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Getting around in Bordeaux: info, costs and advice


Capital of New Aquitaine in western France, Bordeaux is nicknamed the city of wine, since here there is a cultural exhibition dedicated to the nectar of the gods that offers a spectacular journey around the famous drink. But the city is also renowned for its architectural and cultural heritage, which make it a perfect destination to spend a weekend or a real holiday if you decide to visit the surroundings.

But what are the best ways to get around and visit the city? Here's everything you need to know about how to get around in Bordeaux: info, costs and advice!



Index

  1. Useful Tips
  2. How to get from the airport to the center of Bordeaux
  3. How to get around on foot
  4. How to get around by bicycle
  5. Con i mezzi pubblici
  6. By car
  7. User questions and comments

Useful Tips

The city has arather large urban extension and the attractions to see are not only found in the historic center. For this reason in Bordeaux you will be able to move on foot but also by public transport.
For a first approach, the advice is to take a guided walking tour, in order to identify the main landmarks together with a guide and learn about the history and attractions of the city.
Bordeaux has been becoming an increasingly bike friendly city for years: 1182 km of cycle paths throughout the city and its surroundings are an invitation to visit the city on 2 wheels. Again, it is better to take a guided bike tour first to familiarize yourself with cycling routes and paths.

The public transport network is managed by the TBM company and is characterized by buses, metro and boats, all very punctual and efficient! The best and cheapest method for public transport is the Bordeaux Métropole City Pass for 48 or 72 hours, which will allow you to unlimited travel on all means of transport, as well as including admissions and discounts for attractions and affiliated activities, such as shops and restaurants!

TBM CARDS also recommended; free and personal, equipped with a microchip, on which it is possible to load season tickets or tickets (booklet of 5, minimum). To obtain it, you must go to one of the TBM points in the city, have an identity document and a photo-card.



  • Recommended solutions and means: feet and bikes to the historic center, metro, boats, buses
  • Solutions and means not recommended: car and moped
  • City cards and season tickets recommended: Bordeaux Metropole City Pass (from € 39,00 -), public transport day ticket (from € 5,00)

How to get from the airport to the center of Bordeaux

Bordeaux has a single airport, the Bordeuax Mérignac Airport, the eighth French airport for passenger traffic, mostly dedicated to domestic flights. Despite this, there are excellent international connections with some of the most important European airports such as those of Paris, London, Amsterdam and Madrid.

Often, however, opting for low cost airlines, there are those who prefer to land in the much larger, but far away, French airports of Paris Charles de Gaulle and Paris Orly, perhaps spending a few hours in the French capital, and then arriving in Bordeaux by land via public transport.

Bordeuax Mérignac

  • Distance from the center: 20 km / travel time: 30 minutes;
  • By taxi: average cost € 25,00 / travel time: 30 min
  • By bus: average cost € 8,00 / shuttle bus line 30Direct

Charles de Gaulle Paris

  • Distance from the center: 585 km / travel time: about 5 h 40 min;
  • By train: TGV lines / ticket cost: from € 30,00
  • By bus: average cost € 15,00 / Flixbus line from Paris

How to get around on foot

Bordeaux presents a rather vast city fabric and it is not possible to visit it only on foot. However one of the most enjoyable activities to do in the city as soon as you arrive is stroll through the historic center.
For a first approach, the advice is to take a guided walking tour, in order to identify the main landmarks together with a guide and learn about the history and attractions of the city: more than 300 of them have been recognized as World Heritage Sites!

Un itinerary to do walking is the one from Place de la Bourse, towards Rue du Pas Saint George, the area of ​​vintage shops and shops, heading up to Rue Saint Catherine, which with its 1.200 meters is the longest pedestrian street from all over Europe.

Obviously, there are many opportunities to discover the food and wine tradition of the city, known above all for its renowned wines! In fact, you can participate in delicious wine and cheese tasting, without forgetting to visit the City of Wine, a cultural site dedicated to wine (priority entry can be purchased online and includes tasting).



How to get around by bicycle

Another fun and, above all, green way to visit Bordeaux is by bicycle! In the city there is in fact a Bikesharing system, known as Vclub, available 24 hours a day and which has 24 stations scattered throughout the urban fabric. To use the bikes it is necessary to register on the official website indicating if you want to use the service only one day, one week, one month or one year. The cost is free for routes of less than 160 minutes, then € 30 / hour.

If you want to try this experience but are hesitant in the idea of ​​cycling alone in the city, because you may not have settled yet, you can opt for a guided bike tour, a wonderful bike tour for discover all the main places of the city together with a guide and become familiar with routes and cycle paths.

Con i mezzi pubblici

If you plan to visit the outermost areas of the city and its surroundings, you will be obliged to use public transport. Bordeaux has aexcellent public transport network managed by TBM company, TRansport Bordeaux Metropole, which serves every corner of the city, from the center to the peripheral areas. The service includes the main public transport including trams and buses, as well as a well-organized river transport system to connect the two banks of the river.

If you are staying for several days, we recommend purchasing the Bordeaux Métropole City Pass for 48 or 72 hours, which will allow you to unlimited travel on all means of transport, as well as including admissions and discounts for attractions and affiliated activities, such as shops and restaurants!



Tram

The Bordeaux tram network covers over 55km and owns three lines (A, B, C): line A includes 46 stops located within a radius of 24 km; line B is about 16 km long and is divided into 31 stops; Line C crosses Bordeaux from north to south, is 15 km long and has 22 stops.

  • Downloadable map: map-tram-bordeaux
  • from 5:30 am to midnight
  • Ticket / single ride cost: € 1,70
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: 10-trip booklet € 13,70, daily € 5,00, weekly € 14,20

bus

The bus service is also very efficient 76 lines. The most central and used are the 13 Lianes, operating throughout the day until midnight (with service time extensions on weekends) and with a frequency of passage every 10-15 minutes. The night service, however, is guaranteed only by line 58, which covers the hours from 1:00 to 4:00 in the morning

  • Downloadable map: Bordeaux-bus-map
  • from 5:00 to 00:00, with possible extensions until 2:00 on weekends
  • Ticket / single ride cost: € 1,70
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: 10-trip booklet € 13,70, daily € 5,00, weekly € 14,20

Batcub - river transport

Recently Bordeaux introduced the river transport service which is enjoying considerable success, especially among tourists and occasional visitors, interested in exploring the city from a new perspective, letting themselves be enchanted by its most romantic aspect. The boats, in fact, represent a way definitely impressive to discover Bordeaux, but also comfortable carrying passengers from one bank of the river to the other, from dawn to dusk.

  • Downloadable map: river-transport-map
  • by 7: 00 19 to: 00
  • Ticket / single ride cost: € 1,70
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: 10-trip booklet € 13,70, daily € 5,00, weekly € 14,20

By car

The car is not the best way to get around in Bordeaux! The means are very efficient and you can also move easily on foot or by bicycle! In addition, Bordeaux has a great many completely pedestrian streets, such as Cours de l'Intendance and Rue Sainte Catherine which belong to the car-free zone.

But if you have your own or rent one, you should know that the municipal administration, to discourage its use, has created 21 Parc Ralais which are parking areas near the main tram stops (for more info you can consult the official website).

Also, as in most of France, to access the city you will need to be in possession of environmental badge, here called Crit'Air. The aim is to reduce the air pollution created by vehicles. Let's see everything in detail.

ZPA

Those arriving from Italy with their own car are obliged to purchase and apply theeco vignette Crit'Air, the environmental badge that must be requested directly on the official website, costs starting from € 29,65.

In Bordeaux, as in other French cities, it was indeed established a ZPA, a regional air protection zone, and it is an entire department where traffic blocks can be imposed temporarily. The ZPA dependent on air pollution conditions and is activated after a pre-warning phase, when the pollutant values ​​exceed a level of 50 µg / m³ of fine dust. If you do not respect the rules you can be sanctioned with fines from € 68,00 to € 375,00.

Car free day

To encourage the use of alternative vehicles in central Bordeaux, the municipality has established le Journée sans voiture, or le car-free days, which take place every first Sunday of the month (except August), from October to March from 10:00 to 18:00 and in the remaining months from 10:00 to 19:00.

Stops and parking

The municipal administration, to discourage its use, has created 21 Parc Ralais, delle parking areas near the main tram stops (for more info you can consult the official website). In these cases, parking is free for all those who buy a Ticketpass or a Pass Soiree: just enter the Parc-Relais with your car and go in the right row, once inside you have to buy the season ticket, which will be used later , to exit the parking lot. Please note that the Parc Relais observe the same timetables as the trams. If you have to stop after the established time, you have to pay a surcharge of € 15,00.

Parking in the center of Bordeaux, on the other hand, is complicated! Exist two zones of municipal paid parking lots from 9.00 to 19.00, every day except Sundays and holidays:

  • area A: in the historic center of Bordeaux, around the pedestrian area, from Place des Quinconces to the Cours d'Alsace-Lorraine, over part of the Quais and up to Place Bir-Hakeim. Cost € 2,50 / hour, max stop 2 h
  • zone B: includes a large part of the city located within the Boulevards line, but also extends over a part of the Rive Droite (Right Bank). Cost € 1,80 / hour, max stop 2 h
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