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Taking the Train from Lille to Brussels

There are plenty of beautiful sights to see in Lille, and it's also perfectly placed for day trips over the border and into Belgium. You can travel on TGV, Eurostar and Thalys trains from Lille to Brussels in just half an hour, making this the fastest way to get to the Belgian capital. You don’t need to change – many direct trains are available during the day – and you don’t have to worry about traffic or parking either, as you would if you were driving.

The train will take you directly to the centre of the city, ready to step out and see all the sights in a matter of minutes. You can visit the famous Manneken Pis statue, take a tour of the Mini Europe park, or simply sit and enjoy a tasty pastry and warm cup of coffee at one of the many cafés you can find at Grand Place.

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Lille to Brussels by train

It takes an average of 1h 54m to travel from Lille to Brussels by train, over a distance of around 58 miles (93 km). There are normally 41 trains per day travelling from Lille to Brussels and tickets for this journey start from €16.30 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 1h 40m
PriceFrom €16.30
Distance58 miles (93 km)
Frequency41 trains per day
Departure stationLille
Arrival stationBrussels
Changes1 change
Train and bus operatorsUnion Ivkoni (Bus), SNCF, Eurostar, Flixbus, BlaBlaBus, BlaBlaCar Bus

Lille to Brussels train times

Check out the next trains departing from Lille to Brussels for Tuesday 18th May 2021. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
11:08 00:48 1h 40m, 1 change
11:09 01:07 1h 58m, 2 changes
11:09 01:13 2h 4m, 1 change
00:08 01:48 1h 40m, 1 change
00:09 02:07 1h 58m, 2 changes
00:09 02:15 2h 6m, 1 change
01:09 03:08 1h 59m, 2 changes
01:09 03:13 2h 4m, 1 change
02:08 03:49 1h 41m, 1 change
03:08 04:48 1h 40m, 1 change

TGV, SNCF and Eurostar trains from Lille to Bruxelles

You can travel from Lille to Bruxelles on TGV, SNCF and Eurostar 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.

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.

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).

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).

Cheap train tickets from Lille to Brussels

The price of train tickets from Lille to Brussels starts at €16.30 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. Booking on the day is usually more expensive and costs can vary depending on the time of day, route or class.

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 Lille to Brussels 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 guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train 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 Lille to Brussels? 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 Lille to Brussels take?

The average journey time by train between Lille and Brussels is 1 hour and 54 minutes, with around 41 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 Lille and Brussels by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Lille to Brussels is 1 hour and 40 minutes.

How much does the train from Lille to Brussels cost?

Train ticket prices from Lille to Brussels can start from as little as €16.30 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.

Is there a direct train from Lille to Brussels?

No, there are no direct train services from Lille to Brussels. Travelling from Lille to Brussels by train will require a minimum of 1 change.

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

The first train from Lille to Brussels leaves at 11:08. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Lille to Brussels leaves at 10:09. 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 Lille and Brussels by train?

Trains travelling from Lille to Brussels 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 Brussels to Lille. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Lille to Brussels.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Lille to Brussels for a typical week day using timetable data for 05/18/2021. 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 05/11/2021 for travel on 05/11/2021 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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