Objectives Chondrosarcomas are malignant bone tumors considered as resistant to radiotherapy. To unravel mechanisms of resistance, we compared biological responses of several chondrosarcomas to X-ray irradiations in normoxia and hypoxia. Since hadrontherapy with Carbon-ions gave interesting clinical outcomes, we also investigated this treatment in vitro . Methods Five human chondrosarcoma cell lines were used and cultured in normoxia or hypoxia. Their sensitivities to irradiations were determined by carrying out survival curves. DNA damage was monitored by γH2AX expression. Apoptosis was assessed by cell cycle analysis and Apo2.7 expression, and by evaluating PARP cleavage. Senescence was evaluated using SA β-galactosidase assay. Necrosis, and autophagy, were evaluated by RIP1 and beclin-1 expression, respectively. Mutations in relevant biological pathways were screened by whole-exome sequencing. Results X-ray radiations induced death in some chondrosarcomas by both apoptosis and senescence (CH2879), or by either of them (SW1353 and JJ012), whereas no death was observed in other cell lines (FS090 and 105KC). Molecularly, p21 was overexpressed when senescence was elicited. Genetic analysis allowed to identify putative genes (such as TBX3, CDK2A, HMGA2) permitting to predict cell response to irradiations. Unexpectedly, chronic hypoxia did not favor radioresistance in chondrosarcomas, and even increased the radiosensitivity of JJ012 line. Finally, we show that carbon ions triggered more DNA damages and death than X-rays. Conclusions Chondrosarcomas have different response to irradiation, possibly due to their strong genetic heterogeneity. p21 expression is suggested as predictive of X-ray-induced senescence. Surprisingly, hypoxia does not increase the radioresistance of chondrosarcomas, but as expected Carbon ion beams are more effective that X-rays in normoxia, whereas their efficiency was also variable depending on cell lines.