If you haven’t had the pleasure of travelling by Eurostar yet, then now’s a great time. There’s no better or quicker way to travel from Lille in France to London, beating the car, ferry and plane by hours – the fastest train takes just 1h 22m to reach the capital.
Travelling on a Eurostar service means you’ll have plenty of luggage allowance, free WiFi and access to the onboard café for hot and cold drinks and snacks along the way. There are three different classes to choose from, but if you fancy really travelling in style – Business Premier (their version on First Class) offers extra-wide seating and a complimentary Raymond Blanc-curated menu served to your seat.
Once you arrive into London St Pancras International station, you’ll in a prime position to explore the rest of London, with six Underground lines waiting to whisk you away to Oxford Street (a 5-minute journey), Charing Cross (a 12-minute journey) or Canary Wharf (a 22-minute journey) to name a few.
Ready to book? You can find train times and ticket prices in our Journey Planner at the top of the page or keep reading for FAQs about the journey from Lille to London St Pancras by train.
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 St-Pancras 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 St-Pancras is 2 hours and 52 minutes, with around 5 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 St-Pancras is 2 hours and 18 minutes.
Train tickets from Lille to London St-Pancras can start from as little as €57 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 St-Pancras without having to change trains. There are 3 direct trains from Lille to London St-Pancras. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Lille to London St-Pancras leaves at 09:30. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Lille to London St-Pancras leaves at 21:00. 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 St-Pancras cover a distance of around 152 miles (245 km) during the journey.