Grenoble is a city that claims to be the ‘capital of the French Alps’. The reality is that the city on the River Isère plays second fiddle to Lyon in the administration of the Rhône-Alpes region. Grenoble is a major centre for high-tech industry and education. The city’s polygone scientifique is home to many world-class research facilities supporting the nuclear industries.
The first stop for visitors is usually the Bastille cable car, known locally as les bulles – a reference to the bubble-like cabins in which passengers are accommodated. Enjoy the fine views from the Bastille across the city to the Vercors Massif beyond. Back down in the valley, Grenoble street life focuses on Place Notre-Dame and Place Saint-André, just a ten-minute walk east of the railway station. The station is a striking concrete and glass affair, erected as a showpiece building for the 1968 Winter Olympics.
Paris is served by eight to ten high-speed TGVs from Grenoble each day. The fastest services take just over three hours. There are half a dozen direct TGVs each day to Lyon-St Exupéry (for Lyon Airport). Grenoble also has an excellent range of regional services, including hourly trains to the Rhône Valley cities of Lyon and Valence. There are frequent trains to nearby Chambéry, with some of these trains continuing beyond Chambéry to Aix-les-Bains, Annecy or Geneva.
Travel to Grenoble by train from anywhere in the UK or across Europe
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