The main railway station in the city of Bordeaux, the Gare de Bordeaux Saint-Jean, serves more passengers per year than Bordeaux's international airport (4 million versus 3.3). Located near the city centre, it is served by the French national railway's (SNCF) high speed train, the TGV, that gets to Paris in three hours.
It also has connections to several other European centers, such as Lille, Brussels, Amsterdam, Cologne, Geneva, and London. If you get to the city by train you can get around during you stay with a Bordeaux car hire, which can be arranged to wait for your arrival at Gare de Bordeaux Saint-Jean.
Before the construction of a single track steel railway bridge crossing the river Garonne, the train line terminated at a station near the Pont de Pierre and passengers had to cross a bridge to get into the city. The old station has been converted, and it presently contains a cinema and restaurants.
Also known as the Bordeaux-Midi, the Bordeaux-St Jean railway station was on the line of the CF du Midi, an early French railway company.
The station building, located at the end of the Cours de la Marne, appears from the front as three parts. The middle part houses the station buffet and separates the arrivals and departures halls. All three sections of the station are parallel to the platforms. The building's large rooftop, built by Gustave Eiffel, is 56 m wide and covers 17,000 meters square.
Weather you choose to fly into Bordeaux and take the train to the rest of your destination cities around France, or you are arriving to the city by the Bordeaux St Jean station, you can save with a cheap car rental Bordeaux when you reserve online.
If you need assistance booking your rental car in Bordeaux, check out our section How to book a rental car in Bordeaux.