Travelling to Roubaix

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Most visitors will probably arrive by train due to the major international railway hub situated there. It is possible to land at the Charles de Gaulle Paris airport and then continue by train, but that option is very inconvenient at Ryanair’s Paris airport (Beauvais), as there is no train connection at all and the only bus is back to Paris itself.

By plane

The Lille Lesquin International Airport is small but convenient for entering Lille or travelling on to nearby areas across the border in Belgium. Both major and budget airlines operate scheduled services.
Unlike larger airports there is hardly any walking as the checkins are directly inside the entrance and the security gates are directly behind the checkins. However, there may be a walk from the gate area to the aeroplane if it is parked on the taxiway rather than at a jetway. A direct coach connects to central Lille (stops outside the main railway station) in 20 minutes, and runs once an hour costing 7 Euros (return ticket is 9 Euros). A taxi to Lille would cost about 20 Euros (30 euros to Roubaix).

By train


There are two main line railway stations. Lille Flandres is where the local trains and the TGVs from Paris arrive. It’s possible to travel by train from Paris direct to Roubaix.Just about everything else (including other TGVs (from parian’s airports) and the Eurostars from Brussels and London) arrive at Lille Europe. Both stations are just a few hundred yards apart, located either side of the EuraLille shopping mall.


The journey to Brussels takes little more than 30 minutes, to Paris about an hour, and to London about an hour and 25 minutes following the new high speed train link to London St Pancras which opened in October 2007. If you are travelling from London, Eurostar is the best option to reach Lille through the Channel Tunnel and it will take around an hour and a half from London St Pancras International Station to Lille by Eurostar. These Eurostar trains usually continue to Brussels.

If you come in by ferry from Calais, train connections run fairly regularly, though it can be hard to get accurate times online. The journey takes about an hour and a half. (SNCF website allows one to check train timetables)

Lille is also linked by TGV (fast trains) to Lyon (3 hours), Nantes (4 hours), Strasbourg (3.20 hours) and Marseille (5 hours).

It is possible to travel inexpensively from Brussels by taking a domestic train directly to the border town of Herseaux, from which one can take the MWR bus (on Lille’s public transport network, stop 200m away from Herseaux station, 1.5 Euro ticket), which will connect you with Lille’s red metro line.

By bus

Some special lines (like ID Bus) propose to travel by bus beetween Paris and Lille (duration of the travel : 2.30h – cost : 15 euros), or Amsterdam and Lille (duration of the travel : 3.30h – cost : 25 euros).

By car 

See beside the travel card.

For your GPS the exact position of Ensait in Roubaix is :
Latitude : 50.6941284
Longitude : 3.167236300000013

You can also find the right way on google map on this link.

Finally, don’t forget the car pooling solutions !
One of the most serious french site is Bla Bla Car. More information here







By train

Régular regional and national trains propose the travel beetween Lille and Roubaix.
The duration of the travel is about 10 minutes.
The cost of the travel is 3 euros

More informations on the web site of the SNCF (the french national society of train)

By car

Roubaix is about 15 minutes by car from Lille.
The exact position of Ensait in Roubaix is :
Latitude : 50.6941284
Longitude : 3.167236300000013

More information about the travel beetween Lille and Roubaix on Google Maps

By Taxi

There are taxis stations in front of each rail stations of Lille (Lille Europe and Lille Flandres).
The exact adress of Ensait is : 2, allée Louise et Victor Champier – 59100 ROUBAIX

The cost of a travel by taxi from Lille to Roubaix is beetween 24 and 40 euros (day / night)

By subway

The Lille metropole subway is a public transit services that deserve all Lille and the agglomeration around. The subway is 43Km long and its average speed is 34km/h. it belongs to the company Transpole, and it’s the quickest way to travel in Lille.t

The subway is divided in 2 lines:
-The n°1 : the yellow line that goes from Lille to Villeneuve d’ascq
-The n°2 : the red line that goes from Lomme to Tourcoing (the longest)

They both deserve Lille and its center and they also both stop at the station Gare Lille Flandres and Gare Lille Europe. The subway comes every minutes at peak and never more than 8 minutes at off-peak. As for the timetables, the subway starts around 5.30am and stops around midnight every day of the week. The subway entrance are recognisable by the logo which is an « M » in red & white.

The Subway is definitely the fastest way to travel. It’s easy to take it and it only has two lines.

Travelling with Métro beetween Lille and Roubaix is the easier solution.
There is a direct line beetwwen Lille’s rail stations (line 2 direction CH DRON – stop at Gare Jean Lebas). Clic on the card beside (red line). The duration beetween the stations and the stop “Gare – Jean Lebas” is about 30 minutes. The price for one travel is 1.50 euro. Fares and tickets are available in subway station

More information on the web site of Transpole

By tramway

You can also travel by tramway (“tram”) between Lille (from gare Lille Flandre to Roubaix Euroteleport – the end of the line).
The tramway in Lille has 2 lines and 36 stations. It deserve 9 cities : Lille, La Madeleine, Marcq-en-Baroeul, Wasquehal, Villeneuve d’Ascq, Croix, Roubaix, Mouvaux et Tourcoing. The tramway belongs to the company Transpole. The tramway is the best way to travel in Lille if you want to see the cities when you travel.

Clic on the card beside (green line). The duration beetween the Lille Flandres station and the end of the line “Roubaix – Eurotéléport” is about 40 minutes. You have to add 15 minutes by feet from Eurotéléport to Ensait. The price for one travel is 1.50 euro. Fares and tickets are available in subway station and in tramway stop.

More information on the web site of Transpole

By bus

The bus is one of the safest way to travel around Lille, the network belongs to the company Transpole. Transpole has 44 lines of bus that covers all Lille, and counts more than 330 bus. More than 71% of all the bus drive with natural gaz and most of them are accessible to the people with reduced mobility. The network is divided by 4 different services.

The Fare: tickets prices are differents if you want to travel for a weekend, a week or a month. There’s 2 main tickets for the bus, it’s a one-way tickets on the bus-undergound-tram-coach network.: the single trip tickets is 1.50€ and the book of tickets (x10) is 11.40€

There’s also day pass and night pass:
-the day pass : allows unlimited travel on the bus-undergound-tram-coach network and is 4€
-the night pass : allows unlimited travel on the entire network, from 7 p.m. to closing time and is 2.05€

For more information check the Transpole website.

“la citadine” is a bus that runs in the center of the different town around Lille and Lille itself. La citadine R : it goes around the center of Roubaix

By V’Lille bike rental service

To encourage citizens to adopt alternative methods of transport to the private motor vehicle, the city of Lille will launch from 15 September 2011 the first stage of a new bike rental service named V’Lille.

To subscribe to the service, the user must provide a security deposit of 200 euros (which is not debited), to cover for damages to the bike or failure to return it after 24 hours. The user then is given an access number or a subscription card, which enables any bike to be borrowed without limits during the duration of the subscription. Customers identify themselves at any V’Lille station and choose an available bike. Once the ride is finished, the user can return the bike to any bike station around the city.All operating screens at V’Lille bike pick-up and drop-off stations have a choice of five languages:  English, French, Dutch/Flemish, German and Spanish).

More informations on the V’Lille website (only in french).