What you should know before hiring a car in Bordeaux
|Bordeaux city centre|
|Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport (BOD): 7 mi from city centre|
Car hires in Bordeaux: practical information
Where to rent a car in Bordeaux
Bordeaux is the wine capital of France. Raise your glasses high and often if you've just booked flights to Bordeaux! One of the biggest attractions to the area is the change to tour the wineries, which means you'll also need a Bordeaux discount car hire. Make your life easy by picking up at car hire Bordeaux at the airport, located just west of the city. You'll find all the major car hire companys there like Avis, Budget, National, Europcar, Hertz, Sixt and T.T. Service.
If you don't need a rental car in Bordeaux for your entire trip, just hire one out for a day or two to tour the wineries outside the city. The easiest way to find a rental in Bordeaux is to get a car hire Bordeaux from the train station. Sixt, Europcar, Avis and National are all within close proximity to the main station, Gare Saint-Jean.
Driving in Bordeaux: parking and other tips
Parking can be a nuisance in Bordeaux which is why car hires are only really good for getting out of the city. In the city, you'll find it a hassle to park and expensive as well! If you need to park your rental car in Bordeaux overnight, make sure you book hotels that offer parking! This you can do easily on liligo.com by refining your search options on the results page.
If you're looking for parking centrally, check out the underground garage at Place de la Bourse, here you can expect to pay €2.20/hour to a maximum of €16.50/day. Other city car parks will charge similar rates. In general though, Bordeaux has made an effort in recent years to increase parking facilities in the city centre which is great if you've been browsing car hire prices in Bordeaux!
Road trips from Bordeaux: what to do, what to see
Head north to Medoc! This is where some of the most famed wines come from in all of France, not only Bordeaux. Which wineries should you visit first? Chateau Latour (only accepts professionals and serious wine collectors), Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Chateau Margaux and Chateau Mouton. That should just about do it in Medoc. You'll pass others on the way, look for "Ouvert" signs out on the roads for tastings.
To the south you'll find Graves, where some of the country's oldest vineyards can be found. Bordeaux got its worldwide reputation because of the wines being produced in these vineyards. There are two wineries that are noteworthy: Chateau Haut-Brion and Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion. If you head south-east you'll find more wineries producing sweeter dessert wines.
Go west and take a break at the beach! Just 250km away is the Atlantic Ocean, lined with golden sandy beaches. Visit Arcachon, a quiet sea-side town which is famous for its oysters! Head out to a seafood restaurant in the evening. It would be a sin to not order a dozen at a restaurant while you're here on holidays in Bordeaux. Take them with lemon, or all on their own.