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Arranging your car hire online before the actual trip is a sound idea for a handful of reasons

- The fully inclusive price will not be increased
- The full online booking is done in the comfort of your own home rather than at your destination where you are likely to be surrounded by a hassled partner and a selection of unruly children
- It guarantees that you get the model of car that you require
- It's quicker at the car hire desk (although you wouldn't believe that if you've been part of the endless queues at Alamo in Miami)

Start planning your holiday in St Etienne by booking car rental using two of Europe's leading car hire suppliers. We offer online bookings providing cheap car hire at St Etienne airport. Both of our car hire suppliers have dedicated telephone support specialists on hand for any extra questions that might occur before or after renting your car.

Clicking on the link below will allow you to obtain car hire quotes from our partners for cheap St Etienne airport car hire. The airport is 15 km from the city of St Etienne.

The capital city of the delicious Loire, St-Etienne benefits from a vast glossary of features and attractions that make up the Rhone-Alpes region. The once bicycle manufacturing capital is situated on the Massif Central trunk road between Toulouse and Lyon.

A mere 60 kilometres from Lyon, St-Etienne is situated in the heart of the manufacturing south. The Loire Sud has the second highest concentration of small to medium sized businesses and is home to a majority of industries including textiles, medical, optical and agricultural food companies. Traditionally, St-Etienne was known for its involvement in the arms industry (as early as the sixteenth century) and during the French Revolution renamed �Armeville�. In years to follow, coal mining took over as a large employer of the citizens of St-Etienne as well as bicycle manufacturing. Today bicycle manufacturing conitues to a lesser degree.

Aside from all the considerable manufacturing effort that takes place here, St-Etienne is surrounded by the beautiful countryside of the Loire which offers an ample supply of sporting opportunities as well as its special cultural gems.

St Etienne�s 14th century castle, Bastie d�Urfe has a generous supply of interesting features. Don�t miss out on the cave basement which is punctuated by stalactites. Other features include paintings from the Fontainebleu School and Aubosson tapestries.

For a tempting display of cafes, fountains and historic sights, head over to the Jaune Jaures Square. While here look out for the stunning 19th century summerhouse an occasional music venue as well as the 20th century unfinished St Charles Cathedral.

The neo-classical Town Hall square, the life and soul of the commercial sector of St Etienne is where to visit for stylish shopping and elegant surroundings. By contrast the fifteenth century Place du Peuple is atmospheric and vibrant, lined with cafes and souvenir purchasing spots. This square has throughout its existence been the place to get together with friends and business acquaintances and continues to be such.

For the best views of St Etienne, why not climb the 2,953 foot Guizay Hill? Aside from the incredible views, at the top you can enjoy a game of golf or a strenuous walk.

If you enjoy a museum, you will be spoilt for choice when in St Etienne. The Memorial de la Resistance Museum offers wartime memories of the second world war, while the Museum of Coal Mining educates all visitors on the importance of mining in the region.

The Museum of Old St Etienne provides a trip back in time with an impressive range of artefacts amid a seventeenth century building. The Allard Museum is a rare find because of its grandiose surroundings (built in the style of Versailles) and because of its doll and model train exhibitions. Unmissable if decorative toys mesmerise.

Possibly one of St Etienne�s most popular attractions is that of the Museum of Modern Art. Attracting in excess of one hundred thousand visitors a year, the MOMA offers a delicious array of twentieth century art by a wide spectrum of artists that include Warhol and Picasso.

Massif Central

The remote and mountainous Massif Central region is situated towards the south and are overshadowed by the Alps. With its spas and reputation for replenishment, this is one of France�s best kept secrets!

Separated from the Alps by the Rhone, these vertiginous territories consist of mountains, plateaus and thankfully, a volcanicity that is dormant. This is where the cities of Limoges, Vichy and Clermont-Ferrand are situated.

St Etienne Airport

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St Etienne Airport is approximately 15 kilometres from the centre of town.

If travelling by road from Givors, take the N488 ramp in the direction of Clermont Saint-Etienne Centre direction then the Clermont Ferrand turning and then exit via junction 9 for Aeroport de Boutheon.

If travelling from Lyons, take the A48 toward Marseille-St Etienne exiting at Givors.

When travelling from Grenoble, take the A48 toward Lyon followed by the A43 exiting at Junction 5 (Isle d�Abeau-Chesne). Head toward Saint-Priest on the A43 and keep going until Givors.

There is a Ryanair shuttle service to and from the airport to Lyon Part-Dieu Station costing 20 euros for a one way fare.

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