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Situated on the Deule River, Lille is a gorgeous city in Northern France, near the border with Belgium. It is the fourth largest city in France and the capital of the Hauts-de-France region. With its unique position and proximity to three large European hubs, Brussels, Paris and London, Lille is an important cultural and economic centre.
Top attractions and events in Lille
Some of the must-see locations include the second most famous art museum in France – the Palais Beaux-Arts, the Cathedrale Notre-Dame de la Treille and the famous Lille Flea Market. The local restaurants offer local specialities such as French fries, mussels, "waterzooi" and "potjevleesch".
Although tourists visit Lille all year round, however, peak months are September, due to the famous flea market – Grande Braderie de Lille, as well as, November and December when the traditional Christmas market takes place on Place Rihour. Among the most important events are the Wazemmes L'Accordeon music festival in May and the famous Lille Piano Festival in June.
Public transport network
Lille is a city where it is easy to get around by different means of public transportation. The metro, trams and bus lines, as part of the Transpose, connect almost all districts and suburbs with the city centre.
The metro network operates with two lines (Line 1 and Line 2), 60 stations and over 140 trains that run every minute, with no more than 8 minutes waiting time. The tramway system connects central Lille to surrounding communities via two tram lines. Over 65 bus routes cover the Lille area and several lines connect the French city with destinations in Belgium. Buses run every 15 minutes from Monday to Saturday, from 5:00 until midnight. Night bus lines also run on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.
Renting a car is another way to explore Lille. It's easy to find a parking space in Lille, as there are a few car parks in the city centre, while street parking is limited. You can book the Lille car rental service online, or you can rent a car at Lille Airport or the train station.
Lille taxi service is another fast way to get around the city. You can find a taxi almost anywhere in Lille. However, taking a taxi during busy times can be challenging. Taxi stands are available near major hotels and attractions, or you can always call a local Lille taxi company.
Getting from and to Lille airport
Lille Airport (LIL) is 7 km away from Lile, in the city of Lesquin. The travel time is approximately 20 minutes by car to Lille city centre.
Lille airport shuttles run to Lille city centre and vice versa, with 20 minutes average trip time. The shuttle bus stop is at entrance door A, near the check-in desks. Although direct train line is not available to the city centre, you can reach Gare de Lille Europe by shuttle bus or taxi.
Renting a car or a bus is also available at Lille Airport. If you do not prefer public transportation, Lille airport taxi service is available at the taxi stands outside the Departures Hall, in front of the Terminal on Level 2.
Arrange a private airport transfer
For a direct transfer to your accommodation in a private vehicle, we recommend booking a private Lille airport transfer with us. We organise transfers to Lille city centre, Paris city centre and Paris Airports, as well as to Bruges in Belgium.
You will have the option of customising the service according to your preferences and receive a complete service including direct transfer to your location in a comfortable vehicle, meet and greet, flight monitoring and free waiting time. Get an instant quote online and book the airport taxi service in advance. The cost of a private airport taxi is fixed and per vehicle. The price for a private taxi from Lille Airport to Lille city centre starts from 35 EUR, one way.
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