Hi there! I have an issue that I was hoping someone here could help shed light on.
I am flying from CDG to JFK via Heathrow on December 24 at 10:05 am after spending a few nights in Amsterdam. Originally, I had planned to take megabus from Amsterdam to Porte Maillot and then spend the night in CDG, but the bus is no longer available.
After some searching, I've come up with an alternate itinerary: night megabus from Amsterdam to Lille arriving in Lille at 2am on December 24, then a TGV from Lille Europe to CDG departing at 5:37 am. This appears to be a reasonably cost-effective option ($50 at current exchange rates) and has the added bonus of delivering me to the airport doorstep in plenty of time.
My big concern is the approximately 3 hour gap I have in the dead of night in Lille. Unfortunately, Gare de Lille doesn't open 'til 5:20am, so I can't exactly spend those hours inside the train station. Yet the amount of time is so short that it seems silly to book a hostel bed I won't even sleep in.
So, I suppose my question is: how safe is Lille at that time of night? Are there any places open 24 hours, even if it's a pharmacy or something, where I could conceivably go and try to kill some time? What about sitting in a hotel lobby--would that be considered acceptable?
Relevant details: I'm 20, American traveling light, and would have qualms if the consensus was that the best solution was just to walk around for 3 hours. If I don't sleep in those hours that's fine with me. My French is extremely spotty at best.
Thanks in advance for any advice you might have--I really, really appreciate it!