Bourgoin-Jallieu

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Introduction

Bourgoin-Jallieu, strategically located in the heart of the Rhône-Alpes regions, is a commune in the Isère department of of southeastern France. Located in the arrondissment of La Tour-du-Pin, the city has approximately 25,000 inhabitants and sports has become a trademark of this energetic and vibrant town. Their Rugby team finds place in the top 10 teams of France and the city has over 10,000 certified atheletes(nearly half the population).

Bourgoin-Jallieu is full of medieval building, most of which have been restored and recycled to meet modern needs. The chateau of Bourgoin and the place where Augustin monks once lived have been converted into apartments where anyone can live now.

For more information about the town and its surroundings, refer to the official Bourgoin-Jallieu website (French only).

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Weather

Bourgoin-Jallieu like much of the region has warm, dry and sunny summers from June to September. Temperatures average around 25 to 28 degrees Celcius on most days though sometimes it can be much hotter. Nights are pleasantly warm. Sometimes heavy rainshowers and thunderstorms occur during which temperatures can drop significantly below 20 degrees. Winters last from December to March with temperatures during the day above zero but with some frost and snow possible as well, especially at night.

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Getting There

By Plane

The closest international airport with connections to major towns worldwide is at Lyon in France. Lyon Saint Exupéry (LYS) can be reached from the town by 20 minutes drive.
Destinations include Algiers and Tunis in Northern Africa as well as a significant number of lowcost flights throughout Europe, for example with Aer Lingus to Dublin and BMI to Manchester.

A wider choice of lowcost airlines is offered by taking the Grenoble Isere Airport (GNB). For example Ryanair has flights to and from Dublin and London while Easyjet and BMI fly to a number of UK cities as well. Transavia and Wizzair fly from Rotterdam and Warsaw in the winterseason as well.

By Train

Trains connect Lyon with Bourgoin-Jallieu. Check the French Railways website for more information about schedules and prices.

By Car

Bourgoin-Jallieu can easily be reached by taking the main highway A43 from Lyon towards Chambery. The A48 continues south towards Grenoble.

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Sleep

There are quite a few options to sleep in or near town:

  • Hotel Kyriad Lyon Est
  • Hotel des Dauphins
  • Hotel Restaurant Minestret
  • Domaine des Sequoias
  • Hotel de Launay

View our map of accommodation in Bourgoin-Jallieu

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Keep Connected

Internet

France is one of the best connected countries in the world, with data speed for upload/download ranked among the top 5 in the world. Most hotels and hostels would have in-house facilities to provide free internet access. Many major cities also have initiatives put in place to provide free wi-fi connection in public spaces. Alternatively there are internet cafés available in most cities/towns at a reasonable rate. Some private businesses, such as local cafés (or even the Starbuck's chain), may also provide wi-fi connectivity - keep an eye out for the signs by the shop windows/doors. Also look for the @ symbol prominently displayed, which indicates internet availability. However, with most homes now wired for the internet, cyber cafés are increasingly hard to find, especially outside the major cities.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

To dial an international number from France, the IDD is 00, followed by the country code that you wish to dial, the area code and the phone number.
To call France from abroad, start with the international direct dialing (IDD) code from the country you're in, followed by French country code 33, the area code (drop the first zero in front of the area code), and the phone number. French telephone numbers are rarely given without the area code. The telephone number, including the area code, is made up of 10 digits. They are written in a set of 5 pairs of digits (i.e. 01 xx xx xx xx xx).
In France, the area code designations are: 01 - Paris Area ("Région Ile-de-France"), 02 - northwest, 03 - northeast, 04 - southeast, 05 - southwest, 06 - mobile phone providers. From 2010 onwards, 07 will also be assigned to mobile phone providers in order to cater for the surging demands for mobile phones.

Emergency numbers are 15 (medical aid), 17 (police station) and 18 (fire/rescue). You can also use the European emergency number 112 (perhaps a better choice if you don't speak French). These calls are free and accessible from virtually any phone, including locked cellphones.

France uses the GSM standard of cellular phones (900 MHz and 1800 MHz bands) used in most of the world outside of the U.S. There are several companies (Orange, SFR, Free, Bouygues Télécom and some others MVNOs like Virgin Mobile) offering wireless service. The country is almost totally covered but you may have difficulties using your mobile phone in rural or mountainous areas. If you stay for some time, it may be advisable to buy a pre-paid cell phone card that you can use in any phone that supports the GSM standard on the 900/1800 MHz bands. Then incoming calls and SMSes are free.

Post

La Poste in France is also referred to as the PTT (short for postes, télégraphes et téléphones). The mailboxes are painted bright yellow and often there is a slot for local city mail and another slot for "outside mail". Normally there is a queue in the post office, but most of the post offices have the self service machine installed which is quite easy to operate. Nowadays many of the tabac and even some of the souvenir shops also sell postage stamps. Normally an overseas postcard costs almost as much as sending a letter. Mails sent in France also have a zip code. The first two numbers represent the administrative department (e.g. in Paris' case that would be 75).

Post offices are generally open from 8:00am to 7:00pm Monday through Friday, and 8:00am to noon on Saturdays. Apart from the basic job of mailing letters, most of the post offices do some banking activities also and some even have photocopy machines and cyber cafes for internet access.

For international package services, you might also check options with companies like DHL, UPS or TNT, which have competitive services and prices and might be faster in most cases.

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 45.585934
  • Longitude: 5.276808

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