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Bordeaux

Getting around

Car & motorcycle

Car

Traffic can be horrendous during peak hour (s). Parking in the city centre is hard to find and pricey. Try looking for free spaces in the side streets north of the Musée d’Art Contemporain and west of the Jardin Public.

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Bus & tram

Bus

Urban buses are run by TBC (05 57 57 88 88; www.infotbc.com in French). The company has Espace Bus information/ticket offices at the train station and place Gambetta (4 rue Georges Bonnac).

Line No 1 runs along the waterfront from the train station north to Le Croiseur Colbert and beyond. Single tickets (€1.30), sold on board, aren’t valid for transfers.

On weekends, night buses run on line S11, between place de la Victoire and the nightclub zone on quai de la Paludate.

Tram

The city’s whizz-bang tramway has three lines. Line C links the train station with esplanade des Quinconces via the riverside, a continuation north along the riverfront was in the works at press time.

Trams run every 10 minutes between 5am and 1am. Purchase a ticket (€1.30) from the machine at your tram stop and stamp it on board.

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Local transport

Taxi

To order a taxi call 05 56 99 28 41.

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Bicycle

Le 63 (05 56 51 39 41, 06 74 82 27 62; 63 cours d’Alsace et Lorraine; by appointment 24hr) rents out bicycles (€14 for eight hours).

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