Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport is Bordeux’s international airport. It is the 6th busiest airport in France, servicing almost 4.6 million passengers in the year 2013. The airport has 3 terminals, with the most recent terminal (billi Bordeaux illico terminal) constructed back in 2010 for low-cost carriers. The main passenger terminal is split into Halls A and B and each hall has arrival and departure levels. The airport is open 6am to 11pm daily.
How to get around
For NZD11, the Jet’Bus departs to Bordeaux city centre every 45 minutes from the airport. It takes around 45 minutes to get to the city centre. A cheaper alternative is to take the public transport. Liane 1 is a bus route that brings you to Bordeaux centre via Tram Line A at Mérignac Centre.
You may also wish to take the Bordeaux airport shuttle that brings you to Bordeaux Saint Jean train station. Fares are within NZD20, depending on whether the ticket is one-way, return, or discounted. While taxi services are available, they are expensive. You can also arrange for car-rental services and even motorbike services at the airport.
Bordeaux’s public transport system comprises of trams, buses, bicycles and boats. Liane busses, mentioned previously is part of the public transport in Bordeaux. You can also rent bicycles from VCub to travel around the city. Most VCub stations are located near the bus and tram stops and train stations. There are also many bicycle parking lots in the city.
There are three tram lines in the city: A, B and C. A lines bring you to the left and right banks of Bordeaux whereas B and C lines connect you from north to south Bordeaux. If you rented a car, you can use the Park and Ride service. Just hop onto a tram or bus after parking your car. Taxis start with a minimum fare of NZD10 for the first 2.8km.
What to see and do
Bordeaux is the 9th largest city in France. This metropolitan city is often known for Bordeaux wine. But it is also home to many 18th century buildings and contemporary architecture, with these landmarks located within walking distances of each other.
A must-visit place in the city is the Church of Notre-Dame. This baroque church was formerly known as St. Dominic Church. Be awed by the intricacy of this historical monument built back in the 17th century.
The Grand Theatre decked in royal colours of blue, white and gold stands in the vicinity of the church. Guided tours are available if you wish to know more about the history behind this architectural masterpiece. Enjoy an opera, dance performance, or concert here.
Stroll over to Esplanade des Quinconces, featuring the impressive Column of the Girondins. Nearby stands Place de la Bourse, also known as Place Royal. The royal square, originally built for French ruler Louis XV overlooks Miroir d'eau des Quais (The Quay Mirror), the largest water mirror in the world.
Head over to Rue Sainte-Catherine, Bordeaux’s main shopping area that runs through the city historic centre. Le Jardin Public is also nestled in the heart of Bordeaux. Unwind and walk through this scenic park.
If time permits, why not join a guided tour in the vineyard? OR simply head to Vinset, a wine bar located in the Saint-Pierre area for wine tasting.
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