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==Get in==
===Air===
There are two three airports near Grenoble:* ====Grenoble Isère Airport, also ====Also known as ''St Geoirs'', [http://www.grenoble-airport.com/-GENERAL-PUBLIC-AREA-.html], about 40 km from Grenoble, or about 35 minutes by coach [http://www.grenoble-airport.com/rubrique.php3?id_rubrique=88]. Coaches are available for 12.50€ one way/22€ return, although only run a few times a day. This is a small low-cost airport. Flights are more frequent in the ski season.** easyJet [http://www.easyJet.com] and ryanair [http://www.ryanair.com] offer flights To / From Grenoble Isère Airport.* Lyon airport, also known as ''Saint Exupéry'' formerly ''Satolas'', [http://www.lyon.aeroport.fr/index.php?pageAlias=accueil&lngAlias=en] is farther away, about 100 km (1 h by bus, car or train). Buses [http://www.lyon.aeroport.fr/index.php?pageAlias=bus&lngAlias=en] go hourly to Grenoble. 22€ one-way, or 33€ return (valid for 2 months) ticket. * Geneva Airport [http://www.gva.ch/en/Desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-11/], 157 km from Grenoble, is a usual destination of many flight companies, and can be the cheapest than Lyon airport. ** Grenoble can be reached by car in less than 2 hours. ** By train (several times daily) it takes about 2 hours; the price is 23.60€ full price. If the train goes through Lyon, it is both more longer and more expensive. ** There are also direct buses to Grenoble for 56€. Remember that [[Geneva]] is a Swiss city and depending on your country of origin you may need a visa. Since 2008 Switzerland is part of the Schengen area. European Union citizens should not have problems travelling via Geneva. It is also worth remembering that Switzerland has its own currency (the Swiss Franc); nearly all retail outlets in Geneva accept Euros but change is given in Swiss Francs. Geneva Airport also has a "French part" that does not require to enter into Swiss territory if you come from France and your destination flight is to France.
easyJet [http://www.easyJet.com] and ryanair [http://www.ryanair.com] and Norwegian Airlines [http://www.norwegian.no] offer flights.
 
Its about 40 km from Grenoble, or about 35 minutes by coach [http://www.grenoble-airport.com/rubrique.php3?id_rubrique=88] for 12.50€ one way/22€ return, although only run a few times a day. Ben's Bus [http://www.bensbus.co.uk/] run shared ski transfer buses from Grenoble Airport to surrounding ski resorts, including Alpe d'Huez, Les 2 Alpes and Chamrousse
 
====Lyon Airport====
Also known as ''Saint Exupéry'' formerly ''Satolas'', [http://www.lyon.aeroport.fr/index.php?pageAlias=accueil&lngAlias=en] is farther away, about 100 km (1 h by bus, car or train).
 
Buses [http://www.lyon.aeroport.fr/fre/Accueil/Acces-et-parking/Venir-a-partir-de-l-aeroport/Par-Bus][http://www.faurevercors.fr/FAUREVERCORS_WEB/FR/PAGE_Navette.awp] go hourly to Grenoble for 22€ one-way, or 33€ return (valid for 2 months) ticket. TGV trains[http://www.tgv-europe.com/] from Lyon airport to Grenoble run several times per day.
 
====Geneva Airport====
Geneva Airport[http://www.gva.ch/en/Desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-11/], 157 km from Grenoble, is a usual destination of many flight companies, and can be the cheapest than Lyon airport.
 
Grenoble can be reached by car in less than 2 hours. By train (several times daily) it now takes about 3-4 hours; the price is 23.60€ full price. If the train goes through Lyon, it is both more longer and more expensive. There are also direct buses to Grenoble for 56€.
 
Remember that [[Geneva]] is a Swiss city so its worth remembering that Switzerland has its own currency (the Swiss Franc); nearly all retail outlets in Geneva accept Euros but change is given in Swiss Francs. Geneva Airport also has a "French part" that does not require to enter into Swiss territory if you come from France and your destination flight is to France, though this only matters for customs as France and Switzerland are under the same immigration scheme.
 
====Civil Aviation====
Grenoble also has a little landing-strip (900 m) in the village of Le Versoud (15km away): [http://www.aeroclubdauphine.asso.fr/html/2_club/lieux/LeVersoud.html]
Several high speed trains (TGV) from SNCF [http://www.voyages-sncf.com/] link '''Paris''' to Grenoble directly every day, for a three-hours trip of 640 km. Full price is about €70 for a one-way ticket. Young people and students will be entitled to a découverte discount which can reduce ticket prices by 25%. Those staying for more than a few months and/or planning to travel by train a lot are advised to purchase a 12-25 card (€50) which gives 25 to 50% discounts.
Hourly trains link [[Lyon]] (Part-Dieu station) to Grenoble, from 5:30 am to midnight (5am to 10pm from Grenoble to Lyon). This takes around an 1h15 to 1h30 with the TER (regional trains) [http://www.ter-sncf.com/UK/rhone-alpes/default.htm]. Full price is 15€20.20€. The train schedule sometimes includes TER buses. The price is the same, the duration is the same, they start at the same station and arrive at the same point.
TER trains also link the city to Geneva in Switzerland (2h), to southern Alps (Gap, Sisteron) and to Valence (1h) where you can change for the TGV to Southern-France.
====Car club====
Alpes Autopartage [http://alpesautopartage.eileo.org Alpes Autopartage] runs a car club in Grenoble. For a minimum duration of 3 months, and a nominal mothly fee of 12 to 15 euros, you can use any of their 21 cars for as short as 1h to as long as several days. Some cars with winter tires in season, ski racks, etc.
===Taxis===
===Trams and buses===
[[Image:Tramway-grenoble.jpg|thumb|tramway in Grenoble]]
Four tram lines cross the town with services every few minutes (less frequent on Sundays or at night) and an extensive bus network operates within the city itself, the suburbs and villages further out. The bus network typically stops service at 8:00pm, whereas most of the tram network runs until 1:00am. Individual tickets cost around €1.4050, less if bought by 10 or 30. Daily, weekly and monthly passes are available with discounts for students. Tickets are valid for one hour of travel across the Semitag network (bus and tram). Tickets can be bought in the bus from the driver, and from machines on the platform for tramways, or at the Maison du Tourisme. You must stamp (''composter'') your ticket for it to be valid: this is done on the platform at the tram stop or on entering a bus. Ticket inspections are frequent, even during weekends.
Information can be found at Semitag [http://www.semitag.com/] and maps at Maps Semitag [http://www.sedeplacer-tag.fr/index.php?id=160] (in French).
Despite its mountainous surroundings, Grenoble itself is one of the flattest cities in Europe, so cycling is an easy way of getting around. Pleasant recreational cycle routes follow the Drac and Isere rivers. An old bicycle track along the Isère river passes in front of the town centre, and the main boulevards have dedicated cycle lanes. Bicycles are allowed on some smaller streets, but riders often have to use the same lane as buses.
It is possible to rent bicycles for a day, a week or longer at the railway station and other ''MetroVelo'' offices- around €5 a day and about 15/20€ per month. For more information: métro-vélo [http://www.metrovelo.fr/metro-velo-uk.php].
 
However, the town is walkable and bicycle rides not essential if you are focusing around town area.
===Disabled Travelers===
* '''Musée De L'Ancien Eveché''' [http://www.ancien-eveche-isere.fr/], 2, rue Très Cloître (tel. (+33) 4 76 03 15 25, fax (+33) 4 76 03 34 95). Open every day from 9h to 18h except Tuesday (13h30 to 18h00) and on Sunday (10h00 to 19h00). Admission is free. The museum is housed in the former bishop's palace on Place Notre Dame. It displays objects and pieces of art narrating the history of the Isère region and its people from Prehistoric times up to the present. Under the museum is an archaeological crypt; the remains of the city's Roman walls and and a remarkable 4th Century baptistry, discovered during work on tram line B, are not to be missed. Ask for a free audioguide (French or English) at reception.
* '''Museum of Resistance and Deportation''' [http://www.resistance-en-isere.comfr/], 14 rue Hebert (tel.(+33) 4 76 42 38 53 , fax : (+33) 4 76 42 55 89. History of the French resistance during WWII in the alps, information is in English, French and German. Entry is free.
* '''Musée Archéologique de Grenoble''' [http://www.musee-archeologique-grenoble.comfr/indexPreHome.php], Place Saint Laurent. First Opened in 1846. It is considered to be a unique archeological site. Over 3000 artifacts and objects have been recovered here. (+33) 4 76 44 78 68 . -- closed for works until january The museum opens May 6, 2011 -.
* '''Saint-Louis Church''' (place Victor Hugo, tramway A, B, buses 3, 13, 33, 34)
*The '''Museum of French Revolution''' [http://www.musee-revolution-francaise.fr/] installed in the castle of Vizille, place Liberation (tel. (+33) 4 76 68 07 35, fax (+33) 4 76 68 08 53). A little city about 14 km in south of Grenoble.
*The '''little train of La Mure''' [http://www.trainlamure.com/pages/en/6/chemin-de-fer-de-la-mure.html] A travel with 18 tunnels and a spectacular view on the river Drac and the dam of Monteynard. Saint-Georges-de-Commiers, 17 km from Grenoble. Unfortunately a major rockslide in late 2010 caused the closure of the line, and as of January 2012 it has not yet re-opened. Check before making the trip.
*'''Musée Hydrelec''' in the massif of Oisans, about 45 km in south of Grenoble. Hydro generating station near a big dam (Grand'Maison). [http://www.musee-hydrelec.fr/] (in French)
[[Image:Gare d'arrivee des bulles de Grenoble.JPG|thumb|cable car on top of Bastille]]
[[Image:Grenoble - La Fontaine du Lion.jpg|thumb|Fountain of lion - Grenoble]]
* '''The cable car''' (French: ''téléphérique''), Quai Stéphane Jay (''if you're walking, follow the Isère in the direction of the center of the town until you see the cables, you cannot miss them''), (+33) 4 76 33 44 44 (''fax: (+33) 4 76 51 61 49, [email protected]''). Closed for 3 weeks in January. Otherwise open every day, 10h45-18h30 in winter and up to 9h15-00h15 in summer. Prices at 6.80 euro for round trip or 4.70 euro for single trip (as at Aug 2011). The cable car is the easiest way to see the town from above, and the trip in the plastic bubbles is impressive. At the summit (some 260 m above the town) is a 19th-century fortress, ''La Bastille''. When you arrive at the top, you can explore the fortifications, have a meal or light refreshments, follow winding paths further up the mountainside or simply enjoy the view (on a clear day Mont Blanc is visible in the distance). If you take the path (GR9) to the rear of the Bastille, you can walk approx 20-30 mins further up to Mont Jalla to get an even better view, where there is a memorial to the mountain troups who fought in WWII and a monument erected on the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Grenoble (1944). You can also walk up to the Bastille via one of several paths or go by car from the city of La Tronche. Paths start from the Fountain of lion on the East side, (this path is called ''Montée Chalemont'') or a park on the West, near the large arch (called ''Jardin des Dauphins'').
[[Image:Grenoble.jpg|thumb|View to the Massif of Belledonne]]
* With three mountain ranges on the doorstep, '''Hiking''' and '''climbing''' are very popular. The place to start is the Maison de la Montagne (3, rue Raoul Blanchard), where you can browse maps and helpful staff (several English-speakers) can help you choose a route according to your level of fitness and the time you have on hand. For short walks around the city, ask for the "Carte des Sentiers Sipavag" (a free hiking map) at the Tourism Office (4, rue de la République) or Maison de la Montagne [http://www.maison-montagne.com/], close to the Hubert Doubedout tram station. Also look for the "Guides des Balades" at the TAG office (in the same building of the Tourism Office)- a nice add-on to the Sipavag map which lists a number of parks and hikes you can reach with public transportation. The new edition for 2007 includes over 50 different walks, from half-hour strolls to full-day hikes. You will also find suitable maps at any bookshop; the best ones are published by the IGN (National Geographic Institute) and Didier Richard. Without proper maps, the trails can be confusing and you may be lost in the many turns, steps, ups and downs. However, if you are careful to observe and follow the colour codings on trees and at key turnings, then it can still be an enjoyable alternative way of getting up or down the mountain.
* For street shopping, stop at Victor Hugo tramway station (tramway A or B). The tramway station is next to Place Grenette, which is the center of the city. This area is largely pedestrianized. Small, winding streets house many boutique-style shops, chain-store outlets, traditional French cafés and all the usual city centre paraphernalia.
* For pampering, Bella Express on 10 boulevard Agutte Sembat, near Victor Hugo is all in one beauty concept where you'll find haidressers and beauticians for men and women opened non stop for 9am till 9pm: www.bella-express.fr.If you want a SPA/Hammam, you'll have to get out of the city and head off to the outskirts such as Echirolles or Meylan.* The markets. There are several daily food markets in the city centre. The most centrally located, are at Sainte-Claire Les Halles (near the Cathedral) which has a covered food hall (housing cheese and butchers' stalls) as well as the outdoor fruit and vegetable market, and Place aux Herbes. Watch out for the grape-stealing pigeons - a great favorite with children but detested by the stall-holders! The best market is probably L'Estacade(6 days per week), under the elevated railway tracks next to Cours Jean Jaures.*The cinemas, you'll find a few within the city center such as in the pedestrian streets or the multiplex Nef Chavant. If you want to watch an English/American movie with French subtitles head to La Nef on boulevard Edouard Rey, near Victor Hugo.
==Eat==
If you'd like to have an extensive eatery guide with you on your travels, The Guide du Dahu is probably the best restaurant guide to Grenoble. The work of 20 students of Grenoble business school, it includes 300 pages covering restaurants, bars, culture, sport and nightlife. €2.50 from tabacs and bookshops in the city. The ''Petit Futé'' [http://www.petitfute.com/] series also offers a Grenoble guide, which has an extensive list of restaurants and other businesses.
===Budget===
 
* '''Restaurant Maharaja''', 16 Rue Chenoise , Grenoble (Tram B Place Notre Dame): Tél. (33) 4 76 87 05 53 ; (Specialties: Indian & Nepali)
*'''Cadet Rousselle''', 3, rue Millet, tel. (+33) 4 76 46 02 24 has an excellent crêpe selection with prices for crêpes salés ranging from 4-9€.
*'''La Fondue''', 5 rue Brocherie, tel (+33) 4 76 15 20 72. Well known in the southeast of France and western Switzerland, fondue is a traditional dish during the wintertime. La Fondue restaurant serves traditional fondue (emmental and gruyere cheese) with mix ins as well as some non-traditional fondues (cheddar, for example).
* '''Punjabi DhabaLes Tacos de Lyon''' 11 r Denfert Rochereau[http://www. Phone 04letacosdelyon.fr/] 4 rue Brocherie, (+33) 4 7603 23 30.26.18.75 close While not really related to the GareMexican tacos, this fast food French interpretation can be interesting. Thought by many to be the best Indian restaurant in Grenoble For only €5-€6, for when you need one can enjoy a break from Cheese and CrepesCordon Bleu "taco".
* Boulangeries and Patisseries- these little bread and pastry bakeries not only have wonderful tarts and cakes, but they also sell small quiches, panini (grilled Italian sandwiches), and cold sandwiches. Grenoble is the walnut capital of France so look for small cakes (gateaux) with walnut cream, especially during the winter. Other specialties include Chartreuse (a herbal liquor traditionally made by the monks of Grande Chartreuse, a monastery high in the mountains about an hour from Grenoble).
===Splurge===
[[Image:Auberge Napoléon - Grenoble.JPG|thumb|Auberge Napoléon]]
*'''Auberge Napoléon''', 7 rue Montorge , Grenoble Tél. 04 76 87 53 64 , near the "jardin de ville"
* '''Restaurant Les terrassesTerrasses''', Place Déesse Hygie , Uriage-les-Bains : Tél. (33) 4 76 89 10 80 ; Fax. (33) 4 76 89 04 62 ; [http://www.grand-hotel-uriage.com] (Uriage-les-Bains, a small health resort 10 km from town hall of Grenoble). This is the only local restaurant with two Michelin stars (and prices to match, of course).
*<eat name="La Madelon" alt="" address="55 Avenue Alsace-Lorraine " directions="" phone="04 76 46 36 90 " url="http://fr-fr.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001045416078" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Elegant yet trendy restaurant close to the train station and business school focusing on regional cuisine in a very relaxed atmosphere with English speaking wait staff. Open lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday.</eat>
==Drink==
*'''Tulip Inn Hotel D'Angleterre''', 5 Place Victor Hugo. With rates €59 and up, this hotel is a great budget option in the center of the city.
*'''Hotel de l'Europe'''[http://www.hoteleurope.fr/hotelch.html], 22 place Grenette, rates starting at 31€ for a single room. Well-kept hotel with friendly staff in the ''centre-ville.''
===Mid-range===
'''The large chain hotels, such as the Ibis and Mercure, can generally be relied on for comfort and cleanliness. Nightly prices start around €75 in low seasons, and can climb to over €200 during summer.'''
* <sleep name="Citadines City Centre Grenoble" alt="" address="9-11, rue de Strasbourg" directions="" phone="+04 76 15 02 00" emailurl="http://www.citadines.com/en/france/grenoble/grenoble.html" faxcheckin="" checkout="04 76 44 27 10" checkinprice="Daily rates starts from €98" checkoutlat="" pricelong="" urlemail="http://www.citadines.com/en/france/grenoble/grenoble.html" fax="+04 76 44 27 10">Only a stone's throw from one of the most arresting sights in the city, the The residence provides comfort and convenience. Restaurants and shopping districts located just outside. Ranging offers apartments ranging from two-person studios to one-bedroom apartments, each apartment houses a bathroom with a separate toilet and a fully-equipped separate kitchen area.</sleep>
*''' Hôtel Ibis Centre''', 5 rue de Miribel, Les Trois Dauphins, Place Félix Poulat, (+33) 4 76 47 48 49, [http://www.accorhotels.com/accorhotels/fichehotel/gb/ibi/0612/fiche_hotel.shtml].
The Drac is a small river and may appear harmless, but the level of water may change quickly, especially when the dam upstream releases water.
Avoid the Villeneuve area at night (the tram stops La Bruyère, Arlequin, and Grand'Place)as well as Village Olympique.
Be aware of pickpockets on the tram and bus lines; though petty theft is not common in Grenoble, it does exist.
 
Bike theft in Grenoble is very common.
 
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===Consulates===
 
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