Trains to Bordeaux

True romantics will only approach Bordeaux by boat – and it’s certainly the best way to appreciate this fine city. Most of us make do with the train which is a cheap and efficient way of reaching Bordeaux from many parts of Europe. In July 2017, the city moved a little closer to Paris when the high-speed line from the French capital to Tours was extended to Bordeaux. Bordeaux is now just over two hours away from Paris, with hourly trains dashing from Bordeaux to the French capital.

Bordeaux is one of France’s finest provincial cities. The compact and graceful heart of the Old Town drips with classical charm with plenty of fine frontages along the River Garonne. It’s a place to linger, certainly good for a two or three-night stay. The city is an excellent base for excursions to the nearby vineyards; there are for example regular local trains to both Margaux and Pauillac. For sun, sea and sand just hop on a local train to Arcachon on the coast; it's a summer excursion much favoured by the Bordelais.

If the weather is against you, make time for Bordeaux’s world-class museums and thriving café culture. Among the star attractions is the new museum and cultural centre devoted entirely to wine. La Cité du Vin opened in 2016; it makes just one more reason for visiting Bordeaux, a city whose wealth and fame is based almost entirely on wine. In June 2019, Bordeaux's long awaited and much delayed Musée Mer Marine (Museum of the Sea and the Navy) is set to open to visitors.

The main railway station, Bordeaux St-Jean, lies south-east of the city centre. From here long-distance trains fan out to cities across France. Besides Paris, there are direct services to Marseille, Lille, Limoges, Strasbourg and a score of other cities. Local trains run up the Atlantic coast to La Rochelle and Nantes. There are also good services east to Périgueux and other communities in the Dordogne.

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The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and operator. This is why we ask for the age of young passengers.

Sometimes children below a certain age can travel without a seat for free. If you want to guarantee a seat for child passengers, enter '6' as the age of the child.

Read more about child and youth passenger ages. See also youth discounts and railcards.