London, the UK and Paris to Bordeaux by air, train, car and bus

Travel to Bordeaux by air, train or car

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

Read more about Paris and Bordeaux.

Bordeaux is a wonderful city 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. 

For more of the region, check the Guide to the Atlantic Coast.

Capital of Aquitaine, Bordeaux is in the Gironde on the Atlantic coast.

Paris to Bordeaux by Train

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.

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. Buy your ticket on board.

    Booking Train Travel in France

    There is a Tourist Office inside the station
    Tel.: 00 33 (0)5 56 91 64 70
    Bordeaux Tourism website

    Open November to April
    Monday to Friday 9:30-12:30 & 2pm-4pm
    Closed Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays

    Open May to October
    Monday to Saturday 9:00-noon & 1pm-6pm
    Sunday & Bank Holidays 10am-noon & 1pm-3pm

    Getting to Bordeaux 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.

    Connections to the city center
    Bus A shuttle bus runs from the airport to Bordeaux city centre every 30-45 minutes taking between 30 and 40 minutes
    Taxi Taxis run to the city center from outside Terminal B

    Paris to Bordeaux by car

    The 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. The toll charges are around 53 euros.
    Details of French toll charges from the AA

    Driving Directions from Paris to Bordeaux

    From the center of Paris make for A3/A6 Peripherique to Porte de Bercy/Charenton
    Follow signs for Aéroport Orly/Lyon/Périphérique Interieur/Quai d'Ivry/Porte d'Italie and merge onto Bd Périphérique
    Take exit A6B towards A10/Bordeaux/Nantes/Lyon/Evry/Aeroport Orly-Rungis
    Take the E50 signposted A10/E5/Palaiseau/Etampes/Bordeaux-Nantes/Massy/Longjumeau
    Merge onto the A10/E5 signposted A71/Toulouse/Clermont Ferrand/Bordeaux/Orleans/A20
    Take exit 30 towards Angouleme/Poitiers-Sud/vivonne/Luisignan
    Take exit onto A10 towards Bordeaux
    Continue onto the A630
    Take exit 4 signposted Bordeaux-Centre/Bordeaux-Lac

    Car hire

    For information on hiring a car under the lease-back scheme which is the most economical way of hiring a car if you’re in France for more than 17 days, try Renault Eurodrive Buy Back Lease.

    Eurolines operates from Paris to Bordeaux six days a week from Saturday to Thursday. The journey takes from 9 hours.
    Eurolines website

    Getting from London to Paris

    • By train (Eurostar)
      Eurostar between London, Paris and Lille
    • By bus/coach Eurolines offers a cheap service from London, Gillingham, Canterbury, Folkestone and Dover to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport and Paris Gallieni. Six coaches a day; 2 overnight; journey time is 7 hours. The Eurolines stop is at the Paris Gallieni Coach Station, 28 ave du General de Gaulle, just by the Gallieni metro station near the Porte de Bagnolet (Metro line 3, final stop).
      Eurolines website

    • IDBusalso operates between London and Lille and London and Paris. IDBus also goes from Lille to Amsterdam and Brussels.
      IDBus website