France : Safety by CityFrance - safety as a country
Lille is a medium-sized city, with a huge student population, located in the Nord-Pas de Calais region of northern France.
Lille is a gorgeous city with a young population, and with many universities in the city or very close by.
Even though Lille is small, the downtown feels like you are in a big city, with people that are very nice, welcoming and patient.
With the high speed trains, Lille is fantastically positioned: it is 1h away from Paris, slightly less than 1h30 from London, less than 1h from Brussels.
It’s also reasonnably fast to get to Amsterdam or Cologne.
Warnings & Dangers in Lille
OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM
Overall, Lille is mostly a safe city. Follow general rules of precaution and your common sense, and you will probably encounter no problems. There is less crime due to the presence of police and military everywhere and you should just be vigilant for suspicious terrorist activities.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW
Transportation and taxis are generally safe and reliable in Lille, though there are many pickpockets cramming in other forms of public transport. Taxis are usually your safest bet.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH
Pickpockets and purse snatching are very common in Lille, it is actually a constant risk. Cell phone snatching also happens so you should keep all your valuables out of sight. Avoid wearing purses and keep your money in a hidden place, not easily accessible by pickpockets.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW
There aren't any natural disasters threatening to hit the city of Lille, so you can relax in that aspect.
MUGGING RISK : LOW
As for muggings, Lille is relatively safe. There haven't been many reports of someone being violently mugged or kidnapped.
TERRORISM RISK : HIGH
Since this country has been targeted by terrorists numerous times, (as well as some countries near France, such as Denmark or Belgium) there is reason to believe that this country can be targeted again. This is why it is important to remain aware of your surroundings at all times, and report any suspicious activity.
SCAMS RISK : LOW
There aren't many scams in Lille, but you should, just in case, double check your change, since you might get tricked and negotiate everything in advance to prevent being ripped off,
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
Lille is somewhat safe to travel to, if you are a female traveling solo. Apply all the general precaution rules such as not walking alone in poorly lit and deserted areas, not finding yourself in strange company at night.
So... How Safe Is Lille Really?
Even though it’s a very charming city, Lille has been dealing with a bad reputation when it comes to crime, and many places in the area are often perceived as among the most dangerous in France.
What you’ll certainly encounter on the streets are drunken people and you might even have a problem with pickpockets – these are the two most prominent problems on the streets of Lille.
However, the precaution measures you will have to take are on par with those you would have to take in any other popular tourist destination, and that shouldn’t stop you from traveling to this gorgeous city.
When it comes to bad areas, Moulins is where not-so-good things go down in the city, and here you’ll see unemployed indivduals roaming the streets, some even selling light narcotics like marijuana in plain sight.
Many call it the “ghetto” part of Lille.
Violent crime, especially against tourists or strangers is rare, but you should bear in mind that purse snatching and pickpocketing is extremely common.
Another major issue in France are the terrorist attacks that have been happening during the last couple of years.
Due to this, police and France’s military units are patrolling the important landmarks, train stations and airports.
- Visas - Most countries do not need a visa in order to enter France, for any stays shorter than 90 days. Any longer than that, you might need to acquire a visa. EU nationals can stay (and work) in France for as long as they like. Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months past your planned date of return. If you are not sure about your visa status, contact your local French embassy.
- Currency - Euro is the official currency for Lille. You can find ATMs at every airport, most train stations and on every other street corner in all towns and cities. Credit cards are widely accepted throughout the country.
- Weather - The climate in Lille is warm and temperate, and there is significant rainfall throughout the year in Lille. Even the driest month still has a lot of rainfall.
- Airports - Lille Airport is the main airport serving the city of Lille, France. It is located in Lesquin, some 7 km south-southeast of Lille.
- Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Lille, since it covers not only medical problems, but also theft and loss of valuables.
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