Travel to Grenoble & Site access information
The European Synchrotron
The European Photon and Neutron (EPN) Campus is located in Grenoble in South East France, about 3 hours by high-speed (TGV) train from Paris, 2 hours by bus from Geneva, and 1 hour by high-speed train from Lyon.
Regular participants should make their own travel arrangements to and from Grenoble and cover their travel expenses.
How to reach Grenoble and the EPN site
Arriving by train, by plane, by car, by local public transport: click here for complete information.
Tram line 'B' :
- serves Grenoble town center, including the bus and railway station. It allows easy access (even at night) from Grenoble town center to the ESRF.
- its terminus - 'Oxford' - is situated just 350 metres from the site entrance.
Airports closest to Grenoble are :
Site Access and Badges
The site is a restricted area and you will be asked to report in at the site entrance on arrival. You will need to produce proof of identification (passport or ID card ONLY) to enter.
You will be given a site entrance badge which you must present each time you wish to enter on site.
Please wear this badge on site over the whole period of the event.
Registration will take place in the main entrance of the ESRF Central Building, on the ground floor. You will also be given a workshop badge, which you will need to access the EPN Campus restaurant.
A limited number of single rooms has been reserved at the on-site Guest House for participants from 28th to 30th September (2 nights), provided that the request for accommodation is made via the Registration Form. A small number of rooms are also available for the night of 30th September. All rooms will be allocated on a first come, first served basis:
- Participants who cannot be accommodated in the Guest House will be informed so that they can make their own bookings,
- The cost of participants' stay at the Guest House will remain at their charge,
- The price for one night per person - breakfast included - will be:
- 41,93 Euros (for a single room) + 2,49 Euros for COVID sanitary measures (per stay).
Please note that for security reasons, the Guest House is not available for accompanying persons.
Opening hours of the Guest House reception:
Monday to Friday: 7h00 - 20h00 / Weekends & public holidays: 7h00 - 12h00
If you arrive outside the opening hours you will have to ask for your room key at the site entrance.
Accommodation in Hotels
Participants who cannot be accommodated in the Guest House or who wish to stay in hotels in Grenoble town center, are expected to make their OWN BOOKINGS.
A list of hotels is available here. These are hotels with whom the ESRF is accustomed to work, conveniently located in the center of Grenoble, near bus and tram stops or near the train station. The ESRF benefits from special room rates in some of them (please mention the ESRF or CEA negotiated rates when making your booking).
Meals / Social events
Lunch on Thursday, 29th September will be held at the EPN campus restaurant. Please remember to wear your workshop badge to access the restaurant. A lunch bag will be provided on Friday, 30th September.
The workshop cocktail and dinner will take place at 'Bouillon A' restaurant, Grenoble during the evening of Thursday, 29th September. Tram tickets will be provided to travel to and from these social events.
You have created an account in the ESRF User Portal:
To connect to the ESRF WiFi (EPN Visitors) please note that:
* your login is: your e-mail address (as registered in your ESRF user account)
* your password is: the one used to access your User Account in lower case.
Time out - Grenoble Area Activities
Consult the Tourist Office web site for complete information on Grenoble (discover the city, activities, restaurants, hotels, practical information,...).
The TOURIST OFFICE is located at:
14, rue de la République - Grenoble
Tel.: +33 (0)4 76 42 41 41
Fax: +33 (0)4 76 00 18 98
You may also find useful information on the local French websites below:
Cinema - Timetable can be found here: www.cinema-grenoble.com
or in Le Petit Bulletin, a copy of which is usually found at the entrance to the EPN Campus restaurant. "La Nef" and "Le Club" usually show films in the original language with subtitles.
Bike hire - Bikes can be hired from Metro Vélo at Grenoble railway station. For further details, visit the Veloplus website.
Walking - SIPAVAG is an organisation which manages marked footpaths / hiking trails in the Grenoble area. You can catch a bus or tram to the start of all the marked paths.
Taxis Grenoblois - Tel: +33 (0)4 76 54 42 54 (24h/24h) - English spoken.
See also the GIANT website for further information on activities in and around Grenoble.
Shops and services
Shops, banks and postal services can be found in central Grenoble. Please note that banks are closed on Saturday afternoons, Sundays and Mondays. You will find a list of boutiques and shops in and around Grenoble on the Tourist Office website.
The average temperature in September in Grenoble is 17°C and in the day time can reach 24°C. At night the temperature can drop to 12°C . You are advised to bring warm clothing for the evenings. The forecast for Grenoble for the next 4 days is available at Accuweather.