Getting there & away
Citram Aquitaine runs most buses to destinations in the Gironde and has an information kiosk (05 56 43 68 43; 1-8pm Mon-Fri, 9am-1.30pm & 5-8pm Sat) at esplanade des Quinconces.
Eurolines (05 56 92 50 42; 32 rue Charles Domercq; 7am-7.30pm Mon-Fri, 9am-7pm Sat) faces the train station.
Rental companies have offices in the train station building, to the far left as you exit.
Bordeaux is one of France’s major rail transit points. The station, Gare St-Jean, is about 3km from the city centre at the southern terminus of cours de la Marne.
Destinations include Paris’ Gare Montparnasse (€63.70, three hours, at least 16 daily), Bayonne (€25.70, 1¾ hours), Nantes (€39.60, four hours), Poitiers (€30.30, 1¾ hours), La Rochelle (€23.80, two hours) and Toulouse (€31.60, 2¼ hours).
Bordeaux airport (05 56 34 50 50; www.bordeaux.aeroport.fr) is in Mérignac, 10km west of the city centre, with domestic and some international services. A taxi from the airport into town costs about €20.