Bordeaux Airport or Bordeaux-Merignac as it is known locally, serves over 4 million passengers a year and is the 6th busiest airport in France. If you have car hire at Bordeaux Airport, the city is a short 11 km drive away. Bordeaux is famous for being a top class wine region and the city is known for its independent spirit and culture.
Bordeaux Airport has 2 terminals with 3 halls. There are many domestic flights as well as flights to major cities in Europe and North Africa. Most scheduled flights depart from Hall A and Air France and KLM flights depart from B. Budget flights leave from the separate Billi terminal. The airport has limited facilities, but all the basics you need. There is a bank with ATMs and a currency exchange bureau for all your money services. The airport has a conference and business centre and information desks, for all your enquiries about the airport and local area. You can buy gifts and souvenirs at Decouvrir le Sud Ouest or local pastries form Baillardian. The Aeroboutique and Parfumerie have all your duty free bargains and branded names and you can buy books and newspapers at Relay. If you need something to eat, there are 6 outlets to choose from, including the Destination Cafe, Restaurant Tempus and Ouest Bar. Fresh snacks and sandwiches are available from Kiosque Paul.
Bordeaux is in the heart of the Gironde region, famous for its wines and culture. The city sits on the River Garonne and has many impressive sights and has been nicknamed ‘Little Paris’. In Gambretta Square you can see the imposing renaissance Grand Theatre and in La Victoire, you can see Victory Arch and Aquitane Bridge. Look out for the ancient church of Abbitale Ste Croix and if you climb the steps of St Michel Tower, you will see panoramic views over the city. By day, stroll along Le Quais or take a ferry trip and this is the place to dance, after dark. For a little art and culture visit Musee D’Art Contemporain and Musee D’Aquitane and for calm in the city, visit the Jardin Botanique. Out and about with your car hire in Bordeaux, visit the wine regions of St Emilion, Medoc, Graves and Sauternes or the seaside town of Arcachon known for its oysters, beaches and pretty pine forests for you to explore.