The Bordeaux-Merignac Airport is only 13 km or 8 mi away from the city.
There are a few ways to reach the city centre from the airport:
Public bus – €1.70
Take bus number 1 at a bus stop located between Hall A and Hall B of the airport. You can buy a magnetic ticket at the machine right by the bus stop or pay cash to a driver. Drivers do not accept large bills.
In late 2021, some buses on the airport line 1 got equipped with credit card payment terminals. I also like to use the Witick app to pay for my transport tickets in Bordeaux.
As you enter a bus tap your ticket at one of the screens marked TBM. There is no extra charge for luggage.
The bus will take you about an hour. It makes many stops along the way, which is frankly quite annoying. Get off at Centre Commercial Mériadeck or Palais de Justice to go to the historic centre. The bus makes its final stop at the railway station, Gare St. Jean.
If you need to transfer to another bus or tram line, the transfers are free for 1 hour. Remember to tap on as you transfer.
Download bus schedules here.
If you plan to use Bordeaux public transport during your stay, consider the Bordeaux City Pass which includes unlimited use of trams and buses in Bordeaux.
3D Direct Shuttle – €8.00
This direct bus will pick you up by Hall B of the airport and take you to the railway station, Gare St. Jean for just 30 minutes.
The air-conditioned coaches leave every half an hour. The company offers free wi-fi onboard, free luggage service, and free rides for children under 5.
For schedules and tickets click here.
Uber is running in Bordeaux. It might cost you€25 to €40 to get to the city center.
Some streets in the central part of Bordeaux will be closed for Uber and taxis.
Taxis leave from Hall A of the airport. €25 to €40 per ride.
Your private driver will meet you at the arrivals hall and take you to your accommodation in Bordeaux or the surroundings starting from €90 euros.
For suggestions of the best stays in Saint-Emilion, Medoc and Bordeaux see my articles below:
Where to Stay in Bordeaux Wine Country – the Right Bank?