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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Bordeaux Airport
Mini
Toyota Aygo or similar
Toyota Aygo
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Goldcar
$33.87 per day
Downtown
Compact Commercial Van/Truck
Renault Kangoo or similar
Renault Kangoo
  • 2
  • 8
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Enterprise
$35.97 per day
Bordeaux Airport
Economy
Renault Twingo or similar
Renault Twingo
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • Man.
Sicily By Car
$36.77 per day
Bordeaux Airport
Intermediate Van
Citroën C4 Spacetourer or similar
Citroën C4 Spacetourer
  • 7
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
LOCAMALIN
$48.86 per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Bordeaux Airport
Economy Elite Crossover
Opel Mokka or similar
Opel Mokka
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Liigu
$52.52 per day
Bordeaux Airport
Intermediate Elite SUV
Mini Cooper Countryman or similar
Mini Cooper Countryman
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Flizzr
$67.86 per day
Bordeaux Airport
Luxury Elite
Tesla Model Y or similar
Tesla Model Y
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
$71.35 per day
Bordeaux Airport
Compact Elite
Citroen DS3 or similar
Citroen DS3
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Alamo
$78.35 per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 07:09 on 2024-07-13. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Languages
French
Currency
EUR
Drive on
Right-hand side
Country code
+33
Average car rental price
$53 per day
Average car rental length
6 days
Speed limit within town
50 km/h or 31 mph
Speed limit out of town
80 - 130 km/h or 50 - 81 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Rating
9.2 / 10
Average gas price
$2.00 per liter or $7.58 per gallon
Lowest gas price
$1.85 per liter or $7.01 per gallon
Highest gas price
$2.18 per liter or $8.24 per gallon

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

One-Way Car Rentals in Bordeaux

The most popular one-way rental options for pick up in Bordeaux and drop off in another city include:

  • From Bordeaux to Nice - 72 offers from $32.45 per day
  • From Bordeaux to Toulouse - 95 offers from $28.95 per day
  • From Bordeaux to Marseille - 123 offers from $32.45 per day
  • From Bordeaux to Bilbao - 11 offers from $181.55 per day
  • From Bordeaux to Saint Brieuc - 10 offers from $80.11 per day

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.

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 sights and activities

  • Les Quais. Also known as the "Port of the Moon", walking the quay along the Gironde river is the best way to see 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.
  • Place de la Bourse. Bordeaux’s iconic main square is lined with impressive buildings, cafes, shops, fountains, and the very cool “Miroir d’Eau,” the water mirror that gives a lovely reflection of the square, especially at night.
  • 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.
  • Bordeaux Cathedral. Also known as the Primatial Cathedral of St. Andrew, this is the most important — and probably the most impressive — religious building in Bordeaux. Dating back to at least the 9th century (the year it was built is still uncertain), the church was initially constructed in the Romanesque style, but later renovations added a significant Gothic element to its look. Notable for its nave, the cathedral is as impressive from the inside as it is from the outside.
  • This is just a taste of things you to do in Bordeaux — you can find even more in this guide to Bordeaux.

Traffic and parking

  • 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 80 or 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 day trips

  • 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 the designated 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 of Europe.
  • Saint-Emilion. Historically inhabited by the Romans and hermit monks, this small village is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Notable for its ancient sites and beautiful churches, Saint-Emilion is also one of the main wine destinations in the region — the winemaking traditions here are at least 1,900 years old. The drive from Bordeaux takes about 50 minutes.
  • Angoulême. Known as the Balcony of the Southwest, Angoulême is one of the finest historical destinations in this part of the country and, therefore, also one of the most popular day trip destinations from Bordeaux (the drive takes about 1 hour and 40 minutes). Known for its vast green spaces, as well as many churches and other heritage architecture, it’s a splendid city for long walks – and it also boasts some amazing restaurants.

Most popular 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

  • Biarritz. A lovely coastal city in the so-called French Basque country, right on the border with Spain, Biarritz is known for its interesting architecture, beautiful beaches, and arguably the best surfing in all of France. The neighboring town of Bayonne, located a few kilometers inland, is a historical gem. The drive from Bordeaux to Biarritz will take about 2 hours and 1 minutes.
  • Occitanie. Most of the visitors excited about Southern France head straight to the Cote d’Azur where tourist hotspots such as Nice and Cannes await. Those looking for a slightly more off-the-beaten-track adventure could certainly do worse than visit the western portion of the French Mediterranean coast and the region of Occitanie known not just for its beaches, but also for rich culture, delicious cuisine and historical cities such as Carcassonne and Toulouse. The latter – the capital of the region – is less than a three-hour drive from Bordeaux.
  • Brittany. Located north of Bordeaux and Nouvelle–Aquitaine, Brittany is another region very much worth exploring. Known for its native Celtic Breton tongue and unique culture, the westernmost part of France is also recognizable for its wild, rugged beaches and well-preserved architecture. The city of Nantes, historically considered a part of Brittany and still a gateway to the peninsula, takes about 3 hours and 30 minutes to drive to from Bordeaux.
  • Pyrenees. Lying along the border with Spain, the Pyrenees mountain range is one of southern France’s most popular travel destinations. Although not as high as the Alps in the east, they are home to a special atmosphere and some of the most panoramic driving routes and hiking trails in Europe. The city of Pau, one of the gateways to the mountains and the fabulous Pyrenees National Park, is only a two-and-a-half-hour drive south of Bordeaux.
  • Northern Spain. Only a few hours drive south of Bordeaux, the northeastern part of Spain is another fascinating region that’s within your reach. Home to imposing mountains, rugged beaches, famous cities like Bilbao and Pamplona, and the unique Basque culture, exploring this part of France’s southern neighbor can be a very rewarding experience. Although there are no border checks between the two countries as both are part of the Schengen area, do ask your rental car provider in advance to make sure they permit you to cross into Spain.

Car rental prices in Bordeaux

  • Convertibles - from $143 per day
  • Station wagons - from $54 per day
  • Large cars - from $41 per day
  • Medium cars - from $36 per day
  • Vans - from $49 per day
  • Premium cars - from $62 per day
  • Small cars - from $34 per day
  • SUVs - from $49 per day

Money-saving tips

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.
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Map of Car Rental Locations

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

Car rental prices in Bordeaux vary by time of year. This graph shows the average prices per month to help you find the best time of year to rent.
Average rental costs per day in Bordeaux
$23.35
January
$38.65
February
$34.39
March
$29.22
April
$42.01
May
$47.81
June
$57.60
July
$55.03
August
$60.02
September
$38.90
October
$25.07
November
$34.43
December
The cheapest month to rent a car in Bordeaux is January (when prices average $23.35 per day). This is 42% cheaper than the yearly average and 61% cheaper than renting in September (when prices average $60.02).

This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. How much your car rental will cost will depend on the type of vehicle you rent, how long you’ll rent it for, and how far ahead you book. Simply enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see the exact prices.

What’s the usual rental length in Bordeaux?

How long travelers keep their rental cars for varies from month to month: in December, the average renter keeps their car for 8 days, and in March, they keep their car for 5 days.
Average number of rental days in Bordeaux
6
January
6
February
5
March
6
April
6
May
6
June
7
July
7
August
6
September
6
October
6
November
8
December

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

Based on the number of searches by our customers, the most popular month for renting a car in Bordeaux is June, and the least popular is February.
Monthly searches in Bordeaux by pick-up date relative to the average
59%
January
45%
February
54%
March
71%
April
136%
May
170%
June
164%
July
160%
August
143%
September
87%
October
49%
November
62%
December

Car rental information

Car rental locations 5
Airport locations 1
Popular suppliers RentScape, Goldcar, Ok Mobility, Keddy, Alamo
Popular car categories Small cars, Medium cars, SUVs, Large cars
Lowest price $34 per day
Cheapest supplier Goldcar

Most popular car models of rental suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
RentScape Peugeot 208 5 1 Small cars
Goldcar Peugeot 208 5 1 Small cars
Goldcar Toyota Aygo 3 1 Small cars
RentScape Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
Ok Mobility Seat Ibiza 5 1 Small cars
Ok Mobility Peugeot 108 5 1 Small cars
RentScape Peugeot 2008 5 2 Medium cars
Goldcar Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
RentScape Peugeot 5008 5+2 5 1 Vans
Goldcar Renault Captur 5 2 SUVs

Our customers' reviews

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have the option to post a review here. Instead, we ask each and every customer to leave a review after they return their rental car. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic.

Australia
Fiat 500
October 18, 2023
We visited South West Framce: the Correze, Dordogne and Limousin
Ireland
Hyundai Tucson
July 15, 2023
I had an amazing trip, despite the fact I started my trip with a fine for a late arrival for picking up my rental car which was Keddys fault for misrepresenting Europcar opening hours.
United Kingdom
Peugeot 208
July 1, 2023
With family, great scenery, good food & great weather
United Kingdom
Peugeot 108
August 14, 2020
Lovely area of France. Very hot lots to do.
United Kingdom
Opel Adam
January 18, 2020
We were an hour early but made to wait although the car was available, surely unnecessary? Everything else was excellent.
United Kingdom
Opel Adam
November 22, 2019
Despite great public transport hiring the car cost us less than we would have spent on trains, trams, buses etc,
United Kingdom
Chevrolet Aveo
October 29, 2019
We have a house In St aulaye and can recommend the village.
United Kingdom
Opel Astra
August 18, 2019
Bordeaux and surrounding areas are lovely
United Kingdom
Citroen C3
July 16, 2019
Don't try driving in the narrow streets of the old town ( Google doesn't know which are one way) but do go for a walk there, it's lovely....
Ireland
Renault Mégane Estate
July 2, 2019
No queues, car was within a short distance of the desk
United Kingdom
Renault Megane
June 19, 2019
Wine country, beautiful scenery, delicious red wine, amazing food! The roads in the city are a bit narrow to drive around but a lot easier in the country side. Highly recommend checking out Bordeaux even if you don't drink!
United Kingdom
Opel Astra
June 10, 2019
Must visits in the area, Bordeaux itself is lovely and dune du plat and Arachon are well worth a day out.
United Kingdom
VW Polo
May 29, 2019
Beautiful part of france, you soon get the hang of driving on the right, really relaxing and stress free. Beautiful landscape, lovelly people.
United Kingdom
Volkswagen Polo
April 29, 2019
The Northern Dordogne is really beautiful- especially the villages close to Lake Jemaye
Ireland
Opel Astra
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.
Bulgaria
Citroen C4
December 1, 2018
I rent a car app 4-5 times/year and definatelly, by all means the experience I had in Bordeaux is by far the best one!
United Kingdom
Chevrolet Spark 3d
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!
United Kingdom
Ford Fiesta
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.
United Kingdom
Nissan Juke
August 19, 2018
Lots of sights. Great location.
United Kingdom
Ford S-Max
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
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Car Rental Statistics

Highest-rated company
Ok Mobility
8.8 / 10
)
Lowest-rated company
Sicily By Car
7.3 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
35
Total rental companies
22
Average daily price
$53.19
Lowest daily price
$33.87
Total cars available
826

Top 22 suppliers in Bordeaux in 2024

Ok Mobility
Ok Mobility
Very good 8.8 / 59 reviews
1 location
$49 - $328
LOCAMALIN
LOCAMALIN
Very good 8.6 / 12 reviews
2 locations
$41 - $162
SIXT
SIXT
Very good 8.5 / 37 reviews
4 locations
$70 - $556
Keddy
Keddy
Very good 8.3 / 83 reviews
3 locations
$44 - $101
Europcar
Europcar
Very good 8.3 / 14 reviews
2 locations
$57 - $450
Goldcar
Goldcar
Very good 8.2 / 263 reviews
1 location
$34 - $91
Budget
Budget
Very good 8.2 / 11 reviews
2 locations
$78 - $399
Thrifty
Thrifty
Very good 8.2 / 9 reviews
3 locations
$60 - $89
Alamo
Alamo
Very good 8.1 / 126 reviews
2 locations
$56 - $119
Dollar
Dollar
Very good 8.1 / 6 reviews
3 locations
$50 - $85
Enterprise
Enterprise
Very good 8 / 55 reviews
3 locations
$36 - $137
Avis
Avis
Good 7.9 / 10 reviews
2 locations
$82 - $386
Flizzr
Flizzr
Good 7.8
4 locations
$63 - $189
RentScape
RentScape
Good 7.7 / 162 reviews
2 locations
$38 - $89
National
National
Good 7.6 / 7 reviews
2 locations
$79 - $124
Key'n Go
Key'n Go
Good 7.6 / 4 reviews
1 location
$63 - $81
RIDE
RIDE
Good 7.6 / 2 reviews
2 locations
Free2move
Free2move
Good 7.6
1 location
$81 - $159
Liigu
Liigu
Good 7.6
1 location
$48 - $61
Firefly
Firefly
Good 7.5 / 33 reviews
1 location
Hertz
Hertz
Good 7.4 / 10 reviews
3 locations
$53 - $223
Sicily By Car
Sicily By Car
Good 7.3 / 11 reviews
2 locations
$37 - $62
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