BORDEAUX TRAVEL GUIDE
Welcome to Bordeaux, the world-famous wine capital of France and one of the host cities for the Rugby World Cup 2023. Bordeaux combines its rich history, stunning architecture, and exquisite culinary scene with the excitement of international rugby. This travel guide will help you make the most of your visit, including how to get here, where to stay, getting around, and where to savor Bordeaux’s culinary delights.
Getting to Bordeaux
Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport (BOD) is the city’s international airport, conveniently located about 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) from the city centre. From the airport, you can reach the city by taxi, shuttle, or public transportation.
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Bordeaux is well-connected by train, with Bordeaux Saint-Jean as the main railway station. The high-speed TGV trains offer easy access from major cities like Paris, Lyon, and Toulouse.
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Where to Stay
Bordeaux offers a wide range of accommodations to suit all preferences and budgets. Book a hotel in Bordeaux today from £37 with Expedia
Here are some popular areas to consider:
1. Bordeaux City Centre
Stay in the city center to be close to the Rugby World Cup action, historical landmarks, and excellent dining options. You’ll find a mix of luxury hotels, boutique accommodations, and budget-friendly choices.
The Chartrons district is known for its artsy vibe and proximity to the Garonne River. This area boasts charming guesthouses, art galleries, and stylish boutiques.
3. Bordeaux Wine Region
For a unique experience, consider staying in one of the nearby wine châteaux. This allows you to immerse yourself in the world of Bordeaux wine and enjoy a tranquil countryside setting.
4. Budget-Friendly Options
Bordeaux also offers budget-friendly hostels and hotels, especially for travellers looking to save on accommodation costs.
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Getting Around Bordeaux
Public TransportationBordeaux has an efficient public transportation system, including trams and buses. Consider purchasing a Bordeaux CityPass, which provides unlimited access to public transportation and discounts on attractions.
WalkingMany of Bordeaux’s attractions, including the historic city centre, can be explored on foot. Take a leisurely stroll along the Garonne River or explore the charming neighbourhoods on foot.
BikingBordeaux is a bike-friendly city with dedicated bike lanes and a bike-sharing program called VCub. Rent a bike to explore the city’s parks and scenic riverfront.
Taxis and Ride-SharingTaxis are readily available in Bordeaux, and ride-sharing services like Uber also operate in the city, offering convenient transportation options.
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Food & Drink
Bordeaux is synonymous with world-class wine and exceptional cuisine. Don’t miss the opportunity to savor these culinary delights:
1. Bordeaux Wine
Visit local vineyards and wineries to taste Bordeaux’s famous wines, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc.
Indulge in cannelé, a small pastry with a caramelized crust and a soft, custard-like center. It’s a beloved Bordeaux specialty.
Bordeaux’s location near the Atlantic coast means you can enjoy fresh seafood dishes like oysters, mussels, and prawns.
4. Duck and Foie Gras
Try dishes featuring duck and foie gras, such as magret de canard (duck breast) or a classic foie gras terrine.
5. Bordeaux Markets
Explore Bordeaux’s vibrant markets, like Marché des Capucins, to sample local cheeses, charcuterie, and fresh produce.