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The Gare de Bordeaux Saint-Jean is Bordeaux’ main railway station, serving 4 million passengers per year, even more than the International Airport of Bordeaux. Situated near the heart of the city, French national railway's (SNCF) high speed train serves it, the TGV, with a three hour ride to Paris.
With connections to several other European centers, like Brussels, Lille, Amsterdam, Geneva, Cologne, and London. Getting to the city by train is a good idea, then get around during your stay with a Bordeaux car rental, which can be booked to collect at your arrival at the Gare de Bordeaux Saint-Jean.
The train line used to terminate at a station near the Pont de Pierre, so passengers needed to cross a bridge to get into the city; but this was before the construction of a single track steel railway bridge crossing the river Garonne, a huge asset. Now, the old station has been converted, presently containing restaurants and a cinema.
The Bordeaux-St Jean railway station, also referred to as the Bordeaux-Midi, was on the line of the CF du Midi, which is an early French railway company.
Appearing from the front as three parts, the station building, located at the end of the Cours de la Marne, has a peculiar design. Separating the arrivals and departures halls, the middle part houses the station buffet. Plus, the three sections of the station are parallel to the platforms. The building features a large 56-meter-wide rooftop, built by Gustave Eiffel, which covers 17,000 square meters.
You may opt to fly into Bordeaux or decide to take the train to the rest of your destination cities along France, or perhaps arrive at the Bordeaux St Jean station, you can still save a lot more and have more convenience with a cheap Bordeaux car hire booked in advance.
For guided assistance booking your Bordeaux car hire, check out our section How to book a rental car in Bordeaux.