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Despite its grand historic centre, Bordeaux is at heart a modern, lively and youthful city that is ideal for leisurely exploration. Hire a car, however, and this graceful city’s real appeal becomes immediately apparent, with world-class vineyards, wild beaches and medieval towns all practically on its doorstep. 

Language: French | Currency: Euro (€) | Avg. Flight time: 1 hr 35 mins

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What age do I need to be to hire a vehicle in Bordeaux?

In general, the minimum age to rent a car in Bordeaux is 21, though you may find companies that allow younger drivers. Usually, car hire companies require you to have held a full licence for at least a year. There’s no legal maximum age limit for hiring a car in Bordeaux, but many providers set an upper limit of 70 or 75.

What do I need to hire a vehicle in Bordeaux?

To hire a car in Bordeaux, you will need valid driving licence, an additional form of ID – your passport is recommended – and preferably a credit card (although debit cards will be accepted by some car hire companies). An International Driving Permit is not required if you hold a UK licence, but you may need to supply a DVLA check code.

Do I need car hire excess insurance in Bordeaux?

Car hire excess insurance is not compulsory, but it can be worthwhile. If your hire car is damaged, stolen or involved in an accident, you’re liable for the excess, which can cost between €500 and €2000. Getting excess insurance cover means you can claim this excess cost back from your insurer. You can buy this insurance at the rental desk, but it’s usually cheaper from a third-party insurer.

Can I rent a car with a debit card in Bordeaux?

With many companies, yes. But some may only accept a credit card or charge a refundable security deposit to use a debit card. Make sure you have enough funds to cover the full rental fee and deposit and check which cards your preferred car hire company accepts.

Which rental companies are available at Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport?

All the leading car rental companies operate at Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Europcar, Goldcar, Hertz, InterRent, National, Sixt and Thrifty.

Is it cheaper to rent a car at the airport or off site in Bordeaux?

You can usually find great car hire deals at Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport, but airport locations usually charge additional fees and taxes, so it is often cheaper to book your car off site.

Can you rent a car in Bordeaux and drop it off in another city?

Yes. One-way car hire is possible from Bordeaux, so you can pick up here and drop off in another French city. Some also let you to drop off in another country. Expect to pay an additional fee.

Can you rent a car on the same day in Bordeaux?

Absolutely, many of Bordeaux’s car rental providers offer same-day rental. You can either go straight to the rental desk or book online, which is usually the cheaper option even for last-minute bookings.

Can I hire a vehicle at 21 years of age in Bordeaux?

Yes, you can hire a vehicle at 21 in Bordeaux. However, some car hire companies have a higher minimum age, usually 23 or 25. Expect an additional fee (a ‘young driver surcharge’) if you’re under 25 years of age.

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