The city of Lille is located on the Deule River, 136 miles NE of Paris and a 9-mile drive from the Belgian border. It lies at the center of 5 motorways: A1 from Paris; A27 from Brussels; A25 from Dunkirk; A22 from Ghent, Antwerp and Amsterdam, and A23 from Valenciennes. The two railway stations, Lille-Flanders and Lille-Europe, are a 5-minute walk from the city center and are served by the European TGV Nord (high-speed trains). The Region of Nord Pas de Calais also has a dense network of Regional Express Trains (TER). (For more information on routes, visit www.ter-sncf.com.) The boulevard de la Liberte, running SE-NW, divides the old town in the north, which used to be contained within the city walls, from the new town in the south. The fortifications around the old city have been destroyed, but the impressive archway, the Porte de Paris, still stands.
Tourist Office Palais Rihour Phone: 00 333 20 21 94 21