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
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.
Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours. Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021. To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.
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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.
If sleeping in Bordeaux Airport does not 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:
- Sure Hotel by Best Western Bordeaux Aeroport – (2 minutes from the airport) Located 300 meters from the airport terminal. Airport shuttle is available 5:00PM – 10:00PM (4 people max). Collect your bags, go to Hall B Gate 5 and call the hotel at 05.57.78.26.29 for pick-up. For return service (between 5:00AM – 10:00AM) book 1 day in advance at the hotel reception. The service is free within the listed times and 10,00€ outside these times. » Check Rates
- Mercure Bordeaux Aeroport – (3 minutes from the airport) Located 500 meters from the airport terminal. Airport shuttle available from 5:30AM to midnight. Go to Gate 5 and call the hotel. » Check Rates
- Ibis Budget Bordeaux Aeroport – (2 minutes from the airport) Located 800 meters from the airport terminal. No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
To see more options there is a list of hotels near Bordeaux Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.
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!
- Salon des Vignobles – Location: Terminal A, Airside, Hall A. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door.
Free WiFi is available at Bordeaux Airport for two 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.
Children’s Area -There is a dedicated Children’s Area. Location: Airside, right hand side.
Currency Exchange – International Currency Exchange has two offices. Locations: BILLI Terminal, Landside (Hours according to non-Euro flights) • Terminal A – B Connecting Wing, Landside (Hours: 6:00AM – 9:00PM).
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 News • Deli & Cia • Eat’Shop • La Brioche Dorée • Le Barista • Le Grand Comptoir • Ostrea • Starbucks (2 locations).
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 A, landside, near Check-In counters opposite Entrance 4 • Terminal B, landside, at the Air France Check-In counters opposite Entrance 10.
Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.
Mobile Charging – At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.
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.
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.
A few readers have let us know that sleeping overnight is not possible as the airport closes between 11:30PM and 4:00AM. (last updated November 2019)
Bordeaux airport is served by the following airlines: Aegean Airlines • Aer Lingus • Air Algérie • Air Arabia • Air Baltic • Air Canada • Air Corsica • Air France • Air Transat • ASL Airlines • Blue Air • British Airways • Brussels Airlines • Chalair • EasyJet • Finnair • Hop! • Iberia • KLM • Lufthansa • Norwegian Air • Nouvelair • Royal Air Maroc • Ryanair • Swiss Air • TAP Portugal • TUI • TunisAir • Turkish Airlines • Voltea • Vueling • Wizz Air.
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 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 • Sixt.
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.
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.
Taxis are available in the ground transportation area. All taxis are metered, and reservations are not required.
Last updated: 2020-10-23
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.