How to Get to Lille

Getting to Lille is easy. You can cross the Channel by train or boat to Calais with your car and from there take the A16/A26 motorway direct to Lille. The car journey should take around 90 minutes.

If you prefer to make your way to Dunkirk, you can take the A25/A26 motorway direct to Lille and the car journey should take around 90 minutes.

The most direct route is to catch the Eurostar from St Pancras station in London. You can’t take the car, but once in Lille its just a couple of minutes from the station to the town centre by foot.

PS. Don’t forget your passport

By Ferry

Ferry is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to get to Calais, and the services offered by ferry companies have improved massively in recent years. More competition has encouraged better prices, and there is now a great choice of places to catch the ferry from. Ferries are far less hassle than planes, saving you time and aggravation, as well as money. If you need your car, the benefits are huge, taking your own car on a ferry saves you having to sort out transport when you arrive in France, it also enables you to carry a lot of luggage to and from France!

P&O Ferries

Tel: 08705 20 20 20

P&O Ferries

Check-in: 30 minutes

Journey time: 75 minutes

Frequency: Every 45 minutes a peak time

Leaving From: Dover to Calais

Via Dunkirk: Norfolkline Ferry

Tel: 0844 847 5042

Check-in: 45 minutes

Journey time: 2 hours

Frequency: up to 12 sailings daily at peak time

Leaving From: Dover to Dunkirk

By Train


Tel: 08705 186 186 – Please note a £5 booking fee applies to phone bookings


Check-in: 30 minutes – Changes depending on your ticket type see Eurostar Check In for more details

Journey time: 50 minutes

Frequency: 3 times per day at peak times

Leaving From: London St Pancras, Ebbsfleet. and Ashford to Calais Fréthun. This TGV stop is some distance from Calais itself; there are shuttle buses and taxis.

Note: Eurostar does not carry vehicles. Foot passengers only.

Lille Airport

Lille Airport is situated in the centre of a very dense motorway network: the A1 Paris-Lille, the A25 Dunkerque-Lille, the A23 Valenciennes-Lille, the A22 Gand-Lille etc.

This location makes it very easy to get to the airport. Apart from its proximity to Belgium and the towns of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region, the airport is only 15 minutes from the centre of Lille and its Railway stations,the Lille airport shuttle links the airport to those stations. Although this is an international airport, there are no flights direct to the UK.