Bordeaux

Getting there

Air
Bordeaux has an airport, but no budget airlines use it. If you really want to fly into it you'll have to depart from somewhere like Gatwick. The airport is about 6 miles from the city centre. There's a special bus service (Jet'Bus) from the airport into the centre, operating every 45 minutes. It's expensive though. Much better is the number 1 bus which runs every 10 minutes and costs about one fifth as much. Alternatives to flying to Bordeaux itself are Bergerac, Toulouse, La Rochelle, or Limoges. However, only Limoges of these is the only option in winter (October to May). Limoges is around 120 miles from Bordeaux and there's a direct train service. However, it's not a very good train service - there are only three or four direct trains a day in each direction, and the journey time is best part of three hours. Strangely there are four trains a day making the return journey. There are also a number of services which involve changing, although these are even slower. As well as being slow, the trip is also expensive.

Ryanair
Jet2
Bordeaux airport
Jet'Bus
French railways

Rail
This is definitely feasible. Journey time from St Pancras is 7-8 hours, with a change in Paris. Note that you have to check in for Eurostar 30 minutes before departure. However, if you miss this cut-off due to your train to London arriving late, and if you've booked the journey as a 'package' (as opposed to booking the UK train and Eurostar separately), then Eurostar will re-book you onto a later service at no charge.  The same applies coming back if you miss the connection from London.

Eurostar
Guide to Eurostar (courtesy of the man in seat 61!)

Places to stay
There are plenty of places to stay in Bordeaux, everything from cheap budgets up to 5 star jobs, and including many of the usual chains (Ibis, Novotel, Holiday Inn, etc).

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Getting around
Bordeaux has a good public transport system comprising buses and trams. A single ticket is cheap and is valid for an hour from the start of your journey. You can also buy books of 5 or 10 tickets at discounted prices. A day ticket  is good value at three times the cost of a single ticket. The main places for buying tickets are Tabacs, but you can also get them at stations and the airport.

Buses and trams
Bus/tram map

Guides, etc
Rough Guides
Lonely Planet
Daily Telegraph
Bordeaux tourist office

Where to drink
The police are recommend that fans head for the Place de la Victoire where there are plenty of bars. However, beware that the police may march fans from here to the ground a good two hours plus before kick-off. You might therefore want to keep a low profile and then make your own way to the ground by much more civilised tram.

As you'd expect there are plenty of bars around the station. There are also a couple of bars by the ground, conveniently next to the tram stop. There's also a supermarket nearby for anyone wanting to save money by drinking cans in the street.

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Club and ground
Girondins de Bordeaux play at the Stade Chaban-Delmas, which has a capacity of around 34 thousand. The ground is around a mile and half from the centre (so 30-35 minutes' walk), and a bit further from the main station. The best way of getting there is by tram. It's line A, or line B, then change to line A at Hotel de Ville if your starting point is Place de la Victoire. From the station it's line C then line A, or alternatively you can catch the number 9 bus direct to the ground. This runs every 10 minutes.

Map
Official club site
Buses and trams
Bus/tram map