Lille Europe

Lille, (France)

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About the station


Our guide to Lille Europe station provides insights into what to look out for when departing and arriving by train - and how to make the transfer to Lille Flandres station

Lille has two main train stations:

(1) Lille Europe - this station

(2Lille Flandres - which is where trains from Lille to Amiens, Rouen and some cities in Belgium including Ghent/Gent and Antwerp/Anvers depart from.

Lille Europe station was built for the high speed trains, so it's used by Eurostar and the TGVs to Bruxelles.

Most of the TGV trains between Lille and destinations in France, other than Paris, use Lille Europe - and some of the trains between Lille and Paris also use this station.

However, most of the TGVs between Lille and Paris depart from/arrive at Lille Flandres station.

So if you will be taking a TGV from Lille to Paris - check your ticket to confirm which station your train will be departing from, before setting off to the station.

Lille Flandres station is closer to the city centre, although Lille Europe station is located a comparatively short distance to the north of Lille Flandres - so it also has relatively easy city centre access.

AN IINTRODUCTION TO USING LILLE EUROPE STATION:

Lille Europe is a huge train station, despite the fact that it only houses four voies (platforms/tracks) - though this small number of voies can mean that if you'll be making connections between trains you won't have to go far.

The station facilities are housed on an enormous concourse -
which sits above the voies (platforms/tracks).
Therefore when arriving by train you have to ascend upwards to access the terminal building, and when departing you need to make your way down to the trains.

What makes Lille Europe unusual is that this terminal spans the length of the platforms, which results in an extremely long and thin building.
It was designed that way in order to provide the terminal with both multiple entrances/exits AND multiple access points to and from the voies (platforms/tracks) which the trains arrive at and depart from.
Though there is only route to the Eurostar departures.

The idea, we assume, is to ensure that when you step off a train, you won't have to go far to find an access point up into the terminal above - and if you will be taking a TGV, no matter which entrance to the station you use, there will be an adjacent route down to the trains.

Both pairs of voies (platforms/tracks) 43/45 and 44/46 are connected to the terminal by stairs, escalators and elevators, but at Lille Europe, these aren't grouped together.

So when arriving by train, the closest route up to the terminal building may be by taking the stairs, but the alternative escalator and elevator will be available further along the voie (platform/track).

Similarly when departing by a TGV, the nearest access down to the trains from where you are in the station, may be a staircase, but if you want to use an escalator, or elevator instead, you may have to move into a different part of the station to find them.

Also worth knowing is that despite its size, the passenger facilities at Lille Europe are comparatively sparse.
The only dining option is provided by a cafe and there are few retail outlets in the station.

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Departing By Train from Lille Europe


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Arriving By Train at Lille Europe


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Connecting Into Onward Trains FROM the Eurostar


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Making The Transfer To Lille-Flandres Station


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Our General Guide to Using French Stations


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