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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Bordeaux Airport Car Rental
Economy
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Rhodium
$26.45 / per day
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Bordeaux Airport Car Rental
Economy
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Interrent
$26.55 / per day
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Bordeaux Airport Car Rental
Mini
Peugeot 108 or similar
Peugeot 108
  • 4
  • 2
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Rhodium
$27.56 / per day
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Bordeaux Airport Car Rental
Mini
Peugeot 108 or similar
Peugeot 108
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Interrent
$27.74 / per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Bordeaux Airport Car Rental
Economy
Opel Adam or similar
Opel Adam
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 3x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Ace Rent a car
$32.58 / per day
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Bordeaux Airport Car Rental
Economy
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 2x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Ace Rent a car
$32.65 / per day
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Bordeaux Airport Car Rental
Mini
Renault Twingo or similar
Renault Twingo
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 3x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Europcar
$34.63 / per day
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Bordeaux Airport Car Rental
Economy
Citroen C3 or similar
Citroen C3
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Europcar
$36.60 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 17:40 on 2020-02-20. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
French
Currency
EUR
Country code
33
Average car rental length
5 days
Economy car rental price
$46.83 / 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%
Rating
8.2

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.

Car Rental Prices in Bordeaux

  • Station wagons - from $59 per day
  • Large cars - from $59 per day
  • Medium cars - from $60 per day
  • People Carriers/Vans - from $82 per day
  • Premium cars - from $134 per day
  • Small cars - from $45 per day
  • SUVs - from $68 per day

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

  1. Paris Car Rentals from $17.49 per day
    526.4 km / 327.1 miles away
  2. Nice Car Rentals from $66.48 per day
    644.2 km / 400.3 miles away
  3. Marseille Car Rentals from $24.88 per day
    497.5 km / 309.1 miles away
  4. Lyon Car Rentals from $40.94 per day
    447.8 km / 278.3 miles away
  5. Toulouse Car Rentals from $29.61 per day
    212.3 km / 131.9 miles away
  6. Nantes Car Rentals from $26.97 per day
    267.8 km / 166.4 miles away
  7. Montpellier Car Rentals from $28.31 per day
    397.3 km / 246.9 miles away
  8. Ajaccio Car Rentals from $18.28 per day
    833.0 km / 517.6 miles away
  9. Lille Car Rentals from $17.58 per day
    697.7 km / 433.5 miles away
  10. Bastia Car Rentals from $16.75 per day
    857.4 km / 532.7 miles away
  11. Grenoble Car Rentals from $41.10 per day
    477.9 km / 297.0 miles away
  12. Figari Car Rentals from $19.07 per day
    876.5 km / 544.6 miles away
  13. Toulon Car Rentals from $22.89 per day
    563.8 km / 350.3 miles away
  14. Beauvais Car Rentals from $27.00 per day
    556.6 km / 345.9 miles away
  15. Strasbourg Car Rentals from $22.89 per day
    758.2 km / 471.1 miles away
  16. Perpignan Car Rentals from $30.13 per day
    369.5 km / 229.6 miles away
  17. Rennes Car Rentals from $21.58 per day
    368.8 km / 229.2 miles away
  18. Biarritz Car Rentals from $18.49 per day
    165.0 km / 102.5 miles away
  19. Caen Car Rentals from $22.89 per day
    483.3 km / 300.3 miles away
  20. Limoges Car Rentals from $33.01 per day
    187.0 km / 116.2 miles away

Top 20 Locations near Bordeaux

  1. Bordeaux Airport Car Rentals from $26.45 per day
    12.2 km / 7.6 miles away
  2. Bergerac Airport Car Rentals from $29.69 per day
    84.9 km / 52.8 miles away
  3. 108.0 km / 67.1 miles away
  4. 115.9 km / 72.0 miles away
  5. 158.4 km / 98.5 miles away
  6. 161.2 km / 100.2 miles away
  7. Brive Airport Car Rentals from $33.01 per day
    163.7 km / 101.7 miles away
  8. 167.7 km / 104.2 miles away
  9. Biarritz Airport Car Rentals from $18.49 per day
    169.9 km / 105.6 miles away
  10. 177.9 km / 110.5 miles away
  11. 181.4 km / 112.7 miles away
  12. 187.7 km / 116.7 miles away
  13. 202.6 km / 125.9 miles away
  14. 207.0 km / 128.6 miles away
  15. 209.5 km / 130.2 miles away
  16. Aurillac Airport Car Rentals from $37.97 per day
    234.8 km / 145.9 miles away
  17. Rodez Airport Car Rentals from $31.68 per day
    245.0 km / 152.3 miles away
  18. Nantes Airport Car Rentals from $26.97 per day
    271.6 km / 168.7 miles away
  19. 276.5 km / 171.8 miles away
  20. 290.7 km / 180.7 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

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
$90.31
January
$66.36
February
$57.49
March
$49.02
April
$63.06
May
$65.15
June
$67.18
July
$56.00
August
$73.16
September
$77.42
October
$83.46
November
$83.46
December
The best month to rent a car in Bordeaux is April (when prices for an Economy class start from $49.02). This is 29% cheaper than the yearly average and 46% cheaper than renting in January (when rental prices start at $90.31 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 March, travelers rent a car for an average of 7 days in September, the average rental period is 4 days.
Average Rental Length in Bordeaux
5
January
6
February
7
March
5
April
5
May
6
June
6
July
6
August
4
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 February, and the least popular is November.
Bordeaux Car Rental Popularity by Monthly Searches
109%
January
399%
February
41%
March
51%
April
73%
May
43%
June
58%
July
54%
August
37%
September
58%
October
22%
November
254%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Ace Rent a car Opel Adam 3 1 Small cars
Ace Rent a car Opel Astra 5 2 Medium cars
Keddy Opel Corsa 5 1 Small cars
Ace Rent a car Volkswagen Polo 5 1 Small cars
Ace Rent a car Fiat 500 2 1 Small cars
Keddy Toyota Aygo 5 1 Small cars
Firefly Chevrolet Aveo 4 3 Small cars
Firefly Chevrolet Spark 3d 3 2 Small cars
Rhodium Peugeot 108 3 2 Small cars
Interrent Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars

FAQ

Should I rent a car in Bordeaux?
A majority of the ratings and reviews left by Discover Cars’ customers recommend renting a car (8.2 from 6 reviews).
What do you need to rent a car in Bordeaux?
In most cases, you need a driver’s license, passport or ID card, and a credit card (in the name of the main driver), and the booking voucher to rent a car. Some companies may have additional requirements (be sure to check the rental conditions).
On what side of the road do they drive in France?
Drivers must drive on the right side of the road.
Can I rent a car at 18 in France?
No, you can not rent a car at the age of 18.
How old do you have to be to rent a car in Bordeaux?
You must be between 25 and 99 years old.
Can you rent automatic cars in Bordeaux?
Yes, automatic cars are available from Alamo, Enterprise, Europcar, Budget, Avis and SIXT in Bordeaux.
Can I rent a car with a debit card?
Though most companies require a credit card to leave a deposit, some accept debit cards. Check the rental conditions for more information.
Can I rent a car without a credit card?
Most companies require a credit card to pick up the car. Some may accept debit cards or cash. Check the rental conditions for more information.
What car classes can I rent?
Small cars, Medium cars, People Carriers/Vans, SUVs, Station wagons, Large cars and Premium cars vehicle types are available in Bordeaux.
Can I rent a car in Bordeaux with my home country’s driver's license (for example, U.S., U.K., or Australia)?
In most cases, a driver’s license from your home country is acceptable if it uses the Latin alphabet. In some cases, you will need an International Driving Permit (IDP). Check the rental conditions for more information. If your driver’s license does not use the Latin alphabet, you need an International Driving Permit (IDP) in Bordeaux.
Do I need an International Driving Permit in Bordeaux?
In most cases, if your driver’s license uses the Latin alphabet, you can rent a car in in Bordeaux without an International Driving Permit (IDP). In some cases, you will need an International Driving Permit (IDP). Check the rental conditions for more information. If your driver’s license does not use the Latin alphabet, you need an International Driving Permit (IDP) in Bordeaux.
How much does an additional driver cost? Is there an option for a free additional driver?
No rental company in Bordeaux offers a free additional driver.
How much does it cost to rent a car in Bordeaux?
A rental car costs $64 per day, on average. The lowest daily price found in the past 48 hours was $26 at Rhodium, Enterprise and Europcar.
How much is car rental for a week?
The average price for a weekly rental in Bordeaux is $446. In the past 48 hours, the lowest price for a weekly rental in Bordeaux was $185.
What car rental companies are located in Bordeaux?
Alamo, Enterprise, Europcar, Budget, Avis and SIXT can be found in Bordeaux.
What is the best car rental company in Bordeaux?
Ratings and reviews left by our users indicate that the best providers are Alamo (9.2, 19 reviews), Keddy (8.9, 14 reviews) and SIXT (8.8, 5 reviews).

Our Customers Reviews

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
Opel Astra
August 18, 2019
Bordeaux and surrounding areas are 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

Top 14 Suppliers for Bordeaux in 2020

Interrent
Interrent
Exceptional 9.5
+390645209634
Aeroporto Internazionale Karol Wojtyła di Bari-Palese, Viale Enzo Ferrari - 70128 Bari BA
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.8
+390805378995
Bari International Airport-Karol Wojtyla, Viale Enzo Ferrari, 1, 70128 Bari
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.8
+390805378995
Bari Aeroporto, Viale Enzo Ferrari, 70128 Bari BA
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.7
+390805370842
Aeroporto Palese, Sala Arrivi
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.6
+390805316144
VIALE ENZO FERRARI SNC, PALESE
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.6
+390805316144
VIALE ENZO FERRARI SNC
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
+390805316168
Bari Aeroporto, Viale Enzo Ferrari, 70128 Bari BA
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.5
+390805316168
Bari Aeroporto Palese
Firefly
Firefly
Excellent 8.1
+33556475221
Aeroport de Bordeaux-Merignac 33700 Merignac
Interrent
Interrent
Very good 7.7
+330826102834
Bordeaux Merignac Airport
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Very good 7.5
+390805383600
Viale Enzo Ferrari
Rhodium
Rhodium
Very good 7.4
+390645209634
Aeroporto Internazionale Karol Wojtyła di Bari-Palese, Viale Enzo Ferrari - 70128 Bari BA
Goldcar
Goldcar
Very good 7.3
+390645209634
Aeroporto Internazionale Karol Wojtyła di Bari-Palese, Viale Enzo Ferrari - 70128 Bari BA
Goldcar
Goldcar
Very good 7.1
+33564120980 / +33180202262 / +34965233425 / +33185654704
Aéroport de Bordeaux-Mérignac, 33700 Mérignac

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