Moving to Bordeaux

Are you considering moving to Bordeaux?

What are the factors influencing the price?

The cost of moving goods to Bordeaux depends on several factors: the nature, volume and the weight of course, the distance between pickup and delivery, the level of service you require and sometimes your flexibility with the timing of the operation.

How do I choose my contractor?

When you post your transport request on App A Van, it will display to all the traders who said they operated within your chosen area and were qualified to transport your type of goods. You can choose between the quotes you receive, based on price and on the reputation they gained from previous customers like you.

Can I receive additional services?

Yes. Some of our Man and Van operators will only load and drive, but others can offer additional services like storage or packing/unpacking. Make sure your transport request is precise as to what you expect exactly from your chosen trader. If you receive no answer, you can always split your request so 2 independent contractors fulfil your demand.

Moving to Bordeaux made easy

We have built up a network of experienced and carefully selected Man and Van contractors across the United Kingdom that can help you move to Bordeaux. The only thing you need to do is to register on our platform, fill in the details of your request in our online form, and all interested contractors will quote you for your custom. Whether you are moving to Bordeaux or within the city itself, or you have any transport need in the area, App A Van wants to be your one-stop solution.

Furthermore, by getting in touch with small Man and Van operations, it gives you a chance to use local tradesmen rather than big corporate companies. We strive to be environmentally friendly within your area – creating more jobs for the local people.

Essential links
when you’re moving to Bordeaux

City council

The website of the municipality of Bordeaux will inform you about all the news of the city, work in progress, events, etc. A special new residents tab reminds you of all the practical information you need to have. The Métropole site, of which Bordeaux is a part, is also a good source of information, especially for the administrative procedures of arrival and small questions relating to everyday life (waste management, etc.). Do not miss Bordeaux tourism, it has the merit of being in English and is packed with info that a new resident needs. If you want to go out, go to Bordeaux culture, a fairly complete agenda of the cultural life of the city!

Public transports

Bordeaux is one of the few major cities in France not to have its own metro. Here, we travel by tram and bus, but also by bike (called V3) and boat (bat3)! The network is rather extensive and makes it easy to get to the big towns around Bordeaux, including the student cities (Pessac, Talence). The infoTBM website lists all the schedules and prices, suggests ideal itineraries and offers an interactive map. To stay informed in real-time of when your bus will arrive at your stop, or what the traffic situation is, do not hesitate to download the TBM app! Finally, a network of electric cars can rent a cheap vehicle for a few hours.


The main university campus of Bordeaux is spread over three cities: Pessac, Talence and Gradignan. It is accessible by tram B, a bike path and buses. The University of Bordeaux, it is gathered in a large entity, some buildings are in the center (Victoire), completed by Bordeaux Montaigne. Private schools are spread over the campus, as well as Bacalan or Chartrons.

Moving to Bordeaux at a glance

  • Ninth agglomeration of France by its population, Bordeaux is the biggest city of the department of Gironde, in the region New-Aquitaine. It is bordered by the Landes in the south, the Médoc in the west, Blayais in the north and Libournais in the east.
  • In the twelfth century, Eleanor of Aquitaine married Henry II, King of England. Bordeaux was then attached to the English crown, and remained part of the kingdom for three centuries, as evidenced by some street names!
  • Bordeaux is a city of water: it is crossed by the Garonne, and its components are located on both sides of the river, although the majority is on the left bank. The city is also about fifty kilometres from the Atlantic Ocean and the basin of Arcachon.
  • In 2007, the Port de la lune (port of the moon, because of its shape in one of the Garonne’s meander) and its 1810 hectares, in Bordeaux, have been listed as World Heritage by Unesco, as an exceptional urban ensemble.
  • The culinary emblem of Bordeaux is the “cannelé”. This fluted pastry, cooked in a copper mold with a curved shape, has the particularity of having a thin crispy layer caramelized on the outside and being soft on the inside.
  • Since the summer of 2017, the LGV (High-Speed Line) connects Paris to Bordeaux in just 2h04, against 3h14 before. With more than 33 round trips daily, the line is one of the busiest on the French rail network, and places Paris as the door next door!

Bordeaux is one of the most popular cities in France for cycling, especially for short daily trips. Not sporty? Good news: V3 terminals also have electric bicycles for rent.

Good to know: the Maison métropolitaine des mobilités alternatives (Metropolitan House of Alternative Mobility) offers a free bike loan system for 10 months for the inhabitants of the Metropolis. The quays, along the Garonne, offer wonderful rides for you to enjoy.

When it comes to leisure, the tourist office’s website offers more than a dozen large and small cycling routes to discover Bordeaux and its surroundings by bike. A great way to discover your new surroundings on weekends.

The nightlife is not a second thought in Bordeaux. The large proportion of students who live there makes it a lively city, from the time of the “apéritif” and other happy hours around the place de la Victoire, and until the early morning in clubs and bars. In summer, the docks are invaded by groups of young people who come to share a bottle or picnic on the grass, and cool down near the edge of the water.

Fancy a drink?

Of course, the majority of bars are in the centre. Here again, the quays are not left out, with addresses that have now become institutions: the Vintage Bar and its local draft beers, La Tencha and its lively dance floor every evening, or next to Saint-Michel, the Quartier Libre, to sip a drink while listening to a concert. There are also a dozen English or Irish pubs, including Sherlock Holmes, Charles Dickens and the Cock and Bull, which are very popular during football broadcasts. Beer lovers will find their own little corner of heaven if they go to Jaqen Craft Beer, or the Nouveau Monde to taste the flavors of Quebec.

You need to know that Bordeaux has several community bars, where the atmosphere is relaxed and prices are very keen. For a year-round membership, you can sip a local beer and listen to a few notes from the Chat qui pêche, the Cercle des poètes disparates both close to Victoire. Later in the evening, the BB25 or the Void welcome you for restless nights!

One cannot mention Bordeaux without thinking “wine”. For wine tasting, there is the CIVB wine bar, located near the Quinconces, with a fine and affordable selection, ideal for discovering Bordeaux wines. To learn about natural wines, a detour by the Bon Jaja is a must. Finally, the Trois Pinardiers, the Wine more time or the Oenolimit are famous addresses.

Music, dancing, etc.

Clubs are mostly located outside the city centre. On the quayside of Paludate, you will find the trendy and popular clubs by a relatively young public: The Beach, the Redgate or the Underground.

If it’s music you’re after, several recurring festivals have become unavoidable events for the Bordeaux region: Relâche where locals as well as tourists dance every summer to the rhythm of free giant concerts held outdoors, but also Bordeaux Rock or the Reggae Sun Ska, which takes place on the university campus.

Bordeaux has several theaters including the TNBA, located on the pleasant Place Sainte-Croix, a quality scene with eclectic programming. Femina or Victoire, for comedies. Finally, lovers of classical music and operatic singing, know that the Grand Théâtre, the opera of Bordeaux, offers programs at advantageous rates for young people, including concerts for € 1 one Sunday per month.

Useful information for
Moving to Bordeaux

Bordeaux is a city that is most enjoyable when visited on foot or by bike. The old centre, with its cobbled streets, offers pleasant walks along the convoluted arteries. Relatively narrow, it can be visited in less than an hour. This is where you will find the majority of bars, restaurants, pubs and lively wine bars. The separation with the other districts is done with the cours Victor Hugo, south of which is Saint-Michel, the ‘working class’ district of Bordeaux.

Saint-Michel is the cosmopolitan district par excellence, where both families and students live. Rents are more affordable than in the old centre. Quite lively, it is best known for its gigantic covered Marché des capucins, the “belly of Bordeaux” open every day (except Monday), every morning from 7 am. On weekends, be patient: the stalls are stormed by both tourists and locals, who come to taste oysters in one of the restaurant counters typical of this market.

North of the Quinconces is the Chartrons district, slightly behind the hustle and bustle of the city. Quiet and bourgeois, it offers nice walks in its narrow streets, bordered by independent little shops and flowered facades. Trendy, sought after by a hipster population, it is really quite charming, with regulars coming and going to terraces belonging to confidential restaurants and sunny bars on the side of the place du marché des Chartrons. You will also find many organic groceries.

Further north is the new Bassins à Flots district, in Bordeaux Maritime. Just out of the ground, this is a landmark for young families who moved to brand new modern buildings. Still uncrowded, it already has a few restaurants and nightspots like the already legendary iBoat, a barge that acts as a concert hall and nightclub. There are essentially offices, schools and trendy shops.

Finally, south of Bordeaux are the cities around the campus, such as Pessac or Talence, where there are many student residences and therefore a younger population. Not without entertainment, these suburban cities are well served by public transport and offer a comfortable lifestyle for a more affordable price than the centre.