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Grenoble Guide

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Grenoble is one of the great settlements of the colossal Alps Mountains that dominate central Europe. The city is on the French side, and today is known as a great centre of learning and scientific discovery. Each winter, millions of tourists flock to Grenoble in search of a skiing adventure. In the summer, Grenoble does not disappoint as a hiking or mountain biking destination. Driving around the Alps is a real experience, and you can easily take a trip to check out one of the pristine reflective mountain lakes.

Who to Book With
There are several operators to choose from in Grenoble, including the top firms of Avis, Europcar, and Hertz. Most are located next to the train station, on Place du Gare, as well as in other central locations. To find the most convenient location and to secure the best rate, book online in advance.

Best Time to go
The winter ski season is the busiest time for Grenoble. A trip during the summer months is just as rewarding, however, or you could go during spring to view the alpine wild flowers in bloom. Expect to pay higher accommodation rates during the ski season, which runs from Christmas to Easter.

Need to Know Essentials
To pick up your rental car, you must provide the following documents:

- An EU driving license or a valid International Driving Permit
- A passport or another form of photo ID alongside your license
- A copy of the credit card used to make the booking
- A printed booking confirmation if possible

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The A480 is main road that runs through Grenoble, crossing the Isere River. The N87 provides the main east-west route that crosses the Drac River. As Grenoble is a busy town, try and avoid driving during the morning and evening rush hours, when traffic jams are common.

There are several car parks in Grenoble, most of which are located near the main train station or to the east by the Isere River. There are a couple of others located more centrally in town, next to the big park Paul Mistral.

Getting up into the Alps from Grenoble is easy: just take any road north, east, south or west! Alternately, take the A41 north towards Chambery then continue on from there. The A41 continues to Geneva in Switzerland. A few miles north of Chambery, the road splits east to become the A43, which continues into Italy.

See our guide to France for more information on driving here.


Grenoble has some great public transport options since it is served by a tram and an urban bus system. There are regional buses too, useful for getting into the surrounding country. Grenoble is easily reached by rail, with several services from Paris and Lyon.

Grenoble is a very serviceable city when it comes to rail travel, which is partly why it is such a popular destination with skiers. There are several trains connecting Grenoble with Paris in just three hours via the high-speed TGV service. There are also hourly trains to the next big city, Lyon. The journey takes around an hour and a half on the regional rail service. Using the TER service, you can also get to Geneva in Switzerland in two hours.

There are many taxis operating in Grenoble. These usually need to be booked in advance, unless they are collecting you from the train station or at another taxi rank. You can call Taxis Grenoblois on +33 04 76 54 42 54 to book.

Buses and Trams
There are four tram lines in Grenoble, all of which converge in the centre of town. Line A is most useful for going north to south, whilst B and C take different routes across the city going east and west. Line D is shorter, useful for travel in the eastern district. All of the bus routes spider out of the city, converging at the Tram A station at Verdun Prefecture. You can check routes and timetables by visiting the TAG website. There are also regional buses from the bus station, operated by VFD.


Most of Grenoble’s charm comes from the fact that it is nestled in a valley surrounded by the Alps. It is extremely easy to get to the alpine ski resorts in the winter, and in the spring and summer it is a wonderful place to be based to explore other areas of the beautiful Alps.

Recommended Drives

Ski Resorts - There are several French Alps Ski Resorts within just a couple of hours’ drive of Grenoble. You can reach the trendy resort of Val d’Isere in just two hours, although Bozel is closer. La Morte is also about 45 minutes to the south.

Chartreuse Natural Park - This is an area just north of Grenoble blessed with stunning Alpine views. You can reach the heart of the park in under an hour from Grenoble, passing by the Chamechaude Mountain. You can then loop back via Volron and be back in Grenoble in under two hours.

The Vercors Massif - This is another awe-inspiring alpine landscape easily accessed from Grenoble. Head to Lans-en-Vecors, then weave your way up and down through the passes towards Saint-Romans for a full day out. The mountains are also crossed with several other roads, offering several amazing drives.

Frequently asked questions

Is the cheapest? Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town. What do I need to do when picking up a car? To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient. Are there any additional costs? In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance). What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental? In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car. What is a worry-free label? This label indicates that a rental car satisfies the following requirements: Unlimited kilometers, no excess liability (and no excess cover available), sustainable energy policy, and that the car rental company has a good reputation. Availability of cars satisfying these four requirements will speed up the selection of a suitable vehicle for you. How can I change or cancel my reservation? You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less). When will I get a confirmation of my booking? Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours). Which car rental companies are compared by at this location
  • ADA
  • Advantage Rent a Car
  • Alamo Rent a Car
  • Avis
  • Budget
  • Citer
  • Dollar Rent a Car
  • Enterprise
  • Europcar
  • FireFly Car Rental
  • Hertz
  • Keddy By Europcar
  • National Car Rental
  • SIXT Rent a Car
  • Thrifty


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