Grenoble in detail

Flights & getting there

Grenoble is well connected to other points within France and beyond, with an international airport and extensive bus and train services.

Air

Some 45km northwest of the city by road, Grenoble Isère Airport handles flights to and from multiple UK destinations, plus Poland, Ireland, Sweden and the Netherlands.

Bus

Eurolines, which runs international buses, has a desk at the Grenoble bus station.

Transaltitude (www.transaltitude.fr) has frequent buses to various ski stations during the ski season, including Alpe d'Huez and Les Deux Alpes (from €15, 1½ to 1¾ hours, three to nine per day) and Chamrousse (from €12, one hour, usually one to three per day).

Transisère (www.transisere.fr) can get you to Bourg d’Oisans (bus 3000; €8.40, 1½ to two hours, at least three daily).

Transdev Dauphiné (www.transdevdauphine.com) has services to Briançon via Serre Chevalier (€20, 2½ hours, up to four daily). It's faster than the train.

Car & Motorcycle

Half-a-dozen international and French car-hire agencies have offices either in the Europole area underneath the train station or across the street.

Train

The train station is about 1km west of the centre and is linked to the centre by tram lines A and B.

Grenoble has direct rail links to major towns around the Rhône-Alpes (and beyond). Destinations include:

DestinationPrice (€)Duration (hr)Frequency
Annecy21hourly
Chambéry12.401at least hourly
Geneva (Switzerland)28.205 daily
Lyon22.80at least hourly

If travelling to/from Paris, change trains in Lyon Part Dieu or Chambéry. Marseille and the south require a change of trains in Valence.