The Bilbao Portsmouth ferry route connects Spain with England. Currently there is just the 1 ferry company operating this ferry service, Brittany Ferries. The crossing operates up to 3 times each week with sailing durations from around 23 hours 30 minutes.
Bilbao Portsmouth sailing durations and frequency may vary from season to season so we’d advise doing a live check to get the most up to date information.
Prices shown represent the average one way price paid by our customers. The most common booking on the Bilbao Portsmouth route is a car and 2 passengers.
Having driven to Spain via Calais, we decided to try the return journey by ferry from Bilbao to Portsmouth. If we drive to Spain in the future we will always consider using the overnight ferry to Bilbao as it was straight forward and made the journey far more pleasurable.
'Anonymous' travelled Bilbao Portsmouth with Brittany Ferries on Baie de SeineRead More Read Less
"Passage to Portsmouth"
Journey to Bilbao on Spanish toll road very simple - not too much traffic and good roads all the way to the port. Cap Finistere was well prepared, well equipped and had a helpful staff on our Bilbao - Portsmouth journey.
'Michael' travelled Bilbao Portsmouth with Brittany Ferries on Cap FinistèreRead More Read Less
We enjoyed our ferry return trip from Bilboa to Portsmouth with Brittany Ferries. The staff were very helpful and friendly. We were pleasantly surprised with the cabin size and it had a good ensuite, great value for money. We enjoyed the meals we had in the restaurant. Overall very good. We would definitely use this company again. We booked with Direct Ferries, again a very good company to deal with.
'John' travelled Bilbao Portsmouth with Brittany Ferries on Baie de SeineRead More Read Less
"Journey from Bilbao to Portsmouth"
Overall the experience was very pleasant. The ferry journey represented good value for money. The facilities including the 2 berth cabin were excellent. Food served in the restaurant was very good. The staff were professional, helpful , courteous and efficient at all times. The boarding and disembarkation all though time consuming was probably as good as it could be in all the circumstances. I would recommend this ferry without reservation.
'Francis J' travelled Bilbao Portsmouth with Brittany Ferries on Baie de SeineRead More Read Less
The Spanish city of Bilbao, located in the autonomous region of the Basque Country, lies in the north central part of Spain and is around 14km to the south of the Bay of Biscay, where the estuary of Bilbao is formed. The city is the capital of the province of Biscay and is the main commercial and cultural hub of northern Spain. One of the main drivers behind the city's reputation is the Guggenheim Museum which draws visitors in to the city who then find out for themselves the other interesting attractions the city has on offer. The city's location makes it the perfect port of entry to the northern Iberian Peninsular and to south west France.
The city's port lies on the Bilbao Abra Bay, and along the Estuary of Bilbao in Biscay (the Basque Country). The port's main facilities can be found in the Santurtzi and Zierbena municipalities, approximately 15 km west of Bilbao. Brittany Ferries operate the Portsmouth to Bilbao route, with their boat, the MV Cap Finistère.
The city of Portsmouth is located on the south coast of England in the county of Hampshire. The city, which lies on the English Channel coast, has a long and illustrious maritime history and has connections with the Royal Navy that goes back centuries. The city was also one of the world's greatest shipbuilding centres and constructed the world's first ever dry dock in the 15th century, which is still in use today. The city is still an important base for the Royal Navy and is home to a number of important historical ships including the crowning glory of Admiral Lord Nelson's flagship, HMS Victory.
Portsmouth was significantly bombed during the Second World War because of its strategic importance, and as a result the city is a mix of old and new buildings with some of the most historic areas being the Hard and the Point. The nearby suburb of Southsea is a popular destination for families and has a lovely stretch of beach, two piers and a good selection of bars, cafes, restaurants and a theme park at Clarence Pier.
Ferry services from the city's port depart to Le Havre, Bilbao, Cherbourg, Caen, St Malo, St Helier, St Peter Port and Ryde.