Bordeaux Like a Pro

If you’re planning a trip to Bordeaux, check out my top tips below. And remember to let me know your top tips in the comments!

  • Tram tickets can be bought at the tram stops. Ticket machines accept coins and credit cards, but NOT notes. Daily tickets are good value if you’re planning to travel around (also valid on buses).
  • Parking in many streets outside the ring road is free.
  • Factor in enough time to really experience La Cite du Vin – not only do they have a great permanent exhibition, they also have temporary exhibits, cafes and wine bars which are worth seeing.
  • The downloadable self-guided walking tours at Invisible Bordeaux are excellent.
  • Check out the Saint-Emilion Tourist Information website for details about their chateaux of the day and downloadable brochures – really useful to help you decide where to go.
  • Bear in mind that chateaux often close at the weekend, particularly in the winter months, and many in this region require pre-booking for visits.
  • Saint-Emilion, being a small town, shuts down from late afternoon until early evening, with only a few bars staying open. Restaurants may also be seasonal, and may not be open during winter months.

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