Getting Around, Bordeaux Travel, Transport and Car Rental
(Bordeaux, Gironde, Aquitaine, France)
Bordeaux's recently built tram network has boosted public transport and transformed travel in and around Bordeaux.
Combined bus, tram and navette bus tickets are on offer, from single-ride tickets to unlimited passes, which can be used in Bordeaux for up to six days.
Many visitors prefer to explore Bordeaux's tourist centre on foot, particularly as many areas are pedestrianised.
Bordeaux Merignac Airport (BOD) / Arriving by Air
Address: Cedex 40, 33700, Merignac, France
Tel: +33 5 56 34 50 50
Bordeaux has its own airport, just 12 km / 7.5 miles from the city centre, served by many major European airlines. To travel from Bordeaux Mérignac Airport into town, shuttle buses operate on a regular basis.
Taxi transport also operates to take visitors into the city centre.
Bordeaux Airport (BOD) Guide
Driving around the city itself is busy, as you'd expect of a city the size of Bordeaux. Car parking spaces can sometimes be hard to find in Bordeaux's centre, although there are a large number of underground car parks. Alternatively, visitors can use park-and-ride facilities situated adjacent to some of the tram stations on the east bank of the River Garonne.
If you're planning to travel around and explore the beautiful Bordeaux region, then it's worth considering hiring a car for at least part of your stay. Car rental is available from the railway station and from Bordeaux Mérignac Airport.
Buses and Coaches
Bordeaux has a well-organised 'navette' bus transport network, which travels regularly through the city centre. These electric buses can even operate in pedestrian areas, and so are a very practical way of travelling between Bordeaux's various attractions. Main bus stops can be found at the main railway station, at the Place Gambetta, and also at the Place de la Victoire.
Regional bus transport also operates from Bordeaux. Most of these buses terminate on the north side of the Esplanade des Quinconces, at the Bus Terminal in Allées de Chartres. Eurolines operates coach transport, which provides an inexpensive way to travel to European cities, picking up from the Rue Charles Domercq, just by Bordeaux's railway station.
Bordeaux operates a three-line tram network, with services operating between 05:00 and 01:00. Tram transport operates not just in the city centre, but also extends out into the city suburbs, making this a particularly useful way to travel around if you're staying in a hotel on the outskirts of the city. Tickets can be bought at tram stops.
The city main train station is at Gare St. Jean. Situated a short distance south of the city centre, train services travel between Bordeaux and regional destinations. A TGV service also runs between Bordeaux and major French cities. The journey from Paris
to Bordeaux takes approximately three hours.
As much of Bordeaux's centre is pedestrianised, taxis have limited use when it comes to getting you all the way to city centre destinations. It's worth noting too that taxi fares are not metered, but should be agreed in advance.