Things to know about Bordeaux
- Where is Bordeaux?
- Which car hire companies are in Bordeaux airport?
- How far is Bordeaux from the airport?
- Where is good to eat out in Bordeaux?
- Where is Saint Emilion?
Guide to Bordeaux, Aquitaine, France
Bordeaux is a city on the south west coast of France, famous for its wine amongst other things. Home to almost 250,000 people, it’s a picturesque and popular tourist destination renowned for its beauty, French charm, gothic cathedral, food and drink all helping define the city’s French traditional identity.
Driving around Bordeaux is relatively easy, it’s a compact city with a comprehensive ring road system and artery roads feeding the city and outskirts. However beware at rush hour times in the morning and evening the roads get very busy and jammed with commuter traffic.
Bordeaux is arguably the most famous wine region in France and perhaps the world, producing more wine than any other French region with 250,000 acres of vinyards. Wine tours are a popular tourist activity and the opening of the chateaus occurs around November every year. You can book on a tour and tasting session however the best secrets are kept for the locals!
Car rental at Bordeaux Airport
How far is Bordeaux from the airport?
Bordeaux Merignac Airport is an easy 10KM drive into the centre of the city which should take around 20 minutes depending on the traffic.
The traffic around rush can be very heavy around the city and you could allow at least double the amount of time.
The airport itself is a medium size airport mainly servicing parts of France and Europe. It has around 7 million passengers per year making it the 8th busiest airport in France.
Popular airlines in and out of Bordeaux Airport (BOD) include easyJet, Air France and Ryanair. You can travel from most major airports in the UK and Europe to Bordeaux, and for other UK and European airports you can change at a major hub for example Paris CDG airport via Air France, or Heathrow via British Airways.
There is a range of the usual big car hire names in the airport terminal, bookable on line through Enjoy Car Hire, you’ll find Europcar, Keddy, Alamo and Enterprise all offering competitive prices.
Eating out in and around Bordeaux
The Baud & Millet wine and cheese restaurant is a real local speciality. Serving starters, mains and deserts all based around French cheeses and a wide selection of French wines each with their own story. The waiter knows the story behind each of the numerous cheeses and wines on offer. The cheese cellar is a real rare local jewel with a vast selection of French fromage from all over France on display for tasting.
Address: 19 rue Huguerie, Bordeaux, phone number (+33) 05 56 79 05 77
Where is Saint Emilion?
Saint Emilion is the epicentre of French wine! If you can take the 40 minute drive from Bordeaux to Saint Emilion, you’re guaranteed to find a plethora of incredible eateries, food, cheese and wine.
Why not try Lard et Bouchon for fine food and fantastic local wine? It has its own wine cellar with an extensive range of selected wines and bistro style menu. Located towards to the top end of the main central area of Saint.
Address 22 Rue Guadet, 33330 Saint-Émilion, phone number (+33) 05 57 24 28 53