How to Book Train Travel From Paris to Lille

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The country of France has some of the most interesting cities in the world, with two of these being Paris and Lille. Paris, the modern wonder of the country, features the Eiffel Tower, The Louvre Museum, the famous Arc de Triomphe and more. Lille, located to the north of Paris just below the border of Belgium, is a medieval city with modern elements. Lille offers visitors an historic look at rich architecture, market places and local French cuisine.

Things You'll Need

  • A computer with Internet access to purchase tickets
  • A passport

Prepare to Book Your Ticket

  • Understand that there are local trains that pass from Paris to Lille every hour, so you have plenty to choose from.

  • Know that you can buy a rail pass for several days of train travel or a single ticket to your destination in Lille.

  • Realize that the first train out to Lille from Paris is around 7 a.m. and the last leaves the station at 10 p.m. There are no overnight trains on this short route.

Book Train Travel

  • Go online to book inter-France train travel passes or tickets (see links below). Residents of France are not eligible for these prices, so they are extremely difficult to come by once inside the country.

  • Book train travel by calling RailEurope at (888) 382-RAIL or by visiting the link below.

  • Purchase your tickets at a guichet, or ticket counter, at the local rail station. You can also use automated ticket machines located in most station lobbies.

  • Validate your ticket before boarding. This can be done at one of several orange date-stamp machines situated typically near the boarding platforms in each station.

  • Know that you must also validate your ticket on your return journey, as well as any stops in between within a 24-hour period.

Get Deals on Train Travel

  • Realize that the France Rail Youth Pass entitles riders ages 12 to 25 unlimited rail travel in France for three days within a month's time.

  • Travel with a group of two or more people and receive discounts on all tickets for three days of unlimited travel within a month's time.

  • Enjoy senior discounts for travelers age 60 and up.

Tips & Warnings

  • Know that you have to connect in Paris' Gare du Nord to get to Lille an hour away by train.
  • Take advantage of discounts for young people. There are several France Rail Passes that cater to passengers under the age of 26.
  • Understand that train tickets purchased for same day travel are valid only until midnight on the day after they've been validated. After that, you will have to purchase a new ticket.
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