Bordeaux Bike Hire - Including Local Transport
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.
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.
During your tour we hope you will not need this, but if you do various bike shops will provide a maintenance service. Check 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.
- Heathrow has relatively expensive luggage storage.
- Paris has relatively expensive luggage storage.
- Bordeaux has none.
- Bergerac has none.
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
Train and bike
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.
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.
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.