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    Car hire in Bordeaux at the best price

    World-renowned for its wine production that dates back to the 8th century, Bordeaux offers everything you could ask from a holiday in France. History, art, culture and fine wine are at your fingertips in this fascinating city. With a car hire in Bordeaux you can roam the famous vineyards, or explore the historic old city which has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Thanks to its diverse attractions, the port city of Bordeaux never ceases to lure numorous visitors. Bordeaux was ruled by the English from the middle of the twelfth to the middle of the fifteenth century, and some say the city has retained its "English flair".

    Auto Europe is committed to offering the best prices for quality car rental, with an emphasis on first-rate customer service. Thanks to our long-lasting business relationship with leading rental companies, we are able to provide our customers with the best quality service, a large choice of vehicles and competitive rates. Have a read of our Bordeaux car hire reviews page to find out what previous visitors to Bordeaux have thought of our service.

    How is the traffic in Bordeaux?

    The main roads in France are generally less congested than those in the UK, as France has approximately the same population but over twice the surface area of the UK. However, there are certain things you should keep in mind when driving your car hire in Bordeaux and elsewhere in the region. A ring road (the so-called Rocade) surrounds Bordeaux. The road is about 28 miles long, and is usually very busy, particularly between 8 am and 10 am, and from 4 pm to 7 pm. If you are planning on driving along the major motorways out of Bordeaux on Saturdays during the summer peak season, from early July until late August, you should expect lots of traffic and possible delays. The city of Bordeaux has many one-way streets, and it is recommended that you plan your route ahead of time and bring a good map or GPS with you. It is also worth noting that traffic is not allowed in the city centre on the first Sunday of each month from 10 am to 7 pm in summer and from 10 am to 6 pm in winter.

    France's motorway (autoroute) network connects Bordeaux with all major cities in the country. Paris, for example, lies 364 miles away on the A10, with a drive of about five and a half hours. Lyon, on the other hand, can be reached in about five hours by driving on the A89 for 341 miles. Toulouse can be reached in much less time: with a two and a half hours' drive, you can get to the city following the A62 for 153 miles. Our France driving guide offers tips on driving in France.

    Where can I park my car hire in Bordeaux?

    Parking in the central areas of the city can be hard to find. The old town of Bordeaux is a pedestrian zone, where driving is not permitted. You can leave your vehicle outside of the zone. On-street parking is charged between 9 am and 7 pm Monday to Saturday. You can park in the historical centre for a maximum of one hour, and in the rest of the centre for a maximum of two hours. Some of the tram stations in Bordeaux offer park and ride services, with all tram lines (A, B, and C) having at least one such station. Your rent a car in Bordeaux can be parked for 90 minutes for free in the Mériadeck shopping centre at 10 Rue Père Dieuzaide.

    Bordeaux Airport

    Bordeaux Airport, called Aéroport de Bordeaux Mérignac in French, lies about five miles from the centre of Bordeaux in the town of Mérignac. Most of the flights to the airport are domestic, but international ones include services to London's Gatwick and Luton airport.

    Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport (BOD)
    Address: 33700 Mérignac, France
    Website: Bordeaux Airport
    Telephone: +33 55634 5050

    What to do in Bordeaux

    Let's plan your stay in Bordeaux. We are listing the city's highlights to help you come up with your own sightseeing itinerary.

    • The Old Town: Stroll through the streets of the Old Town recognized as an UNESCO World Heritage Site and marvel at the historic buildings. The old town of Bordeaux spreads along the Garonne River in the central part of the city. Bordeaux has the highest amount of historic buildings in France after Paris. Saint Pierre district is the heart of old Bordeaux.
    • Place de la Bourse: Also known as the water mirror, Place de la Bourse is the city's landmark. It is the main square in the city with the characteristic architecture from the eighteenth century. The world's largest reflecting pool spreads in front of the impressive facades of the historic buildings.
    • CAPC Museum of Modern Art: The gallery is situated in a former warehouse from the beginning of the nineteenth century. Opened in 1978, the museum has become an important centre for international contemporary art.
    • Saint-André Cathedral: Located in the city centre, near the city hall, Saint-André Cathedral is a must-see for everyone. The cathedral was consecrated in 1096 and has been a site of historic events throughout the centuries. Today it is a national monument open to the public with paid entry on a daily basis.

    Best day trips with my car rental in Bordeaux?

    Make the most of your car rental in Bordeaux and explore the countryside and nearby cities. Take advantage of being able to travel at your own pace and see more. Take a look at our ideas for day trips from Bordeaux.

    Wine tours

    Try something new and see the vineyards in Blaye and Médoc from a boat on the Garonne. Most of the wine boat tours include wine tasting. Alternatively, you can hop in your rental car and see the world-famous vineyards as you like.

    Bergerac

    Bergerac is a one and a half hour's drive eastwards from Bordeaux. Surrounded by vineyards, Bergerac is a charming medieval town by the Dordogne River. The town has a rich history of Dordogne merchant sailors. Read our Dordogne Valley road trip guide for travel inspiration in the region and some holiday tips.

    Arcachon Bay

    Arcachon Bay is a beautiful bay on the Atlantic Ocean, located only 34 miles southwest of Bordeaux (about one-hour drive away). Hop in your rental vehicle and drive to the coast and soak up some sun on a white sand beach. Climb the tallest sand dune in Europe, the Dune of Pilat, located near La Teste-de-Buch in the Arcachon Bay area. There is a car park situated 400 metres from the dune.

    Geographic Information & History

    Bordeaux is a port city in the southwest of France, and the capital of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. The Garonne River runs through the city, dividing it in two parts. Bordeaux has earned its status as a popular travel destination from its prominent wine culture, pleasant climate, and the beautiful old town.

    The climate in Bordeaux is classified as oceanic, but due to its close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, the weather is warmer than in many other places with the same climate. The westerly winds from the ocean create mild winters and warm summers, with average temperatures during the winter around 7°C, and 21°C during the summer.

    Bordeaux' history began when the Celtic tribe, called the Bituriges Vivisci, established a settlement in 300 BC and named it Burdigala. Around 60 BC it was conquered by the Romans and became the capital of Roman Aquitaine. Years of prosperity followed until Burdigala witnessed attacks from the Visigoths and the Franks in the fifth century. The peak of Bordeaux prosperity was in 1154-1452, when the city was ruled by the English. Bordeaux University was established in 1441 and it now has one of the largest student campuses in Europe. After the battle of Castillon in 1453 Bordeaux became part of France. During the 17th and 18th century Bordeaux transformed into an important port city which sold goods shipped from India. The French government moved to Bordeaux from Paris several times, during the Franco-Prussian war and the First and the Second World Wars. Today, Bordeaux has developed into a modern metropolis with rich cultural and historic heritage.

    How to get around Bordeaux

    The public transportation system in Bordeaux, called Tram et Bus de la CUB and abbreviated as TBC, is operated for nearly the whole day, from 5 am to 1 am. On the bus, it is possible to purchase tickets from the driver, but you may not receive any change. If you are staying in Bordeaux for more than a few hours, it is advisable that you purchase a daily or weekly ticket, as this is cheaper in the long run. These tickets, as well as packages of many tickets, are sold at TBC offices at the main stations, and at machines at tram stops. Machines sometimes also accept card payment, but it is best to have some cash available just in case.

    Tram
    The tram system in Bordeaux is notable for its usage of a ground-level power supply within the car. This is to maintain a view of the buildings, which this way are not obstructed by overhead power cables. The network has three lines, A, B, and C, with the whole tram route spanning a total of 27.3 miles.

    Bus
    The bus network has 75 routes that run during the day, as well as night buses. The main bus hubs are Place Gambetta, Quinconces, Place de la Victoire, and Gare Saint-Jean. There is also a bus service that runs between the centre and the airport every 45 minutes.

    Train
    The main railway station, Gare de Bordeaux Saint-Jean, is located about 2.5 miles from central Bordeaux. Train services are offered to destinations near and far. There is, for instance, a high-speed rail (TGV) service to Paris with a travel time of three hours, as well as connections to major hubs in other European countries, such as Brussels in Belgium. Auto Europe also offers car hire services from Bordeaux railway station.

    Ferry
    If you would like to take a small cruise on the Garonne, you can do so with the cost of a standard bus ticket and get on the Le Bus du Fleuve ferry, which connects eastern and western Bordeaux.

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