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The Best TRAIN-FRIENDLY Day Trips from Lille to Belgium

One of the best things about living in and visiting Lille is its proximity to Belgium. It is incredibly easy to visit Belgium for the day! Whether by car, train, or bus, there are many straightforward day trips from Lille to Belgium. Let’s take a look at the best and easiest day trips from Lille across the border to Belgium!

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Tips for visiting Lille

📆 Plan 2-3 days for your trip to Lille. Lille is the perfect weekend trip! I lived there for 2 years and had many visitors pop by. For every visit, we would plan at least 1 day exploring Lille and the other day taking a day trip! Lille isn’t massive, so you could easily base yourself there and take some day trips if you have more time to spend!

🍽️ Try the local food! Every region of France has its own delicacies and specialties. In the north, they are known for flemish dishes and comfort food. I would recommend trying a typical northern France restaurant, called an estaminet, at least once during your visit. I have a bunch of restaurants recommendations here: 10 Restaurants you NEED to try in Lille.

🇫🇷 Visit more area of the North of France if you have time. As I said above, Lille isn’t large but there are a few options for day trips! You can visit some war memorials around Arras and Vimy Ridge. You can also head to the coast and visit Calais and Dunkirk. And of course, this list goes over all of the Belgian day trips you can take from Lille!


Best day trips from Lille to Belgium:


around 35-minute train ride from Lille

🚂 The main train station in Brussels is called Bruxelles-Midi which is about a 25-minute walk to the city centre

Brussels being the capital city of Belgium is, of course, probably the easiest day trip from Lille! You easily spend a half day there! It’s known for its gold-detailed Grand Place, its humorous Manneken-Pis and the massive Atomium statue. The Grand Place was my personal favourite!

The few times that I have visited Brussels, I also decided to check out some of the tours and experiences around the city. And the most memorable experience was a chocolate-making class! It was an amazing experience and was such a fun way to spend an afternoon! I also took a history chocolate walking tour of the city (complete with free samples)! All of this to say, you can find some pretty cool activities and experiences in Brussels, be sure to look into some for your visit!

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Bruges one of the best day trips from Lille

1.5-hour train ride from Lille

🚂 You would arrive at Brugge train station which is around a 22-minute walk into town

This is one of my favourite day trips from Lille and the one I have visited the most. Bruges is a cute medieval town and it is known as the Venice of the North! It is for this reason that it is actually known as one of the most picturesque hidden gems in Europe!

You can spend your day wandering the waterways and canals, or even taking a tour of them! Its old, historic centre is also a really beautiful place to wander, explore the shops and try a waffle! Make sure you don’t miss walking around Rozenhoedkaai for a wonderful view of the canals with a backdrop of traditional Flemish buildings!

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a gloomy, cloudy day in Ghent, one of the best day trips to Belgium from Lille

1-1.5 hour train ride from Lille

🚂 Ghent’s train station is called Ghent-Sint-Pieters which is around a 36-minute walk into the main city centre

Ghent is a port city in Belgium and people often have a hard time choosing between visiting Ghent or Bruges. They both have canals and have similar vibes. Ghent is known for being smaller than Bruges and is a lot less touristy.

If you have a day to spend in Ghent you can stop by the Castle of Counts, St Michael’s Bridge, the Cathedral and of course, the canals. I personally visited during the Christmas market season which was another really great time to explore the smaller cities in Belgium!



Inside the beautiful train station in Antwerp - one of the most underrated day trips to Belgium from Lille

1.5-2 hour train ride from Lille

🚂 Antwerpen-Centraal train station is stunning and is a 23-minute walk away from the main square

I would say Antwerp is probably the most underrated city on this day trips from Lille list, even though it is technically Belgium’s second-largest city. People often skip it in favour of Brussels. When I visited, I hadn’t heard much about it and went in not knowing what to expect. And I actually really enjoyed my visit. It is a really nice place to spend a day, especially if you’ve already visited Belgium’s more popular cities.

For your next trip, stop by Antwerpen Centraal, Meir Shopping Street, Antwerp Cathedral of our Lady and Grote Markt. If you have more time to spend consider visiting Peter Paul Rueben’s House, the zoo, the castle or one of the other amazing parks and museums found around the city!


More time to spend in Lille?

I hope this list inspires you to explore some of the many day trips from Lille. Belgium has some really beautiful and unique cities as well as some pretty delicious foods and chocolate. What more do you need for a day trip!?

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If you have more time to spend in Lille, check out my FREE Lille Travel Guide for more hidden gems, restaurants, day trips and activities!

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