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

  • "Brittany Ferries"

    We have absolutely no complaints with Brittany Ferries, but while we were traveling, many school tours were onboard, and their supervision was practically non-existent. Despite staff's repeated calls for assistance, the students were left to roam and disrupt as they pleased. Only when an announcement was made about banning a student from ever traveling with Brittany Ferries again, did a student supervisor show his face. Don't let these comments disillusion you; the trip was still very enjoyable.

    'Calvin' travelled Portsmouth Caen with Brittany Ferries on Normandie

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  • "Happy travelers"

    We find the whole experience very efficient. We enjoy having a nice meal in the main restaurant , with delicious buffet. To while away the time. We think it is worth reserving a seat, although the ship was not very full, it gives you a nice quite area to sit in.

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

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  • "Crossing the Channel "

    Friendly staff on shore and on board made our journey fun and carefree. Facilities excellent cannot fault anything

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

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  • "Easy and comfortable "

    Outward bound was an early morning so after a very efficient boarding we headed for the self service restaurant. Breakfast was hot and tasty and reasonably priced. Then headed for pre booked reclining chairs which was in nice quiet lounge. Very comfortable crossing. Return trip we repeated the experience having a late lunch. As the ferry was more crowded and we had not pre booked the seats headed for customer service wher they were purchased without a problem. Staff were all very polite and friendly. Both ferries were bright on spotless. Slight delay on getting back in to Portsmouth and then awful delay through border control, which was out of BF's control.

    'Judith' travelled Portsmouth Caen with Brittany Ferries on Normandie

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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.