Normandie Express is a high-speed catamaran capable of carrying passengers, vehicles and freight at a maximum speed of 42 Knots (about 78 kilometres per hour). On board you have space to relax and freedom to walk around this High Speed Ferry. For the short channel crossing you'll find comfortable seating, bars, café and a boutique making it an enjoyable experience.
There are no cabins or reserved seats on this ship. Complimentary reclining seats are however included in your ticket offering a comfortable and relaxing environment with each seat having a fold-up tray.
On board the Normandie Express you will find two bars and a café, serving sandwiches, salads, pastries, snacks, cold drinks, teas and coffees. There is comfortable seating and tables in an area dedicated to the café. The bars serve a range of drinks from fine French wines to continental lagers and cocktails.
The bars and café offer ample seating with great views, and are the perfect place in which to relax and enjoy time with your friends and fellow passengers as you speed across the channel.
Perfect for gifts, souvenirs, or just a treat for yourself, the shop offers a range of spirits, wine, tobacco, perfumes and cosmetics, leather goods, confectionery, toys, fashion, decoration, souvenirs, newspapers, games, cameras, sunglasses, jewellery and much more! All are at great prices, and certainly worth a browse.
Purchases made on board may be paid for in Euros or Sterling. Payment can be made in cash, by credit or debit card, or by cheque. Prices are shown in both currencies and you can combine different payment methods.
Additional facilities include an open sun deck, slot machines, baby changing room, tourist information and a Bureau de Change.
The Normandie Express features a children's play area.
Passengers with limited mobility will find the facilities and access more challenging to negotiate because of the size and design of this vessel.
Please Note: Whilst we have taken great care in making our Normandie Express guide as accurate as possible, onboard facilities, services and entertainment may vary depending on the date and time of year that you travel, facilities mentioned may change without notification and ferry companies reserve the right to operate vessels other than those mentioned at time of booking without prior notification.
98% of our customers recommended this ship
"Best Crossing Ever"
Due to the troubles at Folkestone, and the channel tunnel, which we booked a return in advance, we decided to cut our losses and book a single crossing on the Brittany Express to Le-Havre because we could not afford a delay to a very special holiday, touring Europe with each stop over booked on a precise day, and to be late for our first stop in Mitz France would have impacted on the rest of our 18 days. This ferry crossing was fantastic, from arrival at Portsmouth to France, all the staff were outstanding, so helpful, nothing to much trouble. It was easy to park the car, and no salt residue on the car as one reviewer wrote. The ferry left on time and arrived early and to my supplies, my wife who suffers with sea sickness was fine, hence normally travelling via the tunnel. The seating was spacious with plenty of leg room with reclining seats so you could have a nap and feel refreshed on arrival. The food was adequate, by no means a full English breakfast but sufficient for all your needs. If you live in easy reach of Portsmouth, I would definitely recommend this ferry, shame it does not run week days because I would have loved to return on it and will use it again in the future. The driving we saved not going to Folkestone was a pleasure to do in France with hardly anything on the roads as opposed to our traffic jams and problems, cruise control all the way to the middle of France. You will not be disappointed traveling via Brittany Express. Rolls Royce service all the way.
Reviewed 18 September 2015 by Roger who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express
"Move to france"
I chose to take the shorter route (3 hours) from Portsmouth to Cherbourg for my move to France and was very pleased with the service. Very courteous staff, great relaxing spaces, and good food. I would recommend this crossing to anyone.
Reviewed 17 September 2015 by Rachel who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express
"Great service, will use again"
A very efficient service from the Portsmouth side. We were a car and three passengers, no problems at all, will definitely use again, much easier and cheaper than flying and hiring a car.
Reviewed 06 September 2015 by Karl who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express
Excellent. Very smooth, helpful service and the all round view from the top deck bar is lovely.
Reviewed 23 August 2015 by Trevor who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express
Just did the fast route from Cherbourg to Portsmouth and it was brilliant. Will definitely do it again.
Reviewed 12 August 2015 by Dario who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express
"Normandy express-Cherbourg to southampton"
An excellent quick way to cross the channel.The boat was spotlessly clean,onboard staff pleasant and food good.A downside not related to the boat was the poor signage off the motorway to the port and lack of clear signage within the terminal.Small points but you do not need the extra stress after a long drive.Loading/unloading of cars was quick and very efficient.Wouldnt hesitate to recommend or use again myself.A bit further to drive in France but well worth it to escape the dangerous misery that is the tunnel or port of Calais!!
Reviewed 12 August 2015 by Colin who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express
I had a very good crossing between Le Havre and Portsmouth. Professional staff, nice people and pleasant journey. Thank you
Reviewed 08 August 2015 by Chapaud who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express
Overall good experience, friendly staff, good crossing.
Reviewed 06 August 2015 by Nicholas who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express
All was good
Reviewed 28 July 2015 by Janice who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express
"My crossing ftom Portsmouth to Caen"
Enjoyed the crossin immensely. Good, friendly staff English and French. Boarding with bicycle easy and French crew members courteous, given a card on how to locate my bike upon arrival, nice thought. Very clean ship, excellent meal in the restaurant (my best all holiday!). Would not hesitate using Brittany Ferries again.
Reviewed 22 July 2015 by Patrick Culleton who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express
"A pleasant trouble free crossing"
Having been on the ship before I was looking forward to a smooth fast crossing on a well-appointed ship and I was not disappointed. Everything seemed to run to time with the only real hold-up being at the Border Police kiosks at Portsmouth. On board, the parking up and off-loading of the cars, directed by the ferry staff, was really haphazard but seemed to work out alright. I guess their aim is to cram as many vehicles on board as possible. In the ship itself, there seemed to be plenty of comfortable seating which was great, and with large windows, the views were great, especially when passing the Isle Of Wight, approaching Portsmouth. Good value bottles of wine in the shop as well! I'd recommend this route to anyone heading to Normandy or Brittany.
Reviewed 22 July 2015 by Nigel who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express
My husband and I were very impressed with the service we received on this crossing to Cherbourg from Portsmouth. All the logistics were handled smoothly. The staff were attentive and courteous. We had reserved seats, and it was a very pleasant surprise to be served with two drinks during the journey. I can highly recommend Brittany Ferries.
Reviewed 20 July 2015 by Kenneth who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express
All good apart from limited food choice and quality.
Reviewed 18 July 2015 by Peter who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express
"Great alternative to Eurotunnel!!"
The recent chaos at Folkestone/Calais prompted me to try the ferry. I have to say it was remarkably efficient and easy. The terminal was very easy to find, the staff were all very helpful and friendly and we had an excellent breakfast on board. Three hours less driving for me!! I was slightly nervous about how our dog would fare (dogs are left inside the cars) but she was absolutely fine. The crossing is just under 4 hours and she just curled up and went to sleep. Would definitely use again.
Reviewed 12 July 2015 by Anonymous who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express
"Quick, easy and comfortable"
Very easy experience and excellent route to France
Reviewed 12 July 2015 by Michael who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express
Both directions excellent service and top quality ships.
Reviewed 11 July 2015 by Allan who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express
"Good alternative to tunnel"
Fast crossing and comfy seats. Rough seas so a bit hairy at times but the staff were very attentive. Would consider again.
Reviewed 10 July 2015 by Hilary who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express
"calm crossing "
Excellent service throughout the trip, but the sea being so calm might have made the journey that more enjoyable
Reviewed 05 July 2015 by Anonymous who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express
I took a ferry from Portsmouth to Cherburgh and back having a car on board. Boarding was quick and easy, loading cars was amazingly organised and handled well. Staff were helpful and ferry left on time.
Reviewed 28 June 2015 by Heli who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express
"Cherbourg to Portsmouth 20th June 2015"
We normally "do" The Tunnel but because of on-going problems at the French side opted for the "Cat", well, all we can say is FANTASTIC!. 3 hours of comfortable travelling, it was a smooth crossing so don't know what it would be like in rough seas. Only comment I would make "is don't lock your car as the noise on the semi open car deck kept setting the alarms off and the noise of 100 car alarms going off is, well, deafening! However that hasn't put us off doing it again. The check in was fine, boarding uncomplicated, staff very helpful etc. Not a great deal to do, shop, bar, snack bar, childrens area but plenty enough for a short crossing. Very comfy seating with loads of leg room, quite frankly I can't think of anything we didn't like!
Reviewed 27 June 2015 by Graham who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express