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Having studied the Tour de France stage schedule a bit further I now think that the stage ending at Alpe d'Huez on July 18th may be easier to get to then the one ending at Mont Ventoux.

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It still may be necessary to rent a car I guess. But I read up on getting there at Wikitravel and there is a ski lift from Oz-en-Oisans that is sort of the recommended place to park your car. Is it possible to get from Grenoble (or any other city accessible by train) to Oz-En-Oisans with public transportation?

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You can go by bus from Grenoble to the Alpe d'Huez. On the 18th of July 2013 you can leave Grenoble at 6:55, 10:27 or 13:00. You will arrive at the Alpe d'Huez at 9:13, 12:43 or 14:43. On that day there is no bus leaving between 13:00 and 18:55, for obvious reasons ... Schedules can be consulted here. The site is in French only. Let me know if you need help with it.

If you are using public transport from Grenoble, there is no need to travel via Oz-En-Oisans. Time- and budgetwise it is a bad deal.

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sweet - will the buses be crowded this particular day? – froderik Apr 29 '13 at 10:10
Yesssssssssssss – André Peseur Apr 29 '13 at 13:53
maybe the early one is the best bet then - probably not bad to stroll around in the surroundings of Alpe d'Huez for a couple of hours before the race! – froderik Apr 29 '13 at 17:47
Definitely. And you have better chances to find a decent spot to watch the race. – André Peseur Apr 29 '13 at 17:54
If you want to see the race you have to be early in order to claim a good spot. Many people will come a day early and just camp along the route. – Krist van Besien Apr 30 '13 at 9:50

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