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.
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.
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
Where to stay
Lille is small so wherever you stay you won’t be too far away from the action. B&B
and get good reviews. The Inter Hotel Ascotel is another decent option only slightly
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
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