Lying close to the Belgium border, Lille, one of France’s most northern cities, is the capital of the country’s Nord-Pas-de-Calais region. Because of its location, the city has a distinctly Flemish feel, something that can be detected in the food, the buildings and the way of life.
We have a number of pick-up branches in Lille, including one at the city’s airport. If you’re arriving here and hiring a car, you’ll get to enjoy our standard best price guarantee, which means that if you find a lower Hertz price, we’ll refund you the difference.
Opening hours:Mo-Fr 0800-1200 1400-1800, Sa 0800-1200, Su closed.
Address:240 Chaussee Watt
Opening hours:Mo-Fr 0730-2200, Sa 0800-1700, Su 1430-1900 1930-2200
Opening hours:Mo-Fr 0800-1200 1330-1800, Sa 0800-1200 1400-1800, Su closed.
Address:293 Avenue de Dunkerque
Opening hours:Mo-Fr 0700-2100, Sa 0800-1200 1400-1800, Su 1100-2100
Address:1 Gare de Lille Europe
Opening hours:Mo-Fr 0800-2000, Sa-Su closed
Address:33 Rue de Tournai
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Lille, with its notoriously friendly population, fascinating old town and brilliant shopping area is a fabulous place for a short city break.
There are a number of top arts destinations in Lille. Make the neoclassical Opéra de Lille your first stop. The opera house, which was originally erected in 1788, burnt down in a devastating fire in 1903. Leading architect of his day Louis Cordonnier rebuilt the important building in the Louis XVI style, and it was reopened.
The exterior, with its sumptuous stonework and grand façade is well worth a look, and tours of the interior are sometimes offered too. If you’re a contemporary art fan, make your way to the LaM, or, to give this venue its full title, the Lille Metropolitan Museum of modern art, contemporary art and Art brut. Here you will find an incredible 4,500 artworks housed in a space covering some 4,000 square meters. Famously, this is the only museum in Northern Europe to hold examples of all the main movements of both 20th and 21st century art.
As well as a penchant for great art, Lille also has a love of world cinema. There are around 30 cinemas in the city covering all bases, from the alternative and intimate, to the commercial and large scale screens where blockbusters are the order of the day.
Lille’s historic centre, Place du Général de Gaulle, is a source of some pride among local people. Dating back to the 11th century, the square at its heart was originally built as a wheat market. The streets and auxiliary squares around about are themselves scattered with intriguing buildings.
Take time to appreciate the stunning Vieille Bourse, originally built as the city’s stock exchange in 1653. Erected in part to help the bankers and traders stay out of the cold, the Vieille Bourse is a majestic quadrangle of interconnected properties and an expansive central courtyard. Each building is decorated elaborately as per the fashions of the Renaissance period. Now, the buildings have been transformed into book shops, cafés and florists.
Please note that from 15 Nov to 15 Apr many cities are required by law to restrict the circulation to only vehicles equipped with snow chains or winter tyres. For a summary of the orders, please visit www.poliziadistato.it. To comply with the regulations, in specific locations subject to this requirement, vehicles are equipped with snow chains - the price is included in the rental charges through the cost of "Winterization Fee". At pick-up if you decide to bring your own snow chains or do not intend on driving on the roads subject to this requirement, you may decline the equipment by signing the appropriate release form. This change will be reflected in the rental charges. For more information on the fees, please click here. In all other regions, we recommend that you check before renting if your journey includes one of the roads subject to this requirement and therefore request the snow chains, if necessary.