How to get to & get around the Bordeaux vineyard

Are you planning a trip to visit us? Whether you’re coming for a short and sweet city break or a long holiday, we’d love you to join us for an irresistible wine trip. Here’s some useful information to plan your stay without the stress!

NB: This page details regular transport and does not take Covid-19 safety guidelines into account.

How to get to the Bordeaux vineyard?

By plane

Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport (BOD)

3 terminals, direct Airport <>Station shuttle (30 mins)
Over 80 domestic and international direct flights with regular and low-cost airlines to/from:

  • Paris (1 hr, Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport), Lyon (1 hr 5), Lille (1 hr 20), Marseille (1 hr 5) etc.
  • London (1 hr 40), Basel (1 hr 26), Berlin (2 hr 25), Amsterdam (1 hr 45), Madrid (1 hr 15), Rome (2 hr) etc.
  • Montreal, Moscow, Tel Aviv etc.

+33 (0)5 56 34 50 00
www.bordeaux.aeroport.fr/

There are several aerodromes for private jets around Bordeaux and its vineyard: Bordeaux Mérignac, Bordeaux Léognan Saucats, Sainte-Foy la Grande, Libourne Artigues-de-Lussac, La Réole Floudès, Lesparre Saint-Laurent de Médoc, Bordeaux Yvrac, Vendays Montalivet, Soulac La Runde.

Some of the area’s winery châteaux allow visitors to use their private heliport.

By train

Bordeaux Saint-Jean TGV Station

  • Paris: 2 hr 07 (LGV)
  • Toulouse: 2 hr 50/Hendaye: 2 hr 36
  • Lille: 5 hr, Brussels: 4 hr 43 (direct 4 hr connection in season with Thalys)

Intercités trains to Nantes, Lyon, Marseille.

The LGV high speed rail line takes you from Paris to central Bordeaux in just 2 hr 4 mins. 33 daily round trips between central Bordeaux and the French capital.

Other Gironde TGV stations: Libourne, Coutras, Arcachon.

www.oui.sncf

www.ter.sncf.com/nouvelle-aquitaine

Sailing

The Bordeaux vineyard has great river transport links with several pontoons on the Estuary, Dordogne and Garonne Rivers as well as ports of call for sea and river cruises, whether you’re coming from the Atlantic or Mediterranean (via the Canal des Deux-Mers).

Sea and river cruise ports of call
Bordeaux, Le Verdon-sur-Mer, Bassens, Blaye, Bourg, Cadillac, Cussac-Fort-Médoc, Libourne, Pauillac.

Sailing ports of call
Port de Bordeaux (different pontoons), Port Médoc, Pauillac, Blaye, Libourne, Castets-en-Dorthe, Langon, Bègles, Arcachon.
www.cruise-bordeaux.com

Bac Blaye/Lamarque or Royan/Le Verdon
Regular Gironde Estuary crossings
www.gironde.fr/bacs

By bus

Several companies travel to Bordeaux from French cities (Lyon, Marseille, Montpellier, Nantes, Orléans, Paris, Poitiers, Rennes, Toulouse, Tours) and European cities (London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Barcelona, Milan etc.): currently FlixBus, Blablabus.

Plan your journey: www.comparabus.com

By bike

Fitness fans can ride the biggest bike paths in Europe:

and a national route:

  • the Canal des deux mers à Vélo (V81), from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean via Bordeaux and the Canal de Garonne www.canaldes2mersavelo.com

By car

Several motorways to Bordeaux, then onto the vineyard:

  • A10 from Paris (5 hr 50)
  • A62 from Toulouse (2 hr 30)
  • A89 from Lyon (5 hr 40)
  • A63/A65 from the Spanish border (2 hr 40)

Several car parks around central Bordeaux with tram/bus connections on the TBM public transport network: www.infotbm.com/fr

For environmental reasons, please car share: www.blablacar.fr

Getting around the Bordeaux vineyard

Don’t just drive to explore our area! Exploring the vineyard by bike, train, bus or on foot is green and great!

The vineyard by train

Bordeaux is the gateway to the Bordeaux vineyard and you can hop on a train here to Libournais, Médoc and South Gironde. Depending on the station, you can then cycle, walk, take a taxi or private transport to châteaux as well as on trips from local Tourist Information centres.
TER SNCF train connections www.ter.sncf.com/nouvelle-aquitaine

Main routes to the vineyard:

  • Bordeaux-Libourne,Saint-Emilion, Castillon La Bataille (line 33)
  • Bordeaux-Langon, La Réole (lines 43 and 44)
  • Bordeaux-Pauillac, Margaux, Moulis, Soulac-sur-Mer, Le Verdon (line 42)

TGV stations in the vineyard: Bordeaux, Libourne, Coutras www.oui.sncf

Bus/tram rides

  • Regional coach network: www.transgironde.fr
    Direct connections to Créon (line 404), Blaye (201), Rions (501), Cadillac (501), Libourne (302) and Saint-Emilion (302) in summer and between seasons from Bordeaux city centre
  • Bordeaux Métropole public transport: www.infotbm.com
    TBM network(bus, tram, boat, bike)
  • Countless vineyard excursions from Bordeaux Tourist Information and Gironde Tourist Information centres.

Exploring by bike

Several bike paths, facilities and services available to cyclists:

  • The Tour de Gironde à Vélo: 480km bike route taking cyclists from the vineyard to the city then the ocean
  • Bordeaux Métropole, VCub bike hire in the TBM network www.infotbm.com
  • Vineyard Tourist Information centres provide bike excursions
  • A variety of bike loops from Gironde Tourisme to explore the vineyard as you ride: find out more

Happy sailing

Countless full or half-day boat trips available on the Garonne, Dordogne and Estuary to soak up the vineyard, with or without stops at châteaux.

Find out more

Bac Blaye/Lamarque: regular Gironde Estuary crossings and connections to the Blaye & Bourg and Médoc vineyards www.gironde.fr/bacs

Exploring on foot

Countless signposted footpaths for hikers:

  • View all vineyard hikes
  • The biggest GR® hiking trail in mainland France is in Bordeaux: the signposted path covers 160km in 17 towns and villages, connecting the area’s biggest natural spaces and city parks as well as some winemaking châteaux. www.bordeaux-metropole.fr/Super-Balades

Drive if you like

Gironde has good road links and you can drive throughout Bordeaux. Driving highlights include the famous Médoc Route des Châteaux for a feast for the eyes and don’t miss the little roads in Fronsadais and Entre-deux-Mers surrounded by stunning scenery.

Let someone else do the hard work!

Whether you go for standard taxis or a private chauffeur, you can be driven around the vineyard so you can do what