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

  • "Was it a Ferry? Or a Cruise?"

    Expected the usual type of ferry trio, surrounded by screaming kids and expensive food. Pleasantly surprised the price of food reasonable, a children occupied along with those 'needing' WiFi inside whilst the sensible folk sunned ourselves on deck. Speedy unloading and we we away into France before you could say 'Brittany Ferries'!

    'David' travelled Portsmouth Caen with Brittany Ferries on Normandie

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  • "Great way to get to France"

    We travelled to the Vendee, with two kids and dog, and this was the perfect crossing. Not to long, our dog could stay in the car, very good food. Excellent service in both directions. Ship was delayed on the way back because of security, then congestion in Portsmouth.

    'Bill Bowring' travelled Portsmouth Caen with Brittany Ferries on Normandie

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  • "start of our holiday to france"

    After the fun of deciding where to for our break [France] then booking the ferry from Portsmouth to Caen We live about 45 mins away As far as we were concerned our holiday started when we got on the ferry. we left the car on the car deck and were shown the way to the nearest exit and given a card to say which deck and exit the car was on [ very handy ] We found our reclining seat that we had reserved when booking the ferry and relaxed THE HOLIDAY STARTS NOW We had a meal on the ship which we both though was very good Then a wounder around the various shops on board and returned to our seats to look at the bags of goodies we had just perched Very good Crossing staff were excellent And it was the same on the way back to Portsmouth FANTASTIC

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

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  • "July Crossing"

    Great service. Pleased I booked a reclining seat to catch up on some sleep in a nice, peaceful area. I also thought the restaurant food was pretty good. Would recommend.

    'Leander' 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.