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Choose Northern France for outstanding accessibility

Our ideal location and high-performance infrastructure give Northern France an exceptionally strong competitive edge. Both people and freight travel smoothly, saving your business time and money.

THE IDEAL SOLUTION FOR YOUR CUSTOMERS AND STAFF

We’re in the heart of the London-Paris-Brussels triangle—an ideal location, with five European capitals less than 300 km away.

RAIL NETWORK: REACH NORTHERN DESTINATIONS IN LESS THAN 1.5 HOURS

  • Lille-Brussels: 35 minutes
  • Lille-Paris: 1 hour
  • Lille-London: 1 hour 20 minutes

MAJOR INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS WITHIN EASY REACH

  • Paris/Roissy Charles de Gaulle: 50 minutes away
  • Brussels Airport: 1 hour 15 minutes away 

DIRECT CONNECTIONS TO THE UK

  • Channel Tunnel
  • Port of Calais: France’s no. 1 passenger port

THE IDEAL IMPORT/EXPORT SOLUTION

FRANCE’S NO. 1 REGION FOR RAIL FREIGHT

  • 26% of all rail freight in France
  • 8 billion ton-kms of France’s 30 bn total in 2010
  • 44.3 million metric tons of freight carried

TIGHTLY-KNIT ROAD NETWORK

  • The highest concentration of highways in France
  • Immediate access to major European highways

MARITIME CONNECTIONS: A PORT COMPLEX WITH GLOBAL REACH

 Major port composed of three specialized, complementary sites:

  • Dunkirk: France’s third-largest port for bulk and container shipments 
  • Calais: continental Europe’s no. 1 port for trade with the United Kingdom 
  • Boulogne-sur-Mer: France’s no. 1 fishing port and Europe’s no. 1 seafood-processing hub 
  • Dry port: Eurotunnel

DENSE NETWORK OF INLAND WATERWAYS

  • 10% of all navigable waterways in France
  • Lille: France’s no. 3 inland port 
  • Seine-Nord Europe canal (now under construction) will link from Le Havre to Dunkerque and the Benelux