Surrounded by the French Alps, Grenoble is the perfect holiday destination for outdoor enthusiasts and mountaineers. Grenoble's history goes back more than 2,000 years, and what was once a Gallic village has grown into a busy town. A car hire in Grenoble will allow you to explore the mountains and enjoy the idyllic landscape of the region, or simply make your way through the picturesque town comfortably. Auto Europe focuses on providing its customers with competitive car rental prices as well as attentive customer service to ensure that you have the best holiday experience possible.
The mountains are a key tourist draw throughout the year, and there are about 20 ski resorts in the region around Grenoble. The resort closest to the town, Sappey-en-Chartreuse, can be reached with ease by driving along D512. The drive should take about 25 minutes. Grenoble is also within a comfortable driving distance of other great destinations. You can, for example, head to Geneva, crossing the border to Switzerland, via the A41 - the Swiss city is about 88 miles away, making the duration of the drive about an hour and a half. Driving towards the north-west along the A48 and A43 for 65 miles on the other hand will get you to Lyon in about an hour and 20 minutes. Click here for more tips on driving in France.
Parking is mostly paid for with parking meters, although you can also find both private and public car parks. A Park and Ride (parking relais) system is run by Semitag-parking, and will grant you a seamless transfer between driving your car hire in Grenoble and using public transportation.
Grenoble is considered by many to be the capital of the French Alps. There are three mountain chains surrounding the town: the Chartreuse in the north, the Vercors in the south, and the Belledonne in the east. However, somewhat surprisingly, the town of Grenoble itself is flat, because it lies on the plain of the rivers Isère and Drac.
The temperatures in Grenoble can climb quite high during the summer, as the tall mountains keep the wind from reaching the town. The average high temperature during the summer months of July and August has been recorded at 27°C. In winter, however, the temperatures can dip below zero, and snowfall is to be expected.
The Grenoble-Isère Airport, also known as St Geoirs Airport, is rather small and serves low-cost airlines, such as Ryanair, EasyJet, and Norwegian. It is located about 25 miles from the town centre. The number of flights to and from the airport increases during the ski season. Other airports relatively close to Grenoble are Lyon Airport, which is 62 miles away, and Geneva Airport, located 98 miles from Grenoble.
By choosing to pick up your car hire at Grenoble Airport with Auto Europe you get the perfect start to your holidays in France. There is just the one terminal at Grenoble Aiport and the car hire desks are in arrivals hall. Generally the desks are open between 7.00am and 12.00am, but this will vary between suppliers. You will be advised when booking if your pick up or drop off time is outside of these hours. This may incur an additional charge but some suppliers provide drop off boxes for you to leave the keys.
Grenoble-Isère Airport (GNB)
Address: 38590 Saint-Étienne-de-Saint-Geoirs, France
Telephone: +33 (0)4 7665 4848
Besides your car hire, you can use the tram or bus to get around Grenoble. You can purchase bus tickets from the driver, but for trams you need to use the ticket machines found on the platform. Alternatively, you can purchase tickets at the Maison du Tourisme. Tickets must always be validated by stamping them using the appropriate machine on a tram platform or when entering the bus - otherwise your ticket will not be considered valid for the journey. It is important to make a note of this, as ticket inspections are commonplace.
Grenoble has four tram lines in total, and services run every few minutes until 1am. On Sundays services are sparser.
Bus services are also available throughout the town, with routes extending to the surrounding villages, but local bus services halt every day at about 8pm. Regional buses depart from the central bus station (gare routiere), which can be found next to the railway station. In case you do not wish to use your car rental on a given day, these buses can also transport you to ski stations or other towns. Note that the buses operate on a special schedule during the winter season (saison neige).
TGV trains for Paris depart from Grenoble daily. The so-called TER regional trains connect the town to Lyon and Geneva, for example, as well as the alpine destinations of Sisteron and Gap.