What you should know before hiring a car in Lille
Car hires in Lille: practical information
Where to rent a car in Lille
Lille is the hub for travelling in France’s northern region of Calais. While Lille is easy to navigate on foot and using public transportation, it’s ideal to get a car hire in Lille to explore further afield. There are four car hire companies located at Lille Airport including Hertz, Europcar, Avis and Enterprise.
Once you book your flights to Lille, compare the car hire deals. It may be cheaper to pick up a Lille rent car from the city centre with a local agency. Just read the fine print and the insurance coverage, as these differ greatly from agency to agency.
Driving in Lille: parking and other tips
Driving in Lillle for the first time can be a little confusing. Just trust the signs for “Centre Ville” on the road and you’ll arrive in the city centre without fail, even if you think you’re going in the wrong direction! Anyways, what's a holiday in Lille without getting lost once or twice? Taking the "scenic route" is never a waste of time.
Parking in Lille ins’t too tricky. There is a huge car park at Champ de Mars which costs €3 a day (with free exit and entry between 8pm and 6am). You can find free street parking in Lille to the southwest of rue Solférino and around Charles de Gaulle’s house museum.
Road trips from Lille: what to do, what to see
This city in northern Belgium is just a stone’s throw from Lille and has plenty of historical sites to visit. Start at Kortrijk 1302, a museum dedicated to the Battle of the Golden Spurs, when peasants fought against an army of knights. Don’t miss the Belfry (a UNESCO site) and the scenic Begijnhof (another UNESCO site).
A port city on the Cote d’Opale of France’s Pas de Calais region, Boulogne is a treat to visit if you want to take in the northern seaside. The old town is very charming and the beach is the perfect place to go on a sunny summer’s day. The 13th century castle is complete with moats (filled with waterlillies) and museum featuring the second largest collection of Greek ceramics in France.
Chocolate lovers will not want to miss a stop in Beussent to visit the town’s chocolaterie on route de Desvres. You can take a tour of the artisanal chocolate workshop and learn the secrets of chocolate making at a presentation. Samples are included in the tour price! Mmm…