Bordeaux is generally safe and ranks safer than other major cities in France.
While violent crime is not common in Bordeaux, theft and vandalism are not unheard of.
As a tourist, you will likely be navigating the center of Bordeaux where you are most likely very safe. However, there are areas of Bordeaux that locals would tell you to avoid.
Below find my suggestions of the safest areas in Bordeaux and some neighborhoods where you may want to be careful especially after dark.
Which Areas in Bordeaux Should Be Avoided?
I lived in the Bordeaux center for a few years and did not personally experience safety problems. I have seen some broken car windows. My friend’s bike got stolen.
According to numbeo.com study, Bordeaux has an elevated level of crime related to the use of drugs.
It may be wise to avoid some of areas of Bordeaux at night, especially for someone traveling solo.
- Gare St. Jean, Bordeaux train station
- Between Gare St. Jean and Saint Michel
- The area around Marche des Capucins
- Le quartier des Aubiers
- Le quartier Chantecrit
- Grand Parc
- Bastide close to the Pont Chaban Delmas
How to Be Safe in Bordeaux?
Follow these simple steps to stay safe in Bordeaux
- Always lock your car
- Chain your bike
- Do not leave any belongings visible in a car
- Use paid underground carparks
- Do not walk at night alone in dangerous areas, avoid public parks at night
- Remain aware of your belongings especially on trams and at crowded stations
Safe Areas to Stay in Bordeaux
The best areas to stay in Bordeaux are:
Around Grand Theatre
Intercontinental Le Grand Hotel
Le Palais Gallien Hotel and Spa
Best Western Grand Hotel Francais
Hotel De Ville
L’Apparthotel Particulier Bordeaux
Mercure Bordeaux Cite Mondiale