Eurostar have announced that it could soon be possible to travel from London to Bordeaux in just over 4 hours. The new high speed line from Tours to Bordeaux is due to open next summer and this opens up the possibility of direct high speed travel to London to Bordeaux. Currently rail travellers wanting to make the journey have to change trains, but direct trains to destinations such as Marseilles have already proved popular and Bordeaux could be next. As Nicolas Petrovic, Eurostar’s chief executive, told Bloomberg: “Bordeaux has really turned itself around. It’s a dynamic city.” As someone who visits Bordeaux as often as I can, I have to agree.
The announcement has great implications for owners of properties in Aquitaine as the region is, in effect, being brought even closer to the UK's capital and to a vast pool of potential property buyers and holiday makers. This can only increase the desirability of properties in the area around Bordeaux. Once your high speed train arrives in the centre of Bordeaux the city itself is easy to navigate via the recently installed tram network. From the city's Gare St Jean there is a network of regional train lines which will take you to various destinations in the Gironde department as well as along the Dordogne valley to Bergerac and further afield or down the Garonne valley to the gorgeous villages and towns of Lot et Garonne.