Bruxelles / Brussels to Lille by train

How to take the rail journey from Brussels/Bruxelles to Lille

The only direct trains from Brussels/Bruxelles to Lille are the high-speed trains; the Eurostars heading to London and the TGVs heading to France.
Though the pandemic has impacted on the route as the number of Eurostar trains has been reduced in line with the lower demand.



From Bruxelles-Midi/Brussel Zuid to Lille Europe

Travel Information

The route is shared by TGV and Eurostar trains (the Thalys trains between Bruxelles and Lille have been discontinued).
However, the type of train makes no difference to the ticket price.

Though, the limited numbers of most heavily discounted tickets, inevitably sell out fastest on the most popular trains; so departure times can impact on the cost of taking each departure.

There are up to 9 x TGV trains per day and the number of Eurostar departures usually varies between 7-10 trains, depending on the day of the week and the time of year.

However, be aware that you will need to check-in for the Eurostar trains at Bruxelles-Midi station - and Eurostar recommends allowing at least 30 mins for check-in

If you will be taking a TGV train aim to be at Bruxelles Midi/Zuid station a minimum of 10 - 15 mins before your train is due to depart.
You will have to pass through security checks before boarding these trains and queues can build up at busy times.

TGVs = 8 x trains per day

Eurostar: usual timetable
Mondays = 9 x trains
Tues - Sunday = 8 x trains per day
Fewer Eurostars will be available until at least early 2022.


Book early and save: Yes

Online bookings open: 4 - 6 months ahead of the travel date
(6 months ahead on the Eurostar trains, but only 4 months ahead on the TGV trains).

Prices and departure times can be easily compared on B-Europe.

When making an online booking, check that you’re looking at booking info for the direct trains.
Select Lille-Europe and not Lille-Flandres as the arrival station in Lille when booking these direct trains online.

Trains departing at different times can be cheaper than others leaving on the same day, so you may need to look through the day's departures to find the cheapest prices.
Use the ‘earlier trains’ and ‘later trains’ buttons to search for the cheapest ticket prices.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
B-Europe from €30

B-Europe Guide

B-Europe is the website provided by Belgium's national railway operator for the sale of international rail journeys from and to Belgium.
Therefore tickets can be booked for the following international train services to/from Belgium

  • Eurostar
  • IC trains to France, Luxembourg and The Netherlands
  • ICE trains to Germany
  • Thalys trains to Germany, The Netherlands and Paris
  • TGV trains to destination in France other than Paris
    B-Europe offers a 'Best Fares' policy for journey by these trains.

It also sells international end-to-end journeys solely by train, with connections outside of Belgium, if you will be heading to popular destinations in Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Italy.

Users of Eurail and InterRail passes can also book seat reservations on the Eurostar and Thalys services without paying booking fees.

SNCF Connect from €29

SNCF Connect Guide

SNCF is the national rail operator in France and not so long ago it recently simplified both the range of tickets and the term and conditions of using them.
Therefore the cheapest tickets also become more flexible too.

Other improvements included a simple integration of travelling with bicycles and rail pass users being able to book reservations for national journeys, without paying booking fees.

And it also recently launched SNCF Connect as replacement for its Oui.SNCF booking service.
You can set up a low price alert to let you know when the cheapest price is available for a future journey.

Something else to look out for is that simplest way of travelling with tickets is to use the SNCF Connect App, as booked tickets can therefore be stored on your mobile device, which can then be shown to the train conductors as proof of purchase.

SNCF Connect on Google Play

SNCF Connect in the App (Apple) store

SNCF also operates RailEurope, which is in effect a dedicated online booking service for making bookings from outside of Europe.
If you reside outside of Europe you may discover that SNCF Connect rejects phone numbers or card numbers, but RailEurope won't do so.
Though RailEurope will add booking fees when making a purchase

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