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Is Bordeaux a Safe City?

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 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
 If you are using public transport it is possible to ask for an extra stop after 9 pm.

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

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Where to Stay in Bordeaux?

Bordeaux city stays

Saint-Emilion/Right Bank stays

Medoc/Left Bank stays

See more tips on visiting Bordeaux wine country in my Blog.  

If you are interested in a private wine tour of Saint-Emilion or Medoc wineries, see our tours at Atlas Bordeaux.

Enjoy your time in Bordeaux!

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