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Getting around in Gironde

How to get to Gironde by plane, train and boat

By Plane: 

Aéroport de Bordeaux Merignac

Avenue John-Fitzgerald Kennedy


00 33 (0)5 56 34 50 50


If you travel by car, on the E5/A630 take Exit n° 11b on to the bypass. 

There are five car parks available for travellers each has a free 10 minute stopover. P2 has a free 30 minute stopover

Buses to the airport depart from Place de Quinconces or Gare Saint-Jean - Hall B.

Billi is the terminal built for the low cost lines, with flights to around fifty destinations on offer.

By Train :

Gare Saint-Jean for the TER (regional) or TGV lines



25 daily return trips Bordeaux-Paris-Montparnasse

4 daily return trips Bordeaux-Lille

Bordeaux is connected to the big towns of the southwest by TGV (High Speed Train). 

Bordeaux-Paris in 2h15 with the new “LGV” (Ligne à Grande Vitesse) line 

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By Long Haul Bus : 

Many Flixbus lines go through Bordeaux. FlixBus has the largest European network of long haul buses. Tickets start from €5, Wi-fi and electrical sockets are available on board. With FlixBus you can go to Bordeaux from Paris or Lyon from €19! Find all the destinations on the Flixbus website.

Photo credit FlixBus

By Boat : 

A number of marinas welcome boats: 

Port d’Arcachon, this marina offers mooring services to 2,600 boats. The port area is mostly comprised of 4 zones; Harbour Master, Fishing Port, Tourist port and Technical Area. The Tourist Port is composed by 28 pontoons equipped with drinking water, electricity, rubbish disposal, bilge suction and surveillance ; Port de la Vigne in Lège-Cap-Ferret ; Port-Médoc between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gironde Estuary (800 places).

The tram network serves the greater Bordeaux area: 

There are three main lines:

Line A, from Haillan Rostand to Bassens and Floirac via the hospital, to the Stade Chaban-Delmas and the Rue Sainte-Catherine.

Line B, serves the University Campus, the riverbanks and Place des Quinconces and connects Pessac France Alouette to Berges de la Garonne.

Line C, from Parc des Expositions to Václav Havel, with a stop in Gare Saint-Jean and Place Ravezies.

The tramway lines operate from 5am to midnight, and until 1am on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays (last departure from the terminus). During the day, the tram circulates every 3 to 5 minutes depending on destination, the rest of the time, the trams circulate every 8 to 15 minutes. 

The BatCub are two catamarans, the “Hirondelle” and the “Gondole”, which serve 4 stops, and connect with the three 3 lines of the tramway, from 7am to 7pm, every day.

More and more companies offer boat rides and mini cruises to discover Bordeaux from the Garonne River, an original way that we are recommending. We selected 2 companies HERE:

Croisières Burdigala

Bordeaux River Cruise

Bus lines serve the greater Bordeaux area. 

All the information on transportation in Bordeaux and its metropolis HERE

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Le Vélo in Bordeaux and in Gironde:

Bordeaux City hall offers a free bike loan service “Vélos Ville de Bordeaux” (VVB), the VVB are intended for the Bordeaux inhabitants and available in the various quarters of the city.  

The VCUB, a paying bike rental service, are available 24H/24 and 7/7 all around Bordeaux. They are under the management of the Transports Bordeaux Métropole.

In Gironde, cycling is easy due to a flat landscapes, you can cycle in pleasant and charming places and the region tourist offices can offer advice on cycle paths. 

The Vélodyssée (A 1,200 km long cycle route along the Atlantic coast) crosses Gironde, this national cycling path going from Brittany to the Basque Country, enters in our beautiful departement via the Médoc after a cruise on the Gironde Estuary from Royan. Along the Atlantic Coast, cross Soulac-sur-mer, Montalivet, Hourtin, Carcans, and leave the Gironde after Lacanau.

Cruise boats:

For many years, Bordeaux has welcomed cruise boats and military boats, which anchor in Port de la Lune and do a stopover for one night or several days in Bordeaux. This is a tremendous economic and touristic opportunity for the greater Bordeaux area.