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Since modern Lille expanded into a metropolitan area, the best way to enjoy its full potential is with the excellent public transport system, spreading across the border into Belgium. Almost any destination may be reached by metro, tram or bus. Therefore getting around Lille is very easy. One ticket allows travel in any one direction, no matter how many changes, Tickets can be purchased individually, in a carnet of ten, or as an inexpensive day pass Passe Journee, and must be punched at the start of every journey. You can buy them on board but it's cheaper to buy in advance. The Lille Metropole City Pass, from the tourist office, offers unlimited use of public transport and entry to the museums as well as discounts at concerts. City Pass: 1-day €20, 2-day €30, 3-day €45
Read more on this destination in the AA Essential Guide to Lille.
Ways to get around Lille
Metro: The métro is the fastest, but there are no stations in the old part of town.Two metro lines from CHR-B Calmette to 4 Cantons, and St Philbert to Fort de Mons, run automatic driverless trains above and below ground, linking Lille with its principal neighbours and serving key areas within the city centre. Many central stations have glass security doors shielding the platform from the tracks.
Bus: Buses serve the harder-to-reach areas, and each stop has a name, is clearly marked on the map from stations and tourist offices, and displays a printed timetable.The regional bus network serves all districts of Lille and its surrounding towns, up to and across the Belgium border. There are 34 routes in central Lille and 37 suburbun services. Most buses leave from the place des Buisses between the two railway station.
Tram: The leisurely route to Roubaix and Tourcoing is the tramway. Gliding through wide thoroughfares of leafy suburbs with excellent views of the Addams Family-style perpendicular houses and manicured parks of the dormitory towns.
Bicycles: The independant tourists can choose to hire bicycles
Taxis: More than 150 registered taxis work day and night in Lille. Ranks at stations and key points in town. Taxis showing two lights on their roof are available for hire.