Rent a car in Lille with Europcar
Considered the northern capital of France, Lille ticks all the boxes for the perfect city break: renowned art museums, charming Old Town architecture, bustling bars, and excellent shopping. And there is plenty more to discover, especially with a hire car from Europcar Lille.
The Europcar car rental experience in Lille
With four Europcar stations across the city, you are sure to find a convenient station for your car rental. Stations at Lille Airport and Lille Europe train station mean you can pick up your car hire as soon as you arrive in the city.
If you are travelling as a small group, check out our fleet of compact vehicles to get you around the area safely. Our top-of-the-range models include the popular Volkswagen Polo and Ford Focus. And if you need something bigger, the Opel Mokka and Renault Grand Scenic are on hand to move families and larger groups. Europcar Lille also has a large range of van rentals, from the smaller Renault Kangoo to the roomier Mercedes Sprinter.
Europcar Lille offers completely flexible car rental; if you need a hire car or van for a few hours, weeks or months, we have got you covered.
Driving in Lille
In order to rent a car in France with Europcar, you will need a valid EU driver’s licence.
In France, the national speed limits are 130 km/h on motorways, 110 km/h on dual carriageways, 90 km/h on other road types, and 50 km/h in built up areas.
When driving in wet weather conditions, motorway speed limits are reduced by 10 km/h. If your visibility is less than 50 metres in front of you, the speed limit is 50 km/h on all road types.
In Lille there are several free parking zones you can use for up to two hours. Other controlled parking areas range in price, but you can usually find parking for €2 for two hours. There is some parking available in the old town, but this is generally much more expensive.
Remember that in France, it is illegal to drive while using headsets or headphones, either for listening to music or making phone calls, and there is an €80 fine if you are caught.
Discover Lille and the surrounding area by car
The location of Lille near Belgium means it is a city with a rich history. The Flemish influence remains strong today, with architecture that is noticeably different from other French cities. Culture vultures will be happy with any of the three most popular museums: the Palais des Beaux Arts (20th Century Masters, Rubens, and Van Dyck), the Musée d’Art Moderne (Miró, Modigliani and Picasso) and La Piscine Musée d’Art et l’Industrie (an art gallery in a swimming pool).
Foodies will be in their element with indulgent home-style cooking at Au Vieux de la Vieille, craft Belgian beer, and waffles from Meert, which has been in business since 1761.
The Citadel of Lille is a star-shaped fortress definitely worth a visit. Designed by a French architect to commemorate the capture of the city in 1667, it is now the HQ for NATO France. Comprising around 60 million bricks, the colossal building takes pride of place inside the largest green space in the city. Lille Zoo is also next door if you want to make a day of it.
Contemporary art fans should check out LaM, a museum with over 4,500 works of contemporary art, modern art and art brut. And whilst you are there, just across the road is the eclectic Windmill Museum.
If you fancy broadening your horizons, there are several interesting places to visit within an hour from Lille by car. And if you fancy travelling a little further, it is possible to travel to Brussels and back in a day, to enjoy some sightseeing in the Belgian capital.
Rotterdam is 229 kilometres away and Paris is 220 kilometres away, both easily accessible by car.
Other things to see in Lille
If you want to eat, drink and have fun, Lille is a great place to visit. Whether you are there for a weekend or longer or just passing through, it has so much to offer. The picturesque Old Town, with its cobbled streets paired with high-end shops, a student-centric nightlife and some elegant eating options make it a city of contrasts. Plus, the first weekend in September brings the Braderie de Lille - a city-wide flea market, which is the biggest in Europe.