Bordeaux Transportation

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    Bicycle storage on local trains

    by Roadquill Written Dec 14, 2011

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    Many of the local trains have special room to store a bicycle. This made it very easy to travel between towns, unload my bike and begin exploring. The conductors were very helpful in making sure I was pointed in the right direction for the bicycle storage.

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    Esprit Cycle

    by Roadquill Updated Aug 18, 2011

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    I found that renting a bicycle from a local shop in Bordeaux a most excellent way to explore Bordeaux. While the tram and bus system is convenient, having a bike enabled me to easily go from one place to the next. Plus Bordeaux has many bike lanes that cover most of the main routes in the city. The bike was relatively tame, medium tires, a rack on the back, lights front and back.....a little more metro than I am used to, but it worked fine for four days and even made the trip to St. Emilion. On rue Dr. Nancel Penard near Place Gambetta.

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    Bus and Tram

    by Roadquill Written Aug 1, 2011

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    Bordeaux tram and bus map

    Bordeaux has an excellent public transportation system that is easily used in town, but also connects to the suburban areas and convention center on the outskirts of town. For the trams, tickets on a trip by trip basis can be bought at the tram stops. In July 2011 it was 1.40E per trip. The machines did not appear to take paper money, but did take cash cards.

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    VCUB - The best way to get around in Bordeaux

    by King_Golo Updated Aug 1, 2011

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    Station de VCUB

    VCUB is the city's "bike for rent" system. I have never been to a city with so many cyclists using rented bikes. It is very cheap, very easily accessible and very practical, particularly as the tramways are often very crowded.

    How does VCUB work? Depending on how long you stay in Bordeaux or how long you want to use the system, you can either go for a short term usage of 24 hours or 1 week or a long term usage of 1 month or 1 year. You go to the next VCUB terminal (they are literally everywhere, see this map for details), register with your debit card, pay (e.g. 5 euros for 7 days), receive a code which you !!MUST!! bear in mind and create your own 4-digit security number. You then take the bike and are free to go wherever you want. Once you're done, you simply leave it at the next VCUB terminal. The best: If you use it for less than 30 minutes, your trip won't cost you anything apart from the 5 euros!

    One last thing: Be careful when you're using roads with tramway tracks. These have exactly the same width as your tyres and can cause some dangerous accidents.

    The website below only exists in French, but perhaps the tourist information can help you with an English instruction manual.

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  • Private tour by Taxi

    by gino33 Written Aug 26, 2009

    You don't have much time, but you would still like to do some sightseeing ? Bordeaux taxi drivers and tourist office offer an overview tour of the city.

    # Meet and Greet Airport Service
    # Hotel and Office Pickups
    # Bordeaux Sights : Sightseeing in Bordeaux, Saint Emilion, Medoc or Arcachon can take all day. With our knowledge and information about the most famous sightseeing attractions, you can be sure to tour Bordeaux in unusual comfort
    # Special Accommodations for Corporate Customers

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    Bus

    by Gypsystravels Updated Oct 27, 2008

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    Buses lined up in front of the Palais du Justice

    We didn't use the bus service while exploring Bordeaux, but we did come across many buses lined up here near the Palais du Justice. Apparently this area is a depot for bus service in and around Bordeaux.

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    Tram

    by Gypsystravels Updated Oct 27, 2008

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    Tram whisking by

    The sleek blue trams that operate in Bordeaux are a great way of getting around in the city centre or the suburbs. It's three-line tram is easily navigated and a good way of getting around Bordeaux.

    The hours of operation are between 05:00 and 01:00 and tickets can be purchased at the tram stops.

    We didn't use the tram during our visit and I am not quite sure what the ticket price would be.

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    Walk

    by Gypsystravels Updated Oct 27, 2008

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    Me and Cecille walking and talking

    Like most cities in Europe, Bordeaux is pretty compact with most of the major sites centrally located and easily reached by walking. We arrived by car and started our exploring on foot.

    Walking is one of my favorite ways of exploring a city because it allows me a better perspective of the city, I can go "off the beaten path" at my pace, stopping to admire beautiful architecture, city life, or a quick stop for a snack or drink.

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    Bordeaux modern tram system

    by sirgaw Written Aug 22, 2007

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    Coming from a city that has one of the largest tram networks in the world (Melbourne, Australia), I was amazed at the great trams in Bordeaux. They are sleek, modern, comfortable and fast, but what makes them so special is the absence within the historic centre of Bordeaux of an ugly overhead power supply system so common with tramways around the world.

    The tram system has 3 lines and covers a grid of about 40 kilometres. The system carries around 190,000 passengers each day.

    The overhead power system in the outer areas of the network powers up the traction motors and stores power within a bank of on-board batteries. Once in the historic area, the pantographs (overhead power pick-ups) are retracted and sit flush with the roof line. The tram then runs on battery power with the addition of magnetic power pick-ups between the 2 rails of the system - it is quite safe to walk on the tracks without the danger of electrocution.

    Web link provided below is in French only and may give links if you require further information.

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    St Jean Railway Station

    by aaaarrgh Written Jul 10, 2007

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    The railway arrived from Paris in 1852. Today you can get from Bordeaux to Paris Montparnasse in 3 and half hours. In the other direction, you could get to the Spanish border in about 2 and half hours.

    Gare St Jean is one of those delightful French railway stations that still uses the mechanical train departures display. Dozens of people stand watching (and listening to) the clac-clac-clac as the timetable updates itself above the ticket hall.

    Directly outside is a tram stop with trams leaving every few minutes towards the city centre.

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    Trams (and Buses)

    by aaaarrgh Written Jul 8, 2007

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    Bordeaux has an excellent tram and bus network. The tram system opened in 2003 and is gradually being expanded. Currently there are three tram routes in different directions across the city. There are also 12 bus routes and a number of small 'navette' electric buses along the narrow streets.

    The fare system seems very simple. For the price of a single ticket (1.30 euros in 2007) you can travel for up to one hour from the time you get on board, a machine by the tram door stamps a date and time on your ticket. There are ticket maachines at each tram stop, which also have a map of the tram and bus system on the side. You can also buy a 'carnet' of ten tickets at a reduced price.

    I didn't see any ticket inspectors while I was in Bordeaux and I expect it woud be almost impossible to check people's tickets on a crowded tram at rush-hour. But it is up to you if you dare take the risk!!

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    Tramway service

    by DavidKerr Written Apr 2, 2007
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    If you want to get around Bordeaux then use the Trams they cover a large part of the centre and are being expanded to the Suburbs and they are the Green alternative to using your car for every journey.

    The trams run from the Gare St Jean right along the river to reach the centre of Bordeaux where you can find excellent shops and cafes etc and do not be afraid to explore for it is in the back streets that you can find some of the best Bars and Cafes for that snack or meal.

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    Bus from Airport

    by robsy Updated Oct 29, 2006

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    The Jet Bus from the airport to the city centre costs 6.80eur and run every 45 mins from 7.45 to 22.45.It is available outside the airport terminal and took about 35 mins to City Centre.It stops in 3 locations before ending its journey at the Gare St Jean.

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    Always use the Tramway network in Bordeaux France

    by DavidKerr Updated Oct 3, 2006

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    If you want to travel around the city of Bordeaux France then apart from the Tourist Bus there is an excellent transport system which is composed of Buses and Trams and it is the Tramway network that is fast and cheap.

    Get a multi journey ticket from the Local Station or any registered shop and enjoy the sights of Bordeaux, and remember that if you arrive at a destination and you find you do not like that area, providing it is within 1 hour then the tickets are valid for a free return to your start point.

    Enjoy Bordeaux it is a great place to stay

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    Traveling by car

    by Gypsystravels Updated May 17, 2006

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    You may drive with a valid U.S. driver's license in France. In addition, it is recommended (not required) to carry an International Driving Permit or attach a French translation to your US driver's license. You must also be at least 18 years old and hold a valid credit card.

    There are several good car hire companies throughout Europe, I would recommend one of the following;

    ADA – 0825 169 169
    Avis – 0820 150 505
    Europcar – 0870 607 500
    Hertz – 0720 903 905

    The speed limit is 50 km/h (30 mph) in the towns, and 90 km/h (55 mph) on the open roads.

    We chose to rent a car and drive from Den Haag to Southwest France as it was the most economical and easiest way to get to and around France.

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