Location and Travel

Lille, Capital city of the French Flanders

Only one hour from Paris, 35 minutes from Brussels and 80 minutes from London, Lille could have lived in the shadow of its illustrious neighbors. However, without inferiority complex, it improves and displays its difference!

Flemish, Burgundy and the Spanish before becoming French, Lille owns an exceptional architectural heritage. Merchant since the Middle Ages, military citadel under Louis XIV, industrious in the nineteenth and ambitious in the twentieth century, the city preserves the vestiges of this past, while looking towards the future.

While the district of Euralille is a concentrate of architectural audacities signed Rem Koolhaas, Jean Nouvel or Christian de Portzamparc, the area of Lille-Sud became « Maisons de Mode ».

European Capital of Culture in 2004, Lille is now a reference in this sector. In large prestigious museums or alternative art centers, from the Opera to the numerous theaters to the national orchestra of Lille, culture is lived and shared every day. Lille Metropole was recently manes World Capital of Design for 2020.

Proud of its festive and gastronomic traditions, the Hauts-de-France capital remains a city with a human dimension, where breathe the generosity and warmth of the people of the North. Strong of this singularity, it offers visitors a tasty mixture of Flemish joviality end French elegance, in the heart of the youngest region of France!

Surprising, unexpected, visionary, creative, but also audacious, Lille captivates and enthuses its guests by its contrasts.

At the crossroads of Europe, Lille is ideally located in the heart of three economic capitals : Paris, London and Brussels. And is at less than 550 km from six other European capitals.

Lille is a prime destination for your event, valued by an extremely dense transport network that makes it one of the best served cities in France

Lille is a strategic railway crossroads : 2 railway stations
• Lille Europe Station
• and Lille Flandres station
are located 400 meters apart in the city center. 

Brussels : 34 minutes, 19 TGV and Eurostar / day 
Paris: 60 minutes, 21 TGV / day 
London : 80 minutes, 6 Eurostar / day 
Amsterdam: 160 minutes, 3 Thalys / day 
To the other main cities in France: 
2h52, 8 TGV / day 
Marseille: 4h30, 6 TGV / day 
Bordeaux: 5h00, 2 TGV / day
Montpellier: 5h00, 2 TGV / day 
Rennes: 3h50, 3 TGV / day
Strasbourg: 3h20, 2 TGV / day 

With OUIGO : Paris (Roissy CDG 2 Airport. Marne-La- Vallée Chessy. Massy), Lyon Saint-Exupéry – Airport, Marseille Saint-Charles, Bordeaux Saint-Jean, Aix-en- Provence TGV, Angoulême. Poitiers, Saint-Pierre-des- Corps (Tours). 

Getting by air

Less than 1 hour from two major European airports with worldwide connections

Lille International airport: 15 minutes bus shuttle to Lille center; direct flights to many European cities 


Paris Roissy – Charles de Gaulle International Airport: France’s 1st airport and second European connecting platform.
The “Gare Aéroport Roissy – Charles de Gaulle terminal 2” train station is located within the airport, 15 to 20 minutes-walk from the international terminal 2. From this station, you can take either the RER B Train to Paris (1 hour) or the TGV direct train (55 minutes) to Lille.

Brussels international Airport: “Airport City Express” trains connect the airport to Brussels-Zuid (Brussels-Midi) in 20 minutes, and then there are excellent connections by TGV and / or Eurostar to Lille (40 minutes).

In addition, two international with excellent European connections:

Brussel South Charleroi Airport: The low-cost airport of Brussels is one hundred and twenty kilometers from Lille. Easy connection with Lille by bus shuttles.