The easy way:  Change from Eurostar to TGV at Lille Europe...

Lille Europe is a high-speed train hub in Northern France where travellers from the UK can change from Eurostar onto a direct TGV high-speed train to Lyon, Avignon, Marseille, Cannes, Nice, Bordeaux, Brittany, Nimes or Montpelier.  It's an easy same-station change, avoiding the need to change trains & stations in Paris.  These TGVs bypass the French capital using the high-speed line through Charles de Gaulle Airport and Marne la Vallée (for Disneyland).  Lille Europe is one of two main stations in Lille, it sits astride the London-Paris/Brussels high-speed line just 450m from Lille's original station, Lille Flandres.  It is served exclusively by high-speed trains, all regional and local trains use Lille Flandres.

  Lille Europe station overview

  Arriving & departing by Eurostar

  Luggage lockers, ticket office, ATMs

  A meal, coffee or beer between trains

  Taxis, walking, metro to city centre

  Hotels near the station

  Lille Flandres station, Lille's other station

 

On other pages....

  General information for European train travel

Station overview Click for map of stations & city

Built in 1993 astride the London-Paris/Brussels high-speed line, Lille Europe is a modern glass & concrete station with just 4 platforms, all used solely by high-speed trains including Eurostar:  There are a pair of platforms on the west side, then a high-level concourse built on top of the two central  through tracks for non-stop trains, then another pair of platforms on the east side.  Escalators & lifts link the concourse with the two pairs of platforms.  A bridge over the west platforms links the concourse with the main exit to the pedestrianised square outside the station and the main road into Lille city centre.  Lille Europe is a strong contender for the Draughtiest Station in Europe...

Lille Europe station

Here you can see two of the four platforms at Lille Europe, with the main concourse at high level on the right, built over the top of the two through tracks used by non-stop trains.  The other pair of platforms are out of shot to the right, on the far side of the central concourse and the through tracks.  The glass wall on the left is the wall facing the city centre.

Arriving & departing by Eurostar...

Left luggage, ticket office, ATMs, WiFi, car hire...

A meal, coffee or beer between trains...

O'Conway's irish Pub, Lille Europe station   Food at O'Conway's Pub, Lille Europe station

O'Conway's Irish Pub, on the main concourse.

 

Salmon & a beer at O'Conway's.

Supermarkets & shops...

Hotels at Lille Europe...

Lille city centre:  Walking, taxis, metro...

Lille Flandres station...

Lille Flandres station
 


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