Getting to La Grave
Have You Heard !
Yes! The alternative road R.N.91 leading from Grenoble to La Grave is open, although but with limited of traffic! No bigger vehicle then a 9 sitter van can pass the 5 km alternativ road between Lac du Chambon and La Grave. No Camping Cars or Busses are allowed. The new alternativ road will still give us access to the ski terrain of ski resort in Alp d’ Huez ski area (Auris, Vaujany) and to the village of St Christophe.
If traveling by auto route from Geneve to Grenoble, be sure to ignore any GPS directions via the Col du Galibier — this high mountain pass is closed from late November to May. Instead, follow directions to La Grave via Grenoble and contact us about the weather and road condition for R.N. 91 . If closed due to weather . . . we recommend the tunnel du Frejus via La Saint Maurienne if you are driving from UK.
Getting To La Grave: If traveling by auto route from UK or Holland, be sure to ignore any GPS directions via the Col du Galibier — this high mountain pass is closed from late November to May. Instead, follow directions to La Grave via Grenoble and contact us about the weather and road condition for R.N. 91. For you that are driving to La Grave and coming straight up from the north (Scandinavia) we suggest to avoid the motorway via Grenoble and drive through the mountain passes Mt Blanc tunnel, or Great St. Bernard Pass towards Turino, Italy. Via Col du Montgenevre, and Col du Lautaret to La Grave! If coming from direction of Germany we recommend: San Bernardino Pass via Switzerland or via Brenner Pass towards Turino, Italy. Via Col du Montgenevre, and Col du Lautaret to La Grave!
LA GRAVE is situated in the “Hautes Alpes” region of France on the Route National (RN) 91.
It is 75 km east of Grenoble in the direction of Briancon. Best way before driving into Grenoble is to take the ring road “Rocade Syd” that will give you directions to Briancon (RN) 91 and to La Grave.
From Gap : 120 Km on the RN 94 Direction Briançon then Grenoble (via the col du Lautaret)
From Grenoble take the RN91 direction Briancon and Gap. After approx. 15 km the road splits. Stay on the RN91 direction Briancon. Grenoble to LA GRAVE is 77 km and takes approx. 1 1/2 hours. Pass through LA GRAVE and on your left side you will see Hotel des Alpes “Skiers Lodge” If traveling by auto route from Geneve to Grenoble, be sure to ignore any GPS directions via the Col du Galibier — this high mountain pass is closed from late November to May. Instead, follow directions to La Grave via Grenoble.
By Rental Car:
Car rental at the Geneva, Lyon or Grenoble airport, is straight-forward, however we would strongly suggest prior booking of your vehicle — especially if you require a station wagon, minivan or any of the large multi-passenger vans that are available. In winter season, rental vehicles are equipped with snow tires. Check the trunk of your rental vehicle for tire chains prior to leaving the rental garage. If traveling by auto route from Geneve to Grenoble, be sure to ignore any GPS directions via the Col du Galibier — this high mountain pass is closed from late November to May. Instead, follow directions to La Grave via Grenoble.
Grenoble train station is serviced by the French TGV (fast train) from Paris (3 hours) and the high-speed Eurostar from London (7 hours) Geneva (1 1/2 hours). GRENOBLE TRAIN Station is frequent connections with all major French towns ; TGV link with Paris.
If you are arriving to Grenoble Bus/Train Station – Pole Multimodal. If you catch the bus Nr LEL 35 towards (Grenoble – Briancon) it passe through La Grave 4 times a day. It takes approx. 1,5 hours. www.transdev-dauphine.com. Best is to get the ticket online at least two days before or earlier if possible . . .
Via the Commercial Airports
Grenoble, France | Lyon-Saint Exupery, France | Geneva, Switzerland | Turin, Italy
Although Grenoble Airport is the nearest and the most convenient for clients! Lyon and Geneva which both have good bus (Lyon) and (Geneva) services to Grenoble Train Station. We would suggest avoiding Turin, Italy. There are no bus or train links except car rental and due to the fact that the drive from Turin to La Grave requires crossing two high passes subject to closure in snowy weather. The drive around can take more than 5 hours…
”If you are arriving to the airport at Turin, Italy”
We would suggest Turin airport due to the fact that there is no verdict about the situation about the tunnnel at lac chambon yet! Even if the drive from Turin to La Grave requires crossing one high mountain pass sometimes subject to closure in snowy weather. The state has allowed for a a bigger budget for snow removal and road maintenance to keep the col du lautaret open!
“If you are arriving to the airport at Grenoble, France”
Grenoble Airport to Barrage du Chambon – For La Grave
If you are travelling to La Grave, then you can book our bus to Les 2 Alpes and we can drop you at the Barrage du Chambon. The Barrage du Chambon is the large dam at the junction of the roads for Les 2 Alpes and La Grave (D213 / D1091) Click here to see it on google maps. There is a bus stop and a restaurant overlooking the lake. We do need to be told about this in advance (see below).
For your return to the airport, we are unfortunately unable to pick you up at the Barrage du Chambon. You will need to get up to Les Deux Alpes to board our bus at one of our bus stops as marked on your e-Ticket. The stop we would suggest would be Point Info as this is the first stop as you come into Les Deux Alpes.
Onward Travel From The Barrage du Chambon.
You can get the local taxi man, Jean, to pick you up and take you on to La Grave. His prices are very reasonable and you can contact him by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 00 33 (0)6 72 67 69 33 for a quote and to book. Alternatively you can catch the local bus. The timetable for the local buses can be found here. Once you have booked the Ben’s Bus to Les 2 Alpes online here please then contact us email@example.com to let us know you will need dropping off at the Barrage du Chambon so we can make a note of it on our transfer list.
When you meet the Bens’ Bus at Grenoble Airport, please ensure you get on the bus going to Les 2 alpes and that you remind the driver you need to get off at the Barrage du Chambon. If you change Ben’s Bus at Bourg d’Oisans (the village at the bottom of the mountain) remember to remind the new driver you need to get off at the Barrage du Chambon and that you are still on the bus going to Les 2 Alpes!
”If you are arriving to the airport at Geneve, Switzerland”
From Geneve Airport we offer bus transfer to Grenoble bus/train station. AEROCAR, your shuttle service to/from Geneva Airport ‘From bus to plane… in an instant!’ This is the service the AEROCAR shuttle offers from Geneva Airport to Grenoble via Chambéry in two hours, five times a day and 7/7 Days a Week. Corrensponse to 70% to all flights. 5 departures per day! Online booking information, the best way of getting to/from Geneva airport. www.aerocar.fr/en/
“If you are arriving to the airport Lyon, France”
Shuttle bus to/from Grenoble bus station – Pole Multimodal and Airport Lyon-Saint Exupéry. When traveling from Lyon-Saint Exupéry airport to Grenoble, tickets can be bought either from the shuttle bus counter inside the airport or directly from the driver. The bus leaves from the bus stand situated between Terminals 1 and 2, Level 1 and arrives at central bus station, next to the railway station and the tram lines A and B Pole Multimodal. The bus leaves for the airport from the central bus station (“gare routière”), which is next to Grenoble train station. www.lyonaeroports.com
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