Wondering how to move around Lille? Find out all that you need to know about the city's transport network in this article.
Like most major French cities, Lille also has a modern and developed transport network. So if you have settled there, you will have no troubling in moving from one place to another. Indeed, you can choose from various means of transport according to your needs: bus, subway, tramway, taxi, bike, etc. Car sharing is also a widespread practice in the city. Several companies also provide more relaxed and fun modes of transport for sightseeing. In all cases, you are likely to enjoy traveling around Lille.
Lille's automatic subway system is divided into two lines:
- Line 1 which goes from Villeneuve-d’Ascq – 4 Cantons – Stade Pierre Mauroy to Lille CHR B Calmette
- Line 2 which goes from Lomme Saint-Philibert to Tourcoing CH Dron
This includes the following neighborhoods: Bois-Blancs, Faubourg de Béthune, Fives, Centre-Ville, Lille-Sud, Quartier de Moulins, Saint Maurice-Pellevoisin, Vauban-Esquermes and Wazemmes, excluding Vieux-Lille.
The tramway system serves the following stations only: Lille Flandre and Lille Europe. However, it stops at 36 spots so as to grant access to the inhabitants of Croix, Marcq-en-Barœul, La Madeleine, Wasquehal, Villeneuve-d’Ascq, Roubaix and Tourcoing. The tramway system thus consists of two lines:
- Tramway R which goes from Roubaix Eurotéléport to Gare Lille Flandre
- Tramway T which goes from Tourcoing Center to Gare Lille Flandres
Lille's bus network comprises 88 urban lines and more than 45 suburban lines. These serve most of the areas in the city. If you wish to travel to the city after after parking your car in a parking lot, the Citadine shuttle can take you there. You will also find the Vieux-Lille shuttle which stops upon travelers' request.
TaxiPlus, which is the local taxi network, has a fleet of 150 taxis which are available at the Lille Flandres and Lille Europe stations, as well as the Lille-Lesquin airport.
Bikes are also very popular in Lille like in other major French cities. The following areas has huge bike parks where these are available for rent: Lille, La Madeleine, Mons-en-Baroeul, Villeneuve-d’Ascq, Roubaix, Tourcoing, Croix, Lambersart, Lomme et Wattrelos. So what are you waiting for?
Car sharing, which is different from carpooling, is a widespread practice in Lille. It implies renting a car for a short period, that is for an hour or two, from the park which is operational 24/7. Advance booking is possible, but you can also rent a car on the spot.
Fun and transports
Hiring a Segway can be an interesting way of discovering Lille. Indeed, the Segway is a pleasant and useful large electric scooter with two huge wheels. It will allow you to travel at a speed of 7, 14 or 20 km/h, depending on the model you have chosen.
Happy Moov hosts a wide bike taxi network. If you have chosen this means of transport, you can either hire it in the streets or drop by one of its rallying spots.
Subway: 1.50 Euros per trip and 0.80 Euros for a ZAP trip (for three subway stations)
Tramway: 1.50 Euros per trip and 0.80 Euros for a ZAP trip (for three tramway stations)
Bus: 1,50 Euros per trip
Bike: 1.40 Euros running costs for a 24h rental : 1 Euro per half an hour (the first 30 minutes are free of charge). A security deposit of 200 Euros is required.
Car sharing (in 2014): 6 Euros for registration 1.50 Euros running costs per hour and kilometer (including fuel) depending on the type of vehicle.
Segway (in 2014) : as from 4 Euros for a 30 minutes ride or 15 Euros for a half day (training Segway license: 4 Euros).
Bike taxi (in 2014) : 1 Euro as you hire the vehicle 1 Euro per km and per passenger (a maximum of 2 passengers).
Expat.com – Transports in Lille Forum
Lille subway stations map www.zoomsurlille.fr/wp-content
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Happy Moov www.happymoov.com
Lilas – Carsharing in Lille hwww.lilas-autopartage.com