The ESRF/ILL/EMBL/IBS site can be easily reached by car using the motorway connections.
When coming from Geneva, Chambery or Turin on the A41 motorway, take the "Rocade Sud/N87" ( the ringroad) direction "Lyon", which takes you onto the A480. Take the A480 direction "Lyon".
When coming from Lyon or Valence, stay on the A48 when approaching Grenoble, following signs for "Grenoble Bastille-Gares-Europole". Leave the A48 at exit N°16 ("Polygone Scientifique") and cross the suspension bridge over the Isère. At the end of the bridge filter right and turn right, heading north along the Rue des Martyrs. The entrance to the site is on the left after a few hundred metres.
Lyon International Airport, Saint Exupery Airport, is the most convenient airport to reach Grenoble. For more information, visit the Lyon Saint Exupery website (or phone +33 (0)4 72225000). Lyon Saint Exupery Airport is a one-hour drive from Grenoble and regular shuttle buses ('Navette Aéroport') operate to and from Grenoble bus station (‘Gare Routière’), which is next to Grenoble railway station. The shuttle bus is operated by "Faure Vercors". Buses run hourly, seven days a week (timetable).*
The 'Satobus' shuttle will stop near the ESRF/ILL/EMBL site on request, so that you do not have to go as far as the bus station. Ask for the bus stop called 'Place de la Resistance' marked 'Satobus' situated at the roundabout by the 'Pont d'Oxford' (suspension bridge) motorway exit (this is also the stop for local buses n°30 and n°715). You must tell the bus driver when boarding at the airport that you want to be dropped off at "Place de la Resistance". Otherwise, despite it being an official stop, the driver may not stop! You are less than 10 minutes walk from the EPN Campus.
On your way back to the airport, be sure to use the bus stop near the roundabout on the 'Pont d'Oxford' side of the road from where you got off and not the bus stop in front of the CNRS entrance also called 'Place de la Resistance' (see map).
* Early morning buses from Grenoble (from 4 am) and late night buses from Lyon airport (last departure is 0.30 a.m) are available with prior reservation (72 hours in advance).
* Extra buses are scheduled during peak periods (every 30 minutes) is demand is sufficient.
Geneva International Airport is a two-hour drive from the EPN campus. Bus and train connections to Grenoble exist but are not very frequent. Visit Geneva International Airport website for more details (or phone +41 22 7177111).
A shuttle bus service runs between Geneva International Airport and Grenoble coach station: http://www.aerocar.fr/. Buses run 5 times a day (timetable and prices). Reservation is recommended (online or by phone: +33 (0)974 500 750, or at coach station).
There is also a regional airport at St Geoirs (Grenoble Isère Airport, 30-40 minutes from Grenoble) that offers one flight a day to/from London's Stansted airport during the winter period (EasyJet). There is a bus from Grenoble St. Geoirs Airport to Grenoble bus station that is timed with flight arrivals. The return bus from Grenoble leaves approximately 2h30 before the departure of each flight. This information is subject to change, please check the Grenoble Isère Airport website for precise times.
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There are very good train connections from Lyon (1h20-2h) and Paris by TGV, the direct, high-speed train (3h).
Please note that seat reservations on the TGV are obligatory and should be made when you buy your ticket.
There are also train connections with Geneva, Chambery, Turin, Valence, Marseilles, Barcelona, etc. Visit the SNCF website for more details (or phone +33 (0)8 36676869).
Important changes from 1 September 2014 (see below).
Bus connections from Grenoble railway station to the "POLYGONE SCIENTIFIQUE".
At the beginning of September 2014, the Tram B extension will come into service. From the current terminus "Cité Internationale", the extension of the B line will connect the station area with the Résistance roundabout (near the ILL) via the Rue des Martyrs. Two new stops, CEA and Résistance will be created. Once the B line extension is operational, the n° 34 bus service between the city centre and the Polygône Scientifique will be cancelled.
71 avenue des Martyrs