1. High-speed train from Paris Gare Montparnasse
High-speed bullet trains called TGV (stands for Trains a Grand Vitesse) from Gare Montparnasse train station in Paris arrive Gare Saint-Jean train station in Bordeaux.
The trains are operated by SNCF. You can buy tickets on the SNCF website or through a phone app Oui.SNCF.
The shortest ride will take 2 hours and 9 minutes. Prices start from 16 euros and can go up to over 100 euros during popular times. There are discounts for children and seniors.
Some trains will have a Wi-Fi connection. There is a cafe in one of the train carriages selling drinks and snacks. You can upgrade tickets to the 1st class to including food service.
Once you are at Bordeaux Gare Saint-Jean, to get to the city center take a taxi, an UBER, or hop on tram C. The Place de la Bourse stop or the Quinconces will be closest to the center.
2. By air from Paris Charles de Gauille Airport or from Paris Orly airport
Direct flights from Paris CDG and ORY airports to Bordeaux Merignac (BOD) airport are served by Air France. The direct flight from Paris to Bordeaux takes 1 hour 15 minutes.
There are connection flights by EasyJet and Ryanair that may depart from the third airport near Paris, Beauvais-Tille.
3. By car
The approximately 600-kilometer (370 miles) distance will take you 6-7 hours on a highway (A-1).
Be aware of the tolls on the route that can add up to over 50 euros one way. The cost of gas in France may be higher than in your country. As of today, in the summer of 2020, a liter of gas is approximately 1.30 euros (around 4.90 euros per US gallon).
If you are looking to share a ride, look into car-sharing options at Bla Bla Car.
4. By bus
A bus ride from Paris to Bordeaux will take 7.5 to 9.5 hours.
See FlixBus for tickets.
Bla Bla Car also offers a bus service from Paris to Bordeaux with departures from the Charles de Gaulle and the Orly airports.
Buses would usually drop off passengers near Bordeaux Gare Saint-Jean train station. From there, take a taxi or Tram C to Quinconces tram station in the center of Bordeaux.
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