Bordeaux Bike Hire - Including Local Transport


Bordeaux Station

Bike hire

For your self-guided tour you may need a bike hire shop to rent a bike from.  Bike hire is available in most of the large towns of the area.  Where bike rental shops' websites exist we have shown them below - look for a tab marked "location" (hire).  Depending on bicycle quality you should expect to pay €7-10 per day if booked for a week, but bookings for just a day can be as high as €25.  You may even want to use this holiday to try renting a tandem. 
 
There are only a limited number of bike hire shops in the Bordeaux area but it should be possible to find one that will deliver to wherever your starting point is, if you're hiring for a week or more.  (Dingo, Oxy'Jeune and Apolo certainly seem to offer this service.)  Nearly all of them also offer maps, tour booking and luggage transport.  
If you need to look at other towns, then go to Google maps, view the town and type "location de velo" into the search box.
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Bike maintenance

During your tour we hope you will not need this, but if you do various bike shops will provide a maintenance serviceCheck our puncture repair video at MyBikeGuide before you go.  We also recommend a couple of guides on how to repair a bike, one of which is light enough to take with you.
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Left luggage

Airports

  • Heathrow has relatively expensive luggage storage.
  • Paris has relatively expensive luggage storage.
  • Bordeaux has none.
  • Bergerac has none.

Railway stations

Major French railway stations have left luggage lockers.  You can find out information about left luggage (and other services) from SNCF's stations web site, by selecting the station, clicking on "Practical information" and then the "Services" tab.   (The site is slow so don't keep clicking, just wait).   Look for "consignes automatiques" (luggage lockers).

The situation at Bordeaux, Bergerac and Montparnasse is as follows:

  • Bordeaux St-Jean - automatic lockers
  • Bergerac - undergoing major improvements in 2011 so nothing at present
  • Paris Montparnasse - automatic lockers

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Bike transport

Train and bike

The website of the French national railway company, SNCF, is a little difficult to use but the company has developed a separate regional train mini-site under the brand TER SNCF
though they are in French.  There are a number of options for cyclists and bikes can be carried on regional  trains.  SNCF will even ship your bike ahead for you. 

Bus

Buses are unlikely to carry bikes and each bus company tends to operate just in its local area, making bus travel impractical for anything other than short, bike-free hops
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