About Trains in Bordeaux
There are good regional SNCF trains along the Garonne and Dordogne river valleys and through the Médoc into Bordeaux, stopping off at the main towns and offering some bus links to others.
Bordeaux-Saint-Jean Train Station (Gare de Bordeaux-Saint-Jean) is centrally located in Bordeaux. Opened in 1898, the Bordeaux Saint Jean station offers easy access to the high-speed TGV trains from Paris and Lille and to Biarritz on the border with Spain.
Local train service, TER trains, run out to the west to the Arcachon Basin, north into the Medoc, north-east across the Entre-Deux-Mers towards Bussac and to the south-east all the way to Langon. For more information and timetables visit the SNCF website.
For information about getting to Bordeaux by train read our guide to national and international train services.
Many of the cities and towns in Bordeaux will have their own 'Petit Train' which is a small tourist train that takes you round the main sights and attractions, normally with commentary. Some of the most popular are in Blaye, Soulac-sur-Mer, the Railway at Cap Ferret and of course the city of Bordeaux itself. It's a good way to get your bearings around this beautiful city.
The local tram network is run by TBM (Transports Bordeaux Metropole). The three tram lines, A, B and C, serve all the major sights and attractions within the city of Bordeaux and offer an efficient and frequent service.
|Bordeaux Tram Services|
|Tram A provides east-west transport across the urban area, connecting the right and left banks of the river. Stops include: Hôpital Pellegrin, the Chaban Delmas stadium, downtown Bordeaux and the Cenon TER station.|
|Tram B provides access to the greater urban area’s, south-north. Leaving from Pessac Railway station, it serves the Talence / Pessac university campus, downtown Bordeaux, the Quais des Chartrons and the Hangars.|
|Tram C also provides north-south access across the city. It serves the Bordeaux Saint-Jean station, which connects to downtown Bordeaux and to the inner-lying neighbourhoods of Bordeaux Lac.|
Trams run between 05:00 to 00:30 and until 01:15 the Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The service is frequent at 4 to 7-minute intervals during the day and 8 to 15-minute intervals the rest of the time. You can find timetables and further information on the TBM website.