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The vineyards of Bordeaux
 

Practical info Bordeaux, France

Getting around the city

Walking is considered the best way to get around Bordeaux. The city is big, but most attractions are in the town centre, which is pedestrian-friendly. The city has also started a bicycle-sharing initiative, and visitors can participate for only €1.50 per day or €5 per week (although a refundable €200 is required). The city has a good public transport system however, and visitors can choose between the bus, tramway, or electric bus, which cover most of the city. Renting a car is not an advisable plan for getting around Bordeaux, as the largely pedestrianised city centre is plagued with traffic jams and parking is often very difficult to find. Taxis are available, but must be booked by phone.

Time

GMT +1 (GMT +2 from last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October).

Electricity

Electrical current is 230 volts, 50Hz. European two-pin plugs are standard.

Currency

The Euro (EUR) is the official currency in France. Currency can be exchanged at banks, bureaux de change and some large hotels, though you will get a better exchange rate at the ATMs. Major credit cards are widely accepted, particularly in major tourist destinations. Foreign currency is not accepted.

Communication

The international access code for France is +33. Most public telephones accept phone cards, which are available in newsagents. Most hotels add a surcharge to calls, which can be very expensive; the cheapest way to call abroad is often with a phone card from a public telephone or at a post office. The local mobile phone operators use GSM networks and have roaming agreements with most international mobile phone companies. Internet cafes are available in towns throughout France.

Emergency number

Emergencies: 112.

Visa and health information

Everything about visa and health information

Public holidays

Climate

Bordeaux-Merignac Airport

www.bordeaux.aeroport.fr

Getting to the city

There are regular bus services to the city centre taking about 30-45 minutes. Taxis are available outside the airport.

Car rental

Car hire firms Avis, Budget, Europcar and Hertz, among others, operate from the airport.

Airport taxi's

Taxis are available outside the Arrivals area.

Transfer between terminals

A short covered walkway links the two main terminals/halls. The third low-cost Billi terminal is within walking distance.

Facilities

Airport facilities include a number of bars, shops and restaurants, as well as travel agencies and tour operators. ATMs and bureaux de change are also available. The airport has good facilities for disabled passengers; those with special needs are advised to let their airline know in advance.

Parking

There are express, short-term and long-term parking options available at Bordeaux Airport. Parking lot P1 is located within easy walking distance of the terminal building; P4 is the most cost-effective for long-term parking, with a weekly rate of about €42. There is a free shuttle service linking outlying P4 to the terminal building.

Internet

Free wifi is available at the airport.