Ports of Call
France is the world's most-visited tourist destination, and one of its most popular areas is its wine region, which is characterised by rolling hills graced by vineyards and cosy villages. While most visitors to the country fly into Paris, traffic to regional airports like Bordeaux Mérignac Airport (BOD) is steadily increasing. Located in the town of Mérignac, six miles (10km) west of Bordeaux, the airport is small and efficient, saving passengers much of the hassle and queues that have become synonymous with Paris' sprawling Charles de Gaulle International Airport. There are almost hourly flights to Bordeaux Airport from Paris, and daily flights to nearly all other French airports. Moreover, it's possible to fly almost anywhere in Europe from Bordeaux, including weekly services to prime destinations such as London, Prague, Geneva, Madrid, Amsterdam, Lisbon and Milan. Another significant attraction of Bordeaux Airport is The Parfumerie Aéroboutique: a great place to do some last-minute gift-shopping for loved ones back home, the Aéroboutique stocks luxurious French cosmetics like L'Occitane skin care products and Terner accessories and jewellery.
The airport is located eight miles (13km) west of Bordeaux.
Getting to the city
There are regular bus services to the city centre taking about 30-45 minutes. Taxis are available outside the airport.
GMT +1 (GMT +2 from last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October).
Tel: +33 (0)5 5634 5000.
Car hire firms Avis, Budget, Europcar and Hertz, among others, operate from the airport.
Taxis are available outside the Arrivals area.
Transfer between terminals
A short covered walkway links the two main terminals/halls. The third low-cost Billi terminal is within walking distance.
Airport facilities include a number of bars, shops and restaurants, as well as travel agencies and tour operators. ATMs and bureaux de change are also available. The airport has good facilities for disabled passengers; those with special needs are advised to let their airline know in advance.
There are express, short-term and long-term parking options available at Bordeaux Airport. Parking lot P1 is located within easy walking distance of the terminal building; P4 is the most cost-effective for long-term parking, with a weekly rate of about €42. There is a free shuttle service linking outlying P4 to the terminal building.
Free wifi is available at the airport.
There are no business facilities at the airport.
Bordeaux Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.