Travel to Bordeaux From London, the UK, and Paris

The Mirror of Water in front of the Bourse
••• Thomas Sanson

Bordeaux, the capital of Aquitaine, is in the Gironde on the French Atlantic coast. It's recently had a significant revival and is currently one of the most exciting cities to visit in France.

Traveling by TGV

The TGV Atlantique trains to Bordeaux leave from Paris Gare Montparnasse Paris (17 Boulevard de Vaugirard, Paris, 14th arrondissement) all through the day. Trains go directly to Bordeaux Saint Jean from Paris in 3hrs 3 mins.

The new high speed service from Paris to Bordeaux will shorten the journey time to just over 2 hours, and will come online in early 2017. This will  mean you can get from London to Bordeaux in 5 hours, making Bordeaux a viable short break trip from the UK. 

TGV trains also go directly to Bordeaux Saint Jean from Lille (which connects with Eurostar).

There is also a train that goes from Charles de Gaulle Airport via Marne-la-Vallee (Disneyland stop), Paris Montparnasse, Massy TGV, Vendome-Villiers-sur-Loire, St-Pierre des Corps, Chatellerault, Poitiers (with connections to Futuroscope), Ruffec, Angouleme, Libourne and Bordeaux.

Book TGV tickets online.

Traveling by Metro

Metro lines to and from Gare Montparnasse

  • Ligne 4: Porte de Clignancourt to Porte d’Orleans
  • Ligne 6: Charles de Gaulle Etoile to Nation
  • Ligne 12: Porte de la Chapelle to Mairie d’Issey
  • Ligne 13: Saint Denis/Universite et Gabriel Peri-Asnieres Gennevillers to Chatillon-Montrouge.

    Gare Bordeaux Saint Jean, rue Charles Domercq is two miles south east of the center.
    There are taxis outside the station, and two buses, nos. 7 & 8 into the center. Pre-pay for your metro tickets online.

    Getting There by Plane

    Bordeaux’s Mérignac Airport is 12 kms west of the city. Bordeaux has excellent connections with all major cities in France, and other European countries as well as Istanbul, Oslo and Stockholm.

    If you're visiting Bordeaux from the USA or Canada, you will need to fly into Charles de Gaulle. From here there are frequent direct flights to Bordeaux.

    Once you have arrives, you can easily access ground transportation to the city center. A shuttle bus runs from the airport to Bordeaux city centre every 30-45 minutes taking between 30 and 40 minutes and taxis run to the city center from outside Terminal B. You may also consider renting a car for your time in Bordeaux. If you’re in France for more than 17 days, try Renault Eurodrive Buy Back Lease.

    Driving From Paris

    The driving distance from Paris to Bordeaux is around 569 km (354 miles) and the journey takes around five and a half hours depending on your speed. Note: there are toll charges on this route.

    If you're interested in the road journey from Paris but do not want to drive, Eurolines operates bus trips from Paris to Bordeaux six days a week from Saturday to Thursday. The journey takes from 9 hours.

    Getting to Paris From London

    If Paris is going to be your first stop before heading to Bordeax, consider these methods for traveling from London.

    • Train: Eurostar operates between London, Paris and Lille
    • Bus/Coach: Eurolines offers a cheap service from London and other cities. There are six coach routes a day, two of which are overnight. The journey time is 7 hours.