Getting to Bordeaux Airport (BOD)
Bordeaux Airport is also known as Bordeaux Mérignac Airport, as it is located in the town of Mérignac, France. The distance of the airport from the city of Bordeaux is only 10 km (6 miles). The airport is to the west of Bordeaux, within the department of Gironde, and nearby Passac, Gradignan and Saint-Jean d’Illac. It is an international airport, handling over three million passengers per year, and is an important gateway to the Aquitaine region.
The airport is easily accessible to motorists, as it is just of the ring road (A630) that surrounds Bordeaux. The exits taken to reach the airport off this road are Junctions 11A or 11B. The major applicable motorways are the A10 highway, A62 highway and A63 highway.
Directions to the airport from Mérignac
Motorists driving from the center of Mérignac should take Avenue Cassin or Avenue JF Kennedy in the direction of Cap Ferret and Bassin d’Arcachon. Both of these roads lead directly to the airport.
Directions to the airport from the north
From the north motorists will need to travel on the A10 highway. Continue until reaching the ring road (A630) which surrounds Bordeaux, and exit the A630 at either junction 11A or 11B. From here there are signs indicating the direction of the airport.
Directions to the airport from the south
Motorists must travel on the highways of A62 or A63 until reaching the ring road of A630. Turn off the ring road at junctions 11A or 11B and continue to the airport. There are signs to the airport from here.
Directions to the airport from the east / west
The major highways mentioned above only come in from the north and south of the city, and from the east and west there are no major highway routes.
The drive to Bordeaux Airport from Paris takes approximately five hours. Motorists driving from Paris should follow the A10 highway to the south. Travel through Orleans, Tours and Poitiers, until you reach Bordeaux. Travelers from Arcachon and other areas in the southwest need to follow the A63 highway, while the A62 connects Bordeaux to cities in the southeast of the region. The N80-E70 can be used to reach the airport from the east of France.
Once arriving at Bordeaux Airport, passengers and visitors will find a well-equipped and modern terminal building. The terminal is structured in an L-shape, and handles all arrivals from the lower levels and departures from the upper levels. The two areas of the terminal (Hall A and Hall B) are connected by a covered walkway. Hall A is designated for international flights, while Hall A handles all domestic flights. Bordeaux Airport is filled with various useful amenities. There are several ATM machines, a full service bank (Banque Populaire) and Bureau de change services (ICE). There are also postal services available. Both areas in the terminal have a variety of restaurants and cafes, as well as shops selling duty free items, souvenirs, clothing etc.
Business travelers can make use of the VIP Lounge, called the Patio. The Patio is in Terminal Hall A, and is open every day of the week. It can be used by any passenger who has a flight at the airport for a maximum of three hours. Children under two years of age may enter for free. Services offered at the Patio include refreshments, air conditioning, free magazines and newspapers, internet and Wi-Fi connections, telephone and television, and disabled access. The Modular Seminar and Conference Room can be booked at the airport, and this room can seat up to 180 people. Smaller meeting rooms are also available, which are ideal for up to 8 people.
Passengers who do not want to drive their own vehicle to the airport can make use of other transportation options. Taxis are available on call, or at all of the major train stations and public areas in Bordeaux. The Jet’Bus travels every 45 minutes from Gare St. Jean (Bordeaux’s main train station) to the airport, every day of the week. The Bordeaux Urban Community ‘Liane 1’ connects the airport to the ‘Bordeaux city center Quinconces’ and other railway stations, such as the ‘Mérignac Soleil’, ‘Mérignac Center’, ‘Barrière Judaïque’ and the ‘Gambetta square’. There is no train station at the aAirport. Passengers arriving by train should use one of the buses mentioned above to travel from the relevant train station to the airport.
The Airport’s address is Cédex 40, 33700 Mérignac, France. Further enquiries can be made at the information desks located in both Hall A and Hall B of the airport terminal. A Tourist Office is available for additional assistance from 16 June to 13 September.