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  • In the station Lille Flandres
    In the station Lille Flandres
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    Train station Lille Europe in the rain
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    The best way to travel into...

    by wanderlust23 Written Sep 8, 2002

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    The best way to travel into Lille is by train. Since Lille is very central between Brussels, London, and Paris, it only takes a few hours from all these locations by TGV. From Paris, one need take a train from the Gare du Nord. From London and Brussels you need to take the TGV main trains.
    The best way to get around Lille is by riding the metro. The metro is cheap, easy, and fast. It is a much smaller and less complex system than that of Paris, London, or New York for example. There are only two lines. To ride the metro you must buy and compost a ticket before you board. I would suggest buying day passes for the metro if you'll be hopping on and off frequently. These cost much less than if you had to buy a seperate ticket each time. You can buy these on any of the automated machines in the metro stations.
    The bus system is also well used and organized in Lille, but I found it more confusing than the Metro. And of course there is always a lot of walking involved, my favorite form of transportation. :)
    The photo shows a few of the main attractions in Lille and the map of the centre ville.

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    I arrived to the airport of...

    by Sergioalc Written Aug 26, 2002

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    I arrived to the airport of Lille (http://www.lille.aeroport.fr/) but as I said before, if you're in UK, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg...) you can arrive by one of the modern high-speed trains. Remember that Lille is in the center of a very dense population area, with a very useful net of transports.

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    The best way to get to Lille...

    by Skylink Written Aug 26, 2002

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    The best way to get to Lille is probably by train. The Eurostar from Waterloo International in London and from Gare du Nord in Paris come to Lille. The old train station is close to the Eurolille station. Trains serve both stations. Lesquin Airport (obviously in Lesquin) is close to Lille but poorly served. Before the advent of the Channel Tunnel, there were flights to LHR, but no more. A flight to Algeria, some to Nice, and a few far away French cities and that's it.
    Parking in Lille is not too difficult. It's a bit hard to find in the city center, but not impossible.

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    From London, the Eurostar from...

    by Sunflora Written Aug 26, 2002

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    From London, the Eurostar from Waterloo Station. Fares start at £79 return or even sometimes as low as £40 return during promotional periods.
    I walked and walked and walked. The city center is within walking distance of the Eurostar station.

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    It could not be easier to...

    by funkymama Written Aug 25, 2002

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    It could not be easier to reach Calais. With up to 60 car ferry and catamaran services daily, you can turn up and sail from Dover to Calais at any time of the day. Crossings on P&O Stena Line and SeaFrance superferries take from 75 to 90 minutes and 45 minutes on Hoverspeed's superseacats. Access roads from the port link directly onto the Autoroute network and the port is just a five minute drive into the town centre by car or by bus, which meets all ferry arrivals.
    Alternatively travel to Calais on the frequent Eurotunnel services from Folkestone. The Eurotunnel Terminal is to the west of Calais at Coquelles and next to the huge Cite Europe shopping centre. The terminal also has a direct link to the Autoroute network and Calais town centre is a short drive.

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    London connection to Europe

    by daryll Written Mar 11, 2005
    Eurostar

    Best and fastest way to Lille is the famous high speed train Eurostar which only takes you 2 and half hours.

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    Gare Lille-Flandres

    by linwei66 Written Sep 15, 2004
    Gare Lille Fandres - Lille

    Gare Lille-Flandres, just near gare Lille-Europe, handles a lot of regional service such as the tramway and metro but also trains to further destinations.

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    From Paris, Bruxelle or...

    by laetitiad Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    From Paris, Bruxelle or London, the easiest way is the train : Bruxelles is 30 minutes, London 2 hours and Paris 1 hour.
    Walking in the centre

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