Dangers & Annoyances

Bordeaux is a fairly safe city, but you should employ common sense.

  • Avoid wandering alone at night in the Gare St-Jean, Marché des Capucins and place de la Victoire areas. None of these areas are dangerous, but they can attract shady characters and feel unsavoury after dark.
  • Avoid walking anywhere near the River Garonne when drunk or unsteady on your feet; people drown in the river every year.
  • Unless you absolutely have to, ditch the car. This is France's sixth largest city and parking, predictably, is a nightmare.
  • Watch for pickpockets at the train station, Marche des Capucins and other busy tourist areas.