Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport is just 7.5 miles west of the city and our desk is clearly signposted on the ground floor of the arrivals terminal. Our Saint-Jean TGV branch is in the heart of the city and just a short walk from the station. It can also be reached on bus line 11. The Bordeaux BMW/Brienne Auto branch is located in the BMW showrooms just off the Quay de Brienne.
Navigating the narrow streets of the city centre is made easier with a Sat Nav while avoiding peak rush hours in the morning and evening is advisable. Once out of the historic centre, driving in Bordeaux is straightforward with good road networks and destinations clearly marked.
Bordeaux has plenty of car parks as well as metered street bays, these all become more expensive as you get nearer the main tourist centres. For more economical parking use sites further out and finish your journey by tram.
Bordeaux in Aquitaine is famous across the world for its wines but is also known as "Little Paris" for its vibrant feel which 60,000 university students add to. Once an important port town, the docks have been revitalised to create an enjoyable hot spot for both residents and tourists. Taking a drive along the river and soaking up the atmosphere here is a good way to start your visit to Bordeaux. You will find cafes, tranquil gardens, museums and plenty of nightlife. From this spot, you can admire the Aquitaine Bridge and the Jacques-Chaban-Delmas Lift Bridge. If you are lucky this might be raised as a historical sailing ship glides through. The town's La Victoire area shows a contrast between old and new, with historical monuments like the Ancient Roman Victory Arch sitting alongside shops and student bars.