Lille Airport is quite well-connected with the rest of Europe, and more distant destinations can easily get into one of France’s major airports and take a domestic flight into Lille. The Lille shuttle bus runs all day between the city and airport, with the journey lasting around 20 minutes and costing €8. You buy your ticket on the bus, so don’t waste time searching around the arrivals terminal looking for vendors.
The taxi from the airport to town will normally be around €25. If you can get 2-3 others to share a ride with you, it can work out a good bit cheaper (and much more convenient) than than taking the bus.
The TGV (high speed) train network in France is superb, and means you can make connections easily between cities all over the country. Many Europeans will take a long day of train journeys over flying if it was save them a bit of money. The Eurostar runs directly from London and takes only 2 hours!
Lille is quite a pleasant city to cycle in, so if you want to save up your pennies for beers or adventures, then consider buying a second-hand bike once you’re out there and getting to know the city’s roads.
Alternatively, there’s a pretty good bike sharing system in Lille called V’Lille - basically you pay an annual subscription (€36) and get the first 30 minutes free on any bike you take out. Once your 30 minutes are nearly up, dock the bike and take out a new one for another 30 free minutes. The bikes are decent quality, and there are lots of them, so it’s a smart way to get around.
You probably won’t always fancy taking your bike out (especially when it’s hammering down with rain) and thankfully the public transport system in Lille is nice and cheap. There are buses, trams and a metro system which cover the entire city, and a good amount of the suburban area as well.
A single ticket costs €1.60, but a pack of 10 tickets is €14. You can also get unlimited day passes or monthly subscriptions if you are a regular on motorised transport. For students, these can be an absolute steal, so check out our cost of living page for the exact details.
All buses, trams and metro carriages run from 5.30am-12am all year except for May Day (May 1st).