Grenoble is one of Europe’s capitals of winter sports, standing in a dramatic riverside location between mountain ranges. If you want to get around the city and its Alpine surroundings, it helps to have your own vehicle.
We can help by getting you into a hire car at one of our convenient pick-up locations in Grenoble. You’ll find us at the international airport, the railway station, in the industrial zone and in the city centre. And we can offer a great range of vehicles, from luxurious off-roaders to economical hatchbacks.
Opening hours:Mo-Fr 0800-1200 1400-1800, Sa 0800-1230 1430-1830, Su Closed
Address:26 rue du Beal
Opening hours:Mo-Fr 0800-1200 1230-1900, Sa 0830-1200 1230-1700, Su Closed
Address:Place de la Gare
Opening hours:Mo-Fr 0830-1230 1400-1700, Sa 0800-2100, Su 0900-1700
Effective 3 April 2017: Mo-Fr 0830-1230 1400-1700, Sa-Su Closed
Address:De St Geoir
Opening hours:Mo-Fr 0800-1200 1400-1830, Sa-Su closed.
Address:26 rue du Beal, Z.I. du Sud
With a wide range of travellers passing through our locations every day, we've got a wide range of vehicles on offer to suit your needs - from smart executive saloons to compact family hatchbacks. ***
***Specific cars may not be available when booking
The snowy peaks looming over the city hint at its role as one of the centres of Alpine sport. Grenoble is also a major regional centre for commerce, shopping, culture and entertainment.
Grenoble stands on a flat plain where the rivers Isere and Drac meet. The weather in the city is surprisingly mild due to its low altitude, and the shelter provided by mountains in all directions.
There are around 20 ski resorts within a short drive, while you can often see the peak of Mont Blanc in the distance.
At the heart of Grenoble is the Vieille Ville, the historic centre with cobbled streets and ancient squares. Drive around the rest of the city and you’ll find lots of green parks and gardens that have replaced many old industrial sites. The best are the rose gardens of the Jardin du Ville, and the Jardin des Dauphins, where you’ll find bananas and pomegranates growing outdoors.
The broad curved façade of the Grenoble Museum is the gateway to an impressive collection of art. It’s a good place to while away a few hours browsing galleries that cover the whole history of western painting, from the early Renaissance right up to modern art. Star attractions include Rubens’ ‘Pope St Gregory’, Modigliani’s ‘Woman with White Collar’, and Chagall’s ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’.
Grenoble has so many different museums that the interests of almost every visitor are sure to be covered. They include collections dedicated to medical science, natural history, contemporary art, archaeology, industry, local history, mountain warfare and the French Resistance.
A few minutes’ drive from Grenoble, the magnificent chateau of Vizille is a turreted 17th-century castle overlooking its own lake and parkland. It was the unlikely spot for a meeting that began the French Revolution and now houses a museum that explores the overthrow of the monarchy and all that followed.
Less than 30 minutes from the city you can be in the protected countryside of the Regional Natural Park of Chartreuse. The roads may be narrow and winding but the views are wide and enthralling. In the summer these Alpine foothills are perfect for hiking; in the winter they’re great for skiing.
Head southwest from Grenoble and you’ll soon be in the Vercors Natural Park. It’s even more rugged than Chartreuse, with rocky gorges, deep forests and mountain views. In the winter there are busy ski resorts and inspiring cross-country trails here.
Please note that from 15 Nov to 15 Apr many cities are required by law to restrict the circulation to only vehicles equipped with snow chains or winter tyres. For a summary of the orders, please visit www.poliziadistato.it. To comply with the regulations, in specific locations subject to this requirement, vehicles are equipped with snow chains - the price is included in the rental charges through the cost of "Winterization Fee". At pick-up if you decide to bring your own snow chains or do not intend on driving on the roads subject to this requirement, you may decline the equipment by signing the appropriate release form. This change will be reflected in the rental charges. For more information on the fees, please click here. In all other regions, we recommend that you check before renting if your journey includes one of the roads subject to this requirement and therefore request the snow chains, if necessary.