Car Rental Online
At the Aéroport de Grenoble St-Geoirs there are a lot off car rental companies, it is better to book on-line ahead so you will not have the hassle off searching for a good price topautoverhuur.com offers this services so your car will be ready when you arrive at the airport. The airport is accessible by D119 at the roundabout take the D154D to the airport. If you are departing from another airport you can do a oneway hire. So you can see more off the country.
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Grenoble maps could be downloaded (I recommend the pdf format) from tourism information center web site (english version in the adress)
A lot of brochures are also available here, a good way for cooking your visit in advance
Airport : Aéroport de Grenoble St-Geoirs
A 41 km au nord ouest.
Navette spéciale au départ de la gare routière de Grenoble.
(1h15 avant le départ du vol) et à chaque arrivée à l'aéroport.
To 41 km to the west north.
Special shuttle to the departure of the road station of Grenoble.
(1h15 before the departure of the flight) and to every arrival to the airport.
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Bus from the airport
the cheapest and easiest way to reaching Grenoble from abroad is by flying to Lyon with Easy Jet.From the airport there is a bus to the Gare Routière in Grenoble.Close to both Raiways and Bus station there is a stop for 2 tram lines.
Ligne C du Tram
Depuis mai 2006 la nouvelle ligne C du Tram relie Seyssins - Le Prisme à Gières - Université.
Une nouvelle liaison transversale de la ville qui passe par les grands boulevards.
Cette nouvelle ligne de Tram en site propre à permis toute une réorganisation du réseau de transports en communs de l'agglomération, avec la disparition de la ligne 5, devenue inutile, et l'adaptation de nombreuses autres lignes.
L'impact écologique à été pris en compte également.
Since May 2006 the new C line of the Tram joins Seyssins - The Prism to Gières - University.
A new transverse link of the city that passes by the "Grands boulevards".
This new line of Tram in site clean to permit a whole reorganization of the network of transportation in outbuildingses of the agglomeration, with the disappearance of the line 5, become useless, and the numerous other line adaptation.
The ecological impact to been taken also in account.
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23 lignes d'autobus entre 5h30 et 20h tous les jours.
4 nouvelles lignes pour les déplacements nocturnes le jeudi, vendredi et samedi de 21h à minuit.
2 lignes de tramway entre 4h44 et 0h15
Ligne A : Fontaine - La Poya / Echirolles - Denis Papin
Ligne B : Grenoble - Cité Internationale / Gières - Plaine des sports
Les 2 lignes desservent le centre ville toutes les 4/5 minutes dans la journée.
ALLO TAG renseignements du lundi au vendredi de 8h à 18h :
23 lines of bus between 5h30 and 20h every day.
4 new lines for the nocturnal displacements Thursday, Friday and Saturday of 21h at midnight.
2 lines of tram between 4h44 and 0h15
Line A : Fontaine - La Poya / Echirolles - Denis Papin
Line B : Grenoble - Cité Internationale / Gières - Plaine des sports
The 2 lines go against the center city every 4/5 minutes in the day.
HELLO TAG information of Monday to Friday of 8h to 18h:
Bureau de la maison du tourisme :
14, rue de la république
Ouverts du lundi au vendredi de 8h30 à 18h30
Le samedi et vacances scolaires de 9h à 18h.
Bureau de la gare :
Ouverts du lundi au vendredi de 7h15 à 18h30 et en vacances scolaires de 9h15 à 12h et de 13h à 17h.
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Together with the bus system, the Semitag runs 2 tramway routes (4 in 2006) with 80 tram stops. The tickets can be used both on the bus system and on the tram system.
For more on the Sémitag, visit their web site
The tram routes have been created in 199. It was the first tram in France that had an ultra low frame that allowed full access for handicapped. New carriages will run in 2005, they are faster, have a higher capacity and an even easier access for the handicapped.
The Sémitag (Société d'Économie Mixte de Transports de l'Agglomération Grenobloise) runs the bus system with 23 bus routes and 1600 bus stops.
There are 4 additional routes for the evening. The whole network serves the 27 cities of the Grenoble agglomeration.
I have found on a roller's website, that Grenoble was a great place for rollers as they can use the bicycle lanes.
For example, they say that a 27 km route from Saint-Quentin sur Isère to Grenoble center follows the banks of the river with a very good surface on at least 20 km
For more, visit the website of Roller en ligne
As Grenoble is one of the flatest large town in France, cycling is very easy and the Métro has developed a large network of bicycle lane (more than 200 km), either in the urban part of the city or along the banks of the Isère river.
You can cycle your own bike or rent one with Metrovelo, a department of the Sémitag, in charge of Public transportation . Two hundred bikes are available for rent at the train station, on the campus and near the Tourist office. The prices are the following (first regular price, second for students) :
One hour, 1.20 € 1.00 €
Half day 3.00 € 2.00 €
Day 5.00 € 3.50 €
2 to 29 days 3.50 €/ day 2.50 € /day
month 30.00 € 21.00 €
3 month 75.00 € 52.00 €
6 month 120.00 € 85.00 €
A 50 € deposit is required.
For those who ride their own bike, there is a left bicycle facility at the train station for 1 € per day and 8 € per month.
More Satolas TGV station
I feel that the architecture of tha Satolas TGV station is very impressive and I wanted to give anothe view, under another angle.
All the TGV stations that has been built especially for the TGV, usually more or less outside cities have a special architecture and I will try to give pictures of others.
A part of the old town has been turned into a "zone piètonne" (pedestrian only) about 20 years ago, the first city in France. In the beginning, there was much opposition from the shop keepers but they soon realized that if would be customers came in front of the shop but were unable to park they would go away. Now the pedestrian district covers most of the old town.
Genève Cointrin airport
Genève Cointrin airport is a little further (150 km) but can be however considered as a third airport possibilities for Grenoble. It offers connections different than Saint-Exupéry.
Those that have a visa problem with Switzerland must know that Coitrin is a Swiss AND French airport and has a direct exit to France, without any transit into Switzerland (towards Ferney). This exit is very seldom used.
Saint Exupéry airport (formerly Satolas airport)
Saint Exupéry airport actually acts as the airport of Grenoble. It is only 1 hour drive from the city center and has a good service of shuttles. Saint Exupéry is a main international airport connected with most European capitals and more.
The airport of Grenoble is Saint-Etienne-de-Saint-Geoirs, 45 minutes drive from Grenoble. It has never grown to a main airport as the fast train connections to Paris have taken so much on flights than the Saint-Etienne-de-Saint-Geoirs Paris air line has been canceled recently as it did not make enough money. However, in January 2005 Easy-jet has opened a low cost connection with London that seems to work well and is used mainly to reach ski stations.
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