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Why Hertz

  • Best price guarantee - in the unlikely event you find a lower Hertz price, we'll refund the difference
  • No cancellation or amendment fees**
  • No hidden extras to pay - theft and damage cover included
  • No credit card fees

Hertz in Bordeaux

Hertz car rental in Bordeaux is by far the easiest way of getting around this historic French city. The roads are excellent and there are a great many things to see and do here. It’s also easy and convenient to find your nearest Hertz rental branch when you rent a car in Bordeaux.

The driving conditions in Bordeaux are excellent, with plenty of accurate signage and road markings. Attractions such as Bordeaux Cathedral and Place de La Bourse are easy to get to when you rent a car here, and as it’s a famous port city there are numerous entertainment venues and dining opportunities to enjoy down on the waterfront too, with good parking facilities throughout the city.

Driving and Parking in Bordeaux

You will need a full driving licence and must be over 21 to rent a car in Bordeaux. If you are from outside the European Union you will also need an International Driving Permit (IDP). For more information about driving regulations in Bordeaux, take a look at our page about renting a car in France.

If you rent a car in Bordeaux you’ll find plenty of on-street parking in the city centre. Maximum duration is 2 hours and the rate is just a couple of Euros per hour. Rates outside of the historic area are usually lower, and unlimited parking is available in designated city centre car parks, again for just a couple of Euros per hour. There are also plenty of places to leave your car overnight, with the average price for this being around €20. Be aware that although there is lots of street parking available in the city you always run the risk of receiving a ticket, so check the posted signs before parking in a side street. Some of the car parks have EV Charging Stations.

Major French cities like Bordeaux have ‘blue zones’. When you park in such zones, you display a ticket or disc on your dashboard with the logo for France parking. You can pick these up at most tourist offices, police stations and some high street shops.

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) 5 57 71 58 90

  • 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 0700-2200, Sa 0800-1800, Su 1000-1300 1400-1900
    Effective 2 July 2017:Mo-Th 0700-2130, Fr 0700-2230, Sa 0800-1830, Su 0930-1930

    Address: 137 Rue des Terres de Borde

    Phone: +33 (0) 5 57 59 05 95

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Driving in and around Bordeaux

Key routes

There are five road bridges in Bordeaux, all open to cyclists as well as car traffic, and these are also the main routes for getting around the city. There are no steep hills, so driving is easy and there are plenty of petrol and service stations.

The Pont Jaques-Chaban-Delmas road link has a vertical lift bridge and serves cars heading to the city centre traffic rather than highway traffic.

The Pont Saint Jean and Pont d’Aquitaine routes, along with the Pont Francois Mitterand, lie upstream from the city centre and form part of the ring road system around Bordeaux.

Major Highways

Bordeaux is a major motorway and road junction for this region of France, with the A10 motorway connecting it with Paris, the A63 with Spain and the A62 with Toulouse. If you’ve never driven in and around Bordeaux before, bear a few points in mind:

• The Rocade ring road surrounding the city is usually very busy, especially in the morning and evening rush hours.
• Driving is on the right-hand side of the road throughout France.
• Toll highways are marked by blue signs with an ‘A’ in front of the number. This stands for Autoroute Peage, and you take a ticket when you enter and pay when you leave the route. You will be charged a set amount per mile, for example €1.00/ mile.
• Overtaking is strictly limited to the left, and note that there are plenty of speed cameras on French motorways.
• Using a mobile phone while driving is prohibited without a hands-free system.

** When the booking is cancelled within seven days of being made.