15
To Bailleul 00:33 NZ$15
To Tournai 00:35 NZ$15
To Rosult 00:35 NZ$15
To Kortrijk 00:36 NZ$15
To Douai 00:43 NZ$15
To Hazebrouck 00:47 NZ$15
To Cassel 00:51 NZ$18
To Lens 00:53 NZ$15
To Ashford 00:59 NZ$85
To Tgv Haute Picardie 01:02 NZ$23
To Ebbsfleet International 01:15 NZ$85
To Paris 01:18 NZ$25
To Arras 01:28 NZ$16
To London 01:35 NZ$85
To Paris Cdg Airport 01:38 NZ$25
To Marne La Vallee 01:53 NZ$25
To Bethune 01:54 NZ$15
To Charleroi 02:02 NZ$38
To Montbard 02:05 NZ$87
To Mons 02:11 NZ$27
To Lokeren 02:30 NZ$35
To Valenciennes 02:50 NZ$16
To Ghent 03:11 NZ$27
To St Omer 03:11 NZ$20
To Cambrai 03:27 NZ$17
To Albert 03:32 NZ$24
To Liege 03:32 NZ$56
To St Pol Ternoise 03:38 NZ$22
To Sint Niklaas 03:39 NZ$37
To Corbie 03:41 NZ$26
To Calais 03:41 NZ$28
To Amiens 03:51 NZ$28
To Maubeuge 03:53 NZ$28
To Champagne-ardenne 03:56 NZ$58
To Brussels 03:57 NZ$32
To Le Creusot Mo Tgv 04:00 NZ$62
To St Pierre Des Corps 04:00 NZ$57
To Dunkerque 04:02 NZ$21
To Aulnoye 04:03 NZ$25
To Ostend 04:08 NZ$36
To Antwerp 04:08 NZ$43
To Boulogne 04:11 NZ$30
To Brugge 04:14 NZ$30
To Lyon 04:19 NZ$42
To St Quentin 04:21 NZ$32
To La Souterraine 04:24 NZ$185
To Louvigny 04:28 NZ$95
To Rouen 04:44 NZ$60
To Le Mans 04:47 NZ$42
To Angers 04:56 NZ$50
To Valence 05:12 NZ$85
To Rennes 05:14 NZ$42
To Laval 05:14 NZ$55
To Lyon St Exupery Airport 05:20 NZ$139
To Poitiers 05:22 NZ$58
To Chateauroux 05:32 NZ$67
To Nimes 05:37 NZ$98
To Strasbourg 05:42 NZ$75
To Dijon 05:49 NZ$33
To Angouleme 05:51 NZ$67
To Grenoble 05:56 NZ$117
To Besançon 06:02 NZ$113
To Montpellier 06:05 NZ$75
To Nantes 06:11 NZ$50
To Aix En Provence Tgv 06:18 NZ$75
To Avignon 06:49 NZ$98
To Bordeaux 06:56 NZ$73
To Mulhouse 07:01 NZ$124
To Saint-malo 07:05 NZ$157
To Limoges 07:06 NZ$112
To Redon 07:31 NZ$119
To Beziers 07:38 NZ$120
To Vannes 08:05 NZ$97
To Brive 08:07 NZ$132
To Marseille 08:10 NZ$98
To Libourne 08:15 NZ$147
To Auray 08:18 NZ$97
To Lorient 08:38 NZ$97
To Quimperle 08:46 NZ$137
To Agen 09:09 NZ$154
To Toulouse 11:32 NZ$100
To Toulon 11:33 NZ$100
To Narbonne 11:56 NZ$97
To Perpignan 12:58 NZ$128
To Les Arcs 13:10 NZ$166
To St Raphael 13:30 NZ$179
To Antibes 13:37 NZ$248
To Cannes 13:54 NZ$145
To Bayonne 14:27 NZ$134
To Nice 14:35 NZ$123
To Biarritz 14:39 NZ$137
To Hendaye 15:04 NZ$121

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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