Euros 2016 - Lens Travel Guide

Match tickets? Check. Crisp England shirt? Check. But where to go for that post-match pint? Sixt have got the guide to Lens sorted so you can make the most of your time in the north of France. Let Sixt show you the hidden eateries, help you navigate the area and enhance the game with insider tips.

Lens City Maps - Euros 2016

Watching the Games

  • The Stadium: The gleaming football stadium in Lens, the Stade Bollaert-Delelis, was rebuilt especially for Euro 2016 and my it looks slick. Be one of the 35,000 to witness kick-offs in this architecturally stunning new home of RC Lens. Little known fact; the stadium has the rare capacity to hold almost the entire town, population 36,000.
  • Public Viewings: Each host city in the Euro Cup has its own Fan Zone where locals and visitors alike can gather and watch the matches on the big screen. The Fan Zone in Lens will be in the main town square at Place Jean Jaurès with a capacity of 18,000.
  • Sports Bars: To slosh back some pre, post (or both) match beers, stop by the Irish Tavern. Their healthy stock of 16 ales on tap and 50 whiskies is the perfect home from home. They’ll be screening the matches too so settle in.
    Stade Bollaert-Deleis in Lens

    Who's Playing in Lens

    The teams playing in Lens are listed here in local time (GMT +1)


    11th June - 15.00:



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    16th June - 15.00:



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    Wales Flag


    21st June - 21.00:


    Czech Republic

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    Turkey Flag


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    Support England in Lens

      • Where England are Staying: The England players are based in Chantilly, a town just North of Paris, for most of the Euro 2016 at the Auberge de Jeu de Parme hotel. We hear they are trying to stay in quieter towns after the noise problems in Krakow back in 2012!
      • Where they are Training: While staying in Chantilly, the team will be training at the nearby Chantilly FC. They are making a few improvements to the pitch before arrival and are apparently confident of their performance on the surface, with a good track record there.
      • Team Stats: Take your seats for the Battle of Britain. England are facing Wales in Lens on the 16th of June. Both sides have a lot at stake; if Wales win Chris Coleman could be the first Wales manager to beat England while Roy Hogdson’s aim of taking it up a notch and moving onto the World Cup might be foiled if they lose. But a bit of healthy competition between neighbouring nations doesn’t daunt Roy. In his own words to the BBC; “Whichever teams we got in that pot would have been tough; why not have a tough one close to home?". We like this bring it on attitude. 

        Sightseeing Tips in Lens

        • The Louvre-Lens: An annexe of the Louvre opened up in 2012 if you’re keen for a culture trip.
        • Explore the Landscape: Lens began as a mining town and the largest peaked slagheaps in the whole of Europe jut out of Lens’ scenic landscape. Scale these impressive mounds to get panoramic views of the region.
        • Activity Park Loisirs d'Olhain: The scenic woodland setting of Parc d’Olhain is blanketed in green and the play parks, swimming pool and mini golf are all top quality and nestled spaciously across the park. The 200 hectare site is dedicated to specialised outdoor activities like mountain biking, orienteering and Nordic walking courses.
          Lens Scenic Landscape
          Lens City Food Chips

          Lens Food & Culture

            • Local Delicacies: Quirky street food mecca Patatam’s motto is ‘the potato will prevail’. We couldn’t agree more. Get your teeth stuck into potato-based bites stuffed with meat and cheese or go gourmand and sample a salad or lasagne.  Right across from Lens Train Station is ‘La LOCO’, a chip shop, bar and club straight out of the British high street. Get a few fries plated up with regional cuisine and mingle with the local footy fans who flock to this down-to-earth eatery when a match is on. 
            • Embrace the Culture: For over 100 years, Lens’ locals and international visitors have come together from all corners of the globe in warm camaraderie to watch football. The sport is engrained in the culture of this small town and you’re guaranteed a warm welcome.

              Driving Tips in Lens

              Driving in Lens


              The top tip on how to drive in Lens is to branch out into the charming region of Nord-Pas-de-Calais with the comfort of a car. As with most towns nestled in rural beauty, Lens’ public transport system is minimal so avoid hanging around and get where you’re going fast. There’s also no need to purchase safety equipment legally required for taking a British car abroad when you hire with Sixt. Drive through the picturesque inland landscapes surrounding Lens to reach Normandy where narrow winding roads hug the coast and afford spectacular views of the white cliffs of Côte d’Opale.

              Lens Driving Tips

              Important Distances

              Parking Tips in Lens

              Transport your Group Easily

              We all know the hassle it is travelling in a group. You often end up getting separated and having to organise meet-ups. Well those that stay together, play together with minibus hire in Lens. Keep together and enjoy the drive that much more in a minibus from Sixt. 

              7 Seater, e.g:

              Ford Galaxy


              Ford Galaxy Minibus Hire

              8 Seater e.g:

              Mercedes-Benz V Class


              Mercedes-Benz V Class Hire

              9 Seater e.g:

              Vauxhall Vivaro


              Rent a Vauxhall Vivaro Minibus from Sixt

              Drive like a Footballer

              Treat yourself and upgrade from your everyday wagon and choose luxury car hire in Lens. Our roots in fine German engineering mean Sixt branches are stocked with both BMW and Mercedes-Benz.