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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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.
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).
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).
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.§
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.
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!
For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.
The average journey time by train between Lille and Brussels is 1 hour and 10 minutes, with around 22 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.
The fastest journey time by train from Lille to Brussels is 34 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Lille to Brussels can start from as little as €8.20 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.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Lille to Brussels without having to change trains. There are 12 direct trains from Lille to Brussels each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Lille to Brussels leaves at 06:01. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Lille to Brussels leaves at 22:09. 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.
Trains travelling from Lille to Brussels cover a distance of around 58 miles (93 km) during the journey.