In recent years Lille has shrugged off its reputation as a grey and grimy industrial metropolis to become one of northern France’s top cultural destinations. There are amazing art galleries, a lively nightlife, and perfect patisseries aplenty in this delightful hidden gem of a city. Add locals that pride themselves on being the friendliest people in France, and it seems like Lille could easily rival Paris as a romantic spot for a weekend break.
Airports in Lille
Lille Airport (LIL) is just fifteen minutes away from the city centre, and is one of the busiest airports in France. The airport is small but perfectly formed. There’s a cafe (Jardins Pamplemousse) which is open all day. There’s also a slightly more upmarket restaurant (Your’s) which offers a panoramic view across the runway and serves up classic local dishes. There are duty free shops and souvenir shops too, if you’re not feeling peckish.
Airlines that fly to Lille
No airlines currently fly direct to Lille from the UK. Indirect flights are offered by Air France, Iberia, Vueling Airlines, KLM, British Airways, and HOP!
Getting into Lille
La Navette bus offers frequent transport from the airport to Lille, dropping passengers outside the Eurolille shopping centre. Single tickets are €8* (about £6.25) while return tickets are €10* (just over £7.80).
Taxis are available outside the airport terminal but you can pre-book a taxi if you want to be on the safe side. The airport recommends local companies Aeroport Taxi (lesquin), Taxi Alexandre, Taxi Gares, Taxi Rihour, and Taxi Union. Their contact details can be found on Lille Airport’s website.
If you prefer to travel independently you can hire a car at Lille Airport. Car rental is offered by Avis, Enterprise, Europcar and Hertz.
*Prices subject to change
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