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Bordeaux is known the world over for producing incredible vintage wine and pretty much anything poultry-related. Apart from excellent shopping centers, Bordeaux also has many chateaux that one can visit. The city is the sixth largest in France and is also known as "le port de la Lune" (port of the moon) by UNESCO. Bordeaux is also rich in arts and history. The current location of the city was settled into by the Celts in the third and fourth centuries BC and became part of Julius Ceaser's Roman empire in the first century BC. This makes Bordeaux an ancient city, hence the art and history to be explored here.
Bordeaux has an extensive modern public transportation network system that is made of trams, buses and ferries. The city has 70+ lines for bus connectivity. The public transport system of Bordeaux is known as the Transport Bordeaux Metropole. The main train station in Bordeaux is the Bordeaux-St-Jean/ Bordeaux midi. It is the southern terminus for the Paris-Bordeaux railway line. The train station is located also on the line Bordeaux-Sete railway line and the Bordeaux-Irun railway line. It has eight high-speed services (TGV) to Paris, Toulouse, Tours Poiter, Ms, Fax and other cities, four intercity services and nine local services. The other train station in Bordeaux is the Cauderan-Merignac train station on the belt of the Bordeaux line. It has TER New Aquitane train services.
Transport Bordeaux Metropole - The public transit in Bordeaux is extensive, reliable and efficient to use when getting around the city. There are several ways you can get to the train station from various points in the city quickly and easily. From the city center, eco-friendly transport modes such as walking or cycling can be employed as the distance to the station is short. From other points like Porte de Bourgogne to the train station, bus number one or 11 or tram number C will do. The options are the same when coming from the Museum of Fine Arts.
The main train station is located near the city center, hence, the best way that is easy, faster and affordable would be walking. However, coming from the other parts of the city, taking the bus is the best option for it's faster, cheaper and allows full enjoyment of the scenery of Bordeaux. The distance from Bordeaux city center to the train station Bordeaux-St-Jean is approximately half a mile (0.8 kilometers). The short distance can be walked from the city center on the Rue de Saget to Bordeaux-St-Jean railway station via Rue Charles Domercq. Walking between the center and the railway station takes approximately seven minutes.
Another way to get to the train station would be cycling which takes an average duration of four minutes from the city center. It takes 11 minutes to get from the Port of Bourgne to the railway station using bus one or bus 11, and 16 minutes using tram C from Sainte Crox station. When traveling from the Museum of Fine arts, it takes approximately 20 minutes to get to the railway station when using bus one or 11 and 25 minutes when using tram A or C. Cycling between the museum and the railway station takes approximately 11 minutes. From Saint Genes, using bus numbers one, nine or 11 to get to the railway station that will take approximately 20 minutes. From Bordeaux city center to the other train station- Cauderan-Merignac, one can use bus one, nine or 16 that will take approximately 47 minutes to make the journey or use tram C or TER train which will take 54 minutes to reach there from the city center.
Bordeaux City strives to ensure that the Bordeaux Transport Metropole is fully accessible by people with reduced mobility. All tramlines in Bordeaux- tram A, B and C- are fully accessible. The trams, at one point, have low floor entrance for ease getting on and off the tram by people with reduced mobility and those using wheelchairs. Buses in Bordeaux are equipped with retractable ramps for their safe boarding and alighting. There are specific areas and facilities on buses and bus stops/stations designated for them. Bordeaux city also has Mobibus which is a specific transport mode for wheelchair users. The bus is fully equipped for wheelchair users and has bookings and a flat rate fare. Mobibus serves 28 municipalities in Bordeaux.
Public transportation in Bordeaux is efficient and effective. Using the bus to get from the city center to the train station from any part of the city is the best option. Buses on Liane one have a luggage rack in case of travel with large luggage. It is best to purchase a multi-journey ticket from the ticket machine for cheaper tickets. If one is buying a single ticket, then they can get it from the driver instead of using the ticket machine.
Outside of the station, travelers don't have to travel far to find some local wine or a bite to eat. Several shops are nearby which are perfect for picking up a newspaper for the train or a last-minute souvenir.