Traveling to Grenoble
Grenoble has a European airport. Nevertheless, it is pretty small and you probably won’t have a flight to get there. The biggest and closest international airports are Saint-Exupéry (Lyon) airport and Geneva airport. You could then take a train or rent a car to come to Grenoble. Saint-Exupéry airport is 1 hour away while Geneva airport is 2 hours away.
There are also coach services from Grenoble, Lyon and Geneva airports to Grenoble city centre. If you are traveling from these airports, also check with your hotel. Some of them have shuttles included when you book.
The easiest and cheapest way to come may be through one of Paris Airport. There are two of them. Roissy Charles De Gaulle Airport, and Orly Airport.- From Roissy CDG:
* there are a few direct trains to Lyon, where you can transit to Grenoble (please see next section)
* otherwise, trains for Grenoble will leave from “Paris Gare de Lyon » train station. To get there, two options:
a) Le Bus Direct (a bit more expensive, but may be easier),
b) Public transportation: RER B (Paris by train) from the airport to “Châtelet-Les Halles”. Change and take subway line 14 towards “Olympiades”. Get out at “Gare de Lyon”.- From Orly:
* Le Bus Direct (a bit more expensive, but may be easier),
* Public transportation: take the “Orly Val” shuttle service to “Anthony”. Then take RER B (Paris by train) to “Châtelet-Les Halles”. Change and take subway line 14 towards “Olympiades”. Get out at “Gare de Lyon”.
Grenoble has a train station served by trains coming from all over France and from Geneva. Have a look at our national train website. You’ll probably find whether you can (or can’t) take a train to come to Grenoble.
Some highways are useful to come to Grenoble. A48 is the road from Lyon and A41 comes from Geneva. In France, “A” stands for “Autoroute” (= generally charged highway), “N” stands for “National” (= generally free highway) and “D” stands for “Départementale” (= B-road). Be careful that roads from the latest category can be little and winding. Prefer highways as they are easier to follow.
Traveling in France with unicycles
Something you should take note of is how to travel in French trains with unicycles. Trains are sometimes overcrowded and to carry a whole unicycle – like a 32er or 36er – could be difficult. Before booking a train you should check whether bikes are welcomed – like on most of the regional trains (called “TER”) and some high-speed trains (called “TGV”). To carry unicycles in some high-speed trains you will have to book a special place for it. Unicycles smaller than 24″ should pass as suitcases if you remove the pedals and seat.