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Car Hire from Bordeaux Airport

Car Rental at Bordeaux - Merignac International Airport

This information is correct as of July 2015.

Exploring the French city of Bordeaux is made easy by the various car rental options available at Bordeaux - Merignac International Airport. Upon your arrival at the airport, get the convenience of already having a rental car waiting for you by pre-booking the best car rental opportunity for you.

Where to rent a car at Bordeaux - Merignac International Airport

There are nine car rental companies serving Bordeaux - Merignac International Airport, including Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Firefly, Hertz, Interrent, Sixt, and T.T. Service. These companies have their desks at the Public Area hall A-B in the Connecting Wing Section, open through the operational hours of the airport. Depending on the car rental company, you may rent a car ranging from economy vehicles up to exclusive, top-of-the-line vehicles, limousines, and vans. You may also request for extra services, including GPS devices or even your own chauffeur if you do not intend to drive on your own.

What to expect when renting a car from Bordeaux - Merignac International Airport

Although great service providers will do this, remember to do a full check of the vehicle before going ahead with your journey – checking out extra tires, gas metre, mileage, the interior, head lights and tail lights (should be working), air-conditioning (if applicable), and others. Note of petrol stations nearby the vicinity as well, including the ones along the E5 and the areas near Esso in central Bordeaux.

The nearest navigable roads from Bordeaux - Merignac International Airport include the D213, D106, D1563, and D21/E2, which connect the airport to Bordeaux and its surrounds. Most roads here are toll-free, and are in good to great condition. Moderate to heavy traffic can be experienced at certain sections near the airport during the rush hours (usually from nine in the morning on to 11 in the morning, and in the afternoon at around 4PM to 6PM), especially for the roads leading towards Bordeaux.

The nearest city from the Bordeaux - Merignac International Airport is Bordeaux, which can be easily reached to the D1563 on to the John F. Kennedy Avenue/D106E1-D106. The city is nestled near the Garonne River, and is easily the busiest centre that is near the airport. Other significant areas near the airport include Blanquefort, Bruges, Eysines, Pessac, which is home to the University de Bordeaux – Pessac Campus; Talence, Begles, Cestas, and others. No toll roads are to be expected in the roads from the 15-kilometre radius of the airport.

Driving around Bordeaux - Merignac International Airport

Upon arrival to Bordeaux, you are welcomed to a bustling city – filled with services that you may use before embarking on your journey. These services include comfortable temporary shelters, bed and breakfast areas, hotels, and even retail shops where travellers may pick up several items. There are also car parks within central Bordeaux, if there are no available street parking spaces.

Bordeaux, as a primary road and motorway junction, is connected to major cities in France such as Paris by the A10 motorway, with Lyon by the A89, and with Toulouse by the A62. It is also connected with Spain by the A63. Moreover, the city also features a ring road, Rocade, which is expected to be rather busy. Also expect cycle lanes and bus lanes when driving within Bordeaux.

Getting to your destination

The Rose Village or La Ville Rose, Toulouse is Midi-Pyrenees' capital, sitting near the Spanish border of France. It is known as the La Ville Rose for its pink terra-cotta bricks used in many of its buildings, and is also known for its near access to the Mediterranean.

Toulouse can be reached from Bordeaux - Merignac International Airport by driving through the A630 from Rue Rene Cassin and Avenue Rene Casshin/D1563, towards the A62 to Route d' Agde D112 to Toulouse. Take exit 15-La Roseaie from A61, and head on to the central area of the city. The journey should approximately take two hours and 15 minutes, traffic included. Tolls are to be expected in the A62.

An elegant seaside town on the Basque coast, Biarritz is a favourite resort and surfing destination in this region, since the 1800s.

Get to Biarritz by getting on the A630 from the Rue Rene Cassin and Avenue Rene Cassin/D1563 on to the Boulevard Marcel Dassault/D810 in Biarritz. Take exit 4 from the A63 partial toll road, and continue to follow the Boulevard Marcel Dassault towards central Biarritz.

A medieval citadel famous for its 53 watchtowers and double-walled fortifications, Hilltop Carcassonne is frequented by tourists who would want to know about the Gallo-Roman times of France, during the 13th and 14th century. A 12th century fortress within Le Cite in the area also offers archaeological exhibits here.

Reach the Hilltop citadel by following A62 and A61 to D6161 from A630, and then taking exit 23-Carcassone-Ouest from A61. Continue on to D6161, and then take D118 and D119 all the way to Rue Jean Bringer and the city.

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