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
"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
"Just what we need"
Fast crossing from Cherbourg to Portsmouth. No special delays, no fuss, perfect. Maybe just a little tight getting out of the car and back in but a minor complaint. Food and drink on board reasonable and tons of space. At that price, we'll be back.
Reviewed 25 June 2015 by George who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express
Pleasant, quick journey.
Reviewed 25 June 2015 by George who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express
"Trip to Normandy"
First class experience, particularly struck by charming and very professional crew. very comfortable seating and a speedy trip Hopefully will be able to repeat the journey in the not too distant future.
Reviewed 19 June 2015 by William Beeston who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express
"Trip to France = Brittany Ferries"
This was a very pleasant and relaxing way to travel to Europe. Easy to get to ports and friendly knowledgeable and helpful staff. As a foot passenger it was great gave the book in counter my suitcase and was transferred to and from the boat on a bus. Perfect, no hassle. Thank you. On board facilities are really good too and the vessel itself is beautiful.
Reviewed 17 June 2015 by Colette who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express
"Easy and quick crossing"
It's a while since I've been on a ferry, and this was the first time with a car and a family. After a shaky start (the layout of the queues at Portsmouth was confusing), we got safely onto the ferry and made our way on deck. There was a relatively small passenger deck, but the food was really tasty and, whilst expensive, not stupidly so, and given that this was a quick crossing, the smalls didn't tire of experience and we emerged safely on the French coast with smiles on our faces.
Reviewed 07 June 2015 by Bryan who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express
"Such a civilised way to travel!"
I will never get tired of this crossing between Cherbourg and Portsmouth. It's so comfortable, much faster than you can imagine and we always get looked after so well by friendly and helpful crew. There is no better arrival in Britain or France, than these long entries into fascinating, historic harbours. Long may it continue!
Reviewed 15 September 2014 by Gwenllian who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express
We were fortunately delivered to the ferry by a cousin in their car. It was a little difficult to determine where we were to go as most signs that we saw were for car travellers. When we did find where we were to go we had very friendly service from everyone we encountered. A shuttle bus took us out to the ferry and boarding was easy. Comfortable seats all the way, plenty to eat and drink if you wanted it. All in all a good experience.
Reviewed 10 September 2014 by Bruce who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express
"Efficient and Pleasant Crossing"
We sailed from Portsmouth to Le Harvre and back a week later in late August. On the way out we were on the Etretat which is Brittany Ferries 'budget' sailing; and on the way back it was the fast ferry - Normandie Express. I was a bit concerned about the fact the it was supposed to be a budget sailing, but in the end there wasn't any need to worry. The seating was comfortable and it didn't feel overcrowded, despite the car deck being full. There was a small cinema which was extra, but we put the kids in there to watch the film which seemed a cost-effective way of relieving the boredom of a long trip. Only a couple of small points - the car deck is open to the elements and our car was salt-encrusted at the end, and the family thought the food from the cafe was just OK (e.g. overcooked chips), but overall the time seemed to pass very quickly. On the way back the ferry actually left 10 minutes early despite being full - I think that must be a first for me! Again, plenty of room aboard and it didn't feel overcrowded. No queues at the bar but we didn't try the food (the sea was a bit rough!), but overall very pleasant and efficient.
Reviewed 04 September 2014 by James who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express
"Successful ferry journey"
Efficient process relaxing journey
Reviewed 31 August 2014 by John who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express
"Quick and efficient"
A speedy service. It lacks the feeling of excitement you get on a ferry boat, of starting the holiday with a little cruise, and the catering is merely ok. More like a train journey. But it gets you there quickly, in good time, left very punctually. Staff were good humoured and pleasant.
Reviewed 30 August 2014 by Kim who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express
I was a foot passenger and was satisfied with the service provided on rthe ferries. The only curious thing to mention was - the use of a bus to transport foot passengers to the Portsmouth terminal when in fact it was not far at all - in Cherbourg, on arrival, we were bussed a lot further East of the dock, away from the town so had to walk a significant extra distance with luggage to the town centre for my next connection. Regards
Reviewed 29 August 2014 by John who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express
I must say I preferred the ferries, even if the catamarans are quicker. You don't get the feeling of having been on a sea crossing, which is a loss. Also, the catering is poor, and very expensive. Can't you use the old boats again for the Portsmouth - Cherbourg route? Things like cleanliness and punctuality (even in bad weather) seem to be good.
Reviewed 29 August 2014 by Anonymous who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express
"The staff make the effort"
Lovely bar staff, smartly turned out and great to speak with. Microwave Italian food was very poor taste and value.
Reviewed 28 August 2014 by Nicholas who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express