Planning your trip

Can you help us plan our trip?

We’ll certainly try! You’ll find lots of practical information below, but sometimes it’s best to talk to the experts. For up-to-date information and help with planning, you can’t do better than the Bordeaux Tourist Office. There are two tourist offices in town: check out the locations and opening hours here.

Get started: the Best of Bordeaux

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About the apartment

How to get from Bordeaux Mérignac Airport to the apartment?

Option 1: Bordeaux Airport Shuttle  

The Bordeaux Airport Shuttle will take you direct to the “Gare Saint Jean” (city centre, main train station) in 30 minutes. The fare is €7 each way if making a round trip, or €8 for a single ticket. Electronic tickets can be purchased in advance. The shuttle operates from 08.45 to 20.30 most days, please check shuttle schedules carefully!

See below for information on how to get from the city centre (Gare Saint Jean) to the apartment by tram.

Option 2: “LIANE Ligne 1” operating to “Bordeaux Gare Saint Jean” 

A bus service operated by TBM (Transports Bordeaux Métropole) will also take you from the airport to the Saint Jean train station and vice versa. The service is not direct, and the trip may take up to 50 minutes. The fare is € 1.50, children under 5 travel free. Operates from approx. 5 am to after midnight most days, every ten minutes during core hours. Download timetable here (valid to 7 July 2017).

There’s no need to go all the way to Saint Jean train station. Get off at “Victoire” (see timetable for plan of bus stops) and change to tram “Ligne B”, direction “Berges de la Garonne”. Get off at “Les Hangars”. The entrance to the apartment is opposite Hangar 16. Your bus ticket is also valid for the tram.

How to get from the city centre (Saint Jean main train station) to the apartment?

Take the tram: “Ligne C” direction “Parc des Expositions”.
Get off at “Quinconces”.
Take “Ligne B” (walk 40m) and get off at “Les Hangars”.
The entrance to the apartment is opposite Hangar 16.

Where can we park?

We think Bordeaux is better enjoyed without a car, but if you are planning on driving, the “Parking Quai des Marques” is conveniently located opposite the apartment.

A one-day (24h) ticket costs € 24, a seven-day pass costs € 50.

The easiest way to approach the car park is via the “Cours du Médoc”

What time is check-in?

Check-in is from 3 pm.

What time is check-out?

Check-out is 11 am. Please help us by respecting this timing as we may have to get the apartment ready for guests arriving after you leave.

Is end-of-stay cleaning included?

Contrary to many other rental properties, we don’t charge extra for end-of-stay cleaning. It’s included in the price we quote when you book with us. Naturally, we really appreciate respectful guests who return the accommodation in good condition.

What baby equipment do you have available?

We have a selection of baby equipment available: cot, highchair, baby bath, changing mat. Please ask.

Are there any food shops nearby?

Yes – more information to follow.

Getting around

Quick guide to how to get around and what to see?

Start by downloading the Bordeaux Public Transport Tourist Map!

Exploring on foot?

Bordeaux is pretty compact, and walking around is a great way to soak up the atmosphere: this Bordeaux Map and Walks app for iPhone or iPad looks handy, although we haven’t tested it ourselves!

How to use the tram?

You can buy tickets for:

  • 1 trip   (€ 1.50)
  • 5 trips (€ 6.70)
  • 10 trips (€ 12.70)

Buy your ticket card from the vending machine at the tram stop. Validate your ticket inside the tram. Children under 5 travel free. No electronic tickets.

To get to the apartment, take tram “Ligne B”, direction “Berges de la Garonne” and off at “Les Hangars”.

See the TBM (Transports Bordeaux Métropole) website for further information.

What about a travel pass?

The following TBM travel passes are available:

  • 1 day  (€ 4.60)
  • 7 day (€ 13.00)

The 1-day pass is available from vending machines at tram stops and from TBM Information Centres. The 7-day pass is available from TBM Information Centres only (Saint Jean train station, Quinconces and Place Gambetta).

Passes are valid for tram, bus and river bus. Children under 5 travel free. No electronic tickets.

What about the river bus?

The river bus is a fun way to ride between the apartment and the city centre.

You can take a boat from “Les Hangars”, pretty much opposite the apartment, to “Quinconces” in the town centre. Fares are the same as a tram ride!

Sightseeing in Bordeaux

What is the Bordeaux City Pass?

The following Bordeaux City Passes are available:

  • 1 day  (€ 26)
  • 2 days (€ 33)
  • 3 days (€ 40)

The pass includes unlimited travel on tram, bus and river bus, a guided visit of Bordeaux on foot, a bus tour, free admission to over 20 museums and monuments plus discounts on river cruises and vineyard excursions.

Available from the Tourist Office and TBM Information Centres at Saint Jean, Gambetta and Quinconces.

How about a river cruise?

The Bordeaux River Cruise company offers a selection of river cruises, including a guided cruise on the Garonne river, dedicated to the wines of Bordeaux. This 90-minute trip will introduce you to the fascinating history of the Bordeaux quays, in which the river and the local wine trade are intimately linked.

Purchase the Garonne River Cruise + same-day admission to the Cité du Vin:

  • Adult € 32 (normally € 41)
  • Child, 5-12 years, € 16 (normally € 28)
  • Cruise only: € 21 adults / € 12 child

What is the Cité du Vin?

A museum as well as a place of exhibitions, shows and movie projects, the Cité du Vin is quite simply a must-do! Restaurant, wine bar, snack bar, wine cellar, boutique selling selection of wine-related products.

Located just one tram stop from the apartment on the Line B, get off at ‘La Cité du Vin’. The river bus also stops at the Cité du Vin.

Adult admission: € 20 (reduced rates for families and children). Includes interactive guide and wine-tasting in the Belvedere.

Market shopping?

The Marché des Capucins is Bordeaux’s biggest indoor food market. A great place to wander around and grab a bite to eat at one of the many tempting stands.

By tram to “Victoire”

Every Sunday from early in the morning until around 2 pm, there is an antiques and flea market around the church of St Michel and its bell tower.

Further afield

Saint Emilion?

Saint Emilion is a world heritage site, and we think it’s well worth a visit!

What to do and see:

  • A 35 min. ride on the Vineyard Train with recorded commentary; €6.50, under 4s free
  • Guided tour of Château Soutard (highly recommended) to discover its spectacular winery. With tasting. € 10 Just 10 minutes on foot from the top of St. Emilion
  • A walk in the vineyards with lunch and a glass of wine at one of the many picturesque restaurants

Getting there: by train from Saint Jean train station. Journey time: approx. 35 min. Cost: approx. € 9.50 each way. For fares and timetables, check the SNCF website.

Arcachon?

  • A boat trip around the Bassin d’Arcachon or across the bay to Cap Ferret to enjoy a plate of oysters at L’escale on the waterfront
  • Lunch on the terrace at La Corniche to admire stunning views over the bay and the sand bars
  • A walk along the beach

Getting there: by train from Saint Jean train station. Journey time: approx. 1 hour. Cost: approx. € 11.50 each way. For fares and timetables, check the SNCF website.

A day at the spa?

Take a trip to Les Sources de Caudalie at Martillac (a few km south of Bordeaux) and enjoy the spa, restaurant and hotel gardens. Situated in the vineyards of Pessac-Léognan.

Download the Spa Brochure and Spa Rates.

 

Another excellent option is the Hotel-Spa Grand Barrail on the D-243 just outside St. Emilion: à la carte treatments or a 3.5 hour wellbeing package “Saint-Emilion’s Magic”.

Download Spa Brochure and Beauty Treatments Menu

 

Eating out

Can you recommend somewhere to eat out?

There’s such a large choice of restaurants, bistrots, bars and cafés in Bordeaux, we hardly know where to start! Perhaps you can help by passing on your recommendations? We’d be delighted to add your personal tips here!

L'Entrecôte

L’Entrecôte is a Bordeaux institution! One menu only: salad, beef, French fries and the famous Entrecôte sauce. € 19

12h – 14h / 19h15 – 22h45 – No reservations taken, be prepared to queue. The Entrecôte is a very popular choice with the locals so get there early or go late for best chance of a table.

Les Tontons

We also like Les Tontons which you’ll find close to the apartment, by the Bacalan bridge. Pay as you go in and then serve yourself – as much as you want! Prices start at € 13 for starter buffet + dessert buffet + coffee. Breakfast costs € 5 and is served Monday-Friday until 11 am.