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'''Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport''' ({{IATA|BOD}}) ({{ICAO|LFBD}}), [http://www.bordeaux.aeroport.fr/] is west of the city. It is a regional airport which serves mostly domestic flights, though there are international flights as well connecting Bordeaux to some European "hub" airports like [[Paris]] (Orly and Roissy), [[London]] (Gatwick and Luton), [[Madrid]], and [[Amsterdam]].
 
'''Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport''' ({{IATA|BOD}}) ({{ICAO|LFBD}}), [http://www.bordeaux.aeroport.fr/] is west of the city. It is a regional airport which serves mostly domestic flights, though there are international flights as well connecting Bordeaux to some European "hub" airports like [[Paris]] (Orly and Roissy), [[London]] (Gatwick and Luton), [[Madrid]], and [[Amsterdam]].
  
An express bus runs every 45 minutes to the city centre, with stops on the demand. The same bus runs from Gare Saint Jean to the airport with three stops:
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An express bus runs every 45 minutes to the city center, with stops on the demand. The same bus runs from Gare Saint Jean to the airport with three stops:
  
 
#. Office du Tourisme 12, cours du 30 juillet
 
#. Office du Tourisme 12, cours du 30 juillet
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===By train===
 
===By train===
  
The main train station ('''Gare Saint Jean''') is located about 4km from the centre of town. Several trains per day (around one every two hours) go north (to [[Paris]], about 2 -3 hours, 25 trains a day , [[Angoulême]], [[Poitiers]]), south (to [[Toulouse]], [[Marseille]], [[Montpellier]] (about 4 to 5 hours), up to [[Nice]]), and east (to [[Périgueux]] and [[Clermont-Ferrand]]).
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The main train station ('''Gare Saint Jean''') is located about 4km from the center of town. Several trains per day (around one every two hours) go north (to [[Paris]], about 2 -3 hours, 25 trains a day , [[Angoulême]], [[Poitiers]]), south (to [[Toulouse]], [[Marseille]], [[Montpellier]] (about 4 to 5 hours), up to [[Nice]]), and east (to [[Périgueux]] and [[Clermont-Ferrand]]).
  
 
Buses, trams and taxis leave from in-front of the station. Take Tram C to get to downtown if you are going to the more northern part, or a bus if you are going to the area around ''Place de la Victoire''.
 
Buses, trams and taxis leave from in-front of the station. Take Tram C to get to downtown if you are going to the more northern part, or a bus if you are going to the area around ''Place de la Victoire''.
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==Get around==
 
==Get around==
 
[[Image:Bordeauxlawntrack.jpg|thumb|Tramway in Bordeaux]]
 
[[Image:Bordeauxlawntrack.jpg|thumb|Tramway in Bordeaux]]
Bordeaux is quite a big city; however, most of the interesting attractions are in the town centre. It is '''not''' recommended that visitors drive as it is always a hassle to park (and car parks are expensive), and there are often traffic jams in the narrow, old streets of the city.
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Bordeaux is quite a big city; however, most of the interesting attractions are in the town center. It is '''not''' recommended that visitors drive as it is always a hassle to park (and car parks are expensive), and there are often traffic jams in the narrow, old streets of the city.
  
The most interesting way to explore the city is by walking. As most of the town centre is a ''''pedestrian area'''', this is easy to do. If you like sports, you can rent roller-skates or a bike (see below) or you can make your way in town using the various bus lines. A small ferry boat permits to go from the western shore of the river to the eastern shore, and vice-versa.
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The most interesting way to explore the city is by walking. As most of the town center is a ''''pedestrian area'''', this is easy to do. If you like sports, you can rent roller-skates or a bike (see below) or you can make your way in town using the various bus lines. A small ferry boat permits to go from the western shore of the river to the eastern shore, and vice-versa.
  
 
Three efficient tramway lines are also available (A, B, and C), tickets cost 1.50€ and covers unlimited journeys within one hour of validation. The machines do not accept notes so you will need a French Carte Bancaire or coins.   
 
Three efficient tramway lines are also available (A, B, and C), tickets cost 1.50€ and covers unlimited journeys within one hour of validation. The machines do not accept notes so you will need a French Carte Bancaire or coins.   
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* The Jacques-Chaban-Delmas lift bridge ; located between the "Quais" and the "Aquitaine bridge". Opened in 2013, it features a liftable deck, which goes up to 53 metres (170 ft), to enable [[cruise ships]] and historical sailboats to dock close to the Quinconces Square.
 
* The Jacques-Chaban-Delmas lift bridge ; located between the "Quais" and the "Aquitaine bridge". Opened in 2013, it features a liftable deck, which goes up to 53 metres (170 ft), to enable [[cruise ships]] and historical sailboats to dock close to the Quinconces Square.
 
* [[Bordeaux/La Victoire|La Victoire]]— Historical monuments meet student life and bars.
 
* [[Bordeaux/La Victoire|La Victoire]]— Historical monuments meet student life and bars.
* The Pedestrian Centre — If you plan on shopping, or are looking for cultural activities, Bordeaux has a lot to offer - and it starts right here.
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* The Pedestrian Center — If you plan on shopping, or are looking for cultural activities, Bordeaux has a lot to offer - and it starts right here.
 
* Gambetta Square — The rich districts of Bordeaux start north - this part of the town is nicknamed "Little Paris".
 
* Gambetta Square — The rich districts of Bordeaux start north - this part of the town is nicknamed "Little Paris".
 
* Quinconces Square — Be sure to check out the fountain monument to the Girondins, a group of moderate, bourgeois National Assembly deputies during the French Revolution..
 
* Quinconces Square — Be sure to check out the fountain monument to the Girondins, a group of moderate, bourgeois National Assembly deputies during the French Revolution..
* Meriadeck — The administrative centre of Bordeaux, with one of the biggest libraries in France.
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* Meriadeck — The administrative center of Bordeaux, with one of the biggest libraries in France.
  
* Do not miss the '''Victory Arch''' (Roman architecture), at the centre of [[Bordeaux/La Victoire|La Victoire]] and a great example of the town's Roman roots.
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* Do not miss the '''Victory Arch''' (Roman architecture), at the center of [[Bordeaux/La Victoire|La Victoire]] and a great example of the town's Roman roots.
  
 
* Relax and take a picnic in the lush '''Public Gardens''', north of Gambetta square.
 
* Relax and take a picnic in the lush '''Public Gardens''', north of Gambetta square.
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==Do==
 
==Do==
  
* Have a walk along the '''Sainte-Catherine street''' in the Pedestrian Centre and enjoy the scenery.
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* Have a walk along the '''Sainte-Catherine street''' in the Pedestrian Center and enjoy the scenery.
 
* Consider crossing the bridges or taking the ferry boat over the river (see [[Bordeaux/Les Quais|Les Quais]]).
 
* Consider crossing the bridges or taking the ferry boat over the river (see [[Bordeaux/Les Quais|Les Quais]]).
 
* Climb the 243 steps of the tower of '''Saint-Michel''', and enjoy the panoramic view of Bordeaux (entrance 5 Euro - free for EU nationals under 26).
 
* Climb the 243 steps of the tower of '''Saint-Michel''', and enjoy the panoramic view of Bordeaux (entrance 5 Euro - free for EU nationals under 26).
 
* Spend some time at the '''miroir d'eau''' (water mirror) at the border of the river. Every now and then, it is filled with 2 cm of water, alternated with a cloud of mist.
 
* Spend some time at the '''miroir d'eau''' (water mirror) at the border of the river. Every now and then, it is filled with 2 cm of water, alternated with a cloud of mist.
 
* Have a drink and a dance at one of the many bars or clubs in [[Bordeaux/Les Quais|Les Quais]] or [[Bordeaux/La Victoire|La Victoire]].
 
* Have a drink and a dance at one of the many bars or clubs in [[Bordeaux/Les Quais|Les Quais]] or [[Bordeaux/La Victoire|La Victoire]].
* Watch the ducks play in the big public park north of the centre and escape from the city at the '''Jardin Botanique''', Bordeaux's Botanical Garden. Around since 1855, the botanical  garden is the perfect place to take a walk around its many paths, or just sit and relax. Guided tours are on offer, as well as occasional workshops and activities for children.
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* Watch the ducks play in the big public park north of the center and escape from the city at the '''Jardin Botanique''', Bordeaux's Botanical Garden. Around since 1855, the botanical  garden is the perfect place to take a walk around its many paths, or just sit and relax. Guided tours are on offer, as well as occasional workshops and activities for children.
 
* Bordeaux gardens open: end March to end October - 8AM to 8PM; end October to end March - 8AM to 6PM. Bordeaux gardens admission is free.
 
* Bordeaux gardens open: end March to end October - 8AM to 8PM; end October to end March - 8AM to 6PM. Bordeaux gardens admission is free.
 
* Fly a jet fighter [http://www.flyajetfighter.com]. You can fly the L39 Albatros from Bordeaux International Airport. Starts at €1950.
 
* Fly a jet fighter [http://www.flyajetfighter.com]. You can fly the L39 Albatros from Bordeaux International Airport. Starts at €1950.
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==Buy==
 
==Buy==
  
Bordeaux has made its wealth out of trade, and the local economic system relies heavily on shops and trading halls. The Pedestrian Centre is basically full of stores of all kinds, from clothes to art, craftworks, food and wine etc. If you're looking for luxury items, head to Gambetta square and its surroundings.
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Bordeaux has made its wealth out of trade, and the local economic system relies heavily on shops and trading halls. The Pedestrian Center is basically full of stores of all kinds, from clothes to art, craftworks, food and wine etc. If you're looking for luxury items, head to Gambetta square and its surroundings.
  
 
Don't hesitate to buy some local music - Bordeaux music groups are on the rise! Check out Kap Bambino, an electronic music duo formed by singer Caroline Martial and beat-smith boyfriend Orion Bouvier.
 
Don't hesitate to buy some local music - Bordeaux music groups are on the rise! Check out Kap Bambino, an electronic music duo formed by singer Caroline Martial and beat-smith boyfriend Orion Bouvier.
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* '''InterContinental Bordeaux - Le Grand Hotel ''', the only five-star hotel in Bordeaux, is located near the Bordeaux theatre. Includes the Michelin-starred restaurant le Pressoir d'Argent and many casual cafes where you can savour the local cuisine. Rooms are impeccably decorated, and include separate marble bathrooms. Approximately 350 Euros for a superior room, about 20 square metres. 2-5 Place de la Comedie 33000 Bordeaux. Tel: +33 05 57 30 44 44 [http://www.theregentbordeaux.com].
 
* '''InterContinental Bordeaux - Le Grand Hotel ''', the only five-star hotel in Bordeaux, is located near the Bordeaux theatre. Includes the Michelin-starred restaurant le Pressoir d'Argent and many casual cafes where you can savour the local cuisine. Rooms are impeccably decorated, and include separate marble bathrooms. Approximately 350 Euros for a superior room, about 20 square metres. 2-5 Place de la Comedie 33000 Bordeaux. Tel: +33 05 57 30 44 44 [http://www.theregentbordeaux.com].
  
* '''The Sofitel Bordeaux''' hotel is close to the banks of the Bordeaux lake, near the Convention centre. There is a private swimming pool. 1 Avenue Jean-Gabriel Domergue in Bordeaux le Lac. Tel: + 33 05 56 69 66 66, [http://hotel-sofitel-bordeaux.accorhotels.net/].
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* '''The Sofitel Bordeaux''' hotel is close to the banks of the Bordeaux lake, near the Convention center. There is a private swimming pool. 1 Avenue Jean-Gabriel Domergue in Bordeaux le Lac. Tel: + 33 05 56 69 66 66, [http://hotel-sofitel-bordeaux.accorhotels.net/].
  
 
*'''Burdigala''', 115, rue Georges-Bonnac, tel +33 05 56 90 16 16. Displaying a European elegance, the Burdigala attracts a cosmopolitan clientele that appreciates its multi-lingual staff and spacious rooms complete with marble bathrooms. Hotel also hosts long term stays.
 
*'''Burdigala''', 115, rue Georges-Bonnac, tel +33 05 56 90 16 16. Displaying a European elegance, the Burdigala attracts a cosmopolitan clientele that appreciates its multi-lingual staff and spacious rooms complete with marble bathrooms. Hotel also hosts long term stays.
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Bordeaux is covered by the three major telecommunication operators in France : France Telecom (Orange), Bouygues, and SFR. If you have a GSM cellphone with an international subscription, you should be able to give calls from anywhere in the city. It is also possible to find phone cabins, but some have been removed recently due to their decreased usage.
 
Bordeaux is covered by the three major telecommunication operators in France : France Telecom (Orange), Bouygues, and SFR. If you have a GSM cellphone with an international subscription, you should be able to give calls from anywhere in the city. It is also possible to find phone cabins, but some have been removed recently due to their decreased usage.
  
As for internet access, there are a few cybercafes in the pedestrian centre, which are not expensive (from 2 to 4 euros per hour).
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As for internet access, there are a few cybercafes in the pedestrian center, which are not expensive (from 2 to 4 euros per hour).
  
 
Most restaurants also offer free Wi-Fi.
 
Most restaurants also offer free Wi-Fi.

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