Car hire in Grenoble
Hiring a car in Grenoble
Known for its breathtaking backdrop, Grenoble has been given the name 'Capital of the Alps' and it isn't hard to see why. Located in the Isère Valley of France, the town is absolutely beautiful. With open green spaces, gorgeous old houses and Parc Naturel Régional de Chartreuse and Parc Naturel Régional du Vercors nearby, you'll want to just take in all the sights.
It isn't just the scenery that will have you loving Grenoble though, there are also plenty of museums and galleries to visit. You'll find that the industrial town offers you plenty to do as well as see, so ensure you make the most of your trip by investing in a hire car.
What you need to know
There are a few different choices available when picking your hire car for your trip to Grenoble. Where you collect your car will affect the number of companies available to you, so it is worth seeing what the most convenient pick-up point is.
You can make it easy to find your car by using our booking tool, which will lay out all your options and their costs without any hidden charges. What's more, you'll get free cancellation, 24/7 support and be able to make amendments to your booking prior to travel.
Where to pick up your car
You have the most options in terms of car hire companies if you want to collect your vehicle from Grenoble Train Station, as there are nine to choose from. This is ideal if you are arriving at the town by train, as you can simply pick your car up from outside the station.
If you're flying into the area, you can collect your car from Grenoble Airport (GNB). There are only five car hire companies operating here, some of which have desks in the arrivals hall while others operate a meet and greet service.
“The pick-up was easy, it took 5 minutes from arriving at the desk to driving out the car, and the return took even less time.”
Where to go
No matter what you feel like like doing, you're sure to find something to fill up your days while in Grenoble. Whether you want to wander around Parc Naturel Régional du Vercors, take in some history at Musée Archéologique Grenoble-Saint Laurent or discover Fort de la Bastille, you'll never be bored.
You can even get active by trying your skills out on the slopes with a spot of skiing or snowboarding. As Grenoble was the site of the 1968 Winter Olympics, you know there are some great options in the snow.
You can discover all this and more when you hire a car in Grenoble, making sure you really experience all that this town has to offer.
Grenoble is close to a number of areas of interest, including the magnificent Château de Vizille. Just over 20km away via the A480 and N85, the château is set in idyllic grounds and is sure to take your breath away. Built between 1611 and 1627, the château is incredibly beautiful but also has an interesting history, including being the site where the initial plans for the French Revolution were laid.
If you feel like braving the narrow country roads around Grenoble, drive 27km via the D512 to reach Parc Naturel Régional de Chartreuse. The park offers a wonderful retreat where you can simply wander around and bask in the beauty of the region. If you visit during summer, enjoy some great hikes, but in winter, make sure to take your skis along. You'll also find some hidden gems in the form of traditional inns that serve amazing cuisine in some of the tiny alpine towns.
Staying in Grenoble means that it isn't a long drive to see a fairytale come to life in the form of Annecy. This gorgeous alpine town features a green lake and is surrounded by mountains, giving it an atmosphere that is all its own. With a Medieval quarter, cobblestone streets and houses bedecked in bold geraniums, just walking around will give you plenty to see. You can drive to Annecy in just over an hour via the A41 toll road.
You're also close to the spa town of Aix-les-Bains, which is located by Lake Bourget. This town has achieved international fame for its spas and peaceful atmosphere, making it the ideal location if you want a relaxing day. With natural springs that have been in use since the Roman times, you can take in Aix-les-Bains' history while having a treatment or two.
Top attractions in Grenoble
With so much on offer in Grenoble and so many great alpine towns close by, it really does pay to hire a car during your stay.
Musée de Grenoble
The Musée de Grenoble is one of the best museums in all of France, providing you with the chance to look at an amazing selection of fine art. Set in the centre of a beautiful park, the museum offers you 18,000ms of exhibition space to explore. This includes Medieval art right through to paintings of the 20th century. You'll find pieces by some of the most well-known names here so it is a good idea to take a day to explore.
Fort de la Bastille
You won't get views of Grenoble any better than those you can see at Fort de la Bastille. You reach the fort by jumping on the Téléphérique de la Bastille cable car from Quai Stéphane-Jay. This will allow you to take in the spectacular views before you even arrive at the fort. Once you step off the car, you can enjoy the museums located in the former prison or sign up for some fun mountaineering activities.
Jardin des Dauphins
The most beautiful green space in the whole of Grenoble, Jardin des Dauphins lies just below the Fort de la Bastille. Here you'll find 30 hectares of garden, which was created on the site of the old fortifications of Grenoble. It doesn't matter what time of year you visit as the garden is truly atmospheric in every season.