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Hertz in Bordeaux

Bordeaux is a city that defies expectations. Surrounded by rolling countryside and lush vineyards, this elegant French city will blow you away with its modern architectural triumphs, award-winning dining scene and UNESCO-listed core. It’s one of the gems of western France and discovering its charms a rare pleasure.

Make the most of your time here with car hire in Bordeaux. Perfect for both business and pleasure, we have a range of vehicles to choose from, including city cars, family options and luxury SUVs.

To make sure you get on your way as soon as possible when you arrive in Bordeaux, browse our available vehicles online in advance and book your car, along with any additional extras. Or simply visit one of our offices in the city to arrange your car hire whenever is convenient for you.

Either way, we’re ready to get you on your way and exploring all that this beautiful region has to offer.

Pickup Locations Bordeaux

  • 26 Rue des Terres de Borde

    Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0800-1200 1400-1700, Sa 0800-1200 1500-1800, Su closed.

    Address: 26 Rue des Terres de Borde

    Phone: 33-0-825-002-400

  • Bordeaux Airport

    Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0630-2330, Sa-Su 0700-2330

    Address: Merignac Airport

    Phone: +33 (0) 825 002 400

  • Saint Jean Railway Station

    Opening hours: Mo-Th 0700-2100, Fr 0700-2230, Sa 0800-1900, Su 0900-1930

    Address: 137 Rue des Terres de Borde, , Vehicle return: 26 Rue des Terres de Borde

    Phone: 33-0-825-002-400

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Driving in and around Bordeaux

Bordeaux

Nestled in south-west France, Bordeaux is the perfect introduction to this charming and varied country. You can enjoy the beauty of the city itself before embarking on a road trip, where coastal routes and gently winding roads will take you past vineyards, forests and the Atlantic Ocean.

Many of the driving laws here are similar to those of Ireland, with the use of mobile devices while driving banned and the driver and all passengers all having to wear seatbelts.

As in most of Europe you’ll drive on the right-hand side of the road and it’s worth noting that at roundabouts cars that have already entered the road have right of way. Expect speed limits of 50 km/h in urban areas, 80 km/h on other roads and 130km/h on motorways, but be sure to pay attention to local signage.

Central Bordeaux is encircled by a ring road, making it easy to access the top attractions in the city.

From the train station, head towards the River Garonne and turn left onto Quai de Paludate. Follow the boulevard north and turn onto Rue Esprit des Lois to access the Triangle D’or.

The A630 runs around much of the city and is ideally placed for exploring the west coast. From here, the D1252, which flows into the D6, will take you to Lacanau. Venture to this surfing hotspot to master the huge Atlantic waves rolling into shore. 

Pick up the D106 and head through Landes de Gascogne Regional Natural Park in the direction of Cap Ferret. This secluded headland is the ultimate place to indulge in the region’s best oysters and enjoy breath-taking views of both Arcachon Bay on one side and the Bay of Biscay on the other.

To explore more of the French Atlantic coast, journey north along the A10 in the direction of La Rochelle. With pretty beaches and plenty of history too, the picturesque port is the ideal day trip.

While you’re in the area, take the opportunity to tick two more French gems off your list. Set your Satnav to Perpignan and head down the A62 and A61.

A tangle of cobbled streets, bursting with a unique blend of French/Spanish character, is waiting to be explored. On your way, stop off at magical Carcassonne. Your first glimpse of the fairy tale citadel towering over the city is one that you’ll always remember.

A quick guide to Bordeaux


Culture? Tick. Amazing food? Check. Tourist sights and city lights beyond your expectations? Oh yes.  Whatever brings you to Bordeaux, prepare to be wowed as you explore this graceful yet exciting city.

A city of wonders

Lovers of classic architecture are spoilt for choice in Bordeaux – the only question is which elegant sight to visit first?

Rows of grand 18th century buildings fringe the tree-lined boulevards in this city. None more so than in Triangle D’or. Stroll this historically rich pocket of Bordeaux, stopping into the boutiques and cafes that call the golden buildings home.

Saint-André Cathedral is another must-see. This UNESCO-listed site has a history stretching all the way back to the 11th century, but has been rebuilt over the years in numerous different styles, although it remains largely Gothic.

Take in the medieval façade before heading into its neighbouring bell tower to climb more than 200 steps to the top where you can enjoy panoramic views of the city.

Few things can match the tranquil beauty of Miroir d'Eau. Found in front of Place de la Bourse, this graceful reflecting pool has fast become a shimmering icon of Bordeaux.

Stand in front of the vast expanse of water and marvel at its mirror effect. When temperatures rise during summer, there’s no better place to cool off than in the jets of mist which spurt out periodically.

Food for the soul

Dining in Bordeaux is an experience in itself. As you’d perhaps expect from this elegant city, eating here can be a formal and elaborate affair, although there are plenty of laidback and street food options too.

Savour seafood dishes inside cosy bistro Le Petit Commerce or indulge in gourmet delights with views to match on the seventh floor of La Cité du Vin.

Seek out retro food truck Seasons to tuck into veggie-stuffed wraps, while those who head for La Copa Rota on Rue Notre Dame can feast on fresh tacos and quesadillas – it’s not all French classics here.

Sleepy villages and secluded coastal spots

For a dose of fresh sea air, drive to Cap Ferret on the French Atlantic coast. This quiet peninsula is the perfect place to unleash both your inner adventurer and foodie.

On land you can tuck into oysters at one of the waterside restaurants. With the Atlantic Ocean on one side and Arcachon Bay on the other, there’s no shortage of spots for a refreshing dip or to take on the mighty waves.

Travel back inland to Saint-Émilion, a medieval village of overwhelming beauty. Surrounded by famed vineyards, this World Heritage Site has a magic all of its own.

Park up and discover it for yourself as you wander the narrow, cobbled lanes flanked by honey-tinged buildings. You’ll find the best view of the village at the top of Tour de Roy, the stone keep of the 13th century castle. From here, the lush valley will unfold before your eyes.

Hire a car in Bordeaux and discover the local treasures in France’s most famous wine region at your own pace.