Lille travel guide

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You're Going to Love Lille

Once an industrial city, Lille has reinvented itself as a cultural and business hub, with a metropolitan area that straddles the France/Belgium border along the Deûle River. Streets within the beautifully restored city center are lined with Neoclassical and Gothic Revival architecture. Add a sizzling dining scene and a fashionista's selection of boutiques and stores, and it's the perfect city escape.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Lille

1. Explore History

With evidence of civilization that dates back 4,000 years, the city's historic buildings reflect various eras of French and Flemish history from the Middle Ages on, and include the La Vieille Bourse (1653) and Opéra de Lille (1923).

2. Scintillating Arts and Culture

The art collection at the renowned Palais des des Beaux-Arts de Lille includes pieces from the 15th to 20th centuries. There is also a lively performing arts and theater scene to discover.

3. Eats and Sweets

There is a longstanding culinary tradition in this city, offering everything from fine dining to gourmet street food, including a specialty in classic French and Belgian patisseries or pastries, cakes, chocolates, and waffles.

4. Shop Till You Drop

From shopping malls full of the latest designer clothes to open-air markets and chic boutiques, there is something for everyone's budget and taste.

5. Hot Nightlife Scene

The city's nightlife is busy and varied, including dance clubs and live music venues, bars and cocktail lounges, with a strong youthful component due to the large university student population.

Where to Eat in Lille

Méert has been serving kings and commoners delicious waffles - or gaufres - made with vanilla from Madagascar since 1761, starting at EUR3. Enjoy the intriguing Flemish fusion dishes at La Petite Table, starting at EUR1.

When to visit Lille

Lille in October
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Lille in October
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel

With its seasonal climate, most tourists choose to visit the city from spring through fall, or April to October, when average temperatures range between 60 and 75 degrees.

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How to Get to Lille


Lille Airport (LIL) has convenient connections throughout Europe and within France. There is direct bus service that runs to the downtown area at EUR7.


Lille is a major European train hub, with many connections anywhere within the continent, including a 1-hour direct trip to and from Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris.


Lille has highway connections throughout France and northern Europe, including Autoroute A27 to Liège and eventually Germany, and Autoroute A1 to Paris.


FlixBus and OUIBUS are two of the major bus companies providing connections from Lille throughout Europe.

Airports near Lille

Airlines serving Lille

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Air Canada
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Brussels Airlines
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Where to stay in Lille

Stay in the historic Brueghel Hotel, with its beautifully ornate exterior and modern furnishings, located in the heart of the city. The Hotel Kanaï offers spacious rooms in a pedestrian-only area of the historic city center.

Popular neighbourhoods in Lille

Vieux-Lille - this is the Old Town, where you will find architectural gems like the Notre Dame de la Treille church and opera house, along with boutique and souvenir shopping, and multiple dining options.

Lille-Centre - the more modern heart of the city is where you will find a busy district of theaters, restaurants, and nightlife venues.

Wazemmes - this area southwest of the downtown is home to a casual dining and nightlife scene, along with the huge indoor/outdoor Marche de Wazemmes flea market at Place Nouvelle Aventure.

Where to stay in popular areas of Lille

Most booked hotels in Lille

Best Western Premier Why Hotel
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Hotel Lille Europe
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Hotel Chagnot
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Première Classe Lille Centre
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How to Get Around Lille

Public Transportation

Transpole provides buses, trams, and train system both under and above ground, providing extensive service throughout the city and suburbs. Fares start at EUR1.60, with a 10-ride card available for EUR14.


Taxis are plentiful throughout the downtown area. Fares start at EUR5, increasing by EUR1.90 for every 0.60 miles.


Driving is feasible in the city, although parking is at a premium in some areas. A compact rental starts at about EUR27.

The Cost of Living in Lille

Shopping Streets

Rue de Béthune in the old city is lined with small shops and boutiques. The ultramodern Euralille shopping mall is located on Avenue Willy Brandt, east of downtown.

Groceries and Other

Carrefour can be found in the city. A quart of milk costs about EUR1.10, and a dozen eggs will cost roughly EUR2.75.

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