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Last updated on 9th of August 2022 by Lena
If you are looking for an exciting day trip from Paris, look no further than Bordeaux. This beautiful city offers plenty to see and do while still being close enough so that all your favorite attractions are within easy reach by train. Bordeaux is just perfect if you feel like exploring more of France, get an idea of the countryside of France and are keen on trying some of the best wines!
Also read our Quick Weekend Guide to Bordeaux, Saint-Émilion and Arcachon!
Paris to Bordeaux – you’ll be there in just 2 hours !!!
It sounds a bit like a crazy idea, considering that Paris and Bordeaux are almost 600km apart, but: France has the TGV! The high-speed train manages the distance between Paris and Bordeaux in just a little more than 2 hours! which makes Bordeaux perfect for a day trip by train from Paris! If you wonder about the time in Bordeaux, it’s the same time zone as Paris 🙂
Why you should visit Bordeaux from Paris
Many are saying that Paris is not France. And it’s kind of true! The French understand France as consisting of two areas: Paris and not Paris, also known as “La Province”, not to be mistaken with “Provence”, a region in the south of France, that you – in case you’re asking – easily visit as a weekend getaway from Paris.
That being said, if you wonder which places to visit in France, Bordeaux should be on that list. Bordeaux is a great and easy-to-reach destination from Paris. Plus, it’s so far away from the capital, that it grants an entirely different experience and will complement your impression of France.
Paris to Bordeaux – visit for the wine!
Bordeaux is one of the leading wine regions worldwide and nothing is better than enjoying a wine-tasting locally, with the folks that actually produce it, and that put their heart and soul into it. As you can guess, there are plenty of wine tours in Bordeaux. Did you know that no wine is actually produced within the city limits of Bordeaux? But don’t worry, the famous wine regions St.Emilion and Medoc are just outside town, and most wine tours from Bordeaux are aiming for exactly those regions.
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Bordeaux – a world heritage site
Bordeaux is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site! The historic part of the city got included in the list of heritage sites as one of Europe’s biggest 18th-century urban and architectural areas. After all, Bordeaux is the city in France – after Paris, again – with the most preserved historical buildings.
Did you know that Bordeaux was voted the top destination in Europe in 2015?
How to get to Bordeaux from Paris?
Bordeaux lies roughly 600 km southwest of Paris. Paris to Bordeaux by train will take you only a bit more than 2 hours, though. Thanks to the famous French high-speed train TGV, long-distance traveling in France is super convenient and easy.
You can of course also rent a car or take the plane, but those options will definitely take longer, cost you a pretty penny, and spoil your carbon footprint. They are certainly no option for a Bordeaux day trip from Paris.
In case you’re not comfortable booking a trip from Paris to Bordeaux on your own, you also can book an all-inclusive package here
If you are traveling on a shoestring budget and the good train deals are already sold out, you also can take a bus to Bordeaux from Paris. However, this will take significantly longer, and you need at least one overnight stay in Bordeaux. The best value for money if you’re on a budget offers the hotel Eklo Bordeaux Centre Bastide
How to take the train to Bordeaux from Paris
The TGV is the French high-speed train that connects French major cities at up to 320 km/h (200 mph) and transports more than 110 million passengers per year. The TGV is also one of the safest ways of traveling. It is unarguably the best way if you are looking into how to get from Paris to Bordeaux.
Paris Montparnasse Train station
If you are traveling from Paris to Bordeaux by train, you need to head to the Montparnasse train station in the south of Paris. The station is reachable by Metro lines 4, 6, 12, and 13. It is also serviced by the Transilien suburb train that connects communes in the southwest to Paris.
Where’s the TGV leaving at Montparnasse?
When arriving at the train station, head to the train platforms on Level 2. The TGVs are leaving usually from Platform 1-9, on the very left. Please make sure to arrive 30 minutes before the train departure and have your mobile vouchers ready for the ride. If you are not sure if you’ll have an internet connection, simply take a screenshot of the QR code
Purchasing tickets for your trip from Paris to Bordeaux by train
You can purchase your train tickets at the ticket office on Level 2, directly next to platform 1, or at the yellow ticket vending machines that you find all over the station. However, buying your ticket on the day will be expensive, and you risk that the train you plan to board is sold out.
∇ Purchase your tickets in advance and online!
To avoid super expensive train tickets or – and more likely – sold-out tickets, plan your trip to Bordeaux in advance. You easily can purchase train tickets here. Make sure that your purchased ticket is a mobile ticket, so you only need to have them on your phone and don’t need to print them out. However, if you are not sure you’ll have an internet connection, take a screenshot, just to be on the safe side.
Interesting read: 15 mistakes most tourists make in Paris – how to avoid them!
Itinerary 1 – Full day wine tasting in Bordeaux
This is your perfect itinerary if you are traveling to Bordeaux because you are a wine lover and want to visit one of the best wine regions in France!
≡ You will leave Paris early in the morning. Take the first train direction, Bordeaux, at 06:09h to arrive at 08:48h. Click here to book your ticket for the lowest price.
≡ This leaves you enough time for breakfast or a walk, as your wine tasting experience starts only at 10:30. You will kick this day off with a wine tasting masterclass led by a professional wine educator. You will even create your own cuvée. After a nice French lunch, you’ll visit the beautiful St. Emilion region and the famous vineyards. You will learn about the wine-making process and visit 2 chateaus, not without enjoying some more wine tastings, of course!
≡ The tour lasts in total 9 hours, and you’ll be back in town to catch one of the late trains. However, the last train from Bordeaux to Paris leaves at 21:04h.
Itinerary 2 – Half day wine tasting and sightseeing in Bordeaux
If you want to see Bordeaux, you also don’t want to miss the occasion to taste wine in Bordeaux. I mean, if you are already there, right? Then this is your best plan for the day.
Morning and Noon
For this itinerary, you should take an early train from Paris to Bordeaux, but it’s not necessary to take the very first train. Click here to check the prices for the train on your travel day! All wine tastings and wine tours I am suggesting are offering afternoon starting times, and you can spend the morning at your own rhythm without fixed schedules.
After arriving in Bordeaux, you can spend the morning sightseeing or strolling around. There are many things to do in Bordeaux! I recommend you head over to the Place de la Bourse, the world’s biggest mirroring pool, and then take a walk through the historical part of Bordeaux.
Alternatively, you could join a walking tour to make sure not to miss anything on your one-day trip to Bordeaux! I like this walking tour, not only because it’s including wine – again – but it’s also pretty affordable. 🙂
Afternoon and evening
After you spent the first half of your day in Bordeaux sightseeing, it’s time for the wine now! The most popular tour from Bordeaux is this half-day trip to the St. Emilion region. It includes transportation from Bordeaux to St.Emilion, a guided tour through the village of St.Emilion, and a wine tasting on a Château.
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Best by train. The TGV connects Paris and Bordeaux and takes just a bit over 2 hours
The distance between Paris and Bordeaux is 600km
Yes, absolutely. The train ride takes only 2h15 and the first train leaves Paris at 6h09am
Yes. Wine tours and wine tastings in Bordeaux last from 1.5h for simple tastings to up to 9 hours for the full-day tour, including vineyard and châteaux visits.
You can purchase your train ticket either at the train station or online in advance. I advise you to buy it in advance as the prices tend to be more expensive closer to your travel date, and you risk that no tickets are available anymore.
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