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 14 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
    • 14 Sailings Weekly 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

  • "Very nice!"

    Pleasant cruise,lots of entertainment and shops,very clean,cheap food! A bit of jam on the returning ship for going on board/off board...

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

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  • "Smooth and easy"

    Everything was easy and on time. On board there was lots of choice where to sit and what to eat/drink - at reasonable prices. All in all an enjoyable start to our trip, would recommend to others.

    'Jaak' travelled Portsmouth Caen with Brittany Ferries on Normandie

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  • "Pleasant crossing - friendly staff"

    I have used this route a couple of tmes in the past and I always find it a relaxing start/end to a holiday in France. The food onboard is always a decent standard and good value for money - even more now with exchange rate. We booked a cabin for jouney home - £21 well spent. Free Wifi always comes in handy as well. Altogther a great experience.

    'Gordon' travelled Portsmouth Caen with Brittany Ferries on Normandie

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  • "Good Trip!"

    Nice easy trip (sea was quite flat) to and from France (Caen) from Portsmouth with good facilities on board, clean toilets and friendly staff. Food was very good and prices very reasonable. Slight delay returning to UK due to ship being delayed inbound to Caen due to weather. Delay was emailed to us before we arrived at the port so it did not come as a surprise.

    'Anthony' 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.