Sleeping in Airports

Bordeaux Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Bordeaux Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

After our flight arriving late in the evening we wanted to stay over. But around 11pm the guide-staff told us to leave. The airport are going to close. – a traveller

BOD Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Bordeaux-Mérignac International Airport.

What to Expect

Bordeaux Airport (code: BOD) consists of two interconnected terminals (Halls A and B) and a separate Terminal “Billi,” that services low-cost carriers. There are a dozen or so shops and eateries in the buildings, mostly located on the landside, as well as airside duty-free shopping. All shops and eateries close at 9:00PM, so plan accordingly if you intend to stay the night. WiFi is available, but charging outlets are described as being inconveniently located away from seating. Bathrooms stay open all night, but there are reports that they are unlit and mixed opinions about cleanliness. For additional services, economy class passengers can pay to access the airport’s private lounge. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for locations and rates.

Sleeping in Bordeaux Airport
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Sleeping in this airport has been referred to as bare bones, with the suggestion that overnight sleepers bring everything they might need—sleeping bag, travel mat, eyeshade, earplugs/noise-cancelling headphones, etc.—to ensure a decent night’s sleep. Don’t plan on finding comfortable seating, and expect noise from the cleaning machines and cold temperatures. A reader mentioned that the airport now closes overnight and we have not been able to verify this. For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the guide below or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Covid-19 Update

Some airport reviews and tips in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. To help us keep this guide up-to-date, you can add or update information or write a review to submit airport tips and photos. You can also visit the airport’s web site for current information.

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In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

If you are an economy class traveller, you can enter these lounges at Bordeaux airport by paying at the door. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

  • Hall A Lounge – Location: Airside, Hall A. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge pass • Pay at the Door.

Related Pages: Bordeaux Airport Lounges

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Bordeaux Airport doesn’t appeal to you, there are a wide variety of hotels for every budget, located within walking distance or a short drive from the airport. Here are the three closest hotels:

With Covid restrictions constantly changing, we recommend that you confirm shuttle availability prior to booking and/or prior to your arrival.

  • Sure Hotel by Best Western Bordeaux Aeroport – Located 300m from the airport terminal. » Check Rates
  • Mercure Bordeaux Aeroport – Located 500m from the airport terminal. Airport shuttle available from 7:00AM – 7:00PM.  » Check Rates
  • Ibis Budget Bordeaux Aeroport – Located 800m/12-minute walk from the airport terminal. No airport shuttle.  » Check Rates

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels near Bordeaux Airport that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Bordeaux Airport for 3 hours. Connect to the “HotSpot Aeroport de Bordeaux” network.

Additionally the airport offers at least 4 work stations throughout the airport which may be useful.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Departures and Arrivals areas.

Baggage Trolleys – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage trolleys are available free of charge in multiple locations. Rates: unknown.

Baby Changing Facilities – Most of the female restrooms have baby changing facilities.

Children’s Area -There is a dedicated Children’s Area. Location: Airside, right hand side.

Currency Exchange – Global Exchange. Location: Terminal A – B Connecting Wing, Landside (Hours: 24/7).

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty-free shopping is available in Terminal A and the Billi Terminal. A variety of retail shops are available throughout the airport.

Food & Drinks – Most food concessions throughout the airport operate according to daily flight schedules. At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options. Food options include: Café Des Grands Hommes • Café General • Cafe Marchand • Deli & Cia • Le Barista • Le Grand Comptoir • Monop’daily • Ritazza • Starbucks (2 locations). The airport has 32 Selecta vending machines throughout its terminals.

Information Desk – Need help finding your way? An information desk can be found in Arrivals Section A. Hours: open every day from the first to the last flight.

Luggage Wrapping – Safe Bag luggage wrapping machines are available for use. Fee: 12,00€ – 16,00€ per bag which includes tracking and insurance in addition to the wrapping. Location:Terminal B, landside, at the Air France Check-In counters opposite Entrance 10.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Mobile Charging – A reader tells us that mobile charging is available “There is equipment to charge mobile phone next to the dining area close to security in hall A” (January 2023)

Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Showers – Showers are listed as a service on the airport website. Unfortunately, we have no additional information regarding location and rates.

SIM Cards – A reader has asked us to include where to buy SIM Cards. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Work Stations – Set up your own office space at one of the 4 work stations available for passengers. Free to use, the desks come equipped with power outlets. Location: unknown.

Airport Hours

The airport opens at 4:00AM and closes after the last arrival. Sleeping overnight is not possible.


Bordeaux airport is served by the following airlines: Aegean Airlines • Aer Lingus • Air Algérie • Air Arabia • Air France • Air Transat • British Airways • Brussels Airlines • Chalair • Corsair • EasyJet • Iberia • KLM • Lufthansa • Luxair • Norwegian Air • Royal Air Maroc • Ryanair • Swiss Air I • TunisAir • Turkish Airlines • Voltea • Vueling.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


Lianes 1+ is a regular city bus service between BOD airport and Bordeaux Saint Jean train station, via Bordeaux Centre and Mérignac Centre, with several stops along the way. Tickets for the Lianes 1+ bus and other public transportation are sold in the forecourt of Hall B, near the Lianes 1+ bus stop. For route maps, schedules and fares, visit the Info TBC website.

Car Rentals

Car rental desks are located in the A-B connecting wing on the ground floor (Arrivals Level), between baggage claim areas. Onsite car rental agencies include Avis • Budget • Enterprise • Europcar • Firefly • Goldcar • Hertz • InterRent • Loca Malin • Sixt.

Hotel Shuttles

See also Airport Hotels above.


If you’re travelling light you may choose to use Bordeaux Airport ‘s motorbike transportation. The following companies provide pickup from the airport: Tramoto • Trans’moto Cub. For more information and estimated fares, visit the Bordeaux transportation website.


30’ Direct offers fast and direct shuttle service between the airport and Bordeaux Saint Jean train station. Buses run daily, departure times vary by season; however, there is usually a departure every 30 minutes. For schedules, additional fare information and ticket sales, visit the 30’ Direct website.


Taxis are available in the ground transportation area. All taxis are metered, and reservations are not required.

Last updated: 2023-01-19

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.