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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Bordeaux Airport Car Rental
Economy
Ford Fiesta or similar
Ford Fiesta
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
Enterprise
$62.18 / per day
Bordeaux Airport Car Rental
Economy
Toyota Yaris or similar
Toyota Yaris
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
Alamo
$65.43 / per day
Bordeaux Airport Car Rental
Compact
Renault Megane or similar
Renault Megane
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
Enterprise
$65.46 / per day
Bordeaux Airport Car Rental
Compact
Renault Megane or similar
Renault Megane
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
Alamo
$66.09 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Offers

Bordeaux Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat Panda or similar
Fiat Panda
  • 4x
  • 2x
  • 3x
  • No
  • Man.
Rhodium
$67.73 / per day
Bordeaux Airport Car Rental
Mini
Peugeot 108 or similar
Peugeot 108
  • 4x
  • 2x
  • 3x
  • No
  • Man.
Interrent
$69.53 / per day
Bordeaux Airport Car Rental
Economy
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 2x
  • No
  • Man.
Rhodium
$72.56 / per day
Bordeaux Airport Car Rental
Economy
Ford Fiesta or similar
Ford Fiesta
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
Rhodium
$73.45 / per day
The above prices are approximate only. They are based on bookings made during the last 48 hours and depend on booking dates, length of rental and car class.

Travel information

Language
French
Currency
EUR
Country code
33
Average car rental length
9 days
Economy car rental price
$65.26 / per day
Traffic direction
Right-hand
Speed limit out of town
80 km/h
50 mi/h
Speed limit within town
50 km/h
31 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%

Why rent a car in Bordeaux?

Bordeaux is a great place to explore by car. Not only an interesting city in its own right, it is also the capital of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine province, the center of the Bordeaux wine region, and the best access point for much of the Southwestern France.

Bordeaux Car Rental

Top ways to enter Bordeaux

  • Bordeaux Airport: Located close to the city center, Bordeaux Airport serves flights to and from many destinations in Europe, as well as in North Africa, the Middle East, and the North America.
  • Bergerac Airport: About an hour and a half’s drive away from Bordeaux, this regional airport mainly hosts flights to the United Kingdom, as well as to Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
  • Public transportation: If you arrive in Bordeaux by train, it is convenient to pick up a rental in Bordeaux Train Station.

Useful city facts

  • The main language of Bordeaux is, like elsewhere in the country, French. The knowledge of English varies, but many people working in the service industry speak it. 
  • Bordeaux enjoys hot summers, but winters can get cold at times because of winds coming from the Atlantic. January, the coldest month, has the average temperature of 6.6 °C (43.9 °F), while the mean temperature in the warmest month, August, is 21.4 °C (70.5 °F).

Top destinations and activities

  • Les Quais. Also known as the "Port of the Moon", walking the quay along the Gironde river is the best way to observe Bordeaux city center and pass some of its famous attractions.
  • Musee D'Aquitaine. This museum lets you travel through the area’s history, from relics dating back 25,000 years to Gall-Roman era, medieval times and present day.
  • The Museum of Bordeaux Wine and Trade. This unique museum is the best place to learn about Bordeaux’s main industry and its origins, old trade routes, wine-making techniques, and present state.

Traffic and parking tips

  • The speed limit in cities is 50 km/h, although in certain areas the speed limit may be reduced to 30 km/h. Unlike with inter-city roads, the urban speed limit is unaffected by weather.
  • Outside cities, as of July 2018 the speed limit depends on the type of the road. Highways are limited to 130 km/h, 4-lane expressways to 110 km/h, and 2- or 3- lane roads to 90 km/h. During the rain the limits are respectively lowered to 110 km/h, 100 km/h, and 80 km/h. The general speed limit is lowered to 50 km/h during heavy fog or other cases of bad visibility.
  • The insurance and car documentation needs to be in the car whenever you’re driving.
  • If you’re the driver, you need to have your passport or ID card with you at all times.
  • As of 2018, hands-free mobile phone use is banned in France and the fines are hefty.
  • The legal alcohol limit is 0.05% for experienced drivers and 0.02% for novice drivers.
  • The emergency number is 112.

Toll roads

Most of the main highways in France (autoroute in French) are toll roads. Their names start with letter A and you can recognize them by a red number sign. The fare for taking a toll road depends on the specific route, the distance length, as well as the type of your vehicle - trailer cars and caravans have to pay more than regular cars. You can pay by a credit card or by cash. You’ll be given a ticket that you have to keep while on the toll road.

Some rental cars are equipped with toll road transporters and can use the automatic toll road payment booths (Télépéage). Ask your rental car provider to find out if they offer cars with toll road transporters.

See the official French toll road website for more information. Use the website's toll road calculator to find out exactly how much you’ll have to pay for using the toll roads on your planned route.

Ideas for a day-trip

  • Wine tour. There are many organized tours that you can join, but having your own car lets you explore the nearby villages, vineyards, and chateaus by yourself. The Medoc region is perhaps the best place to start, with famous places such as Château Lafite Rothschild, Chateau Latour, Château Margaux and Chateau Mouton Rothschild all in close proximity to one another. If you were a driver for a visit to Medoc, don’t despair - you can switch places with your travel companion and pay a visit to the Graves region which has some of the oldest vineyards in all of the Bordeaux area.
  • Atlantic Coast. Bordeaux is located very near the Atlantic Coast, and there are many interesting places you can visit. The nearby town of Arcachon is famous for its oysters, but the nearby villages are just as charming. If you’re up for a longer trip, go all the way south to Bayonne and Biarritz, places that offer some of the best surfing in the whole Europe.
  • Saint Emilion village. Historically inhabited by Romans and hermit monks, this village east of Bordeaux is a UNESCO World heritage site. 
  • Angoulême. Venture north of Bordeaux to the Ville de l'Image or City of the Image. Angouleme is a city of art and history well worth the visit. 

Most popular rental types and cars

The most popular rental car in France is the Renault Twingo, but travelers also love the Volkswagen Polo and the Ford Fiesta. The most popular rental car types are economy,  compact and mini.

Further destinations

  • Northern Spain. Bayonne and Biarritz have already been mentioned, but if you travel even farther, you’ll reach Spain’s Basque coast, a place of interesting culture, stunning beaches and mountains, and unique cuisine.
  • Brittany. France’s westernmost region, a peninsula stretching into the Atlantic Ocean, is home to cozy little towns, megalithic stone sites, and rugged, but beautiful sea coast.
  • Southwestern France. Less popular as a tourism destination than its southeastern counterpart, Provence, this part of France is nonetheless a great place to explore thanks to various nature areas and cities like Toulouse.

How can I save money on my rental car?

You can do a number of things to get a good car rental deal in Bordeaux:

  • Compare rates of different rental car providers
  • Book your rental car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit on the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Bordeaux is the cheapest in April when renting a car is about 29% cheaper than the yearly average.

Top 20 Cities near Bordeaux

Nice Car Rentals from $41.69 per day
644.2 km / 400.3 miles away
Paris Car Rentals from $21.81 per day
526.4 km / 327.1 miles away
Marseille Car Rentals from $33.73 per day
497.5 km / 309.1 miles away
Lyon Car Rentals from $61.01 per day
447.8 km / 278.3 miles away
Toulouse Car Rentals from $19.32 per day
212.3 km / 131.9 miles away
Nantes Car Rentals from $49.93 per day
267.8 km / 166.4 miles away
Montpellier Car Rentals from $61.26 per day
397.3 km / 246.9 miles away
Bastia Car Rentals from $23.92 per day
857.4 km / 532.7 miles away
Ajaccio Car Rentals from $23.92 per day
833.0 km / 517.6 miles away
Lille Car Rentals from $31.87 per day
697.7 km / 433.5 miles away
Figari Car Rentals from $35.68 per day
876.5 km / 544.6 miles away
Perpignan Car Rentals from $37.99 per day
369.5 km / 229.6 miles away
Biarritz Car Rentals from $27.79 per day
165.0 km / 102.5 miles away
Limoges Car Rentals from $39.45 per day
187.0 km / 116.2 miles away
Aix-en-Provence Car Rentals from $59.76 per day
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Beauvais Car Rentals from $20.78 per day
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Rennes Car Rentals from $30.75 per day
368.8 km / 229.2 miles away
Toulon Car Rentals from $54.22 per day
563.8 km / 350.3 miles away
Caen Car Rentals from $44.27 per day
483.3 km / 300.3 miles away
Grenoble Car Rentals from $69.52 per day
477.9 km / 297.0 miles away

Top 20 Locations near Bordeaux

Bordeaux Airport Car Rentals from $62.18 per day
12.2 km / 7.6 miles away
Bergerac Airport Car Rentals from $35.77 per day
84.9 km / 52.8 miles away
108.0 km / 67.1 miles away
115.9 km / 72.0 miles away
158.4 km / 98.5 miles away
161.2 km / 100.2 miles away
Brive Airport Car Rentals from $64.45 per day
163.7 km / 101.7 miles away
Biarritz Airport Car Rentals from $27.79 per day
169.9 km / 105.6 miles away
177.9 km / 110.5 miles away
181.4 km / 112.7 miles away
187.7 km / 116.7 miles away
202.6 km / 125.9 miles away
207.0 km / 128.6 miles away
209.5 km / 130.2 miles away
Aurillac Airport Car Rentals from $77.49 per day
234.8 km / 145.9 miles away
Rodez Airport Car Rentals from $48.10 per day
245.0 km / 152.3 miles away
Nantes Airport Car Rentals from $49.93 per day
271.6 km / 168.7 miles away
276.5 km / 171.8 miles away
290.7 km / 180.7 miles away
293.3 km / 182.3 miles away

Which is the cheapest month to rent a car in Bordeaux?

Car rental prices in Bordeaux vary a lot according to the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in Bordeaux
$93.80
January
$68.92
February
$59.71
March
$50.91
April
$65.50
May
$67.67
June
$69.78
July
$58.17
August
$75.99
September
$80.41
October
$86.69
November
$86.69
December
The best month to rent a car in Bordeaux is April (when prices for an Economy class start from $50.91). This is 29% cheaper than the yearly average and 46% cheaper than renting in January (when rental prices start at $93.80 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

What’s the usual rental length in Bordeaux?

Travel lengths vary from month to month: in May, travelers rent a car for an average of 10 days in January, the average rental period is 5 days.
Average Rental Length in Bordeaux
5
January
6
February
7
March
5
April
10
May
6
June
6
July
6
August
5
September
5
October
6
November
5
December

What's the most popular month to rent a car in Bordeaux?

While travelers visit Bordeaux year-round, the most popular month for renting a car is July, and the least popular is December.
Bordeaux Car Rental Popularity by Monthly Searches
94%
January
94%
February
107%
March
132%
April
108%
May
112%
June
150%
July
141%
August
83%
September
68%
October
57%
November
55%
December

Our Customers Reviews

February 17, 2019
Lots to see around Bordeaux. The city is great but worth touring the wine regions, Cognac, Royan, Arcachon, St Emillion, Blaye etc.
October 12, 2018
Do a wine tour, then find the places you enjoyed and go for a drive around them at your leisure. It was lovely!
September 25, 2018
Ensure familiarity with all car features before leaving pick up point. Check sat nav settings. Bordeaux was particularly busy and a lot of road closures when we set off, check alternative routes available.
August 19, 2018
Lots of sights. Great location.
August 16, 2018
Great area to visit. The lake beach at Maubisson is amazing. Great for little ones to have a potter and a swim - the water is warm and very child friendly. The beach at Carcans Plage is gorgeous in a different way. The Atlantic waves are huge so hold on to your kids and take care. But amazing for body boarding and surfing. The most thrilling powerful waves I've ever been in - very vigilant lifeguards. Free parking everywhere. nice variety of eating places at Carcans Plage

Top 13 Suppliers for Bordeaux in 2019

Interrent
Interrent
Exceptional 9.5
0033 564 120 980
Aéroport de Bordeaux-Mérignac, 33700 Mérignac, FRANCE
SIXT
SIXT
Exceptional 9
0033 556 340 815
Avenue Rene Cassin, 33700 Merignac
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.9
0033 0 556 342 068
Aeroport De Bordeaux, 33700 Merignac
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.8
+330825740040
BORDEAUX MERIGNAC AIRPORT
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.7
0033 0 556 342 068
Aeroport De Bordeaux, 33700 Merignac
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.5
+330825740040
BORDEAUX MERIGNAC AIRPORT
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
0033 820 611 673
Aeroport De Merignac Zone De Fret R Roland Garros
Interrent
Interrent
Excellent 8.1
0033 0826102834
Bordeaux Merignac Airport
Firefly
Firefly
Very good 7.7
0033 556 475 221
Aeroport de Bordeaux-Merignac 33700 Merignac
Rhodium
Rhodium
Very good 7.6
0034 965 233 425; +33 185 654 704
Goldcar- Zone de Fret,  Rue Camille Flammarion
Goldcar
Goldcar
Very good 7.5
0034 965 233 425; +33 185 654 704
Goldcar- Zone de Fret,  Rue Camille Flammarion
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Very good 7.1
0034 965 233 425 / 0033 0 977 401 996
Aeroport de Bordeaux Merignac, Av. Rene Cassin, 33700 Merignac
Goldcar
Goldcar
Very good 7.1
0034 965 233 425; +33 185 654 704
Goldcar- Zone de Fret,  Rue Camille Flammarion

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