Bordeaux may be famed for its grapes, but this port city nestled in south-western France has more to offer than just vineyards. A graceful and charming city, renowned for its elegance, Bordeaux delivers a taste of old France as well as making room for the cutting edge.
Our pick-up locations include the airport, so whether here for business or pleasure you can touch down and be on your way with as little fuss as possible.
Opening hours:Mo-Fr 0800-1200 1400-1700, Sa 0800-1200 1500-1800, Su closed.
Address:26 Rue des Terres de Borde
Opening hours:Mo-Fr 0630-2330, Sa-Su 0700-2330
Address:Aeroport De Merignac
Opening hours:Mo-Th 0700-2100, Fr 0700-2200, Sa 0800-1800, Su 1000-1300 1400-1900
1 rue d'Armagnac,
Vehicle return: 26 Rue des Terres de Borde
Bordeaux’s timeless appeal – whether it’s twinkling lights across the classical bridges that span the Garonne River, or the gothic and baroque churches that pepper the city – provide a lot for the visitor to sink their teeth into.
Known locally as the Triangle d’Or, the area surrounded by Cours Clemenceau, Allees de Tourny and Cours de l’Intendance is the beating heart of the town. Beautiful 18th century facades may give off an air of grandeur, but this is a place that teems with real life.
Restaurants and bars jostle with cultural experiences, such as the Grand Theatre. It’s all highly photogenic and a great place to stop with a coffee and watch Bordeaux go about its business.
Leading north from the Grand Theatre, the Rue Sainte-Catherine is an entirely pedestrianised shopping street stretching over 1km, one of the longest in Europe.
It’s a busy place, popular with both locals and tourists, and encompasses both high street chains and more unique boutiques.
As this is wine country, you’d expect grand restaurants as well. There are three high-end choices each with two Michelin stars. Gordon Ramsay’s Le Pressoir d’Argent has a growing reputation and, situated in a grand hotel, is definitely somewhere to dress up for – you’ll need to book, too.
Turbot baked in seaweed, beef tartar with oyster cream and Perigord truffle crème brulee don’t come cheap, but it’s a satisfyingly luxurious experience.
Frederic Vigouroux’s laid-back bistro, Bouchon Bordelais, meanwhile, is less a temple of gastronomy and more a buzzing, affordable but inventive place to get a taste of real France alongside locals.
To get a real sense of how Bordeaux – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – is keeping an eye on the future, you can wander into the renovated docklands to the north of the city, or just pull up a pew near Mama Shelter.
This trendy hotel chain has sparked new life into an old gas company building, with its Philippe Starck design and fashionable bars. Inside it’s a riot of colour and attracts a younger audience that tell you Bordeaux isn’t a city content to rest on its laurels.
A city of history, Bordeaux is also an example of how to make heritage hip. It’s also a great place to start if you’re exploring the south-west of France. Car hire in Bordeaux will send you on your merry way.
With a wide range of travellers passing through our locations every day, we've got a wide range of vehicles on offer to suit your needs - from smart executive saloons to compact family hatchbacks. ***
***Specific cars may not be available when booking
Please note that from 15 Nov to 15 Apr many cities are required by law to restrict the circulation to only vehicles equipped with snow chains or winter tyres. For a summary of the orders, please visit www.poliziadistato.it. To comply with the regulations, in specific locations subject to this requirement, vehicles are equipped with snow chains - the price is included in the rental charges through the cost of "Winterization Fee". At pick-up if you decide to bring your own snow chains or do not intend on driving on the roads subject to this requirement, you may decline the equipment by signing the appropriate release form. This change will be reflected in the rental charges. For more information on the fees, please click here. In all other regions, we recommend that you check before renting if your journey includes one of the roads subject to this requirement and therefore request the snow chains, if necessary.