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Travel & Transport


With more than 226,000 inhabitants, Lille, in conjunction with the associated towns, Hellemmes and Lomme, constitutes the largest city in the North of France. At the heart of an agglomeration of 87 municipalities, Lille, with its French and Belgian neighbours, is part of a cross-border metropolis of 1.9 million inhabitants in the centre of a Euro-Region. 

This privileged geographic position, enhanced by a high-quality transport network, makes Lille a veritable gateway to Europe.

Indeed, people from across Europe are attracted to Lille, with its quality of lifestyle, economic dynamism, cultural vitality and festive energy. 
Increasing numbers of tourists are coming to discover Lille and are contributing to the reputation of the city.

With 14,000 new inhabitants since the latest census in 1999, Lille currently enjoys a demographic dynamism which pushes the city into second place in terms of population growth in France.

Following the Vieux-Lille quarter, which has rediscovered its former splendour, then Euralille, the new business and commercial centre, it is now the turn of all ten districts of Lille to be targeted in the Urban Development Project, conceived hand in hand with residents in the aim of improving the quality of city life.

Major cultural infrastructures, new squares and gardens, new local services, new housing initiatives: all of these projects are founded on a single ambition - to build a framework for social inclusion across the city.

Public Transport

Metro (underground train network)
Using the metro, bus and tramway network
Transpole, the local transport company in Lille and the surrounding area, provides an extensive transport network:
45 km of metro lines are connected to an extensive network of buses and tramways to optimise your movement around the Lille conurbation.
2 automated underground train (metro) lines cover 45km, with 60 stations en route.
Line 1: Villeneuve d'Ascq 4 cantons - CHR B Calmette
Line 2: Lomme Saint Philibert - Tourcoing CH Dron
2 tramway lines link to Tourcoing and Roubaix, with 35 stations en route.
68 urban bus routes cover the metropolis, 8 of which reach into Belgium.
A single standard price exists on the network: 1,20€ per journey (connections are authorised).  
Plus, for shorter journeys (3 stations only), a cheaper ZAP ticket: 0,70€ can be purchased.
Day and evening passes as well as weekly, monthly, family and other travel cards are available.

La Citadine: a new circular bus shuttle service links the Champ de Mars, Norexpo and Porte de Valenciennes car parks as well as the train stations and République-Beaux Arts metro station.
Monday to Saturday from 7am to 20:00. Frequency: 10 to 13 mins
Information by telephone: +33 (0)8 20 42 40 40

Coming by train

 As the gateway of Europe, Lille is at the hub of a strategic railway network:  
- Paris is one hour from Lille by TGV (30 services per day)
- London is 1 hour 20 mins away by Eurostar
- Brussels is 38 minutes away by Thalys
The Lille-Europe and Lille-Flandres stations situated in the city centre are served by several major high speed train (TGV) lines.
Tel. SNCF: 36 35 calls from France - +33 892 35 35 35 calls from outside France (0,34€/mn)
Tel. Eurostar: +33 (0) 892 35 35 39 (0,34€/mn)
Tel. Eurotunnel: +33 (0)3 21 00 61 00

Maps of the urban and suburban transport networks can be downloaded:
Attached file:  planurb2006.pdf
Attached file:  plansub2006.pdf

Air travel

 Just 15 minutes from the city centre, Lille-Lesquin airport proposes 40 international destinations for passengers and represents the third largest air-freight transport centre in France.
Direct flights to: Algiers, Bordeaux, Clermont-Ferrand, Lyon, Marseille, Mulhouse, Nantes, Nice, Strasbourg, Toulouse.
Flights with connections to: Ajaccio, Angers, Barcelona, Berlin, Biarritz, Bologna, Brest, Calvi, Casablanca, Figari, Frankfurt, Geneva, Le Havre, Limoges, Lisbon, Madrid, Milan, Montpellier, Pau, Porto, Prague, Rome, Rouen, Toulon, Venise, Zurich.
+33 (0)891 67 32 10 (0,23€/mn)
Coach shuttle service from Lille city centre to the airport: 18 return journeys per day: from 5am to 22:30 Monday to Friday, plus at weekends depending on flights. Journey time: 20 mins.
+33 (0)891 67 32 10 (0,23€/mn)
Lille is less than one hour by train from two international airports:
Paris Charles de Gaulle: 51 mins
Bruxelles Zaventem: 38 mins
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