FG2019 will be held in Lille, France.
Lille is a city at the northern tip of France, in French Flanders. On the Deûle River, near France’s border with Belgium, it is the capital of the Hauts-de-France region and the prefecture of the Nord department.
Lille Grand Palais
The FG2019 conference venue is Lille Grand Palais. It is in the heart of the city.
How to reach Lille
Lille has a convenient location in the European highspeed rail network. It lies on the Eurostar line to London (1:20 hour journey). The French TGV network also puts it only 1 hour from Paris, 35 mn from Brussels, and convenient to other major centres in France such as Marseille, Lyon, and Toulouse.
Lille is very easy to access either by road, or fast train, or plane. We sketch the simplest way to come to Lille from various places in the world. Many other ways are possible. Lille Lesquin International Airport is 15 minutes from the city centre by car (11km). The airport mostly connects with other French and European cities (some with low cost companies).
Probably the easiest way to come to Lille from America, Asia, Oceania, Africa, and non-neighboring countries (i.e., countries others from Belgium, the Netherlands or Germany) is to fly to Paris Charles de Gaulle airport (CDG). CDG is connected to almost all countries worldwide. Once in CDG, one catches the fast train (TGV) at the train station located in terminal 2 of CDG. 50 minutes later, you take off in one of the 2 train stations of Lille; the Lille Flandres and Lille Europe stations only a few hundred meters from each other).
You may also fly to London, UK, and connect to Saint Pancras train station, board on the Eurostar (fast train between the UK and France), travel under the Channel, and take off in Lille train station.
From Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and London it may be even easier to take a Thalys fast train straight to Lille (from Amsterdam, Brussels, Köln, or London).
Between conference city and airport: Lille Lesquin International Airport is 15 minutes from the city centre. Paris Charles de Gaulle airport (CDG) is 55 minutes from Lille City.
At the crossroad of 6 major motorways, Lille is easily accessible by car:
- 1h from Brussels (123 km)
- 2h from Paris (220 km)
- 3h from Amsterdam (287 km)
- 3h from Luxembourg (306 km)
- 2h40 from Aachen
Thanks to Transpole, Lille has a comprehensive public transport network:
- 2 subway lines = 60 stations covered 45km
- 2 tramway lines = 35 stations linked Lille to Roubaix and Tourcoing
- Over 87 bus routes
- “Congress Pass”: The “Congress Pass” allows unlimited travel on the Transpole network within the metropolis limits, with bus, underground, tram and coach transfers. Special rate: 2, 50 € / day / person (rate 2014)
Another major asset, the range of hotel accommodation. There are 8,200 rooms available in the Lille Metropolis, 3,500 of which are less than a 15 minute walk away from the city-centre TGV stations, and therefore from Lille Grand Palais.