How does it work?

Bat³ : Comment ça marche ?

As an integral part of Greater Bordeaux’s transport network, travel by Bat³ (pronounced BatCoob) is included in all TBM tickets.

The river shuttle is handy for going to work, college and a whole range of other locations. It connects the two banks of the river and links up with the three tram routes and the interchanges at Stalingrad, Quinconces and Cité du Vin.

2 catamarans, 7 days a week

The two catamarans (Hirondelle and Gondole) run every weekday from 7am to 7:30pm and 8:45am to 8pm on weekends. There are additional crossings on busy days and at rush hour! Click here to see arrival times at each pier.

Services at 5 piers, depending on the timetable: STALINGRAD, QUINCONCES, LES HANGARS, THE CITÉ DU VIN AND LORMONT BAS, and they all connect with a number of different services

Yves Parlier Pier for STALINGRAD  

Nearby:

  • Parc aux Angéliques (+ 7 min walk)
  • Cinéma Mégarama (+ 3 min walk)
  • Jardin Botanique (+ 7 min walk)
  • Campus Bastide (+ 10 min walk)

Connections from the pier:

Tram
A.jpg Stalingrad station

Bus
10.jpg Stalingrad stop
27.jpg Stalingrad stop
28.jpg Stalingrad stop
45.jpg Lavigne stop
62.jpg Stalingrad stop
80.jpg Stalingrad stop
91.jpg Gare d’Orléans stop
92.jpgGare d’Orléans stop

V³ self-service cycles
Gare d’Orléans Docking Station

Transgironde Coaches
Route 401 | Bordeaux Place Stalingrad stop
Route 402 | Bordeaux Place Stalingrad stop
Route 403 | Bordeaux Place Stalingrad stop
Route 404 | Bordeaux Place Stalingrad stop
Route 405 | Bordeaux Place Stalingrad stop
Route 501 | Bordeaux Place Stalingrad stop

Citiz, car sharing
Stalingrad statio

Bluecub, self-service cars
Station 2 Rue Honoré Picon

Jean Jaurès Pier for Quinconces  

Nearby:

  • Musée des Douanes (+ 5 min walk)
  • Saint-Pierre District (+ 5 min walk)
  • Rue Sainte-Catherine (+ 10 min walk)
  • CAPC Contemporary Art Museum (+ 10 min walk)

Connections from the pier:

Tram
B.jpg Quinconces Station
C.jpg Quinconces Station/p>

Bus
2.jpg Pôle d'Échanges Quinconces Stop
3.jpg Pôle d'Échanges Quinconces Stop
6.jpg Pôle d'Échanges Quinconces Stop
26.jpg Pôle d'Échanges Quinconces Stop
29.jpg Pôle d'Échanges Quinconces Stop
47.jpg Pôle d'Échanges Quinconces Stop

V³ self-service cycles
Gare d’Orléans Docking Station

Transgironde Coaches
Ligne 302 | Bordeaux Quinconces Stop
Ligne 601 | Bordeaux Quinconces Stop
Ligne 703 | Bordeaux Quinconces Stop

Citiz, car sharing
Bordeaux Jean-Jaurès Station

Bluecub, self-service cars
Jean-Jaurès Station

Les Hangars Pier for Les Hangars  

Nearby:

  • Quai des Marques
  • Skate Park (+ 4 min walk)

Connections from the pier:

Tram
B.jpg Cours du Médoc Station

Bus
45.jpg Cours du Médoc Stop

V³ self-service cycles
Cours du Médoc Station

La Cité du Vin Pier for the Cité du Vin  

Nearby:

  • La Cité du Vin
  • Cap Sciences (+ 8 min walk)

Connections from the pier:

Tram
B.jpg La Cité du Vin Station

Bus
7.jpg La Cité du Vin Stop
32.jpg La Cité du Vin Stop
45.jpg La Cité du Vin Stop

V³ self-service cycles
Bassins à Flots Station

Lormont Bas Pier for Lormont Bas  

Nearby:

  • Parc de l’Ermitage (+ 6 min walk)

Connections from the pier:

Bus
7.jpg Lormont Bas Stop
40.jpg Lormont Bas Stop
91.jpg Lormont Bas Stop
92.jpg Lormont Bas Stop

Handy info on using river shuttles

Bat3 is a river shuttle so it has a few unusual features:

Crew
There’s always a captain and deckhand on board a Bat3. They’re the Bat3 crew. The deckhand is like a bus conductor and is authorised to sell tickets. He or she is responsible for helping passengers board the boat and then disembark at the end of the journey. The deckhand also moors the boat with the captain. The captain is in charge of steering the Bat3 from one pier to another. He or she is also responsible for passenger safety and has overall responsibility on board.

Passengers
The boat can hold 65 passengers, including 2 wheelchair users. There are no age restrictions. There are two spaces at the front of the boat for wheelchair users.

Boarding and disembarking
The crew will tell passengers when they can embark and disembark. You must get off the boat at the terminal.

Your bicycle
Up to 6 bicycles are permitted on each Bat3 crossing. The figure may be less during busy periods.

Good to know:

  • You must get off the boat at the terminal.
  • You can pay by card on Bat3 services.
  • If you want to buy a €2 Tickarte on board a Bat3, please pay with coins.
  • There are no Bat3 services on 1st May.
  • Some spaces at the front of the boat are reserved for individuals with disabilities. Please be considerate and offer your seat to those who need it most.
  • You must validate your card or ticket, even when you’re just changing services.
  • Pushchairs are permitted on board but must be folded up if the boat is busy.
  • Download the Bat³ information leaflet here or ask for one at a TBM ticket office.