Getting Around Lille
With its extensive public transport, getting around Lille is easy
Drivers will find the roads are well sign-posted making it reasonably easy to navigate the one-way systems. However, its worth noting that there is no free parking in Lille and anway, on-street parking is difficult. It is easier to use a car park. Otherwise, Lille has a comprehensive network of transportation run by Transpole which can be picked up next to the Euralille complex. Here are the options:
Transpole Public Transport
Transpole has a wide-ranging public transport system stretching across the bus, underground and tramway network. More information available from www.transpole.fr
Catch one between the hours of 5.30am and 8.30pm.
Two tramsways head for Roubaix and Tourcoing giving access to the designer shopping outlets of MacArthur Glen or L’Usine factory shops. Trams services run from 5.15am (6.15am at weekends) to midnight.
By VAL Metro:
Val metro is an extraordinary driverless train and the only one of its kind in the world. It is fully automated and its routes are above and below the ground. The metro stations are graced with interesting works of art. There are 2 lines:
Line 1 links Lille and Villeneuve d’Ascq
Line 2 links Lomme to Roubaix and Tourcoing
Travel at Night:
A network of night buses called the Clair de Lune operate in the Vieux Lille and head out to other towns every half hour. Service starts at 9.30pm and continues until 3am. There are six routes in total, four leave the place des Buisses and two leave from place de la Republique.
Note: not public transport operates on May 1st.
There are ticket machines at every station and you can pay by credit card or with coins. A single ticket costs 1 euro and allows travel in one direction changing from metro to tram to bus as required. Carnets of 10 tickets are better value if you intend moving around and cost 10 euros. There are also one day tickets – Passe Journee – offering unlimited travel and costs around 3 euros.
A City Pass can be purchased for 14 euros. This allows unlimited access to museums and attractions in Lille as well as unlimited travel. Information and help is available at Lille-Flanders Station Tel: 08 20 42 40 40.
Catching a Taxi in Lille
Taxis are found at the clearly marked taxi ranks and can be hailed in the street. There are two major ranks outside the two railway stations. To book Tel: 03 20 06 06 / 03 20 06 64.
Sight-seeing Mini Bus
If you are short on time but want to see the city, take the sight seeing minibus. The minibus is air-conditioned and wheelchair accessible. The tour of Lille lasts around 50 minutes and leave every hour from outside the tourist office on place Rihour. There is a really good multilingual audio-visual commentary to help you on the way.
The tour is available every hour from November to March from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm and from April to October from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm.
Tickets costs 10 euros and can be bought at the tourist office.
Car Parking in Lille
There are six pay-for large, supervised car parks in central Lille open 24/7. These are at Porte d’Arras, Porte des Postes and CHR B (Calmette underground station), in Lomme (Saint Philibert underground station) and in Villeneuve d’Ascque (Les Pres and 4 Cantons underground stations).
There are also some sought after pay-and-display parking zones. Free parking is available to shoppers at Carrefour hypermarket at the Eurolille shopping centre, but you do have to prove a certain spend within Carrefour.
Coaches can park for free at Boulevard de Leeds (Lille Europe railway station).