Fall a little in love with Lille, the beautiful city of northern France that oozes charm in its stunning 17th-century townhouses and ornate cathedral. But why stop there? The train route from Lille to London means you can combine the quaint city of Lille with the endless excitement of London, for a getaway that leaves no box unticked. Plus, with a journey time of just 1.5 hours, ‘easy travel’ is the first box crossed! Eurostar trains will speed you to the UK capital at 320km. A choice of comfort classes also means you can do it with extra panache.
After indulging on the Lille’s dish of Le Welsh (beer-baked bread with cheese and ham), you’ll be wanting to follow it with afternoon tea. The short and sweet train trip will give you just enough time to build up an appetite before indulging in scones along the Thames, or perhaps you’d prefer the delicious street food of Camden Market. Take a spin on the London Eye or take in panoramic views with a cocktail in hand at The Shard. From a little bit of Lille to the Big Smoke, start your adventure by checking out our information below!
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 London 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 London is 1 hour and 35 minutes, with around 3 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 London is 1 hour and 32 minutes.
Train tickets from Lille to London can start from as little as €56 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.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Lille to London without having to change trains. There are 3 direct trains from Lille to London. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Lille to London leaves at 09:30. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Lille to London leaves at 18:35. 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 London cover a distance of around 150 miles (241 km) during the journey.
Departing from Lille Europe train station
Lille Europe station is served by TGV trains to Paris, Strasbourg and Marseille, and TER trains to the cities of Dunkirk, Boulogne and Arras. It’s also a departure point for Thalys trains to Brussels or Amsterdam, and the Eurostar to Brussels or London.
The station consists of a large hall where you'll easily find something to eat. As it’s located near the Euralille shopping centre, there’s also the opportunity for a quick shopping trip before you take your train.
Like any other French station, the Lille Europe train station is equipped with automatic ticket machines, a currency exchange and cash withdrawal points (near the Eurostar departures). You'll also find a luggage locker and lost property office in the station.
As Lille is close to Belgium, Lille Europe station offers shuttles to Charleroi airport, or you can travel on Ouibus or Flixbus coaches there too.
Before boarding the train, you’ll have to pass a baggage and identity check. I’d recommend arriving at least 30 minutes before your departure time as Eurostar will charge you an extra fee if you’re late.
Once you’re through security, you arrive at a waiting room where you can relax and eat. There’s also a small currency exchange office and a toilet that’s free to use. Escalators and lifts will take you to the Eurostar docks once your train has been announced.
Once on the platform, you’ll find carriage numbers on the digital screens located on the doors of the train. Your seat will be just as easy to find as the numbers are right above the seats. Don’t forget to leave your bulky luggage in the luggage racks at the end of each car. Smaller suitcases and bags can go on the shelf above your seat.
The seating in Second Class is incredibly comfortable and reclining. There’s also a removable table, a footrest, a power socket and a small net in which you’ll find the Eurostar magazine Metropole. It’s worth having a read through as it contains articles on the various destinations Eurostar travel to, but maybe most importantly... the menu for the onboard Café Métropole. You’ll find this bar in the middle of the train, serving hot meals, snacks and drinks.
Arriving in London
After 1h 28m, my trip ends at London St Pancras International Station, one of London's largest train stations. From St Pancras, you can access National Rail, the UK's rail network. Train companies that run services from this station include Thameslink, Southeastern and East Midlands Trains.
The Underground lines (Northern Line, Piccadilly Line, Hammersmith & City Line, Circle Line, Metropolitan Line and Victoria Line) and the famous red double-decker buses will take you anywhere in the British capital. You’ll find many hotels and restaurants close to the station, suitable for all budgets. Shops inside the station include Ted Baker, Chanel, Mac, L'Occitane and Kate Spade. If you’re looking for food, Ready to Eat or The Daily Bread are ideal for breakfast or a sandwich. You’ll also find famous coffee shops like Starbucks and Costa, to enjoy hot or cold drinks.
National Rail ticket terminals are located near the entrance to the Thameslink platforms, as well as luggage lockers and free toilets. The Eurostar ticket office is located in the entrance hall to the Eurostar platforms near the currency exchange. Escalators and elevators are available at either end of the station to access the London Underground.
Madame Tussauds, the London Eye, Big Ben, Piccadilly Circus and Oxford Street are just some of the attractions you can visit while in London. I’m personally fond of large green spaces like Hyde Park or Richmond Park. Don’t hesitate to check it out and say hello to the deer for me!
Estelle is one of our trusted, hand-picked travel writers. The information for this article was recorded first-hand, based on her own genuine experience of the journey.