True Eurostar Connections at Lllle

Eurostar Connections at Lllle

Lille Europe is an enormous station so we thought a guide to making the connections there between Eurostars and other trains would be useful.

Particularly as making the connection between Eurostar trains and TGV trains on to other destinations in France is much simpler in Lille compared to travelling via Paris.


Why we recommend making Eurostar connections in Lille:

(1) You can often avoid having to make the transfer between the Gare Du Nord and Gare De Lyon in Paris

Connections are available at Lille Europe between Eurostar and TGV trains when travelling by train between Britain and a swathe of French destinations including Antibes, Avignon*, Beziérs, Cannes Lyon*, Marseille*, Montpellier, Nice, Nimes and Valence.

*also served by Eurostar direct on certain dates only.

(2) You can avoid the particularly awkward transfer in Paris between the Gare Du Nord and the Gare Montparnasse.

Connections are also available in Lille between Eurostar and TGV trains when travelling between Britain and a swathe of other French destinations, including the ikes of Angoulême, Biarritz, Bordeaux, La Rochelle, Nantes, Poitiers, Rennes and St Pierre-des-corps/Tours 

Some connections in Lille involve making a transfer between Lille Europe and Lille Flandres stations, but this is still comparatively simple compared to any cross-Paris connection.

You can also avoid having to make the transfer between the Gare Du Nord and Gare De L'Est when travelling by train between London and Strasbourg.

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The Eurostar will arrive at voie (platform/track) 46 -  there are only 4 voies/platforms/tracks at Lille Europe station.

Many (but not all) of the onward connections will depart from the adjacent voie/platform/track 44, but the details of the TGV on from Lille won't be confirmed until around 15 mins before departure.

So unless the Eurostar has arrived late and you have a tightly timed connection, you will have to take the following usual steps.

(1) Use the nearest escalators or lift (ascenceur) to ascend up to the station concourse above.

(2) The concourse at Lille Europe is enormous, so follow the signs to Hall 2 (the concourse is divided into separate halls) and wait there for your onward connection.
Hall 2 has seating areas and snack bars etc.

(3) Keep an eye on the departure screens as any announcements re: the departure of your onward train will only be made in French.

The departure screens will look similar to this:

Look out for when the voie/platform/track number appears in the right-hand column.

Two TGV trains are often joined together for departures from Lille Europe, each train will be heading to a different final destination and will have separate train numbers - the train number will be on your ticket.

So don't be surprised if it looks as though two different trains are departing at the same time.

If you can't see your final destination on the departure screens, match the train number on your ticket to the train number on the screen - the info screen on the voie/platform/track will list all the calling points.

(4) There will usually be a rush to head for the voie (platform/track) as soon as it is confirmed, but take your time as your seat on the TGV will be reserved.

(5) When you descend to the voie that your train will be departing from, look at the electronic screens to find out where the specific coach you will be travelling in will be located.

On your ticket the coach number is the 'VOITURE' number.

The voie (platform/track) will be divided into zones/répéres

Screens which look similar to this

show the zone/répére in which each coach of the train will be located  - the coaches/voitures are the numbers, the zones/répéres are the letters.

You will also see other screens which look like this.

The red light indicates your location on the voie (platform/track) so you can see whether you need to go left or right to find your coach.

Most of the departures on from Lille will be formed of two TGV trains - one will be commencing its journey in Lille and the other will arrive from Bruxelles and be attached to the train commencing its journey at Lille.

So don't be surprised if you can see a train at the voie (platform/track) but the zone/répére info is telling you to wait where there is no train.

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