Hiring a car in Grenoble is the best way to explore everything that this charming city has to offer. It provides a great amount of flexibility and convenience to your holiday as you are not having to stick to rigid bus schedules or having to wait for an expensive taxi to get you home after a long day out exploring the city. This time-saving element is also important for getting everything checked off your itinerary as opposed to other ways of getting around. Car hire is also low-cost compared to public transport and taxi fares which can really eat away at your holiday budget, especially if you are staying for an extended period of time.
Information on places to visit in Grenoble with a hire car
Due to its very enviable geographical location, Grenoble is the outdoor lover's paradise. A wide range of walks will lead you to the region’s lakes, forests and mountain pastures with spectacular panoramic views. The walks are dotted all around Grenoble so hiring a car is the best way to pick and choose which ones you want to do. Winter ski resorts are also less than an hour’s drive away so if you are visiting at the right time of year, you can combine your city break with a couple of days skiing or vice versa. Within Grenoble itself, one of the main attractions that should be towards the top of your list is the Musée de Grenoble. It is one of France’s premier art museums and features a whopping 1500 pieces in its collection. It focuses on European culture from the 1200s to the modern day and features paintings by French, Spanish, Dutch, Flemish and Italian masters from the 17th century. The Grenoble cable car is one of the prominent features of the city and will carry you all of the way up (and back down) to the Bastille: the name of both the fortress and rocky hill that dominate the city from the north. The views from the top across the city and the river are superb.
Car Hire Tips in Grenoble
- Booking in advance is always the best way to find the cheapest vehicle hire deal. We recommend booking online rather than waiting to arrive at the car hire desk.
- If you are staying in the centre of Grenoble, then a hire car may not be necessary as all of the main attractions are within walking distance. However, there is far more to do and see in the surrounding region that we highly recommend having a car for.
- The best place to hire a car is from Grenoble’s airport. Here you will find a number of cheap hire car companies to choose from including Thrifty, Dollar, Budget and others.
- Make sure to check the car’s condition and report any visible damages in order to avoid being charged unnecessarily.