Euro 2016: On the road to Lille

By Liberty Insurance Ireland on 16 May 2016
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Lille is a splendid Northern French city with Flemish roots. But on June 22nd it will temporarily turn Irish and Italian, when the two teams battle it out in their last group E game. If you’re lucky enough to be supporting our boys in France, here’s how to get there and what to do when you arrive. And if you missed it, check out our Road-Tripping Guide to the Euros here.

Lille is a cosmopolitan city with a strong Flemish flavour. The largest city in the North, it has suffered many sieges through the centuries

At a glance

At the other end of the country, Lille is some drive from Bordeaux. Near the Belgium border, Lille is a cosmopolitan city with a strong Flemish flavour. The largest city in the North, it has suffered many sieges through the centuries. If you have time before or after the match, the picturesque Grand Place, reminiscent of Brussels or Amsterdam, and the art museum are two must-sees.

Getting there

Driving from Bordeaux: It’s an 800km drive via the A10, which should take around seven hours and forty minutes.

By ferry: Rosslare to Cherbourg with Stena Line then onto Lille by car via the A29. It’s a 510km drive, which should take around five hours.

Cork to Roscoff with Brittany Ferries and then onto Lille by car via the A29. It’s a 729km drive, which should take around seven hours.

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Getting around

The 50,000 capacity Stade Pierre-Mauroy is 7km from the city centre, accessible via Metro line 1 (stops Cité Scientifique and 4 Cantons), or line 2, (station Les Près) and then a free shuttle bus to the stadium. Lille has an automated Metro system, two tram lines and an extensive bus system.

More on Lille’s public transport here.

Lille is famed for its bars and bistros, referred to locally as 'estaminets'

Eating and drinking

You won’t be stuck for a good feed or a few drinks. Lille is famed for its bars and bistros, referred to locally as 'estaminets'. Head to rues Barre, Bouchers, Basse and Royale.

Where to stay

Lille is small so wherever you stay you won’t be too far away from the action. B&B Lille Grand Stade and the Park Inn Lille Grand Stade are right next to the stadium and get good reviews. The Inter Hotel Ascotel is another decent option only slightly further away. Finally, Stars Hotel Villeneuve d’Ascq and Premiere Class Lille Est are two budget options.

Check Kuoni, the official accommodation agency for the tournament.

The city only became French when Louis X1V captured it from Spanish rule in 1667.

Fun fact to impress the lads with

The city only became French when Louis X1V captured it from Spanish rule in 1667.

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