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How to Get from Lille Airport to the City Centre

Lille is a beautiful destination in northern France close to the Belgium border and it’s worth a visit if you plan to explore more than the busy capital. Lille International Airport is located only 10 km south of the city centre and you can head directly from Lille Airport to the city centre by taking an airport taxi or the bus.

Taking an airport taxi is the most convenient option to get from Lille Airport to Lille and reach your accommodation directly. You’ll find taxis available at the airport 24/7 but an even better solution is to pre-book an airport taxi and have a driver waiting for you as soon as you land. The average fare for a standard taxi is €25 depending on the time of day and day of the week, and it’s only a 15-minute drive to the city centre.

When it comes to public transport, even though Lille has a good bus and train network, there is no direct connection from Lille Airport to the Lille train station or the downtown area by public bus or train. The best alternative to an airport taxi is the shared airport shuttle bus operated by Flibco. It provides a direct connection from Lille Airport to the city centre in only 20 minutes and costs €8 per traveller, making it a great value-for-money option.

Welcome Pickups offers meet and greet services and a friendly introduction to Lille at the same price as a regular taxi. Click here to see the cost.

Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Welcome Pickups €45 15min 24/7
Taxi €25 15min 24/7
Bus €16 20min 05:30–21:30

How to get from Lille Airport to the city centre by taxi

Getting in an airport taxi right after landing is the best option to get from Lille Airport to the city centre quickly and comfortably. Taxi service is available 24/7 at the airport but you can also pre-book your Lille Airport taxi and skip the line at the rank. In light traffic, you’ll reach the city centre in only about 15 minutes, making this the fastest transportation option.

What's the cost of a taxi from Lille Airport to Lille?

Local taxis in Lille use a taximeter to calculate the fare and there are different tariffs for trips during the day and trips during the night. The average fare for a ride from Lille Airport to Lille is €25 by day and €30 by night.

Cost

€25

Trip Duration

15 Min.

The total fare may vary unless the taxi is booked in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Airport taxis are available 24/7 for on-demand service at Lille Airport.

Where do I take a taxi from?

You’ll find taxis offering on-demand service around the clock at Lille Airport. The taxi rank is located on Level 2 in front of the main Terminal building; you should spot the line as soon as you exit the Arrivals Hall but there are also signs indicating exactly where the taxi rank is.

Convenience

Choosing to get from Lille Airport to Lille by taxi ensures a stress-free arrival and direct transportation to your hotel or apartment. Instead of waiting for the next bus departure, you can simply sit back and relax after your flight. Taxis provide 24/7 service so even a late-night flight isn’t an issue; you can book your airport taxi in advance to save even more time, with a driver who will already be there after you land.

Editor’s Note

For families with young children and travellers with multiple pieces of luggage, taking an airport taxi is the best choice to get from Lille Airport to Lille. You will secure comfortable and spacious transportation to your accommodation directly without carrying luggage or strollers around.

Useful Tips

Not all taxi drivers in Lille speak English; write down anything important in French.
All official Lille taxis are obliged to accept Visa and Mastercard payments.
After getting in the taxi, check that the taximeter is turned on and set to the base fare.
Tipping your Lille taxi driver isn’t required or expected. For good service, you can give an extra 5% or 10% or round up the total fare.

How to get from Lille Airport to the city centre by bus

Bus service from Lille Airport to Lille is operated by Flibco, a private bus operator. It’s an express shuttle that will take you to Lille Flandre, the main train station in Lille. From there, you can continue on foot or by public transport to your final destination. The trip by bus from Lille Airport to the city centre takes about 20 minutes in average traffic.

How much does the bus ticket from Lille Airport to Lille cost?

A single ticket for the bus from Lille Airport to the city centre amounts to €8 if you purchase it on the bus. There is a reduced fare for round trips, which is worth it if you plan to use the bus on the way back to the airport too.

Cost

€8

Trip Duration

20 Min.

The shared Flibco shuttle bus departs from Lille Airport every 60 minutes.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The Flibco airport shuttle bus runs daily from 05:30 until 21:30.

Where do I take the bus from?

The bus stop for the Flibco airport shuttle can be found near the check-in desks and Departures zone at the level of entrance door A. Relevant signs inside the Arrivals Hall will guide you to the bus stop.

Convenience

Taking the bus from Lille Airport to Lille is a great value-for-money option; it’s ideal if you’re travelling on a tight budget or you simply don’t wish to spend a lot on transportation. Bus service by Flibco is direct and will take you to the city in only 20 minutes. Make sure to check the bus timetable as departures are scheduled hourly, so if you miss one you may end up waiting for a long time for the next one. Also, keep in mind that you need to check how to get from the bus stop to your accommodation, which may result in additional costs and a longer travel time.

Editor’s Note

The bus is a great value-for-money option for solo travellers or groups of two. If you're in a larger group, it's not really worth it as the total cost will be the same as that of an airport taxi, so you might as well use a private transfer and reach the door of your destination directly.

Useful Tips

You can purchase your bus ticket online in advance or onboard from the driver. Only card payment is possible on the bus.
Children under the age of four can use the bus free of charge.
The Flibco airport shuttle is fully accessible to wheelchair users.
One carry-on and one checked luggage is included in the ticket price.

Welcome Pickups transfer

Welcome Pickups

Book a trained, English-speaking taxi driver to pick you up at the same price as a regular cab from the line

If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Lille. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

Best drivers

Hand-picked english-speaking drivers

Flight monitoring

Drivers are always on time

Quality support

24/7 email & phone support

Cancel up to 24 hours before the pickup and get an 80% refund

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Prices

DAYTIME
€42.0
NIGHTTIME
€50.0
Same price as a regular taxi from the line

PRICES FOR

Sedan Car

4 pax, 4 pieces of luggage

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Frequently asked questions

How do I get from Lille Airport to the city centre?

You can easily get from Lille Airport to the city centre by taxi or bus. Airport taxis are available 24/7 for on-demand service but you can also pre-book your Lille Airport transfer to save time. The average fare for a local cab is €25 during the daytime and €30 during the nighttime and the drive takes about 15 minutes. The shared Flibco airport shuttle is a more budget-friendly option with a single ticket at €8 and the trip from Lille Airport to Lille takes about 20 minutes.

What’s the cost of a taxi from Lille Airport to the city centre?

Taxis in Lille are metered and the fare is calculated based on the distance travelled with the use of a taximeter. Different tariffs apply depending on whether you’re travelling by day or night; the average fare for a standard taxi from Lille Airport to the city centre is €25 if you travel by day and €30 if you travel by night.

How far is the city centre of Lille from Lille Airport?

Lille Airport is located 10 km south of the city centre. The drive there in a Lille Airport taxi or other private vehicle should take about 15 minutes in average traffic.

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