Euros 2016 - Saint-Etienne Travel Guide

After two long years, the Euros 2016 is almost upon us! To celebrate the long-awaited event, we have put together this city guide to help you during your time in Saint-Etienne. From suggestions for where to grab some lunch, to insider tips on where to park your car, we’ve done the hard work so you can focus on the football. 

Saint-Etienne City Map - Euros 2016 Guide

Watching the Games

  • The Stadium: With 42,000 seats the Stade Geoffrey-Guichard stands just 2km north of the city centre. It is arguably the most modern and ecologically friendly venue in the tournament, with the electricity sourced from solar panels and recycled cooking oils!
  • Public Viewings: The Fan Zone in Saint-Etienne will welcome supporters of every nationality and is located in the François Mitterrand Park, which is less than a mile from the city centre. It promises to have a large public screen which will broadcast all of the matches and various entertainments as well as having food villages.
  • Sports/ International Bars: The city’s Café St Jacques is the resident favourite for watching sports, so although it gets incredibly busy at match times it has a great bustling atmosphere. Time Well Wasted is a slightly smaller option, with one giant screen and another smaller one to serve this medium-sized space with tables and stools at the bar. If you’re still looking for somewhere, head to the Rue des Martyrs de Vingré which is full of bars and a very football-friendly area. 
Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in Saint Etienne

Euros Match Fixtures in Saint-Etienne

The teams playing in Saint-Etienne are listed here in local time (GMT +1)

 

14th June - 21.00:

 

Portugal

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Iceland

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17th June - 18.00:

 

Czech Republic

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Croatia

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20th June - 21.00:

 

Slovakia

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England

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25th June - 15.00:

 

 

RA

 

 

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RC

Support England in Saint-Etienne

    • Where England are Staying: The England players are based in Chantilly, a town just North of Paris, for most of the Euro 2016 at the Auberge de Jeu de Parme hotel. We hear they are trying to stay in quieter towns after the noise problems in Krakow back in 2012!
    • Where they are Training: While staying in Chantilly, the team will be training at the nearby Chantilly FC. They are making a few improvements to the pitch before arrival and are apparently confident of their performance on the surface, with a good track record there.
    • Team Stats: England have got a reasonable chance with the draw this year and many fans are confident of a win approaching the Slovakia game. The record looks to stand in England’s favour with them winning all three of the games played between the two countries, but let’s not forget the shock 2-1 defeat the Slovaks inflicted on Spain in Zilina during qualifying. As the last game scheduled at this point, it will be an important moment for Roy Hodgson’s youthful team, whose previous test against Wales is hotly anticipated.  

      Things to See in Saint-Etienne

      • The Saint-Etienne Mining Museum: A huge part of Saint-Etienne’s history is based in mining, and this great museum gives you the chance to fully explore it. Whether you choose to read through the displays or not, the visit is worth it just to take a tour deep at the bottom of the mine shaft which closed in 1973. Not advised for those with an aversion to tight spaces though! 
      • Cruise Down the Loire River: From Saint-Etienne take a scenic drive just 8 miles west to the town Saint-Victor-sur-Loire where you can board a boat that will then take you on a relaxing cruise down the Loire river. Take in the sights and get some much needed rest. 
      • Hot Air Balloon Ride: For the truly adventurous traveller, don’t miss the opportunity to take to the skies in a hot air balloon and witness the world from above. Just under an hours drive away in Annonay, you could see so much more of the Rhone-Alps region and take your trip to the next level with this amazing experience. 
      Saint-Etienne City Centre
      Saint Etienne Food - Euros 2016 Guide

      Saint-Etienne Food & Culture

        • Local Delicacies:  If you’re looking for a quick and easy café to grab something to eat then try the Places Jean Jaurés, a bustling square in the centre of town full of decent eateries and with attractive fountains and a church to complete the quaint scene. For a real taste of the local area, try to get hold of some Fourme de Montbrison cheese and the ‘rosette’ salami to make a great sandwich before the game!
        • Embrace the Culture: It was at the heart of the industrial revolution in France, but Saint Etienne has refocused for a 21st century audience and made a name for itself as a hub for art and design. It is also renowned for being populated by football fanatics, with the local team ‘Les Verts’ having won the Ligue 1 title a record ten times.  

          Driving in Saint-Etienne

          Driving in Saint-Etienne

          Your car hire in Saint Etienne will afford you the freedom to explore and travel at will. With the Rhone valley just a short drive away, as well as the cities of Lyon and Dijon, why not make the most of your time and visit more of this great region? As one of the smaller host cities, Saint-Etienne doesn’t have such frequent public transport and the stations are likely to be congested on match days, so bear this in mind if you are planning on taking the train. Luckily with car hire you can avoid the scrum of the crowds, and drive directly to wherever you are staying. 

          Saint-Etienne Driving Tips

          Important Distances

          Parking Tips in Saint-Etienne

          Transport your Group Easily

          A great option for groups is a minibus hire in Saint Etienne. Allowing you to travel together and avoid waiting around, it keeps the costs down and is also a whole lot of fun too!  

          7 Seater, e.g:

          Ford Galaxy

           

          Ford Galaxy Minibus Hire

          8 Seater e.g:

          Mercedes-Benz V Class

           

          Mercedes-Benz V Class Hire

          9 Seater e.g:

          Vauxhall Vivaro

           

          Rent a Vauxhall Vivaro Minibus from Sixt

          Drive like a Footballer

          Inspired by the players and want to live the life of a footballer too? Now you can, with Sixt luxury car hire in Saint Etienne. We offer a range of premium vehicles from manufacturers such as Audi, BMW, and Jaguar so you can take to the roads in style.