A Travel Price Comparison for France Le Mans vs. Bordeaux for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Le Mans or Bordeaux?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Le Mans and Bordeaux can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Le Mans or Bordeaux?

Le Mans

Le Mans is a city in France, on the Sarthe River. Le Mans is found about 80 kilometers north of Tours, and south of Alencon. To many of course, Le Mans is famous only for a 24 hour racing event once a year. If you are not interested in cars and car racing, it is best to avoid visiting Le Mans in the middle of June. However, Le Mans also has a fantastic old town and is well worth the visit. Known as the Cite Plantagenet, this is where in 1129 Geoffrey Plantagenet married Matilda, daughter of Henry I of England and gave birth to Henry II.

Bordeaux

Bordeaux is the place to go for fine wines. It's a very mellow, cultural city where you can enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of a quaint cafe or restaurant without being rushed. The city is the capital of Gironde, and the entire metropolitan area has over one million residents. The city also has a rather large and vibrant university and the population is known to be very tolerant and liberal. There is a very strong artistic vibe in the city and, due to it's history of English rule, there is an English flair to the area. The large student population means that there is no shortage of opportunities to see shows, hear music, or visit a museum.

Which city is cheaper, Bordeaux or Le Mans?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Le Mans is €66, while the average daily cost in Bordeaux is €95. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each city. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Le Mans and Bordeaux in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Le Mans 30
    Bordeaux 51
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Le Mans 60
    Bordeaux 102

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Le Mans 24
    Bordeaux 12

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bordeaux

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bordeaux:

  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Bergerac-Roumanière Airport to Bordeaux City - One Way: $358
  • Private Transfer from Airport to Bordeaux City: $149
  • Bordeaux Airport Transfers: Bordeaux to Bordeaux Airport BOD in Luxury Car: $131
  • Bordeaux Private Transfer from Bordeaux city centre to Bordeaux Airport: $124
  • Departure Private Transfer Bordeaux City to Bordeaux Airport BOD by Minivan: $117
  • Arrival Private Transfer Bordeaux Airport BOD to Bordeaux City by Minivan: $115
  • Bordeaux Airport Transfers: Bordeaux to Bordeaux Airport BOD in Luxury Van: $113
  • Private Transfer: Bordeaux Airport to Bordeaux: $111
  • Departure Private Transfers : Bordeaux to Bordeaux Airport BOD in Luxury Van: $108
  • Departure Private Transfers : Bordeaux to Bordeaux Airport BOD in Business Car: $106
  • Bordeaux Airport Transfers: Bordeaux to Bordeaux Airport BOD in Business Car: $106
  • Arrival Private Transfer Bordeaux Airport BOD to Bordeaux City in Business Car: $74

Is it cheaper to fly into Le Mans or Bordeaux?

Prices for flights to both Bordeaux and Le Mans change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Le Mans 22
    Bordeaux 36

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bordeaux

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Bordeaux.

  • Bordeaux Traditional Food Tour: $106
  • Bordeaux and La Cité du Vin Day Tour with French Cuisine Cooking Class: $514

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Le Mans 12
    Bordeaux 6.31

Tours and Activities in Bordeaux

Here are a few actual costs in Bordeaux for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • 1-Hour Bordeaux Electric Scooter Tour: $31
  • 1-Hour Electric Bike Tour of Bordeaux: $31
  • 2-Hour Bordeaux Electric Scooter Tour: $56
  • 2-Hour Bordeaux Segway Tour: $106
  • 2-Hour Bordeaux Segway Tour: $68
  • Architectural splendors of Bordeaux Walking Tour: $286
  • Bordeaux City Custom & Private Guided Walking Tour with a Local: $44
  • Bordeaux City Sights Walking Tour: $17
  • Bordeaux City Sightseeing Citroën 2CV Classic Car Private Guided Tour: $61
  • Bordeaux City Wine & Cultural Guided Walking Tour with 4 Tastings: $86
  • Bordeaux Countryside Farm to Table Tour: $179
  • Bordeaux Electric Bike Rental Self Guided City Tour: $31

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Le Mans 9.60
    Bordeaux 21

Sample the Local Flavors in Bordeaux

Also in Bordeaux, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Bordeaux Wine and Trade Museum Admission Ticket with Wine Tasting: $8.71
  • Soussans: Guided Winery Tour with Wine Tasting near Margaux: $9.08
  • Saint Emilion: Guided Winery Tour & Wine Tasting: $14
  • La Cité du Vin Skip-the-Line Entrance Ticket & Wine Tasting: $24
  • Discover Bordeaux vineyard : special wine tasting with two cellar men brothers: $37
  • Bordeaux Cheese & Wine Tasting Walking Guided Tour: $49
  • Chateau du Taillan and Park including Wine Tasting Tour: $50
  • Bordeaux Morning Wine Tasting Class: $56
  • Bordeaux Small-Group Wine Tasting & Workshop with a Professional Sommelier: $61
  • Bordeaux Vineyards Wine Tasting Half-Day Trip: $61
  • Morning & Breakfast Wine tour in Saint-Emilion: $74
  • From St. Emilion Village Half-Day Wine Tour: $85


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Le Mans and Bordeaux, we can see that Bordeaux is more expensive. And not only is Le Mans much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Le Mans would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Le Mans and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Bordeaux would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Bordeaux than you might in Le Mans.


When is the best time to visit Le Mans or Bordeaux?

Both places have a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. As both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Le Mans or Bordeaux in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Le Mans as well as Bordeaux. Also, the summer months attract visitors to Bordeaux because of the city activities and the family-friendly experiences.

In the summer, Le Mans is around the same temperature as Bordeaux. Typically, the summer temperatures in Le Mans in July are around 19°C (66°F), and Bordeaux is about 21°C (69°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Bordeaux. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Le Mans this time of the year. In the summer, Le Mans often gets less sunshine than Bordeaux. Le Mans gets 231 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Bordeaux receives 276 hours of full sun.

Le Mans usually gets around the same amount of rain in July as Bordeaux. Le Mans gets 46 mm (1.8 in) of rain, while Bordeaux receives 47 mm (1.9 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Le Mans 19°C (66°F) 
    Bordeaux 21°C (69°F)

Should I visit Le Mans or Bordeaux in the Autumn?

Both Bordeaux and Le Mans are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities. Also, the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area are the main draw to Bordeaux this time of year.

In October, Le Mans is generally cooler than Bordeaux. Temperatures in Le Mans average around 13°C (55°F), and Bordeaux stays around 14°C (58°F).

Le Mans usually receives less sunshine than Bordeaux during autumn. At this time of the year, Le Mans gets 117 hours of sunny skies, while Bordeaux receives 165 hours of full sun.

In October, Le Mans usually receives less rain than Bordeaux. At this time of the year, Le Mans gets 70 mm (2.8 in) of rain, while Bordeaux receives 88 mm (3.5 in) of rain.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Le Mans 13°C (55°F) 
    Bordeaux 14°C (58°F)

Should I visit Le Mans or Bordeaux in the Winter?

Both Bordeaux and Le Mans during the winter are popular places to visit. Furthermore, many travelers come to Bordeaux for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine.

It's quite cold in Le Mans in the winter. Le Mans is cooler than Bordeaux in the winter. The temperature in Le Mans is usually 5°C (40°F) in January, and Bordeaux stays around 6°C (43°F).

In the winter, Le Mans often gets less sunshine than Bordeaux. Le Mans gets 54 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Bordeaux receives 86 hours of full sun.

Bordeaux gets a good bit of rain this time of year. Le Mans usually gets less rain in January than Bordeaux. Le Mans gets 74 mm (2.9 in) of rain, while Bordeaux receives 100 mm (3.9 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Le Mans 5°C (40°F) 
    Bordeaux 6°C (43°F)

Should I visit Le Mans or Bordeaux in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Le Mans and Bordeaux. Furthermore, many visitors come to Bordeaux in the spring for the activities around the city and the natural beauty.

In the spring, Le Mans is cooler than Bordeaux. Typically, the spring temperatures in Le Mans in April are around 10°C (50°F), and Bordeaux is about 12°C (53°F).

Le Mans usually receives less sunshine than Bordeaux during spring. At this time of the year, Le Mans gets 168 hours of sunny skies, while Bordeaux receives 190 hours of full sun.

In April, Le Mans usually receives less rain than Bordeaux. At this time of the year, Le Mans gets 50 mm (2 in) of rain, while Bordeaux receives 72 mm (2.8 in) of rain.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Le Mans 10°C (50°F) 
    Bordeaux 12°C (53°F)

Typical Weather for Bordeaux and Le Mans

Le Mans Bordeaux
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 5°C (40°F) 74 mm (2.9 in) 6°C (43°F) 100 mm (3.9 in)
Feb 5°C (42°F) 64 mm (2.5 in) 7°C (45°F) 86 mm (3.4 in)
Mar 8°C (46°F) 65 mm (2.6 in) 9°C (48°F) 76 mm (3 in)
Apr 10°C (50°F) 50 mm (2 in) 12°C (53°F) 72 mm (2.8 in)
May 14°C (56°F) 65 mm (2.6 in) 15°C (59°F) 77 mm (3 in)
Jun 17°C (62°F) 49 mm (1.9 in) 18°C (65°F) 56 mm (2.2 in)
Jul 19°C (66°F) 46 mm (1.8 in) 21°C (69°F) 47 mm (1.9 in)
Aug 19°C (65°F) 41 mm (1.6 in) 20°C (68°F) 54 mm (2.1 in)
Sep 16°C (61°F) 59 mm (2.3 in) 18°C (65°F) 74 mm (2.9 in)
Oct 13°C (55°F) 70 mm (2.8 in) 14°C (58°F) 88 mm (3.5 in)
Nov 8°C (46°F) 77 mm (3 in) 9°C (49°F) 94 mm (3.7 in)
Dec 5°C (42°F) 75 mm (3 in) 7°C (44°F) 99 mm (3.9 in)


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