Euros 2016 - Lille Travel Guide

It’s been a long four years, but the wait is almost over: the UEFA Euro 2016 is here! If you’re planning on heading over to France to support your team, then take a read through this helpful guide we’ve put together first. With hints on where to eat, what to see, and even tips on parking in Lille, there’s nothing left for you to do but pull on your team shirt and enjoy the football.  

Lille City Map - Euros 2016

Watching the Games

  • The Stadium: The Stade Pierre Mauroy has a 50,000 capacity and has hosted various sports tournaments, including the 2014 Davis Cup. The stadium has some incredible features, including a retractable roof, and a mechanism enabling half of the pitch to be raised and slid directly over the other half for use as a concert venue. 
  • Public Viewings: The fan zone in Lille will be located at the Place Francois Mitterrand throughout the tournament with a 30,000 person capacity. It will have multiple screens screening the games happening across France and will be hosting various entertainments alongside. 
  • Sports/ International Bars: If you’re looking for a place to watch the game in Lille, then head to MacLarens where you can get some great Northern French fast-food while taking advantage of the big screens around the bar. O’Scotland nearby is a Scottish themed bar, which is generally less busy than its Irish neighbour and offers cheap pints, a dartboard and a few TV screens. There is certain to be a great selection of beers on tap and a very familiar feel, as with much of the town the red brick terraced buildings could fool you into thinking you were back in the UK! 
      Grand Stadium in Lille

      Lille Euros Match Fixtures

      The games held in Lille are listed here in local time (GMT +1)

       

      12th June - 21.00:

       

      Germany

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      VS.

       

      Ukraine

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      15th June - 15.00:

       

      Russia

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      VS.

       

      Slovakia

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      19th June - 21.00:

       

      Switzerland

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      VS.

       

      France

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      22nd June - 21.00:

       

      Italy

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      VS.

       

      Rep. Ireland

       

      26th June - 18.00:

       

       

      WC

       

       

      VS.

       

       

      3A/B/F

       

      1st July - 21.00:
      Quarter Finals

       

       

      W38

       

       

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      W42

      Support England in Lille

        • 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: France are the favourites to win the tournament this year, and as the hosts they are certain to have a hugely enthusiastic crowd behind them. Ireland are due to take on Italy, which needless to say will be a tough match for them, but as the final match from the draw they will at least know exactly what they need to do to make it to the round of 16. With both a knockout game played in Lille and the quarter final, the city is certain to be buzzing with anticipation. 

          Get Out & About in Lille

          • Walk Around the Old town: Find the time to take a walk down the Rue de Bethune and see the traditional shop fronts on this famous old high street. Head to the Grand Place to sit and grab a drink from one of the many bars on the square, and take in the historic scenery in comfort. Just next door is the Old Stock Exchange, which is one of the most iconic buildings in the city. 
          • The Citadelle of Lille: This massive star-shaped fortress dates back to 1667 and is made from some 60 million bricks. It is still a functioning French and NATO military base, but tours are available on Sundays. Located just in the northeast of the city, you can still easily visit any day of the week to walk around.
          • Drive into Belgium: With Belgium so nearby, why not make the short trip over to visit? The town of Ypres is just a 40 minute drive away from Lille, and aside from being a stunning traditional Flemish town, it is also of huge historic importance. Visit one of the many WW1 memorial sites, such as the Hooge Crater, or simply take a drive around the surrounding countryside. 
          Euros 2016 in Lille City Guide
          Mussels and Chips in Lille

          Lille Food & Culture

            • Local Delicacies: Given Lille’s northerly position on the border, the local food has both French and Flemish influences. If you’re after a big, hearty meal you have to try ‘Carbonnade Flammande’: a stew of beef slow-cooked in beer, which you can find in any traditional tavern or ‘estaminet’. Of course, ‘moules-frites’ (mussels and chips) is famous all along the north coast, but don’t worry if you’re not so keen on the mussels part, as good chunky chips are to be found all over town. For something sweet after, grab some ‘gaufres’ – thin filled, buttery waffles. Naturally, all of this can be washed down with a great selection of beers: amber, dark or white beers from the region are typically strong tasting and high alcohol. 
            • Embrace the Culture: Lille is a laid-back and unpretentious city. It has a great mix of cultures on account of its position in old French Flanders, and hosts Europe’s biggest flea market every September attracting over 2 million visitors.

              Driving in Lille

              If you are travelling through the region by car then you’ll be lucky enough to witness the great scenery and smooth open roads around Lille at your own pace. If not, then there are two metro lines in the city but unfortunately they don’t route to the stadium. There is a night service of buses which operate in the evenings from 9.30pm and run every half hour until 3am, however these are the only viable public transport options so plan carefully before you travel. With a car hire in Lille you can drive directly to the stadium in less than 20 minutes, and it is sited next a major road leading north and another which takes you directly into the city.

              Lille Driving Tips

              Important Distances

              Parking Tips in Lille

              Transport your Group Easily

              Travelling with your mates? Why not choose minibus hire in Lille. Not only do you all get to travel together in the same car, but you can minimise parking and petrol costs and it guarantees you wont get separated in traffic!

              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

              If you’ve ever fantasized about living the life of a footballer, then start making your dreams come true now with a luxury car hire in Lille. We offer vehicles from the world’s leading premium brands like BMW and Jaguar to ensure that wherever you are going, you are driving in style.