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Bordeaux Airport Car Hire - Top offers on discounted car rental

Pre-book your Bordeaux Airport car hire, with prices starting from just £13.41 per day with FREE cancellations*

Image of Bordeaux

Rated as a UNESCO World Heritage site, as well as being the centre of the largest wine-growing region in France, Bordeaux has much to offer. From grand chateaux, classy coastal resorts with a wealth of water sports, to the longest shopping strip in Europe, there are sights and activities to cater for all ages and interests. It's little wonder that it has become one of the top destinations in France for short breaks and longer stays.

By booking your Bordeaux Airport car hire with Holiday Extras, we can save you both time and money. We will compare all the biggest car hire companies to save you up to 35%. If you opt for Bordeaux Airport as your pick up point, then you can collect your car almost as soon as you touch down on French soil. As well as a range of options of rental cars from Bordeaux Airport, also offer mainland France car hire too.

Special Offers

  • Save up to 35% with Europcar for checkout period 08/07/19 - 15/08/19
  • Save up to 20% with Europecar for checkout period 16/08/19 - 19/12/19
  • Minimum length of stay 4 days, maximum 20 days

Towns and Resorts Near to City of Bordeaux

Distance in Km
Estimated Travel Time
Chateau Margaux
29 km
47 minutes
Cap Ferret
43 km
38 minutes
44 km
50 minutes
Lacanau Plage
51 km
47 minutes
65 km
52 minutes

As well as low prices, our range of France car hire vehicles is very wide. From family cars, to SUVs or people carriers for larger groups, Holiday Extras will have a car to suit your needs!

We also offer big discounts on total protection insurance. Our policies are all price-checked and include the following cover:

  • Damage and theft excess
  • Damage protection for all mechanical and exterior parts of the car
  • Cover for any immobilisation, admin and towing charges
  • Free cancellation and changes

Hassle-free booking process

  • Search - Enter your travel dates in the field above and click search to compare
  • Select - Select your choice of hire car
  • Book - Pay using our secure payment system
  • Confirm - You will be sent your confirmation by email

How it Works

Upon authorisation of your payment, we will send you a confirmation by email containing your booking reference number. Keep your booking confirmation safe as you will need it, along with your other documents, when you collect the car at Bordeaux Airport. We've also prepared a useful checklist of everything you should know about car hire in general.

If you wish to speak to our friendly car hire team, then please call 0800 804 7362. You can also contact us online here if you're unsure about anything relating to your car hire.

Collecting your hire car

When you touch down at Bordeaux Airport, picking up your car is very straightforward. The car hire rental desks for all major rental companies are very conveniently located in the Arrivals area in the connecting wing between Halls A and B. Upon arrival, just report to the relevant desk with your confirmation paperwork. The hire car parking area is situated across the road from the main exits of Hall B.

Explore the region

The Bordeaux region has so much to offer and hiring a car is the perfect way to see the sights. Bordeaux itself is a beautiful city with historic architecture and home to the largest estuary in Europe. Shopaholics will love the Rue Sainte Catherine; at 1.2km long, this is the longest shopping strip in Europe. There are wide sandy beaches and a range of water sports available at Cap Ferret and Carcans and the resort of Arachon to the south west has Europe's largest sand dune. You can't visit Bordeaux without appreciating its the rich wine heritage. A perfect way to do this is with a visit to Chateau Margaux where you can visit the vineyards and sample some of the wines.

If you're looking for transport to your holiday resort, Holiday Extras also provides top prices on airport transfers. We can also provide discounts on holiday insurance so you can be safe in the knowledge you're fully covered.

We've got your Holiday extras covered

Our savings don't end there. If you're flying from a UK airport, then we can help you save up to 60% on airport parking, airport hotels and even airport lounges.

*The prices quoted are based on one driver, aged 25, with a full UK driving licence hiring a car for 3 days, picking-up and dropping-off at Bordeaux Airport. Prices correct at time of writing. Subject to change according to availability. Free cancellation applies to most rentals up to 48 hours before pick up, however some suppliers may charge. Please check supplier terms and conditions carefully.

Driving on France's roads**

The roads in France are considered some of the best driving roads in Europe. On the whole, they are much less congested than the UK. Here are some useful tips and guidelines to help you with your road trip in the Bordeaux region:

  • Left hand drive vehicles - Drive on the right, overtake on the left.
  • Minimum car hire age - 18 years old. Under 25's may be liable to pay a young driver surcharge.
  • Seatbelt - All occupants of a car must wear seatbelts. It is the driver's responsibility to ensure that all passengers under 18 are wearing a seatbelt.
  • Travelling with children - Under 10's must not travel in the front of a vehicle without a specialist child restraint or booster seat.
  • Mobile phones - It is illegal to use a mobile phone while driving.
  • Toll Roads - Cash and credit cars are accepted.
  • Petrol stations - Many are open 24/7 and accept all major credit cards.

Road safety laws

Speed limits

  • Toll motorways (autoroutes) - 130kph/80mph
  • Dual carriageways - 110kph/68mph
  • Out of town roads - 90kph/56mph
  • New speed limits - many A & B roads - To reduce road facilities the speed limits were reduced to 80kph/50mph
  • Built up areas - 50kph/31mph

A number of road cameras in France will not only capture your speed, but also whether you are keeping a safe driving distance, as well as if you jump red lights or stop signs.


It is a legal requirement to carry both a reflective triangle for breakdown and a high-vis jacket or vest in the vehicle, but (NOT in the boot) at all times. It is recommended that you check your hire car for these before you leave .

This is also required for car hires taken out in other countries that are driven over the border into France.

Drinking and driving

For people who have been driving for less than 3 years, the alcohol limit is 0.2 grams per litre. For those who have had a driving licence for more than 3 years, the limit is 0.5 grams per litre of blood. Please note that both these limits are lower than the UK.. Drivers are also required to carry a breathalyser/alcohol test kit. Car hire providers will normally provide these, but it is advised to check with them.

Please note that drinking alcohol and then driving may invalidate your car rental insurance, irrespective of local drink driving laws. Check your policy for full details.

Radar detectors/SatNavs

SatNavs showing the location of speed cameras are illegal in France. Those caught can be fined up to €1500 and have the device confiscated, even if it is not in use. Radars detectors which are able to locate fixed and mobile speed cameras are also illegal.

The use of a Satellite Navigation system is not illegal, you should deactivate the speed camera location settings before use.

On-the-spot fines

Fixed and mobile speed cameras have become commonplace throughout France and if caught, the French authorities can issue on-the-spot fines of up to €375 euro (£323) that are payable in cash.

Credit cards and travellers cheques are not accepted, and cash must be in the local currency. If you do not have cash, you will be taken to the nearest ATM.

Mobile phone use

It is illegal to use a mobile phone while driving or in control of a vehicle in France, as well as wearing headphones whilst driving. If caught you are liable to a €135/£110 fine.

Driving licence

Important Information - Changes to the UK Driving Licence

Filling Up

Petrol stations are located in towns and also on the motorways (autoroute . However, fuel prices tend to be cheaper in towns than in service stations on motorways. Many French service stations have a 24-hour self service facility and accept all major credit cards.

Although the price of unleaded fuel (sans plomb) is similar to those in the UK, diesel (gasoil/gazole/gas-oil) is considerably cheaper per litre in France.

  • Unleaded petrol - Sans plomb 95/98
  • Diesel - gazole/gasoil/gas-oil
  • Petrol - essence (super/super 97)

Toll roads/péage

If you are exploring the region, then you may well take your hire carFrench toll road (autoroute à péage) It is therefore worth having some spare change to hand, although toll booths accept all major credit cards.

**This information should be considered as a broad overview of things to remember when hiring a car. It is therefore very important that you read the rental terms and conditions and associated policies for your own specific policy as well as doing your own research into the motoring laws of the country in which you will be driving.