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Trains from Brussels to Lille

Getting from Brussels to Lille is oh-so-simple, thanks to the frequent direct train services that’ll take you from the heart of one city to the centre of the other. Brussels and Lille are a mere 30m away from each other by train. You can take either a Eurostar or SNCF train. Both operators run ultra-modern and high-speed trains on this route, with food carriages, comfortable seats and plenty of space for your luggage.

Taking a day trip from Brussels to Lille? Lille-Europe train station is located within easy distance from the city’s main square. Walk over to the Old Town or amble through nearby Parc Henri Matisse. You’re also close to the Euralille shopping centre for a spot of retail therapy.

Find out more about this train route by checking out the FAQs below.

Brussels to Lille by train

It takes an average of 51m to travel from Brussels to Lille by train, over a distance of around 58 miles (93 km). There are normally 15 trains per day travelling from Brussels to Lille and tickets for this journey start from €19 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 33m
Price€19 - €648
Distance58 miles (93 km)
Frequency15 trains per day
Departure stationBrussels
Arrival stationLille
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsunion_ivkoni

Brussels to Lille train times

Check out the next trains departing from Brussels to Lille for Tuesday 21st Jul 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
08:17 08:52 35m, direct
08:52 09:26 34m, direct
10:17 10:52 35m, direct
11:03 12:51 1h 48m, 1 change
13:00 13:35 35m, direct
13:03 14:51 1h 48m, 1 change
13:13 15:25 2h 12m, 1 change
14:52 15:26 34m, direct
16:17 16:53 36m, direct
16:55 17:28 33m, direct

Eurostar, SNCF, Thalys and TGV trains from Brussels to Lille

You can travel from Brussels to Lille on Eurostar, SNCF, Thalys and TGV trains. When you search for times and tickets, we might also show you some other options with multiple connections or operators if they’re available.

PhotoSmiley.toerist, under licence CC BY-SA 4.0

Eurostar is the exclusive high-speed train service that links London to Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam and the rest of Europe at speeds of up to 186 mph (300 km/h). All Eurostar trains have modern, comfortable facilities, plenty of room for luggage, and onboard food and beverage car. There are three comfort classes on offer – Standard, Standard Premier (equivalent to Premium Economy, with light refreshments served), and Business Premier (equivalent to First or Business Class, with flexible travel options, priority boarding, lounge access and delicious food and drink included).

PhotoCtruongngoc, under licence CC BY-SA 3.0

SNCF is the national train operator of France. It operates all domestic trains and routes across France, as well as international services to Spain and Germany. There are three different types of domestic trains that operate under the SNCF banner – TGV (high-speed, full-service trains that connect the major cities in France), Intercités (usually a more frequent stopping service, but with all the amenities), and TER (regional train services with basic onboard facilities).

Thalys is the railway company connecting four European countries – France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. Thalys trains run at a speed of up to 186 mph (300 km/h) and have three comfort classes on all services called – Standard, Comfort and Premium (equivalent to the First Class, with access to the Thalys Lounge). All Thalys trains have a car restaurant (called Thalys Welcome Bar) and a free WiFi connection.

PhotoErmell, under licence CC BY-SA 3.0

TGV is the high-speed train service of the SNCF company. It connects the major cities of France at speeds of up to 200 mph (320 km/h). All TGV trains are equipped with a food carriage, a free WiFi connection, power sockets and fold-down tables. Two comfort classes are offered – First Class and Second Class, with flexible fare options available and access to the Grand Voyageur lounge in some stations.

Cheap train tickets from Brussels to Lille

Train tickets from Brussels to Lille start at €19 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in Advance, however, if you're booking last-minute tickets on the day, the average price is around €28.29.
lowest price found
from19
4 weeksin advance
avg. single price25.36
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price25.50
on the day
avg. single price28.29

Book in advance

Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Brussels to Lille by booking early.§

Be flexible with your travel times

Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.

Choose a slower or connecting train

On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!

Look out for special deals

Take a look at our handy guide to check when European train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap tickets for your journey.

For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.

§Some train companies may not offer any Advance ticket types or cheaper deals for early bookings. On rare occasions, train companies may choose to release special offers closer to the date on last-minute or late-release tickets. This is dependent on the individual train operating company you travel with.

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Brussels to Lille? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Brussels to Lille take?

The average journey time by train between Brussels and Lille is 51 minutes, with around 15 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

What's the fastest journey time between Brussels and Lille by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Brussels to Lille is 33 minutes.

How much does the train from Brussels to Lille cost?

Train tickets from Brussels to Lille can start from as little as €19 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.

Is there a direct train from Brussels to Lille?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Brussels to Lille without having to change trains. There are 12 direct trains from Brussels to Lille. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Brussels to Lille leave?

The first train from Brussels to Lille leaves at 06:35. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Brussels to Lille leave?

The last train from Brussels to Lille leaves at 20:22. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.

What's the distance between Brussels and Lille by train?

Trains travelling from Brussels to Lille cover a distance of around 58 miles (93 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Lille to Brussels. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Brussels to Lille.
Average prices for adult tickets in economy. Discount cards and coach journey excluded. Prices are based on searches made by our customers over the past 6 months. "14 days in advance" includes days 13 and 15. / The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Brussels to Lille for a typical week day using timetable data for 21/07/2020. On weekends, holidays or other exceptional times, fewer services may be available. The fare range provided has been found by our customers on Trainline on 27/07/2020 for travel on 03/08/2020 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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