By far one of the fastest ways to get from London to Lille is by train, and it's also one of the most exciting options. Travel on the Eurostar from St Pancras station in the centre of London and speed under the channel at speeds of up to 320 km/h – you'll arrive at your destination in less than an hour and a half.
Once you arrive into Lille station, you can step right out into the centre of the city, grabbing a café au lait and freshly baked croissant on your 15-minute stroll to the Place Charles de Gaulle where you can admire Lille Cathedral in all its beauty. If you haven't tried travelling on the Eurostar yet, this is the perfect time to give it a go, relax in wide comfortable seating and watch the French countryside whizz past your window.
Ready to book? Search from train times and tickets in our Journey Planner at the top of the page or keep reading for FAQs about the journey from London St Pancras to Lille.
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 London St-Pancras to Lille 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 London St-Pancras and Lille is 1 hour and 24 minutes, with around 2 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 London St-Pancras to Lille is 1 hour and 22 minutes.
Train tickets from London St-Pancras to Lille can start from as little as €52 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 London St-Pancras to Lille without having to change trains. There are 2 direct trains from London St-Pancras to Lille. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from London St-Pancras to Lille leaves at 09:01. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from London St-Pancras to Lille leaves at 11:04. 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 London St-Pancras to Lille cover a distance of around 152 miles (245 km) during the journey.