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There are 6 ways to get from Düsseldorf to Lille by train, bus and ferry, bus, night bus or car

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Train  •  4h 18m

  1. Take the train from Duesseldorf Hbf to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi Thalys
  2. Take the train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Lille Europe Tgv / ...

98€ - 470€

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Bus and ferry  •  6h 5m

  1. Take the bus and ferry from Düsseldorf to Lille

12€ - 17€

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Train via Aachen  •  5h 6m

  1. Take the train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Aachen, Hbf Re / ...
  2. Take the train from Aachen Hbf to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi Ice
  3. Take the train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Lille Europe Tgv / ...

64€ - 525€

Bus  •  6h 55m

  1. Take the bus from Düsseldorf central bus station to Lille N1153

20€ - 25€

Night bus, train  •  7h 4m

  1. Take the night bus from Dusseldorf Train Station to Brussels Zaventem Airport Bus Stop Ras 9800
  2. Take the train from Brussels Airport-Zaventem to Tournai / Doornik Ic

52€ - 57€

Drive  •  3h 2m

  1. Drive from Düsseldorf to Lille 319.3 km

35€ - 55€

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Lille is 800 130 000.

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Questions & Answers

The cost-effective way to get from Düsseldorf to Lille is to bus and ferry, which costs 12€ - 17€ and takes 6h 5m.

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The quickest way to get from Düsseldorf to Lille is to drive which costs 35€ - 55€ and takes 3h 2m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Düsseldorf and arriving at Lille. Services depart twice a week, and operate Thursday and Saturday. The journey takes approximately 6h 5m.

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No, there is no direct train from Düsseldorf to Lille. However, there are services departing from Duesseldorf Hbf and arriving at Lille Europe via Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 18m.

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The distance between Düsseldorf and Lille is 269 km. The road distance is 319.3 km.

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The best way to get from Düsseldorf to Lille without a car is to train which takes 4h 18m and costs 95€ - 470€.

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It takes approximately 4h 18m to get from Düsseldorf to Lille, including transfers.

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Düsseldorf to Lille bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Düsseldorf central bus station.

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Düsseldorf to Lille train services, operated by Thalys, depart from Duesseldorf Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Düsseldorf to Lille is to train which takes 4h 18m and costs 95€ - 470€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 20€ - 25€ and takes 6h 55m.

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Map of how to get from Düsseldorf to Lille.
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  • Distance: 268.6 km
  • Duration: 4h 18m

What companies run services between Düsseldorf, Germany and Lille, France?

You can take a train from Düsseldorf to Lille via Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi in around 4h 18m. Alternatively, Union Ivkoni operates a vehicle from Düsseldorf to Lille twice a week. Tickets cost 12€ - 17€ and the journey takes 6h 5m.

Train operators
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Duesseldorf Hbf to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi
Ave. Duration
2h 42m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
70€ - 140€
Website
Thalys
Standard
70€ - 100€
Comfort
80€ - 110€
Premium
100€ - 140€
Train from Duesseldorf Hbf to Aachen Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
45€ - 85€
Website
Thalys
Standard
45€ - 65€
Comfort
55€ - 75€
Premium
60€ - 85€
Train from Aachen Hbf to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
55€ - 110€
Website
Thalys
Standard
55€ - 75€
Comfort
65€ - 90€
Premium
75€ - 110€
TGV inOui

France’s high-speed TGV train network runs at speeds of up to 320km/h connecting major cities across France and into neighbouring countries. All TGV tickets include a seat reservation; seating is 1+2 in 1st class, 2+2 in 2nd class. Popular routes include Paris to Marseille and Paris to Strasbourg. Most TGVs have a cafe area, power points at each seat and WiFi.

Contact Details
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Lille Europe
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
27€ - 40€
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
32€ - 38€
1st Class
27€ - 32€
National Express
Phone
0221 13 999 444
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Aachen, Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
20€ - 25€
Website
National Express Rail
Abellio
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Duesseldorf Hbf to Aachen Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio
ABELLIO Rail
Phone
0800 2235546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Aachen, Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
Frequency
Hourly
Website
ABELLIO Rail
ABELLIO Rail NRW GmbH
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Aachen Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio NRW
Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express

German rail company Deutsche Bahn is known for its efficient and comfortable service. It offers many different types of rail transportation, including ICE or Intercity-Express for high-speed services between major cities and regions, IC (InterCity) for long-distance trains, RE (Regional Express) trains that connect regions and cities, and the S-Bahn rapid transit service. There are two main tickets on offer: the Flexpreis that has full flexibility, and the Sparpreis which is the cheaper, advanced fare (bookings usually open 6 months in advance for domestic tickets).

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Duesseldorf Hbf to Aachen Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 24m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
23€ - 35€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Aachen Hbf to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
30€ - 50€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Flixtrain
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Düsseldorf central station to Aachen central train station
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
7€ - 9€
Website
Flixtrain
Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB)
Phone
+32 2 528 28 28
Website
belgiantrain.be
Train from Brussels Airport-Zaventem to Tournai / Doornik
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
19€ - 21€
Website
Belgian Railways
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Belgium Rail Pass
2nd Class
19€ - 21€
1st Class
26€ - 29€
Bus operators
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus and ferry from Düsseldorf to Lille
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
12€ - 17€
Schedules at
union-ivkoni.com
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Düsseldorf central bus station to Lille
Ave. Duration
6h 55m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
20€ - 25€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
RheinJet
Phone
+49 89 23050505
Email
service@rheinjet.de
Website
rheinjet.de
Night bus from Dusseldorf Train Station to Brussels Zaventem Airport Bus Stop
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
29€
Website
Jetbus

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Düsseldorf to Lille bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Lille station.

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Düsseldorf to Lille train services, operated by TGV inOui, arrive at Lille Europe station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Düsseldorf to Lille is 319 km. It takes approximately 3h 2m to drive from Düsseldorf to Lille.

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Book your Düsseldorf to Lille bus tickets online with Omio and FlixBus.

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