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Lille

Lille is a city situated in the north of France, near to the Belgian border. It used to be a principally industrial city, although it is starting to be recognised for its own qualities as a cultural attraction in its own right. One of the highlights is the Marche de Wazemmes (best on Sundays) which is a market selling a huge variety of items, including fruit, vegetables, books and perfume.

Most visitors to the city arrive by train through the high-speed rail link. Eurostar services between London and Paris and London and Brussells pass through the city. Paris is only half an hour away from Lille, while Brussels is only half an hour by train. Lille is also on the TGV line which runs to the south of France, to destinations including Nice.

Inside the city, Lille has two underground rail lines, as well as a variety of bus routes.

How to get to Lille from
Route 1:

The high-speed TGV service from Lille Europe to Nice takes around 7-8 hours, passing through the whole length of the French countryside.

There are only two services a day in either direction. A more frequent alternative journey, Paris - Nice (TGV) is also available, but can be a little more inconvenient than the Lille - Nice option if you are coming from a connecting train due to the cross-city Metro change at Paris.

Route 2:

One of the most popular international train service is the high-speed Eurostar service between St Pancras International Station at King's Cross in London, and Brussels-Midi/Zuid, the Eurostar acts as the UK's route into Europe, and from Brussels, passengers can catch a variety of services into the heart of Europe.

Taking just two hours and fifteen minutes from London to Paris, and with some services calling at Ebbsfleet, Ashford, Calais, and Lille en route, it is a fast option that can be taken without your feet leaving the ground. The Eurostar is also one of the cheapest ways to get across the channel, and offers a relatively luxurious alternative to flight. It is also one of the most regular services, operating up to 6 services a day from London to Brussels, as early as twenty-five past five in the morning, and as late as eight o'clock in the evening.

Route 3:

The latest long-distance international coach service, known as iDBUS, offers a direct route between London, Lille and Paris. The service, managed by French rail operator SNCF, hopes to become a major player in the European coach market.

The journey between the two capitals takes a total of nine hours, whilst the journey between London and Lille takes around six. Most of the coaches cross the channel on-board the Eurotunnel (Shuttle), although some services travel on ferries. When crossing the channel, passengers go through standard border security checks.

Route 4:

Why not experience the magic of Disneyland Paris, direct to/from London on the Eurostar. Trains direct to/from Disneyland run only once a day to/from London St Pancras, but you still get to experience the comfort and style offered by the Eurostar service. During school holidays, frequencies can increase, so check with Eurostar to find out what services will be available on the day you plan to travel.

Route 5:

A new long-distance international coach service, known as iDBUS, offers travellers a new direct service between Paris, Lille and Amsterdam, with connecting services to London and Brussels. The service, managed by French rail operator SNCF, hopes to become a major player in the European coach market.

The journey between Paris and Amsterdam takes nearly seven hours, whilst the trip between Lille and Amsterdam takes between three and a half and four hours. 

Route 6:

A new international coach service operating in Western Europe operates a service between Paris and Brussels via Lille. The service, managed by French rail operator SNCF, hopes to become a major player in the European coach market.

The journey between the two cities takes between four and five hours, whilst the journey between Brussels and Lille takes less than two.

Route 7:

If you are trying to get to/from Disneyland by train to/from Lille, there are plenty of trains to choose from. Trains between Lille and Marne la Vallee (Disneyland's closest train station), depart at least once an hour, travelling to/from a range of destinations, throughout France, including Marseille, Monpellier, Bordeaux and Lyon.