Getting to Grenoble Airport
Grenoble Airport is an international airport serving over 450,000 passengers per annum, and is located nearby the city of Grenoble, in south-eastern France. Due to its location, it is often referred to as the Grenoble-Saint-Geoirs Airport, or as the Grenoble-Isère Airport, and is distinguished from other similar establishments by its official code of GNB. Although one of the smaller France airports, it is considered as a very valuable gateway to the nearby towns and cities, and for ski enthusiasts visiting the resorts of the French Alps. Motorists will find airport directions easy to follow, as main roads lead to the airport from all the important areas in the nearby vicinity. There are also various public transport options available.
Grenoble is located in the Isère department of France, and approximately 2.5km from the commune of Saint-Etienne-de-Saint-Geoirs. Grenoble city itself is about 45km, or 28 miles south-east of the airport. A number of smaller areas are found nearby the airport, including Saint-Pierre-de-Bressieux, Saint-Geoirs, La Côte-Saint-André, La Frette and Beaucroissant, while larger areas include Rives and Voiron to the east, Bourgoin-Jallieu to the north, Le Péage-de-Roussillon to the west and Saint-Marcellin to the south. On a larger scale, Grenoble is considered as to the north-east of Valence, Orange and Avignon, as well as to the north of coastal areas such as Marseille and Toulon, and to the south-west of Geneva, Switzerland. North of Grenoble city are also the cities of Chambery and Annecy. Lyon is a major city found to the north-west of the airport. West of Lyon are the cities of Clermont-Ferrand and Limoges.
The main airport access road is the D119, and other main roads in the vicinity are the D154, the D154D and the D519. The A48 is the major Autoroute leading to the airport’s road. France has an excellent road network, and all towns, cities and airports can be easily accessed from all directions.
Directions from the city of Grenoble
The main road to follow from Grenoble is the A48 in a northerly direction. Pass the turn-off to the A49, and take the Rives exit onto the D119 to the west. Signs will then lead the way, and will read as the ‘Isere Airport’, or as the ‘Aéroport de Grenoble’. The drive from Grenoble to the airport will take approximately half an hour, depending on traffic conditions.
Directions from Chambery
From Chambery, the best route to follow is the A43 towards Lyon, and turning off onto the A48 in the vicinity of La Tour-du-Pin. Take the Rives exit and follow the signs to the airport. Chambery is about 70km from Grenoble Airport, and it will take approximately an hour to drive from this city. Travellers heading for Grenoble city from Chambery will take the A41 south.
Directions from Lyon
Although Lyon has its own airport, known as the Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport, it is sometimes necessary to drive to Grenoble Airport. The A43 is best to use from this city, and along the way, motorists will pass the areas of Grenay, La Verpillière, Vauix-Milieu and Bourgoin-Jallieu. The A43 merges with the A48, and motorists will take the Rives exit once again to Grenoble Airport.
Another road of importance for the airport is the A49, which provides access from Valence, Romans-sur-Isère and Saint-Marcellin. The A49 joins the A48 just north of Grenoble city. From Valence, the airport is about an hour’s drive. Travelling time from Annecy is one hour and fifteen minutes, from Geneva one hour and forty minutes, from Bourg-en-Bresse one hour and forty-five minutes and from Avignon approximately an hour and fifty-five minutes. From whichever area you are travelling, always leave with sufficient time to reach the airport, find parking and check-in for your departure flight. There are five hundred parking spaces available in front of the terminal building.
Passengers who would rather not drive their own vehicles to the airport can travel by bus or taxi. Buses travel from the Grenoble bus station, and from the Lyon Part Dieu railway station in schedule with the flights of the airport, and taxis are available at a higher price from all surrounding areas. There is however, no airport train station. Passengers arriving at the airport will find a single terminal building, which was built in 2002. It consists of two arrival areas, three boarding areas and 26 check-in desks. There are also many facilities available, including shops and restaurants, meeting rooms, a VIP lounge, cash machines and general information desks. The terminal building is comfortable and efficient, as it has a capacity for over a million passengers per annum, and is able to process up to 1,800 passengers an hour.
Grenoble directions in further detail are available online, at https://maps.google.com, or the airport can be contacted at +33 4 76 65 48 48.