Euro 2016: Republic of Ireland v Italy

Driving to the Euros? Here’s everything you need to know about Ireland’s final group E match v Italy in Lille #COYBIG

Lille is a splendid Northern French city with Flemish roots. But on June 22 nd it will

temporarily turn Irish and Italian, when the two teams battle it out in their last group

E game. If you’re lucky enough to be supporting our boys in France, here’s how to

get there and what to do when you arrive.

At a glance

At the other end of the country, Lille is some drive from Bordeaux. Near the

Belgium border, Lille is a cosmopolitan city with a strong Flemish flavour. The

largest city in the North, it has suffered many sieges through the centuries. If you

have time before or after the match, the picturesque Grand Place, reminiscent of

Brussels or Amsterdam, and the art museum are two must-sees.

Getting there

Driving from Bordeaux: It’s an 800km drive via the A10, which should take

around seven hours and forty minutes.

By ferry: Rosslare to Cherbourg with Stena Line then onto Lille by car via the A29.

It’s a 510km drive, which should take around five hours.

Cork to Roscoff with Brittany Ferries and then onto Lille by car via the A29. It’s a

729km drive, which should take around seven hours.

Hiring a car?

Baffling rates, confusing fuel and insurance policies and costly penalties: hiring a

car in Europe isn’t always straightforward. So if you’ve decided to fly to France and

hire a car, here’s a useful guide to hiring a car in Europe, from Liberty Insurance.

Getting around

The 50,000 capacity Stade Pierre-Mauroy is 7km from the city centre, accessible

via Metro line 1 (stops Cité Scientifique and 4 Cantons), or line 2, (station Les

Près) and then a free shuttle bus to the stadium. Lille has an automated Metro

system, two tram lines and an extensive bus system.

More on Lille’s public transport here.

Eating and drinking

You won’t be stuck for a good feed or a few drinks. Lille is famed for its bars and

bistros, referred to locally as ‘estaminets’. Head to rues Barre, Bouchers, Basse

and Royale.

Where to stay

Lille is small so wherever you stay you won’t be too far away from the action. B&B

Lille Grand Stade and the Park Inn Lille Grand Stade are right next to the stadium

and get good reviews. The Inter Hotel Ascotel is another decent option only slightly

further away. Finally, Stars Hotel Villeneuve d’Ascq and Premiere Class Lille

Est are two budget options.

Check Kuoni, the official accommodation agency for the tournament.

Fun fact to impress the lads with

The city only became French when Louis XIV captured it from Spanish rule in


Car insurance

If you’re taking your own car, before you go check with your insurance provider to

make sure you have the minimum cover you need to drive in France.

At Liberty Insurance, all their motor policies give you the minimum cover you need

by law to use your car in any EU country, including France, for up to 93 days.Get

a car insurance quote in minutes. And if you missed it, check out their

comprehensive guide to driving to the Euros here, covering everything you need to

know about driving in France.

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