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Grenoble is a city in the South-East of France, in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region and the capital of the Isère department. Located between three massifs of the Alps, the Vercors, the Massif de la Chartreuse, and the Belledonne range, its geographical position and the shape of its urbanization give it the nickname of Y Grenoblois. It is crossed by two rivers, the Isère and the Drac, which meet there. It has the geographical particularity of being a city with a singularly flat relief in a mountain environment.

6th most popular city in France according to the ranking established by the magazine Le Point ("Where do we live best in France?", No. 689 of January 27, 2005). Grenoble, already organizer of the international exhibition of white coal in 1925, is also known for having organized the Olympic Winter Games in 1968. On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Olympic Games, numerous sporting and cultural events took place. held in Grenoble in February 2008.

Arts, Hi-Tech and Sport are the three words which best characterize this agglomeration of nearly 500,000 inhabitants which combines the infrastructures of a modern city with the superb setting of the high Alpine mountains which surround it.

Arts - It is first of all a city known for its writers and artists, native or passing, like Stendhal (who hated Grenoble but said that you could see a mountain there on every corner), Debelle, Hache , Hébert ... Many museums in Grenoble and its surrounding region bear witness to their works. The Musée de Grenoble (located in the heart of the city, Place Notre Dame and the stop of the same name for tram B and bus) has a large collection of modern works, but also more classic collections and a park with many statues.

Hi-Tech - It is then a very active city with three universities (with more than 60,000 students), an international management school, nine engineering schools, several public and private research centers, focused in particular on new technologies (synchrotron, MINATEC, LETI). Most of these research organizations are concentrated north of Grenoble in what is called the scientific polygon. It is not uncommon to meet Quebeckers, Americans, Germans, Italians ... whether they are businesswomen and men, researchers or technicians.

Sport - Finally, it is one of the most sporting city in France, where weekends are turned towards the surrounding nature. Grenoble gives quick access to winter sports resorts - possible on the three massifs: Belledonne, Chartreuse and Vercors - and can be a stopover towards the larger ones, or even towards the hiking trails of Belledonne and Chartreuse. We can denote 3 high-level sports teams: Grenoble Foot 38 (amateur football championship but which wants to regain league 1 before the end of this decade), FC Grenoble Alpes Rugby (Top 14, rugby) and Les Brûleurs de Loup (Magnus League, ice hockey). The Stade des Alpes (20,068 seats) is located in the Paul-Mistral park, to the east of the city. One can see there in particular the matches of GF38. Finally, Grenoble regularly hosts stages of the Tour de France given its position in the Alps, as well as each year a stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné, the second cycling race in France.


Getting in

By plane
Two airports exist in the vicinity of Grenoble:

Grenoble-Isère International Airport (IATA: GNB) (40 km from Grenoble) - Allowing year-round flights to London and Dublin with Ryanair, but also to many destinations (Stockholm, Hamburg, Amsterdam, several cities British…), this airport being the access hub to alpine ski resorts.
Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport (IATA: LYS, ex-Satolas) (100 km away, direct shuttle from Grenoble train station) - Provides access in one hour to all major French cities by Air France and most European metropolises .
Grenoble-Le Versoud aerodrome (13 km from Grenoble in the town of Le Versoud) - It is one of the most used in France with a number of flights varying from 70,000 to 80,000 annually. Its track is 900 m.

By train
Grenoble is connected to Lyon (1 hour 30 minutes), Chambéry (45 minutes) to Valence (1 hour) to Gap (1 hour 30 minutes) by TER, and to Paris 9 times a day by TGV (3 hours). Also several daily connections to Briançon.

Grenoble station 1 place de la Gare 38000 Grenoble.

By car
A480 Rocade Ouest
A41 from Geneva (via Chambéry)
A48 from Lyon
A49 from Valence
A51 from Aix-en-Provence and Sisteron
There are 13 park-and-ride facilities (TAG) distributed in and around the city.

By intercity bus
Regular bus lines exist. These are organized by the General Council of Isère (Transisère network), and tickets (zonal pricing: Transisère) are valid for all companies in the network. The Transisère lines provide access to winter sports resorts and Grenoble-Isère airport in particular (timetables).

A Satobus line is also organized between Lyon airport and the Gare Routière. Buses leave from the bus station and the airport every hour. It takes 1 h 05 for this trip. The price: € 20 for a one-way ticket and € 30 for a return ticket. The ticket can be bought on the bus and paid for by Carte Bleue.