"Alpe d?Huez" France Transportation Tip by wandering360
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One of the favorite Tour de France mountain top finishes is the ski resort of Alpe d'Huez.
The nearest town is Bourg d?Oisans which sits at the foot of Alpe d?Huez. Both towns can be reached by Transisère buses from Grenoble. (Note that buses first stop at the main VFD bus station at Boug d?Oisans before stopping at the Tourist Office or before going up Alpe d?Huez.)
The legendary 21 hairpins / switchbacks of Alpe d?Huez are numbered from the top ? starting just below the main commercial area where the Tourist Information Office is. The finish, however, is further up ? just below the cable car station.
If you are taking the bus up, you can stop at VFD bus station to reach the Tourist Office or a bit further up at Les Bergers which you can recognize by the huge parking lot. (I mention these two stops since they are easily recognizable.) Both stops have restaurants and other shops. There is a grocery store at Les Bergers and they may set up an additional big screen TV in the parking lot there. If you need fresh water, check to see if they have attached taps to the fire hydrants there.
On the day of the race, the roads will likely be closed all day. So your options are:
- go up the day before,
- walk up the lower slopes,
- take a cable car (if available).
If you wish to try to take the cable car, ask at the Tourist Information Offices at Grenoble, Bourg d?Oisans or Alpe d?Huez. (Note that the TI in Grenoble is several blocks from the train station. There is only a train information office at the station but perhaps you can get some information at the bus station outside.) Check out www.alpedhuez.com. You may also look for posters at bus stops in nearby towns. Look for the word ?assistez? which is French for "attend".
The cable car station nearest to Bourg d?Oisans is Station de l?Omet near the town of Oz-en-Oisans and Lac du Verney. Check the Tour de France information sheets available at the TI or hotels/campgrounds. You can drive to the parking lot or ask the office of one of the bus stations whether there are any special buses.
(In 2011, the all-inclusive return fare was 19? from Bourg d?Oisans? but only the bus station knew much about the bus. From Grenoble, it was 23?. Other cable stations include Vaujany and Auris en Oisan.)
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