Walking is generally the best way to see a city and soak up the atmosphere, but public transport is a useful option when your feet start to ache. Bordeaux has a great network of buses and trams that will get you pretty much anywhere in the city.
From Gare St-Jean station, tramline C will take you into the centre in no time. Trams run every 3-10 minutes from 5:30 am and a ticket costs around €1.50.
There are three man tram lines, A, B and C which all start in the centre and radiate out.
There is also BATCUB, a riverboat that connects with bus routes and tramways.
TBM (Transport Bordeaux Metropole) has a great interactive map that shows all the bus, riverboat and tram routes.
Another great way to get around, once you’ve got your bearings, is by bike. VCUB has 1,800 bikes at 166 bike stations throughout the city. The system is similar to Velib in Paris or Santander Cycles in London. The first 30 minutes is free for members, after that it’s €2 an hour. Day membership costs €1:50.
Get yourself a CityPass, this covers unlimited public transport, entry to most museums and exhibitions and a free walking tour through the old town (in French and English). It will also get you reductions on wine tours and other activities and comes with its own app which acts as a personal assistant giving advice, directions and even makes reservations.
There are three different versions, each for different lengths of stay. The pass is most useful when you are visiting in peak season as some of the buildings and monuments are shut off peak.