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
It was all very easy and efficient. From booking online - to driving off in Cherbourg. Food was OK but I would have preferred a bit more choice. However, we weren't on the ferry very long so it was no big deal.
Reviewed 01 August 2016 by Anonymous who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express
Everything was perfect, excellent crew, excellent ship, from a to z everything was excellent
Reviewed 31 July 2016 by Mario who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express
Staff were exceptionally courteous, boat was very clean and facilities provided great for the short crossing. The welcome by the staff as we parked on the boat was particularly lovely after a long days drive. We would definitely travel with Brittany Ferries again, and it was all topped by great value for money!
Reviewed 28 July 2016 by Jenefer who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express
"Phew, made it!"
All went like Swiss clockwork. The only somewhat negative point was a lot of uncontrolled or noisy children, but thats hardly the fault of the ferry line. But perhaps an adults only area of reclining chairs?? Thankyou to staff we phoned that let us on at the very last minute!
Reviewed 24 July 2016 by Steven who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express
I found my trip with Direct Ferries a very pleasant one overall. Staff were all friendly and cheerful and helpful. The only down side I thought was that when we were parked on board we were extremely close to the next car in front of us (I understand that space is of a premium) but by doing this people were actually damaging our car by climbing across the front of it with their bags trailing across the bonnet of the car scratching it. Apart from that our trip was a most enjoyable one and I would definitely travel this way again.
Reviewed 21 July 2016 by Linda who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express
we enjoyed our crossing it was fast and efficient
Reviewed 11 July 2016 by Derek Arthur who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express
"A Quick Crossing "
Not been across the channel by ship for years . How things have changed . Never travelled by sea so quickly and in comfort . Facilities were very good, even a tv show for the kids . Will have no problem in using Brittany Ferries again.
Reviewed 11 July 2016 by Geoffrey who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express
Had a good crossing (3 hours) Portsmouth to Cherbourg, and back, even though the sea was a little rough on the return. Motorhome drivers should be aware that they may (perhaps it is always) have to reverse up the ramp into position on the ferry - means first off at the other side. Plenty of staff around to give instructions. I would use this service again.
Reviewed 08 July 2016 by Frank who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express
All was very satisfactory, timing good, state of ship good. Did not use catering so can't comment.
Reviewed 04 July 2016 by Philip who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express
Great service with brittany ferries to cherbourg , hassle free.
Reviewed 03 July 2016 by Ian who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express
First time we have used a ferry and found it was an easy and pleasant experience and would do it again.
Reviewed 30 June 2016 by Alan who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express
"Review of recent trip on Brittany Ferries Express Portsmouth / Cherbourg return (Le Mans) 16 to 20 J"
Excellent professional service and customer care, with Commodore Class well worth the extra. Looking forward to next year. Chris Pilkinton - LT51 HLO
Reviewed 27 June 2016 by Chris who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express
"First trip "
First trip with brittany ferries and very impressed both sides of the channel
Reviewed 17 June 2016 by Robert who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express
Excellent staff from arrival to departure. Departed and arrived on time. Cleaners collecting litter and ensuring cleanliness throughout the trip. i would highly recommend Brittany Ferries and we will use them again soon.
Reviewed 16 June 2016 by Alan who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express
"Long weekend on the Cotentin peninsula "
We are walking the pilgrims way to Mont st Michel from Winchester. To get there with our car and bikes was completely hassle free from start to finish. Even though the French industrial action delayed the crossing, direct ferries contacted us a couple of days in advance to confirm the situation as did Brittany ferries via text message. A very good price too compared with booking directly with the ferry company!
Reviewed 07 June 2016 by Ian who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express
"Portsmouth to cherbourg"
Easy to book excellent price and a quick way to get there in under 3 hrs would highly recommend.
Reviewed 12 May 2016 by David who travelled with Brittany Ferries on Normandie Express
"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