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Getting Around in BORDEAUX

Bordeaux is a vast city, however, most of the tourist places are situated around the centre of town. The easiest and most interesting way to explore the city is on foot, as the town centre is a pedestrian area. 

Buses: Buses from the main terminal at Halte Routière cover all the places in Gironde. The information desk at these stations can be contacted, for any help required. There are other bus stops that are located opposite the train stations. Bus services are well organized and connect to various parts of the city. The major bus stations are in Gare Saint-Jean, Place de la Victoire, Place Gambetta, and Quinconces.

Trams: Tramway facility is available in the town that crosses the Garonne river via the Pont de Pierre bridge. The special feature of this tramway is that it has no overhead wires within the inner city and makes use of a ground-level power supply system. 

Electric Buses: The electric bus which is known as la navette du centre-ville, is the only public transit available on pedestrian roads. There are no proper bus stops to board the bus. Whenever you want to take the electric bus, wave your hand, and the bus will stop.

Ferries: The ferry service is known as Le Bus du Fleuve, and connects the western and eastern regions of the city via a small cruise on the river. Visitors can ride the ferry using a standard bus ticket.

Bike: As Bordeaux has various bike lanes, touring the city on a bicycle is an easy option. The newly added city-wide bike sharing system known as is an inexpensive and simple way to see the city.

Walk: The major tourist attractions are in the city centre and the best way to explore them is by foot. Many areas are pedestrianized and are an ideal way to explore the city of Bordeaux.

How to Reach BORDEAUX

By Air

The Bordeaux Merignac Airport is a regional airport located towards the western part of the city and majorly handles domestic flights, along with a few occasional international flights. These flights connect to few European hubs like Paris, London, Madrid and Amsterdam.

There is an express bus that runs from the airport to the city centre every 45 minutes. There is also a shared shuttle service that drops visitors from the airport to different destinations in Bordeaux.

Visitors can reach Bordeaux from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport with the help of the TGV train services from the railway station located adjoining Terminal 2. The journey takes around 3 hrs 33 mins to reach Bordeaux Saint-Jean Station.

By Road

Bordeaux can be reached by car from the north or east using A10 highway or N10, and the south using A63 highway. There is a beltway that goes all around the city. 

Bus and Comprabus services can be availed by visitors to travel within Bordeaux comfortably. These buses stop southeast of the train station at the Rue de Terres de Borde bus station.

By Rail

The major train station, Gare Saint-Jean of Bordeaux station, is located at a distance of 4km from the centre. There are buses, trains and trams available outside the station that can be easily accessed.

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