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How to get from Lille airport to the city by transport

Lille Airport (LIL), known as Lille-Lesquin or simply Lesquin Airport, is a French international airport located in the city of Lesquin, just 7 kilometers from Lille. The airport mainly serves passengers in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region. The latest statistics on the number of passengers were made in 2012, when nearly 1.4 million passengers were served at the airport.

Lille Airport has its own direct bus line that connects the airport with the Lille — Euralille shopping center.

  • The stop is located at the entrance door A, next to the check-in desks and exit.
  • One way ticket costs 8 euros and returns 10 euros, and you can only buy them from the driver
  • The first bus leaves at 05:30, and the last at 22:15, every hour (from Mon-Fri) — on Saturday the first at 9:30
  • The trip lasts approx. 20 minutes (depending on traffic)

The airport has no direct train connection to the city center. However, you can reach the main railway station (Gare de Lille Europe) by bus. As soon as you exit the Euralille shopping center, you will need only 5 minutes walk to get to the train station.

If you don’t like public transport, or if the bus stop is not where you want to get to Lille, consider taking a taxi. The average taxi fare to the center of Lille is around € 25, but the price goes higher if you drive late at night.

If you are uncomfortable using ordinary taxis, you may need to order a door-to-door transfer that will be waiting for you at the airport.

Rent a car at Lille Airport: the best way to explore the area on your own is to rent a car. Some of the car hire companies at the airport are Sixt, Europcar, Hertz or Thrifty. To avoid a queue, rent your car online.

Bus rental at Lille Airport: hire a bus or minibus if you travel with a large group of people.

Vueling passengers have a free shuttle bus from Lille Airport to Brussels Midi station. In addition, you can always reach Brussels by train from Gare de Lille train station.

  • Q: I arrive late at the airport. Will it be a problem to get to the city?

A: Given the fact that you can get to the city only by bus, which only works until 22:15. But do not worry, because taxis are always available, although you may have to pay more than planned.

  • Question: I have an early morning flight from the airport, are there any hotels at the airport where I can stay?

A: You can stay overnight at the Mercure Lille Airport Hotel (4 *), located 2.4 km from the airport or at the Ibis Budget Lille (2 *) hotel. Both rooms have free Wi-Fi and free parking.

  • Question: I would like to spend one day in Lille between flights. Is it possible

Answer: Of course, this is possible because the city center is only 7 km from the airport. If you do not want to drag your suitcases, you can leave them in the luggage storage room near the train station. Just ask for instructions in the help desk.

  • Question: I continue my journey outside Lille. Are there any direct lines from the airport to other cities?

A: Other than the above shuttle to Brussels, no. But as soon as you get to the central station, you can practically visit any city you want, especially in France. Here are some of the most popular routes: Lille — Paris (or to Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris) Lille — Lyon, Lille — Marseille

  • Q: Can I exchange money at the airport?

A: There are no currency exchange offices, but you will find an ATM near the information desk in the main hall, level 2. Thus, the best option would be to exchange money before the trip and have a few euros to the city center.

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