How to reach the ESRF

By air

Grenoble is served by two airports:

  • Lyon - Saint-Exupery Airport, with an hourly or half-hourly shuttle bus to Grenoble.  We advise you to buy your tickets online from the shuttle service 'FlixBus' or 'BlaBlacar'. The closest stop to the ESRF for this shuttle is 'Grenoble - Oxford' which is a 10min walk from the campus' entrance.
  • Geneva - Cointrin Airport, with several shuttle buses per day to Grenoble bus/train station (2 hours). We advise you to buy your tickets online from the shuttle service 'Flixbus' or 'Blablacar'.

By train

Grenoble is well served by trains from France and Europe, including direct TGV from Paris (3 hours). A quick itinerary planning can be done using Trainline for international train travel.

By car

Reimbursement for travel by car is subject to the reimbursement rules for users receiving ESRF financial assistance. Go to the page Financial Assistance.

For additional information, consult the "Travel Rules" in the "ESRF User Policies and Rules"


Documentation required for site entrance

Please make sure that your site entrance authorisation has been validated by the Safety Group before arrival at the ESRF (can be checked via the User Portal in tab "Proposals/Experiments", "A Form" >> "View A Form" >> "site entrance OK"). This authorisation is mandatory to enter the site.

The EPN site is a restricted area: you will be asked to report in at the site entrance on arrival and you will need to produce a proof of identification.

The following valid (i.e. non-expired) ID documents are accepted:

  • passport
  • national ID card
  • residence permit (titre de séjour)
  • driving licence (with photo)