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Lille to Ypres

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Lille to Ypres

We are hoping to go to Ypres the menin gate and try to take in Villers bretenoux any idea for best attack our dates are28 29 September

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1. Re: Lille to Ypres

The two sites are in opposite directions from Lille. To get to Ypres (Ieper in Flemish), you can catch a train from Lille Europe and change at Kortrijk which is the first sizeable town over the Belgian border. The town centre and Memin Gate are within walking distnce of Ieper station. I would recomend also visiting the Flanders Fields museum in the reconstructed Cloth Hall. The Australan memorial at Villers Bretenoux overlooks the Somme to the west of Amiens and it is trickier to get to by public transport. There is a station on the line from Lille to Amiens at Corbie from where it may be possible to take a taxi, or there may be tours that include the memorial from Amiens, Albert or even Arras.

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The reply above is incorrect in that the train from Lille to Kortrijk (where you change for Ypres) leaves from Lille Flandres and not Lille Europe. The two stations are separate, and it is 500 metres to walk from one to the other.

If you are thinking of staying in Ieper (Ypres) for the Last Post Ceremony, you would be better off doing this on the Sunday (28th September)

This is because the last train from Ieper with a connection for Lille at Kortrijk leaves Ieper at 20:39 on Sundays and 20:23 on Mondays - Fridays. The Last Post Ceremony usually finishes about 20:15, and there would not be enough time to walk back to the station (about 10 minutes) and catch the train on the Monday.

On Mondays - Fridays, it is possible to get a later train from Ieper (21:39), get off at Comines (Komen) walk across the French border and pick up a bus for Lille, but perhaps this is not a good idea if you are unfamilar with the area.

Lille is also within reach of Fromelles but public transport or taxi.

The newly opened Musee De La Bataille De Fromelles (http://www.musee-bataille-fromelles.fr/) and the Australian Memorial and Cemetery may be of interest to you.

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Can you tell me whether that last train back to Lille that is available on Sundays is available on Saturdays and any idea of what tickets cost? Thanks.

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