Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport

Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport is about 30 minutes from the city center. To get there, you can use public transport: TBC line 1 or the Jet’Bus Shuttle Bus. If you would like to get there by car, you can park in the airport car parks. Bordeaux is just over an hour from Paris by plane, and there are direct flights to various other European cities.


Bordeaux-Saint-Jean is the biggest railway station in the Aquitaine region, just 3 hours from Paris. The station is located in the city center and is easily accessible by bus, tram or bike. The trains serving the station travel to or from Spain and towns and cities such as Arcachon, Toulouse, Lyon, Marseille, Strasbourg, Lille, Nantes and Nice. There are frequent connections with Bergerac, Périgueux, Angoulême, Agen, Pau, Libourne, La Rochelle, Limoges and Poitiers.

Check out the traffic conditions in Bordeaux. You can also find useful mobile phone applications.

Driving licence

If you have a driving licence from an EU country, you may drive freely in France. If you have a driving licence from a non-EU country, you may drive for the first 12 months of your stay. Beyond this time, you must apply for a French driving licence, if there is an agreement between your home country and France.