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Hop from the City of Light to the World Design Capital for 2020 from just £8 one-way, a 65% saving. Reduced fares are available on a first come first served basis*, so it pays to be quick off the mark on this Paris-Lille high-speed train offer.
Paris is a city that needs no introduction, its iconic sights and cultural gems as much a part of our collective cultural consciousness as they are actual landmarks to visit. Aside from the tourist hot-spots like the Eiffel Tower, Sacré Coeur and the Louvre, make time to discover the city’s many hidden wonders away from the crowds. Take a stroll around the Marais, making sure to stop off at L’As du Fallafel for a cheap, delicious lunch, before heading to Parc de Belleville, the city’s highest green space offering stunning, secret views over Paris’ rooftops. With plenty of nearby forests, cultural heritage gems and quiet villages, it is also worth exploring Paris’ surroundings sights. Read more about the city’s environs in our day trips from Paris blog.
The capital of French Flanders, Lille is a distinctive city that has, over recent years, transformed from industrial to cultural hub. Lille’s old town boasts an array of 16th and 17th century French and Flemish architecture while its hearty Hauts-de-France gastronomy of seafood and locally brewed beers keep you energised to explore its many museums, including the beautiful Palais des Beaux Arts. Art fans should also head to La Piscine in Roubaix, one of France’s most eminent collections of 19th and 20th century paintings, textiles and sculptures, all housed in a former Art Deco swimming pool. Travel from Lille to Roubaix by train in just 9 mins.
This year, Lille has been named 2020 World Design Capital, the first French city to be awarded this honour, with design and creative agencies opening their doors to the public and a glittering calendar of exhibitions and festivities taking place throughout the year. Of particular note, Lille’s Centre of Architecture and Urbanism is celebrating Bauhaus’ 100th anniversary with a special photography exhibition until 23 March.
Terms and conditions
*10,000 seats available per week (Monday to Sunday inclusive) from 26 February 2020 to 31 March inclusive. The lowest fare of £8 is valid for a Second class ticket on a one-way trip, without connection on certain days, on certain trains, for a trip between Paris Gare du Nord and Lille Flandres or Lille Europe, within the limit of seats available at this fare on eligible trains. Tickets are on sale for travel until 30 August 2020. These are non-exchangeable, non-refundable tickets.
Lowest fare of £8 is based on currency rates of 26 February 2020.
Photo credits top to bottom: Alexandre III bridge and Hotel des Invalides in Paris iStock ©manjik, Traditional buildings in the old town on Lille iStock ©Leonid Andronov, La Piscine Roubaix Flickr Commons ©Jean-Pierre Dalbéra
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