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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Lille Airport
Intermediate Commercial Van/Truck
Renault Trafic Cargo or similar
Renault Trafic Cargo
  • 3
  • 15
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Enterprise
$24.82 / per day
Lille Europe Train Station
Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Keddy
$30.63 / per day
Lille Europe Train Station
Economy
Peugeot 208 or similar
Peugeot 208
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Alamo
$34.17 / per day
Lille Europe Train Station
Compact
Fiat 500X or similar
Fiat 500X
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Europcar
$41.85 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Lille Airport
Standard Crossover
Volvo C40 or similar
Volvo C40
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Budget
$70.94 / per day
Lille Europe Train Station
Full-size SUV
BMW X1 or similar
BMW X1
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
SIXT
$100.63 / per day
Lille Airport
Compact Elite
Citroen DS3 or similar
Citroen DS3
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
National
$101.10 / per day
Lille Airport
Luxury Commercial Van/Truck
Iveco Daily or similar
Iveco Daily
  • 3
  • 6
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Man.
Enterprise
$56.06 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 18:03 on 2024-05-20. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Languages
French
Currency
EUR
Drive on
Right-hand side
Country code
+33
Average car rental price
$58 per day
Average car rental length
5 days
Speed limit within town
50 km/h or 31 mph
Speed limit out of town
80 - 130 km/h or 50 - 81 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Rating
9.8 / 10
Average gasoline price
$1.98 per liter or $7.50 / 1 gallon
Lowest gasoline price
$1.84 per liter or $6.96 / 1 gallon
Highest gasoline price
$2.15 per liter or $8.15 / 1 gallon

Why rent a car in Lille?

Lille is a great place to visit. Its Flemish-influenced old city has plenty of beautiful churches, palaces, and museums. The city also doesn’t shy away from its more recent industrial past and there are many attractions and landmarks connected to it. Named the European Capital of Culture in 2004, Lille offers many exhibition venues for culture-loving visitors. After seeing Lille, you can explore the rest of Northwest France or even travel over the border to visit one of its neighbors, Belgium or the United Kingdom.

Lille

One-Way Car Rentals in Lille

The most popular one-way rental options for pick up in Lille and drop off in another city include:

  • From Lille to St Malo - 34 offers from $48.12 per day
  • From Lille to Toulouse - 51 offers from $34.14 per day
  • From Lille to Naples - 10 offers from $395.68 per day

Top ways to enter Lille

  • Lille Airport: Also known as Lille-Lesquin, the second-largest airport in Northwestern France served 2 million travelers in 2019. The airport is popular with a number of low-cost carriers like easyJet, Vueling, and Volotea. Located just 11km (6.8 miles) south of Lille center, the airport can be reached in about 15 minutes.
  • Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport: By far the largest in France and one of the busiest in the world, Paris-Charles de Gaulle handled more than 72 million travelers in 2019. The airport is a hub for Air France, easyJet, Norwegian Air Shuttle, and other companies, and is served by more than 70 different airlines. Located 200km (125 miles) south of Lille, it can be reached by car in about 1 hour and 50 minutes.
  • Beauvais Airport: Sometimes called Tille Airport and also Paris-Beauvais, this small airport in the Picardy region is a hub for low-cost companies like Ryanair and Wizz Air. The airport offers many domestic connections, as well as flights to and from destinations in Eastern and Southern Europe and in North Africa. Located 195km (121 miles) south of Lille, the airport can be reached in about two hours.
  • Charleroi Airport: Often also called Brussels-South, this small airport provides a cheap alternative to reach the Belgian capital, but is also near the French border and Lille. As of 2019, the airport has flights by nine different airlines, most of them low-cost companies. Charleroi Airport is just 120km (75 miles) east of Lille and takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes to reach. Since you’d have to cross a border, ask your rental car provider in advance if they permit it. An alternative is to go from Charleroi to Lille by public transportation and to pick up a rental car after arriving in France.
  • Brussels Airport: Serving the capital of the European Union and NATO, Brussels-Zaventem handles 25 million travelers every year. The airport provides flights to and from most European countries, as well as destinations in Africa, Asia, and the Americas. The airport is 130km (78 miles) northeast of Lille and can be reached in about 90 minutes. Like with Charleroi Airport, ask your rental car provider in advance if they permit you crossing the international border.
  • By rail: If you arrive in Lille by train, you can conveniently pick up your rental car either at the Lille Europe Railway Station or at the Lille Flandres Railway Station.

City facts

  • Located an hour’s drive from the English Channel, Lille has a temperate oceanic climate with fairly mild winters and cool summers, with frequent rainfall. The average high temperature is 23°C  (74°F) in July and August, the warmest months, and 6°C  (43°F) in January. Precipitation in the city is quite even throughout the year, with a small drop from June to September. Lille occasionally experiences snow.
  • Often referred to as being at the crossroads of Western Europe, Lille is only 300km (185 miles) or less from four of Europe’s most famous and influential capitals, Paris, Brussels, London, and Amsterdam. Cologne and Dusseldorf, two of Germany’s largest cities, are also only about 320km (200 miles) from Lille. 

Top destinations and activities

  • Palais des Beaux-Arts. One of the largest museums in France and the largest fine arts museum outside Paris in terms of the number of works on display, the Lille Palace of Fine Arts is a must-visit. One of the first museums in Western Europe, the museum has a vast collection of paintings, including works by world-famous artists like Donatello, Peter Paul Rubens, Francisco de Goya, and Pablo Picasso as well as displays of sculptures and print work.
  • Citadel of Lille. The pentagon-shaped Citadel of Lille was built in the 17th century as part of the historic city walls. Although Lille has since spread far outside of its original borders, the citadel remains one of the symbols of the city. Today, it is surrounded by beautiful gardens that you can enter free of charge, as well as a zoo that costs €6 per adult and €3 per child between 5 and 17 years old.
  • Vieille Bourse. The former home of the Lille Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Vieille Bourse is not only a beautiful building but also the center of one of the city’s most interesting neighborhoods. Situated between the Theater Squarer and de Gaulle Square, the area is full of art galleries, bookshops, and performance venues.
  • Flea market: Inside the palace, you can enter the inner courtyard free of charge to discover a flea market where you can bargain for old books, vinyl, and posters.
  • Palais Rihour. Lille is well known for its distinctive architecture, and one of the main reasons for that is Gothic masterpieces like the Rihour Palace. Dating back to Burgundian rule in the 15th century, the palace is located in the very heart of the city and is as impressive from the inside as it is from the outside.

Traffic and parking

  • The speed limit in cities is 50km/h, although in certain areas the speed limit may be reduced to 30km/h. Unlike with inter-city roads, the urban speed limit is unaffected by weather.
  • Outside cities, as of July 2018 the speed limit depends on the type of the road. Highways are limited to 130km/h, 4-lane expressways to 110km/h, and 2- or 3- lane roads to 90km/h. During the rain, the limits are respectively lowered to 110km/h, 100km/h, and 80km/h. The general speed limit is lowered to 50km/h during heavy fog or other cases of bad visibility.
  • Proof of insurance and the car’s documentation need to be in the car whenever you’re driving.
  • When driving, you need to have your passport or ID card with you at all times.
  • As of 2015, mobile phone use while driving is strictly regulated. Holding a mobile phone in hand while driving is prohibited, as well as wearing any device in one’s ear (except a medical device). Fines are hefty. If you are involved in a car accident without respecting the above restrictions, you may face the suspension of your driver’s license.
  • The legal alcohol limit is 0.05% for experienced drivers and 0.02% for novice drivers.
  • The emergency number is 112.

Toll roads

Most of the main highways in France (autoroute in French) are toll roads. Their names start with the letter A and you can recognize them by a blue sign. The fee for taking a toll road depends on the specific route, distance, and the type of your vehicle - cars with trailers and caravans have to pay more than regular cars. You can pay by credit card or with cash. You’ll be given a ticket that you have to keep while on the toll road that will indicate where you got on. Then you have to pay for the distance you have traveled upon exiting the road. 

Some rental cars are equipped with transponders and can use automatic toll booths (Télépéage). Ask your rental car provider to find out if they offer cars with transponders.

See the official French toll road website for more information. Use the website's toll road calculator to find out exactly how much you’ll have to pay for using the toll roads on your planned route.

Ideas for day trips

  • Amiens. The city of Amiens is best known for Amiens Cathedral. The tallest cathedral in France, it is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is considered by many to be one of the most impressive Gothic buildings in the world. Amiens has plenty of other beautiful architecture as well as the Jules Verne Museum celebrating one of the fathers of science fiction writing.  Don't miss a stroll through Amiens' Hortillonnage. Located 140km (87 miles) southwest of Lille, Amiens can be reached in about 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  • Brugge. Also known as Bruges, this city in Belgian Flanders is one of the most picturesque places in Europe. Bruges is also called the little Venice of the North. Thousands of visitors come here every year to enjoy the medieval old town, the Basilica of the Holy Blood, and the view from the Belfry Tower (its 366 stairs are narrow and steep, but the reward at the top is worth it). Located just 80km (50 miles) north of Lille, Brugge can be reached in about one hour by car. You’d have to cross an international border, so ask your rental car provider in advance if they permit it.
  • Dunkirk. The small town of Dunkirk is famous for its role in the Second World War. There are plenty of sites and attractions connected to it, such as the Allies Memorial and the Dunkirk War Museum. But from the Port Museum’s retelling of Dunkirk’s maritime and trading history to the Dunkirk Belfry, the city has more to offer, Located 82km (50 miles) northwest of Lille, Dunkirk can be reached in about one hour.
  • Ghent. Another charming Belgian destination just on the other side of the border, Ghent used to be one of the most influential and richest cities in Europe. Over the centuries, it has lost a bit of its political clout, but none of the charm, as it continues to boast a large network of canals and attractive historical landmarks. The drive from Lille will take about one hour.
  • Arras. Located even closer than Dunkirk, the small town of Arras is another place scarred by former battles in and around it — in its case, it was mainly the fights on the Western front during World War One. A number of landmarks and monuments are dedicated to this grim experience. Dating back to older times, the city also boasts many fine examples of distinctive Flemish architecture. Don't miss its famous Christmas market 

Most popular cars

The most popular rental car in Lille is the Ford Focus, closely followed by the Renault Megane and the Citroen C3. The most popular rental car types are the mini, economy, and compact classes.

Further destinations

  • Paris. From the Eiffel Tower to Montmartre and from Sacré Cœur to Moulin Rouge, the City of Light has more famous landmarks than it’s possible to list. Yes, there are plenty of tourists, but that’s only because the city has so much on offer. Located 225km (140 miles) south of Lille, Paris is just 2 hours and 20 minutes away.
  • Brittany. The peninsula of Brittany is the westernmost region of France. A diverse and culturally unique place, it has plenty to explore including the megalithic stone structures erected by the prehistoric inhabitants of France, long rocky beaches, inland mountain villages, and centers celebrating the native Celtic Breton culture. Rennes, the nearest large city of Brittany, is 570km (354 miles) southwest of Lille and can be reached in about 5 hours and 15 minutes.
  • London. A melting pot, a pioneering city, and a global metropolis, London is unlike any other city in Europe. A hub of arts, music, finance, innovation, cuisine, and practically anything else that one can imagine, it can be explored for days, if not weeks or months. From Lille, you can reach London by car by taking the Eurotunnel. You’ll arrive in Folkestone, then it's an hour and a half drive to London. You’d be crossing an international border, so ask your rental car provider in advance if they permit it. If not, it’s possible to go by public transportation and pick up a rental car after arriving in London. Also,check to see if you need a visa to enter the UK - unlike France, the country is not a member of the Schengen Area. 

Car Rental Prices in Lille

  • Station wagons - from $123 per day
  • Large cars - from $25 per day
  • Medium cars - from $25 per day
  • Vans - from $107 per day
  • Premium cars - from $56 per day
  • Small cars - from $31 per day
  • SUVs - from $35 per day

Money-saving tips

Follow these tips and land a great rental car in Lille:

  • Compare the rates of different rental car providers
  • Book your rental car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit during the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Lille is the cheapest in August when renting a car is about 36% cheaper than the yearly average. Come visit the north of France at the height of summer!
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Map of Car Rental Locations

What is the cheapest month to rent a car in Lille?

Car rental prices in Lille vary by time of year. This graph shows the average prices per month to help you find the best time of year to rent.
Average rental costs per day in Lille
$34.40
January
$41.46
February
$52.67
March
$40.56
April
$46.25
May
$70.75
June
$79.20
July
$39.26
August
$55.48
September
$49.08
October
$46.13
November
$69.64
December
The cheapest month to rent a car in Lille is January (when prices average $34.40 per day). This is 34% cheaper than the yearly average and 57% cheaper than renting in July (when prices average $79.20).

This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. How much your car rental will cost will depend on the type of vehicle you rent, how long you’ll rent it for, and how far ahead you book. Simply enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see the exact prices.

What’s the usual rental length in Lille?

How long travelers keep their rental cars for varies from month to month: in July, the average renter keeps their car for 7 days, and in February, they keep their car for 3 days.
Average number of rental days in Lille
4
January
3
February
4
March
5
April
5
May
5
June
7
July
7
August
7
September
5
October
7
November
4
December

What's the most popular month to rent a car in Lille?

Based on the number of searches by our customers, the most popular month for renting a car in Lille is October, and the least popular is April.
Monthly searches in Lille by pick-up date relative to the average
63%
January
121%
February
82%
March
57%
April
100%
May
66%
June
63%
July
112%
August
127%
September
230%
October
63%
November
115%
December

Car Rental Information

Car rental locations 5
Airport locations 1
Popular suppliers Keddy, Alamo, Enterprise, Thrifty, Budget
Popular car categories Small cars, Medium cars, SUVs, Large cars
Lowest price $25 per day
Cheapest supplier Enterprise

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
Keddy Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
Keddy Volkswagen Golf 5 2 Medium cars
Keddy Fiat 500X 4 2 Medium cars
Alamo Peugeot 308 4 2 Medium cars
Thrifty Renault Clio 4 1 Small cars
Enterprise Peugeot 308 4 2 Medium cars
Alamo Renault Twingo 3 1 Small cars
Thrifty Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
Avis Renault Clio 4 1 Small cars
Keddy Toyota Yaris 4 1 Small cars

Our Customers' Reviews

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have an option to post a review here. Instead, we ask each and every customer to leave a review after they return their rental car. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

Canada
Peugeot 3008
May 24, 2019
The roads out of the town centre can be confusing so be ready with your gps or get a car with navigation. We went to Vimy Ridge, Normandy and the Loire valley, going through many small towns on small roads so it was wonderful to have navigation in the car. Made the routes easy to choose and follow.
United Kingdom
Opel Mokka
November 20, 2018
Absolutely superb! Friendly people, helpful and supportive and the food was very good indeed. Thank you for making our stay such a wonderful experience.
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Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
SIXT
8.5 / 10
)
Lowest rated company
Hertz
7.5 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
4
Total rental companies
13
Average daily price
$57.52
Lowest daily price
$24.82
Total cars available
440

Top 13 Suppliers in Lille in 2024

SIXT
SIXT
Very good 8.5 / 20 reviews
3 locations
$46 - $220
Thrifty
Thrifty
Very good 8.2 / 3 reviews
3 locations
$35 - $53
Keddy
Keddy
Very good 8 / 24 reviews
2 locations
$31 - $64
Enterprise
Enterprise
Very good 8 / 11 reviews
2 locations
$25 - $126
Dollar
Dollar
Very good 8 / 1 review
3 locations
$35 - $47
Alamo
Alamo
Good 7.9 / 41 reviews
2 locations
$34 - $126
Europcar
Europcar
Good 7.9 / 2 reviews
2 locations
$36 - $75
Budget
Budget
Good 7.8 / 2 reviews
3 locations
$40 - $71
Avis
Avis
Good 7.8 / 1 review
3 locations
$46 - $83
Flizzr
Flizzr
Good 7.8
3 locations
$45 - $93
Sicily By Car
Sicily By Car
Good 7.8
1 location
$61
Hertz
Hertz
Good 7.5 / 2 reviews
2 locations
$38 - $55
National
National
Good 7.5
2 locations
$77 - $303
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