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Transportation in Lille

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Lille is located in the heart of the northeastern railway system of France. It takes only one hour to travel to Lille from Paris, and the city is also connected by rail to London, Brussels and Amsterdam. The city has long been an industrial powerhouse and has spawned a well-developed railway system.

Within Lille, the transportation network is equally developed. Travellers can choose from a wide variety of means of transport, including buses, subway, tramways, taxis and bikes. Car sharing is also widespread and several companies also provide more relaxed and fun modes of transport for sightseeing, including Segways.

Subway

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. Note that given the relatively limited coverage of the subway lines, you will often have to complement your commute with the tramway or bus services.

Tramway

The tramway system runs from the Lille Flandres and goes through Lille Europe, which are the two long-distance stations in Lille. The tramway has 36 stops and connects the inhabitants of Croix, Marcq-en-Barœul, La Madeleine, Wasquehal, Villeneuve-d’Ascq, Roubaix and Tourcoing. The tramway system 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

 Useful link:

Transpole - information on tram stops

Bus

Lille's bus network comprises 88 urban lines and more than 45 suburban lines, which serve most areas of the city. The Citadine shuttle is very convenient if you wish to travel to the city after after parking your car in a parking lot. You will also find the Vieux-Lille shuttle which stops upon travelers' request.

Taxi, Bike and Car Sharing

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 have large rental bike parks: Lille, La Madeleine, Mons-en-Baroeul, Villeneuve-d’Ascq, Roubaix, Tourcoing, Croix, Lambersart, Lomme et Wattrelos.

Car sharing, 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, if they are available. This system is similar to the one in place in Paris.

Unconventional transportation

Segway

Hiring a Segway can be an interesting way of discovering Lille. Indeed, the Segway is a pleasant and useful large electric scooter with two wheels. It will allow you to travel at a speed of 7, 14 or 20km/h, depending on the model you have chosen.

Happy Moov City Cruisers

Happy Moov hosts a wide bike taxi network and is ideal for those who are environmentally conscious during their travels. The City Cruisers are a fun way of travelling around the city. The cruisers can either be hired in the streets or at one of the hubs in the city.

Overview of fares

The fares in practice in Lille are as follows:

  • 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).

 Useful links:

Transpole
Lille subway stations map
Tramway stops map
Happy Moov
Lilas – Carsharing in Lille

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