Visit Bordeaux - Best of Bordeaux

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?

Bordeaux Travel Tips

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.

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Facts and Stats for Bordeaux*

  • Pollution Statistics in Bordeaux

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

    • Air Pollution 30.26 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 52.5 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 60 (High)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 50 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 34.09 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 52.27 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 26.67 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 17.5 (Very Low)
  • Bordeaux: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Bordeaux for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Bordeaux.

    • Burglary and Theft 41.07 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 39.29 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 23.21 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 20.54 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 33.93 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 48.15 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 37.96 (Low)
    • Drug offense 45.54 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 84.82 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 49.11 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 60.71 (High)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 25.89 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 49.11 (Moderate)
  • Living in Bordeaux - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Bordeaux is 161.97 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 61.48 (High)
    • Climate Index 93.3 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 42.63 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 35.57 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 77.23 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 88.89 (Very High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 13.66 (High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 80.39 (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.

  • Cost for Essentials in Bordeaux

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

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.27 USD
    • International Movie per seat 10.41 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 47.41 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 107.93 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 100.29 USD

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

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