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Getting out of Lille is quite difficult, but not impossible.
A22/E17 North towards Antwerp, Brussels, Gent, Netherlands
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You can avoid getting stuck in Lille by getting out at the last petrol station on the A1. "Aire de repos de Carvin" is quite a big station, good for hitching, and it's 15km due south from the centre.
Otherwise, take the tram-line T to Chateau Rouge. As you get out, you can see the motorway. The spot is the motorway slip road. There's not a lot of traffic, but there is space for drivers to safely pull over and pick you up.
In theory the border seems like a good spot to hitchhike but guaka and Erga had to wait about 20 minutes before one of the many cars stopped - on a Sunday afternoon. Beware of them Sunday folks. It's a good spot to catch a ride into the Netherlands though.
- First option
The best way to get to Paris is to take the metro to "Porte d'Arras". From there walk in the direction of the motorway, cross the bridge and then make a left and you will see an accelerating lane going onto the ring. You may want to aim for the direct ride to Paris and have a "Paris" sign but you can also play it safe and have an "Aire de Phallampin" sign which is the first petrol station on the A1 going to Paris. Garthelgard has hitchhiked from this spot more than twenty times and has never waited more than 30 minutes.
- Second option
Go to the big roundabout at the end of Boulevard de la Moselle. It's possible to get a ride in almost any direction. It's safe for cars to pull over and one can ask also at the traffic lights.
To go via the A26 southwards direction Reims its quite senseless to ask people at the "Aire de Phallampin". Rather let someone take you to the Peage right before the junction between A1/A26. Stand at the Peage with a Sign "A26/Reims" makes more sense.
A22/E17 South towards Paris
Take the tram-line line T to Chateau Rouge. As you get out, you'll see the motorway directly in front of you. The spot is the motorway slip road - you'll see it signposted 'Paris'.
When I was there there wasn't a lot of traffic, but there is an additional lane which allows drivers to safely pull in and pick you up. The problem is that not all the cars taking this route are going to be heading south - make a sign and be patient. International Bob stopped a number of cars here, and got onto the A1 within an hour.
Lille is expensive and is not very comfortable for the outdoor person. You probably won't have much of a problem with the police, but the drunks take being lunatics very seriously and they don't ever seem to pass out and leave you alone. As a result, you'll be met with all sorts of unwanted babbling conversation and one even tried to strangle Zactalk with a belt. Gare Lille Flandres is especially inhospitable.