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Average rating: 8.5 of 10 Number of customer reviews: 42
Average rating: 8.5 / 10
Number of reviews in Bordeaux: 42
Jennifer Smith Avis Bordeaux Airport
“Easy to use site and the car collection…”

“Easy to use site and the car collection went smoothly. Only trouble was finding a petrol station at the end at La Rochelle. Could do with a map included for that.”

26-09-2019 11:53
Pr Budget Bordeaux Airport
“This company provides a no nonsense…”

“This company provides a no nonsense service that did all that it promised. There was no pressure selling at the pick up, as I think they knew we were well covered.”

06-09-2019 17:08
Graham W Hertz Bordeaux Airport
“If Carlsberg did car hire...”

“Probably the best car hire experience EVER ! Easy to book online, when we arrived in France walked to the desk, 10 mins of paperwork, no hard selling of the "extras" as they had already been done online. Defo our ONLY choice for car hire from now on !”

09-06-2019 10:03

Bordeaux Guide

Car hire Bordeaux
Car hire Bordeaux

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The wine-making capital of France, Bordeaux is a connoisseur’s dream. Surrounded by some of the most internationally well-known farms, Bordeaux is perfectly situated to embark on an indulgent wine tour. There are many organised tours in the region but it is also quite possible to navigate the area independently. Many international car rental companies are represented in the city and the network of roads outside of the centre is easily figured out. Whether a day trip or even an overnight stay, travellers will find that there are plenty of appealing destinations less than a couple of hours outside of this great city.

Who to Book With
Located at the airport, the central railway station and at a few other centres in the city travellers will find many of the more popular car rental agencies. These include Budget, Avis, Hertz and Europcar. Online booking prior to departure is a great way to ensure that a car is waiting on arrival.

Best time to go
Bordeaux’s climate can best be described as temperate, displaying all four seasons. May to September mark the hottest months of the year and also the most crowded. Travellers who intend to visit the city during this time should definitely make advanced bookings as the prices of accommodation and car rentals tend to rise quite sharply.

Need to Know Essentials
Don’t forget to bring the following documents along when collecting your rental car:

- A passport valid for no less than six months
- The credit card used to make the booking
- An International Driver’s Permit

For more info read our FAQ's.

Driving
Driving in Bordeaux’s city centre isn’t recommended and should be left for day trips and excursions on the outskirts. Much of the city has been pedestrianised and is off limits to unauthorised vehicles. Travellers who are intent on navigating the centre, however, should definitely be in possession of an updated map. There are many surprise one-ways which tend to catch unfamiliar drivers off guard. Traffic during rush hour can be frustrating and those unfortunate enough to be stuck in the centre during these times should expect to add at least one hour to their travel time.

Finding parking in the city can be quite a hassle. Street parking is almost non-existent and there are many no-parking zones which generally are attached to steep fines. A few car parks and parking garages are found in the city but the hourly and daily rates are quite steep. The public transport system is quite efficient, and it is advised that travellers take full advantage of the city’s services.

You can read more about general driving in our guide to France.

Transport

Bordeaux boasts an impressive public transport system comprised of buses, trams and taxis. The network is operated by Connex and runs between 05:00 and 01:00. Much of the city centre can be navigated by walking but sites that are further afield generally require motorised modes of transport.

Buses
The bus network in the city is comprehensive, made up of over 70 routes with passengers being able travel to almost anywhere in Bordeaux. Tickets can be purchased from TBC agencies, the local bus stations and on the vehicles themselves, although bus drivers never have change so exact amounts are preferred. Single journey tickets go for about €1.40 but weekly and monthly passes can also be purchased and are definitely more economical.

Tram
The relatively new tramway, installed in 2003, is another great way to get around the city and convenient in that it connects to three of the major bus routes. There are fewer tram routes than bus routes but the service is a nifty way of getting through the compact inner city in a short period of time. There are no tram stations; commuters simply need to flag the trams down from the side of the road. The tram system is also a part of the TBC and thus ticketing works in the same way.

Taxis
Taxis are available at any time of the day or night and while many can be hailed from the sidewalk, they can also be found congregating at the central railway station. Travellers who prefer to pre-book their taxi services can do so as there are plenty of companies on hand including Aquitaine Taxi and Cyber Taxi.

Exploring

Bordeaux is a stunning city but the outskirts are home to gorgeous beaches, rolling hills and the most famous vineyards in the world. The city is the perfect location from which to explore the country’s famed wine region. All travellers need is a rented car and a sense of adventure.

Recommended Drives

Saint-Emilion - A visit to Bordeaux is simply not complete without a tour of at least one of the region’s famous wine farms. If one wine-making village is all you’ve got time for then it must be Saint-Emilion in the Libournais region. Here travellers will find a few great farms and chateaux that would be more than willing to allow a sampling session here and there.

Cadillac - Aside from wine farms, Bordeaux is also surrounded by quaint, inviting towns. Cadillac, the walled town located about 20 kilometres away from Bordeaux, is one such town. The most popular site here is definitely the Chateau Cadillac, a castle built during the 17th century.

Dune de Pyla - Another great day trip opportunity is perhaps the most famous sand dune in Europe, the Dune de Pyla. Located 60 kilometres outside of Bordeaux, the dune stands at an impressive 107 metres and is the perfect spot for adrenaline seekers who use it as a base from which to paraglide. Adventure aside, the dune also provides a stellar vantage point of the surrounding countryside.

Frequently asked questions

Is Carrentals.co.uk the cheapest? Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town. What do I need to do when picking up a car? To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient. Are there any additional costs? In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance). What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental? In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car. What is a worry-free label? This label indicates that a rental car satisfies the following requirements: Unlimited kilometers, no excess liability (and no excess cover available), sustainable energy policy, and that the car rental company has a good reputation. Availability of cars satisfying these four requirements will speed up the selection of a suitable vehicle for you. How can I change or cancel my reservation? You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less). When will I get a confirmation of my booking? Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours). Which car rental companies are compared by Carrentals.co.uk? at this location
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