Isère Tourism

Getting to Isère

The department of Isère is in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. With regular flights from the UK to Grenoble, trains via Paris, short bus transfers to resorts and an extensive motorway network, you can be on the slopes before you know it.

GETTING TO ISÈRE


By train

From the UK, Eurostar trains connect via Paris to Grenoble. Check here for times and dates.

Other nearby stations include Grenoble, Saint-Marcel-lès-Valence and Lyon-Saint-Exupéry (50 minutes from Grenoble) Lyon Part-Dieu (1 hr 15 mins).
For trips within France, calculate your journey time and book your tickets.

→ www.oui.sncf or Rail Europe

Transfer from the station

In winter, on arriving at Grenoble station, you can travel onto resorts with Transaltitude (see below), departing from Grenoble bus station next to the train station.

 

By plane

➽ Grenoble Alpes Isère (GNB) Airport 

Grenoble Alpes Isère airport at Saint-Étienne-de-Saint-Geoirs (30 min from Grenoble)
+33 (0)4 76 65 48 48
→ www.grenoble-airport.com

Airlines from UK to GNB

Destinations includes London, Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dublin and Guernsey.
→ List of airlines

Shutte bus - Bens Bus

Buses serve both Grenoble and Lyon airport to the following resorts: Alpe d'Huez, Les 2 Alpes, Chamrousse, Le Bourg-d'Oisans and Rochetaillée (for Vaujany and Oz-en-Oisans)

→ www.bensbus.co.uk

➽ Lyon Saint-Exupéry (LYS) Airport

Lyon Saint-Exupéry airport is about 1 h drive from Grenoble.
+33 (0)826 800 826

→ www.lyonairports.com

Airlines from UK to LYS
→ www.lyonaeroports.com

Direct shuttles to ski resorts: Alpe d'Huez, Les Deux Alpes, Bourg d'Oisans and Rochetaillee (for Vaujany and Oz en Oisans):
→ www.bensbus.co.uk

➽ Geneva airport (1 h 30 from Grenoble)

→ www.gva.ch

Airlines in GVA
 → List of airlines

Shuttle buses

Actibus

"Navette Grenoble Aéroport" is a bus service between Grenoble Alpes Isère (GNB) and Grenoble bus/train station.
Schedules coincide with flight arrivals and departures. The journey takes 45 minutes. Tickets must be bought in advance.
→ Booking

Transaltitude

Buses to the following resorts depart from the bus station next to Grenoble train station you'll need to take one of the shutte buses above). Tickets cost around 60 € for a family and 18 € per person, one way. Book online.

→ www.transaltitude.fr
+33 (0)820 08 38 38

BELLEDONNE MASSIF OISANS MASSIF VERCORS MASSIF
Chamrousse Auris-en-Oisans Autrans
Prapoutel - Les 7 Laux Alpe d'Huez Corrençon-en-Vercors
  Alpe du Grand Serre Lans-en-Vercors
  Les 2 Alpes Méaudre
  Oz-en-Oisans Villard-de-Lans
  Vaujany  
  Villard-Reculas  

 

By car

Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes is the region in France with the most extensive motorway network, making Isère easy to reach. Travelling to Isère from the UK takes between 8 and 10 jours from Calais.
For more about Driving in France, read All you need to know before driving in France.

➽ Parking

In ski resorts, there are plenty of car parks where you can leave your car for the week. The average cost is around €45 - 70 a week.

Cross-channel operators

➽ By Eurotunnel

Eurotunnel Le Shuttle has up to 4 shuttles per hour travelling to France taking jus 35 minutes between Folkestone and Calais. All chunnel ticket prices include your car and up to 9 passengers.

→ www.eurotunnel.com

➽ By ferry

British and Irish ferry routes include the following:

  • Dover > Calais
  • Dover > Dunkirk
  • Newhaven > Dieppe
  • Portsmouth > Le Havre
  • Portsmouth > Caen
  • Portsmouth > Saint-Malo
  • Poole > Cherbourg
  • Poole > Saint-Malo
  • Plymouth > Roscoff
  • Guernsey > Saint-Malo
  • Jersey > Saint-Malo
  • Rosslare > Roscoff
  • Rosslare > Cherbourg
  • Cork > Roscoff
  • Dublin > Cherboug

Operators include: Brittany Ferries, P&O Ferries, DFDS Seaways and Irish Ferries.

➽ On foot or by bike

As a foot passenger or cyclist, here’s a list of the French ports with distances to the nearest train stations:

Calais > 30-minute walk from port to station  see here for route

Cherbourg > 30-minute walk from port to station  see here for route

Dunkirk > 21-minute walk from port to station  see here for route

Dieppe > 31-minute walk from port to station  see here for route

Le Havre > 25-minute walk from port to station  see here for route

Roscoff > 20-minute walk from port to station  see here for route

Saint-Malo > 27-minute walk from port to station  see here for route

➽ By bus

Buses from the UK to Grenoble change in Paris.

Tel. +33 (0)820 08 38 38 (€0.118/minute) Journey time is approximately 9 hours.

→ Ouibus.com

 

GETTING AROUND ISÈRE

➽ Local buses

Allo Transisère

Information on the bus network in Isere with timetables and a trip planner. For cyclists, some routes are equipped with a bike rack carrying up to 6 bikes.

Tel. +33 (0)820 08 38 38 (€ 0,118/minute)

→  www.transisere.fr

➽ Transport info

Local information on buses, trams, car shares and car clubs.

www.itinisere.fr (in French only)