Bordeaux Water Tram – the Best Way to Get to La Cite du Vin

So you want to avoid a half-an-hour stroll from the centre of Bordeaux to the wine museum La Cité du Vin? Bike, rent a scooter, or take tram B at the Quinconces stop.

A nicer option to get to La Cité du Vin is a ferry called BAT3 that runs on the Garonne river. 

Navette fluvial is not very practical, but is a great way to enjoy views of Bordeaux from the water or to entertain kids. There is a real captain onboard! 

The boat has a short route from Stalingrad on the right bank of the river, through the Bordeaux centre around the Quinconces square, to La Cité du Vin and then to a suburb of Bordeaux called Lormont. 

BAT3It is part of TBM, the local public transport system.  

To catch a tram, check the schedule, buy a ticket on board for 3 euros, use a TBM tram ticket  (1.70 euros) or Porto city card. Remember to validate your ticket it onboard.

Pros: Quick picturesque ride, great experience for kids and an alternative to a river cruise. You can take your bike onto the BAT3 boat.

Cons: BAT3 does not run very often, service stops after dark.

Buy skip-the-line La Cité du Vin tickets in advance online or use your Bordeaux city pass. The latter only allows to visit the museum in the mornings before noon.

Read more Bordeaux travel tips here.

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Hi, my name is Polina. I am a sommelier and a wine tour guide in Bordeaux, France.

I organize private Bordeaux wine tours.

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