Portsmouth to Caen Ferry

The Portsmouth Caen ferry route connects England with France. Currently there is just the 1 ferry company operating this ferry service, Brittany Ferries. The crossing operates up to 21 times each week with sailing durations from around 5 hours 45 minutes.

Portsmouth Caen 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.

Route and port details

Portsmouth to Caen Ferry Alternatives

For more information, please visit our Ferries from England to France page.

Portsmouth - Caen Ferry Operators

  • Brittany Ferries
    • 3 Sailings Daily 5 hr 45 min
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Average Portsmouth Caen Prices

Prices shown represent the average one way price paid by our customers. The most common booking on the Portsmouth Caen route is a car and 2 passengers.

Portsmouth Caen Ferry reviews

  • "Not so good sleep!"

    I took the overnight ferry to Caen and had a pre booked seat which was reclining? the seat neither reclined or moved at all. The only good thing was a foot rest. As the ferry was not too busy I laid over 2 seats but eventually retired to the floor. I will certainly book a cabin if returning to do over night. I returned the same day and must say the seats were very comfortable, the food especially the raspberry tart was excellent value.

    'Trudie' travelled Portsmouth Caen with Brittany Ferries on Mont St Michel

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  • "Le ferry"

    Had a nice trip on the ferry last week, fare a bit pricey, but genrerally a pleasant trip. Small observation, the scrambled eggs with my full english were watery and made the whole thing, soggy.

    'Richard' travelled Portsmouth Caen with Brittany Ferries on Mont St Michel

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  • "A happy crossing."

    Our trip out with Brittany ferries on the Normandie was both enjoyable and relaxing. This was helped by the weather which made for a sunny smooth crossing. The staff were very helpful and pleasant the ship was clean and tidy and we had no problem finding seating on the crossing. The restaurants and staff were excellent and good value. The question would be would we use Brittany ferries again on this route Portsmouth to Caen the answer is yes.

    'Mark Nicholas' travelled Portsmouth Caen with Brittany Ferries on Normandie

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  • "Moving to France"

    We bought a farm house in Magnac Laval last April and have travelled over to stay, on regular trips, prior to us moving permanently some time this year. Over the years, we have used several ferry companies and various crossings. Our last trip a couple of weeks ago, we sailed from Portsmouth to Caen, on an overnight crossing. We thoroughly recommend the crossing at night and we always book a cabin, so that we can get a good nights sleep, ready for travelling the next day, down to our Farm House (about 5 hrs drive). The cabins are always very clean and comfortable; the food on board is excellent and all the staff are very respectful and helpful. If you have any problems or queries, they are only too happy to help you. We will be travelling with Brittany Ferries again at the end of July, as we are 100% confident of the service we will received throughout the sailing. Please rest assured if you book with Britanny Ferries, you will not be disappointed. George and Josephine Shaw

    'George Eric' travelled Portsmouth Caen with Brittany Ferries on Mont St Michel

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Portsmouth Guide

The English city of Portsmouth is located on the south coast of England, in the county of Hampshire. It is the UK's only island city and is situated around 100 km to the south west of London and 30 km to the east of Southampton. The city's long history is inextricably linked to the sea. It is home to the oldest dry dock in the world still in use and also to famous ships such as HMS Victory, Admiral Lord Nelson's flagship, the Mary Rose and HMS Warrior. The city is also home to the Royal Marine Commandoes and to a naval base.

The city's port is one of the best connected ports in the United Kingdom, serving nine different destinations. To the south of the Naval Base, you will find the Isle of Wight (Ryde) Passenger Ferry Terminal. The Continental Ferry Terminal is served by ferry services to Le Havre in France and Bilbao in Spain. There are also daily crossings to Cherbourg, Caen and St Malo in France, St Helier in Jersey, St Peter Port in Guernsey and to Ryde on the Isle of Wight.

Caen Guide

The town of Caen is located in the Normandy region of north western France and is a lively and attractive city that lies on the banks of the River Orne. The town has many examples of boutiques and shops selling fresh local produce and fine wines and is a shoppers paradise. The town has a number of good restaurants and street side creperies and patisseries that offer food typical of the region. The Vaugueux part of the town is particularly filled with excellent restaurants.

The town is also a great starting point to explore the sites of the Normandy Landings where guided tours are offered. There is also the excellent Caen Memorial Museum which is dedicated to peace and is known as one of the best World War II museums in France. The museum's theme is of reconciliation and has many collections about modern wars and acts of warfare.

A ferry service operates between Portsmouth, England, and Caen/Ouistreham running both standard roll-on-roll-off car ferries and supercat fast ferries. The ferry terminal is roughly 15 km from Caen with a daytime shuttle bus service available for foot passengers.