About Lille Lesquin International Airport (LIL)
Address: Lille Airport, Lesquin, 59810
Lille Lesquin International Airport (LIL) is located 10 km (6 mi) from central Lille. Airport car rentals are provided by Thrifty, National, Hertz, Europcar, Avis, Sixt, Enterprise, and Alamo. All car hire counters are found near the baggage claim area of the terminal.
Like many historic European cities, the original city planners of Lille didn’t plot the streets with the automobile in mind. If the roadmap of Lille reminds you of a cat’s cradle, that’s because the city’s labyrinth of criss-crossing streets looks like an unfinished geodesic puzzle. The majority of major routes in the city intersect at unusual angles, sometimes with six or seven roads entering a roundabout. That’s where GPS comes into play. Getting around Lille isn’t all that difficult — if you have the slightest idea of where you’re going. Rent a car with satellite navigation to avoid traffic snafus.
Central Lille is encircled by a road ring system with ample outlets to surrounding areas. Autoroute 25 is the main artery toward the Atlantic coast in the northwest, and A1 is a straight 222-km (137-mile) shot to Paris. Otherwise, there are D, E and N routes heading off in myriad directions (see Tips and Advice for more on the French lettering system of roads). If the city has a genuine central landmark, it’s most likely the Palais de Beaux-Arts (Palace of Fine Arts), although the Monument a Louis Pasteur, which sits in the middle of the Rue Solferino roundabout, could just as easily be the heart of central Lille.
Choosing your car
If you know what you want to do during your visit to Lille, choosing your car is really a foregone conclusion. It’s all a matter of how you want to reach the destination at hand. Lille Airport has a wide variety of cars to choose from. Fiat minicars are perfect for city driving and quick jaunts into the countryside. Peugeot compact and Renault economy sedans are great for inexpensive regional transport. Mercedes fullsize sedans are ideal for longer road trips in France. Nissan SUVs are the all-purpose vehicles of choice. And Renault 7-9 seater minivans are unbeatable for transporting cargo and passengers to any point of Lille and beyond.
Tips and advice for renting a car at Lille Airport
A roads (as in A26) are expressways (autoroutes). N roads are national truck routes. D roads are departmental (county) roads.
If you see the word péage at the bottom of a road sign, it means the road becomes a tollway in the very near future.
Bis routes are alternatives to main roads. If you see a sign that reads “Bis Lille”, that indicates a less crowded route into the city.
Despite Lille’s college town charm, there are a number of no-go zones for tourists in the city. It would be wise to familiarize yourself with the layout of the cland to identify these trouble spots, and steer clear of them at all costs.
Driving distances to nearby destinations: Calais = 111 km (69 mi); Arras = 53 km (33 mi); Brussels = 111 km (69 mi)
Your airport car hire is required to be equipped with an unused self-test breathalyser kit.