Aéroport de Bordeaux
Aéroport de Bordeaux, also known as Bordeaux-Mérignac, is 10km west of the city centre in the suburb of Mérignac. Domestic and increasing numbers of international flights to/from many western European and North African destinations use one of three neighbouring terminals here. Low-cost airlines – including Easyjet, FlyBe and Hop! – use the very basic Billi Terminal; others use adjoining A or B.
Urban bus line 1+, operated by public-transport company TBM (www.infotbm.com), links the airport with place Gambetta, place de la Victoire and the Gare St-Jean train station in town. At the airport, buy tickets (€1.70) from the ticket dispenser next to the bus stop, in front of Terminal B, or directly from the driver. Buses run every 10 minutes or so between 6am to 11pm and the journey time is 40 minutes (longer at rush hour).
The notably pricier, not swifter 30'Direct shuttle bus (http://keolis-aquitaine.com; €8, 30 to 40 minutes, longer in rush hour) has free wi-fi onboard and also links Terminal B with Gare St-Jean. Buses depart roughly every 30 to 45 minutes between 7.40am (later at weekends) and 8.30pm. Buy tickets online or from the driver.
A taxi between the city centre and airport costs around €50.
Buses to destinations in the surrounding Gironde département are operated by Transgironde (www.transgironde.fr); most lines depart from in front of Gare St-Jean.
Eurolines, with a ticket office opposite Gare St-Jean, connects Bordeaux train station with major European cities and capitals.
Flixbus (www.flixbus.com), with bus connections to cities all over France and Europe, serves three stops in Bordeaux, including on quai de la Palatade.
Car & Motorcycle
Bordeaux is an approximate six-hour motor (610km) from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. In Bordeaux, major car-rental companies have offices at the airport and inside the train-station building.
Bordeaux is one of France's major rail-transit points, served since July 2017 by the LGV (ligne à grand vitesse) that sees high-speed TGV trains to/from Paris cruising between Bordeaux and Tours in the Loire Valley at speeds of 320km/h. This puts Bordeaux just six hours from London by Eurostar (www.eurostar.com), with a change of train in Paris.
Slower regional trains, including to/from Arcachon (€11.50, one hour) and St-Emilion (€9.50, 35 minutes), are run by TER Aquitaine (www.ter-sncf.com/aquitaine).
Bordeaux train station, Gare St-Jean, retains much of its original grandeur from 1855. A major spruce-up in 2017 saw the construction of Hall 3, a contemporary all-glass building with shops and cafes to compliment the station's other two halls.
Major services include:
Bayonne (€32, 1¾ hours, at least 10 daily)
La Rochelle (€31.50, 2¼ hours, six daily)
Nantes (from €27, five hours, three daily)
Paris Gare Montparnasse (€69, 3¼ hours, at least 16 daily)
Poitiers (from €27, 1¾ hours, at least hourly)
Toulouse (€39, 2¼ hours, hourly)