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About Bordeaux

Bordeaux is a historic city in southwestern France located along the Garonne River, which flows into the Atlantic Ocean. The city is famous for its wine, vineyards, and historic harbor. In fact, the historic part of the city is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Bordeaux and its surroundings are ideal for wine tasting tours. Located in the Aquitaine region of France, it has a population of 250 thousand. In addition to winemaking, another important source of livelihood comes from shipbuilding; shipbuilding is an important industry. Since it is a port city, Bordeaux is an important trade city in France. It is a flat city, so exploring it by bike is very enjoyable. There are a large number of bike paths. The city offers a rich variety of restaurants and cafes that create famous French dishes. In general, it is a city that is easy and comfortable to live in and visit. 

Transportation to Bordeaux City Center from Airport


Bordeaux Saint Jean Airport

Bordeaux is a port city famous for its world famous wines obtained from countless vineyards scattered around the small city center and from the fine grapes of these vineyards. The region of the city, located in the south-west of France, is the busiest area for ship trade.

Bordeaux University, which has a very large campus and more than 70 thousand students, is not only one of the biggest universities in France but also the whole of Europe. With its wines, port, educational life and the historic city center, Bordeaux is an interesting place. The most beautiful and practical way of exploring the city center of this beautiful port city is to walk. You can walk around Bordeaux, which is quite small and flat geographically.

Although the city center is small, those who want to see the vineyards surrounding the city, to become guests and to taste the delicious wines, are generally looking to rent a car. However, there are many tour companies that you can see in the city center or your hotel can recommend you, which organize tours to the vineyards. Cycling trips are another enjoyable way of exploring this city. The city has a highly developed bicycle rental system and special bicycle routes.

You can rent your bicycle from 50 different points in the city thanks to self-service bicycle stations established by a private company. There is a kiosk machine on the stations and payments are made by credit card. Moreover, you can rent your bicycle for a few days as well as for a few hours at a very reasonable price. You can then end the rental period by delivering the bicycle to any of these 50 stations.

This transportation method is very popular and convenient thanks to the roads reserved for bicycles in the city which is a fairly flat land. You can also visit Bordeaux with skateboards easily thanks to the flat roads. A lot of people from the local community, both young and old, are using skateboards in their daily lives. You can take your skateboard with you, or take a skateboard from Bordeaux as a souvenir and explore the city in a fun way.

Bordeaux public transport is operated by a company called BTC. Tram and bus lines are public transport networks that you can use within the city.

You can buy your ticket by cash or credit card at the bus and tram stops, as well as from the driver when you arrive at the bus stop. You must validate your ticket on the machines in the buses and trams. Trams are available between 05:00 and 00:30 and there are 3 lines in total. Bordeaux generally has a highly developed transportation system. There are also numerous and very convenient transportation alternatives for transport from the airport to the city center.

The airport, 12 kilometers from the city center, is accessible in 30 to 50 minutes.


At the airport you can get your ticket with cash or credit card at the ticket office located in the hall B. You can easily get to the city center in about 50 minutes by taking the number 1 bus line departing from just in front of the airport departure. This bus also stops at the train station in the city center.


You can save up to 20 minutes with Jet'Bus, which offers express shuttle service, by paying a little more compared to the bus ticket.

The journey with Jet'Bus takes 30 minutes and leaves its passengers at the train station in the city center. For adults the price of the ticket is 7.20 euro, while the discount ticket is 6.20 euro. If you are going to use this transportation tool, you can buy a return ticket. In this case you need to pay 12.30 euro for adults and 10.30 euro for discounted tickets. Jet'Bus departs from airport, in front of exit 11, and serves between 08:00 and 23:00.

Private Transfer Shuttle

With the city center transfer shuttle offered by 14 different private companies located at the airport, you can experience a very comfortable transportation with vehicles of different sizes.


There are 9 different taxi companies at the airport. Transportation to the city center costs 16 euro on average. There might be an extra charge per a piece of baggage.

Car Rental

By agreeing with one of the many car rental companies located at the airport, you can reach the city center comfortably. Bordeaux city center is small and suitable for walking or biking, but for those who want to visit vineyards and wine houses scattered around the vast area, car rental is a very popular alternative.

Hotel Shuttle

If you want to be picked up in front of the baggage claim area and arrive at your hotel door smoothly, you can ask for a shuttle service from your hotel. For this convenient transportation option, you should inform your hotel in advance, negotiate the price and make a reservation.

Hello Shuttle

If you want to experience the ease and convenience of the airport service provided by hotels, but your hotel does not provide this service, you can benefit from the Hello Shuttle which provides a door-to-door service. These shuttle services are organized upon your needs and you only get the service when you want to take advantage of it.

Motorcycle Taxi

This transportation service, which is not yet spread throughout the world, is a privilege of Bordeaux Airport. You will be impressed by this service whether you are a motorcycle enthusiast or you just who wants to experience this without a big baggage, which would start at € 29.

You can easily and quickly reach the city center with touring style motorcycles, which have a very impressive look and are extremely comfortable. Equipment is provided by motorcycle taxi firm.

Merignac Airport

There are a great variety of transportation alternatives for passengers travelling to the city center from the Merignac Airport. Taxis and shuttle buses are preferred by many passengers while buses are used by passengers who want to go the city center by public transportation vehicles. Passengers can hire private vehicles for the handicapped as well as normal automobiles from any car rental company. Motorcycles, which have a special place in Bordeaux city culture, are also among the transportation alternatives to the city center.


At Merignac Airport, taxis belonging to Aero, Alliance, Allo Bordeaux, Aquitaine, Girondins and Tele companies are waiting for passengers 24/7. In Bordeaux, taxi passengers are requested to pay for the bridge or highway fees. You may also have to pay more in the morning and evening hours because the taximeters apply extra charges when waiting during lights and traffic jams.


Buses offering service on Line 1, which you can access from the bus stops located in front of the terminal building, carry passengers to the city center from 04:55 am to 01:25 am. You should follow the Palais de Justice stop to get off at the city center with the buses you can get on by buying ticket from ticket-windows and automats in the terminal. The buses, which offer service every half an hour in the morning and evening hours, have services every 15 minutes during the rest of the time. In addition, passengers getting off at the last stop, Victoire, can go to different parts of the city by train.

Shuttle Bus

The shuttle buses, which offer a faster transportation than the municipality buses, also departs from the terminal building. The travel to the train station in the city center with the buses belonging to Navette Shuttle does not exceed half an hour. The shuttle buses, which offer service during the entire week, depart every day from 08:45 am to 20:40 pm every half an hour. Shuttle buses, which have fewer services on weekends, start offering service at 08:45 am on Saturdays and 09:45 am on Sundays. Shuttle buses don’t run after 18:55 pm on weekends. You have to make payment in cash if you want to use these buses.


Passengers who don’t have large baggage and don’t want to get lost in the crowded Bordeaux traffic can opt for chauffeur driven motorcycles as an alternative means of transportation. Passenger can get in contact with Tramoto, Trans'moto Cub and Moto Transport Arcachon throught the internet or by calling 24 hours in advance and rent a motorcycle with a licensed driver. In this way, they can get to all parts of the city in a very short time. You can get on the motorcycles rented from the motorcycle park located just on the right of the taxi stops.

Private Service

The vehicles that are specially designed for the handicapped having limited transportation alternatives are very convenient for them to reach the city center from the airport. Ages D'or, Alipes, Mobibus, Munier, Transadapt, Transmobils and Chti rental companies are accepting reservations online or by phone. The handicapped can rent a private car from these companies and go to the city center in a short time.

Car Rental

Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Firefly, Goldcar, Interrent, Sixt and Hertz offering service for 24 hours in the offices located downstairs of the terminal building welcome passengers who want to rent a car for a comfortable transportation to the city center.

Weather in Bordeaux

DayMin - Max
FridayMin 19ºC - Max 32ºC
SaturdayMin 18ºC - Max 26ºC
SundayMin 16ºC - Max 22ºC
MondayMin 14ºC - Max 26ºC
TuesdayMin 16ºC - Max 29ºC

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