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Travelling with Eurostar from Lille to London

Planning your next trip from Lille to London by train? Start your journey with us.

The average journey time by train from Lille to London is 1 hour and 25 minutes, although it can take just 1 hour and 22 minutes on the fastest services.

You’ll be travelling on a high-speed Eurostar train on this 149-mile route, and you won’t even need to change as direct services are available.

Once you’re on board, you can sit back and relax in comfortable leather seats, enjoy free WiFi, and onboard entertainment, including TV shows, documentaries, and films. Feeling peckish? Visit Café Métropole (Eurostar’s onboard bar buffet) to get a snack or drink, or if you’re travelling in Standard Premier or Business Premier (First Class), you’ll get a complimentary meal.

Ready to book? Start a search for cheap train tickets from Lille to London in our Journey Planner at the top of the page, or keep reading for more journey information, including FAQs about the journey.

You’ll arrive at London St Pancras station relaxed and ready to explore, so it’s ideal that St Pancras station is ideally located with 6 Underground lines, taxis, buses or a National Rail train to take you to whichever attraction you want to visit first.

Ready to book? Start a search for cheap train tickets from Lille to London in our Journey Planner at the top of the page, or keep reading for more journey information, train times and FAQs about the journey from Lille to London.

Lille to London by train

It takes an average of 1h 23m to travel from Lille to London by train, over a distance of around 149 miles (241 km). There are normally 8 trains per day travelling from Lille to London and tickets for this journey start from £49.50 when you book in advance.

First train

08:35

Last train

21:35

Departure station

Lille

Arrival station

London

Journey time

From 1h 21m

Distance

149 miles (241 km)

Frequency

8 trains per day

Changes

Direct trains available

Price

From £49.50

Train and bus operators

BlaBlaCar Bus, Eurostar, Flixbus, Sindbad

Lille to London train times

Check out the next trains departing from Lille to London for Tuesday 16th April 2024. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
07:35 08:57 1h 22m, direct
08:33 09:57 1h 24m, direct
10:36 11:57 1h 21m, direct
12:35 13:57 1h 22m, direct
14:30 15:57 1h 27m, direct
17:35 19:00 1h 25m, direct
19:30 20:57 1h 27m, direct
20:35 21:57 1h 22m, direct

Eurostar trains from Lille to London

You can travel from Lille to London on 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.

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 carriage. 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). On 1st October, 2023, Eurostar and Thalys joined forces and are now united under the Eurostar name. Eurostar now runs trains on more routes between France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. These trains, with their distinctive red colour scheme, have three classes: Standard, Comfort and Premium (equivalent to First Class, with lounge access included).

Eurostar classes from Lille to London

Compare the different travel classes offered by Eurostar when travelling from Lille to London.

Onboard services on Eurostar

Discover more about the onboard services offered on trains from Lille to London.

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Although there's no weight limit for your luggage on Eurostar trains, you must be able to carry your bags safely by yourself.

Each bag must be clearly labelled and must be no longer than 85 cm (for trains to and from the United Kingdom) or no larger than 75 x 53 x 30 cm (for trains in Europe).

RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

Are you travelling to or from the United Kingdom? In Eurostar Standard Class, choose from a wide selection of drinks and snacks at the Eurostar Café, the onboard café-bar in the middle of the train. Cards and cash (Euros or pounds) are accepted. If you're travelling in Standard Premier, a light meal and a drink will be served at your seat.

Travel in Business Premier and you'll be treated to a gourmet meal, as well as a continuous drinks service throughout your journey.

For all other Eurostar trains (red trains, formerly Thalys), head to the bar car and choose from a wide range of hot and cold drinks as well as sweet and savoury snacks.

In Premium class, you'll get a free meal served directly to your seat.

WiFiWiFiEntertainment

Eurostar doesn't have an onboard entertainment portal. However, there is free WiFi available, as well as UK and EU plug sockets at your seat so you can charge your devices while travelling.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

Children under 4 can travel free on Eurostar trains, as long as they're sitting on an accompanying adult's lap. Alternatively, buying a child ticket guarantees them their own seat.

You'll find changing tables on all Eurostar trains, as well as family-oriented seating (4 seats facing one another) where available.

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Currently, only certain Eurostar trains running between London and Brussels can transport fully assembled bikes - contact Eurostar for more information. You can, however, take a foldable bike on board Eurostar trains to and from the UK provided that it's no more than 85 cm long and it fits in a protective bag that covers the whole bicycle. Folded bikes are treated as standard luggage.

For all other Eurostar trains in Europe, a limited number of non-foldable bikes can be brought on board, provided that the wheels are taken off and the whole bicycle is stored in a suitable cover (max. size 135 x 85 x 30 cm). Foldable bicycles are also allowed and count towards standard luggage limits.

PetPetPets

The rules around travelling with your pets depend on whether you're travelling across the Channel or not, so check before you travel:

Eurostar trains to and from the United Kingdom:

  • Pets are not permitted on board.
  • Guide dogs and assistance dogs can travel, but they must be accompanied by their owner. You must also reserve a ticket for your assistance dog at least 48 hours before travel, by filling out Eurostar's contact form.

Trains in the rest of Europe:

  • Small dogs and other pets weighing less than 6 kg can travel for free. They must travel in a cage or carrier (max. dimensions 45 x 30 x 25 cm).
  • If your dog is larger than this, you must buy them a dog ticket (generally the price is fixed at €30, around £26), and the dog must travel on your lap or on the ground, on a lead and with a muzzle.
  • Guide dogs and assistance dogs, whatever their size, travel for free.
WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

If you need help getting on or off the train, you should contact Eurostar directly before your trip. To use Eurostar's special assistance program, fill in the contact form at least 48 hours before your journey so that the team can help you.

If you're travelling to/from the United Kingdom:

  • Arrive at least one hour before your train's scheduled departure time, then head to the Eurostar Assist desk or ask a member of staff.
  • If you have a wheelchair, you must reserve a wheelchair space in either Standard Premier or Business Premier - you'll only pay for a Standard Class ticket. Someone can travel with you at a discounted rate.

If you're travelling on red trains in the rest of Europe:

  • Wheelchairs can be transported as long as they're no bigger than 70 cm long and 120 cm high. The wheelchair's turning circle must be no larger than 150 cm in diameter. The combined weight of the wheelchair, passenger and any luggage must not exceed 300 kg.
  • Please note that combustion engine-powered wheelchairs are not permitted on board. However, electric wheelchairs are allowed.
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Specific restrictions for trains to/from the United Kingdom:

Liquids:

  • There's no restriction on liquids. However, there are restrictions on alcohol: you can take 4 bottles/cans of beer or 1 bottle of wine per person to enjoy on the journey, but large bottles of spirits are not permitted. If you're travelling with large quantities of alcohol, you should contact a courier service.

Sports equipment:

  • You can travel with a golf bag as long as it's no larger than 120 x 35 x 35 cm.
  • You can bring tents or other shelters if they're stored in bags or cases less than 85 cm long.
  • Camping gas or butane bottles are not permitted on board.
  • Camping utensils or tools such as pocket knives and Swiss army knives are permitted provided the blades are less than 75 mm long. Folding knives where the blade locks into place are prohibited.
  • You can bring bats, snooker or pool cues and darts on board if they're stored in a protective case.

Cheap train tickets from Lille to London

The price of train tickets from Lille to London starts at £49.50 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 London 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 London? 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 London take?

The average journey time by train between Lille and London is 1 hour and 23 minutes, with around 8 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 London by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Lille to London is 1 hour and 21 minutes.

How much does the train from Lille to London cost?

Train ticket prices from Lille to London can start from as little as £49.50 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 London?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Lille to London without having to change trains. There are 8 direct trains from Lille to London each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Lille to London leaves at 08:35. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Lille to London leaves at 21:35. 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.

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

Trains travelling from Lille to London cover a distance of around 149 miles (241 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from London to Lille. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Lille to London.

Tips and tricks from our Trainline team

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A review of the Eurostar from Lille to London

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.

 

The journey

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!

 

About Estelle

Estelle, a former Trainline employee, chose to share their experience of the journey between Lille and London.

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