Bordeaux Tourism

Smack dab in the middle of wine country Aquitaine is Bordeaux, possibly one of the most chilled out big cities in France. It’s been an important port right since Roman times, so when you’re strolling through town, expect to history shouting out at you from all the different architectures of buildings and monuments. Funnily, you won’t find too many ugly skyscrapers here; the ground is too soft to sustain them. Back in the day, the British has set up camp here for a while so there’s a lot of Saxony flavour to the city too.

Temperamentally, Bordeaux is the polar opposite of Paris; everybody is just NICE. Every bad thing you ever heard about a Frenchmen can probably be blamed on Parisians. And yes, they aren’t all snooty about preferring French over English. They’re chill. The country around the city, being wine country, is perfect for some serious cycling. The parks are pretty. The food is scrumptious (the desserts are mouth-watering). Getting around is easy. Seriously, why aren’t you there already?

Essential travel information and Bordeaux tips for your visit

  • Don’t use road vehicles (bus/car) at peak hours from 8am to 10am and from 4pm to 7pm.
  • Buy public transport tickets in bulk.
  • Beware of pickpockets.
  • Prefer bikes and trams over cars and buses.
  • The Passport Gourmand will let you get nice discounts in local restaurants so consider purchasing it.
  • Avoid Place de la Victoire at night.
  • Smoking is generally not permitted in public places. They are strict about this.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Bordeaux

  • Know the pollution level of Bordeaux before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 30.95 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 45.83 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 54.17 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 55.77 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 32.69 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 57.69 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 26.47 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 14.58 (Very Low)
  • How safe is Bordeaux for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Bordeaux.

    • Burglary and Theft 39.66 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 38.79 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 23.28 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 19.83 (Very Low)
    • Car Stealing 32.76 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 48.15 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 36.61 (Low)
    • Drug offense 47.41 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 84.48 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 49.14 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 61.21 (High)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 25 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 47.41 (Moderate)
  • Quality of Life Index of Bordeaux is 161.08 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 61.7 (High)
    • Climate Index 93.3 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 41.99 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 35.57 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 76.33 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 88.89 (Very High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 13.68 (High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 76.68 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Bordeaux

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.14 USD
    • International Movie per seat 11.34 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 39.49 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 95.61 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 90.7 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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