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 Cite du Vin? Bike, rent one of those scooters, or take tram B that we all love from the Quinconces stop.

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

A cooler option though is a ferry called BAT3 that goes on the Garonne river. Not very practical in general, but great 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 Bordeaux centre around the Quinconces square, to La Cité du Vin and then to a suburb of Bordeaux called Lormont. It is part of TBM, the local public transport system.  

To catch one of these, check the schedule, buy a ticket on board for 3 euros or use a TBM tram ticket  (1.70 euros). Remember to validate it onboard.

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

Cons: Not running very often, service stops after dark.

Have a great ride and a visit to La Cité du Vin. 

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.



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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