In 1938, the German army seized the air base which was opened in 1917 in the Merignac Region near Bordeaux for allowing the French Air Force to perform its training flights. The base, which was used by the German army for many years, was bombed and destroyed by the American combat aircrafts in 1943. The airport, which was left to the NATO administration following the war and kept under the control of the American Air Force until 1961, was handed over to France after this date. Bordeaux Merignac Airport, which is the sixth busiest airport of the country today, has an annual passenger average that exceeds five and a half million. Bordeaux Merignac Airport was brought into service for the French Air Force aircrafts in 2005.
There are a great variety of transportation alternatives for passengers travelling to the city center from the Merignac Airport. Taxis and shuttle buses are preferred by many passengers while buses are used by passengers who want to go the city center by public transportation vehicles. Passengers can hire private vehicles for the handicapped as well as normal automobiles from any car rental company. Motorcycles, which have a special place in Bordeaux city culture, are also among the transportation alternatives to the city center.
At Merignac Airport, taxis belonging to Aero, Alliance, Allo Bordeaux, Aquitaine, Girondins and Tele companies are waiting for passengers 24/7. In Bordeaux, taxi passengers are requested to pay for the bridge or highway fees. You may also have to pay more in the morning and evening hours because the taximeters apply extra charges when waiting during lights and traffic jams.
Buses offering service on Line 1, which you can access from the bus stops located in front of the terminal building, carry passengers to the city center from 04:55 am to 01:25 am. You should follow the Palais de Justice stop to get off at the city center with the buses you can get on by buying ticket from ticket-windows and automats in the terminal. The buses, which offer service every half an hour in the morning and evening hours, have services every 15 minutes during the rest of the time. In addition, passengers getting off at the last stop, Victoire, can go to different parts of the city by train.
The shuttle buses, which offer a faster transportation than the municipality buses, also departs from the terminal building. The travel to the train station in the city center with the buses belonging to Navette Shuttle does not exceed half an hour. The shuttle buses, which offer service during the entire week, depart every day from 08:45 am to 20:40 pm every half an hour. Shuttle buses, which have fewer services on weekends, start offering service at 08:45 am on Saturdays and 09:45 am on Sundays. Shuttle buses don’t run after 18:55 pm on weekends. You have to make payment in cash if you want to use these buses.
Passengers who don’t have large baggage and don’t want to get lost in the crowded Bordeaux traffic can opt for chauffeur driven motorcycles as an alternative means of transportation. Passenger can get in contact with Tramoto, Trans'moto Cub and Moto Transport Arcachon throught the internet or by calling 24 hours in advance and rent a motorcycle with a licensed driver. In this way, they can get to all parts of the city in a very short time. You can get on the motorcycles rented from the motorcycle park located just on the right of the taxi stops.
The vehicles that are specially designed for the handicapped having limited transportation alternatives are very convenient for them to reach the city center from the airport. Ages D'or, Alipes, Mobibus, Munier, Transadapt, Transmobils and Chti rental companies are accepting reservations online or by phone. The handicapped can rent a private car from these companies and go to the city center in a short time.
Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Firefly, Goldcar, Interrent, Sixt and Hertz offering service for 24 hours in the offices located downstairs of the terminal building welcome passengers who want to rent a car for a comfortable transportation to the city center.Last Updated: 27 Apr 2017
While taxis and busses offer service from Bordeaux to Merignac Airport for passengers on a daily basis, rental private cars and motorcycles are also preferred by passengers who want to go to the airport in a shorter time.
Passengers who use taxis which cover the distance of approximately 11 kilometers in just 25 minutes from Bordeaux city center to Merignac Airport, may discuss with the driver and pay a lower fare.
Line 1 buses pick up passengers from Palais de Justice stop which is 4 minutes walking distance from Bordeaux city center. This line offers service from 5:00 am to 00:15 am and arrives at Merignac airport in 1 hour. In order to use the buses, you have to buy tickets in advance.
Those who want to get to the Merignac Airport by motorcycle, which is the fastest means of transportation for going to the airport, can rent a motorcycle from Tramoto, Trans'moto Cub and Moto Transport Arcachon rental companies 24 hours before and can go to the airport in as short as 20 minutes.
Those who want to go to the Merignac Airport by travelling on the streets of Bordeaux with a private car can rent a car from Avis, Europcar, Budget, Firefly, Goldcar and Hertz rental companies having offices on different parts of the city.
Merignac Airport has two passenger terminals. The service hours of these terminals are from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm. You can follow your lost properties from the lost-and-found office located at the terminals, take a shower in the shower cabins, and let your children spend their time on the playground.
You can benefit from many services in the lounge located at terminal A. Services such as foods and drinks, access to daily newspapers, reading corner, television corner, computer corner, wireless internet and charging station are waiting for you in the private lounge.
The amazing restaurants at the airport; Cafe Des Grands Hommes, Cafe News, Deli&Cia, La Brioche Doree, La Brista, Le Grands Comptoir, Ostrea and Starbucks. Among shopping stores; Aelia Duty Free, La Chaise Lounge, Parfumerie Aeroboutique, Relay and Baillardran.Last Updated: 27 Apr 2017
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