You know what they say: bored of London, bored of life... but what is life without a bit of adventure? A trip to Lille is just what any London city slicker needs, not least because it’s only one and a half hours away, which is about as quickly as your taxi will crawl through central London anyway.
Exchange London’s bustling streets for the calmness of Lille, where a walk through the book market, before picking up some local delicacies at the historic food hall can help you unwind. You’ll be travelling in the sleekest of style on the Eurostar, where you can choose from three classes of travel, all offering comfortable seats and plenty of space for luggage. Ready to head to Lille? Check out our journey FAQs below to prepare for a great trip!
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 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 and Lille is 1 hour and 27 minutes, with around 4 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 to Lille is 1 hour and 22 minutes.
Train tickets from London 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 to Lille without having to change trains. There are 4 direct trains from London to Lille. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from London to Lille leaves at 08:55. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from London to Lille leaves at 18:04. 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 to Lille cover a distance of around 150 miles (241 km) during the journey.