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

  • "Portsmouth to Caen"

    Excellent service.

    'Mark' travelled Portsmouth Caen with Brittany Ferries on Normandie

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  • "Excellent customer service"

    I was booked onto the Portsmouth - Le Havre ferry but due to a strike in France the crossing was cancelled. Brittany contacted me and offered me a crossing the same day into Caen (about 60 miles further south). The Caen crossing was more expensive but Brittany honoured the price that I had paid, not only that they allowed me to change my vehicle details and add a cycle rack free of charge. Everything was made so easy and the staff that I spoke to couldn't have been more helpful. The ferry was clean and comfortable with entertainment in the bar that was provided by two very cheerful entertainers. Bar prices were very reasonable and there was plenty of seating. Although I didn't book a cabin the recliner seat that was allocated, as part of the standard crossing fare, in one of the quiet rooms was very comfortable and I slept well in it. The lights were turned on one hour before the ferry docked which gave me time to wake up and have a coffee before having to drive. All in all a very pleasant crossing that I would not hesitate to book again.

    'Terence' travelled Portsmouth Caen with Brittany Ferries on Etretat

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  • "Satisfactory"

    A satisfactory package at a reasonable price.

    'Christopher' travelled Portsmouth Caen with Brittany Ferries on Normandie

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  • "Pleasently surprised"

    I was very surprised to be honest. Boat looked a bit old and battered but it did the job and the inside was lovely. Food was great, staff were very helpful. We rented a cabin with en suite, it was very clean and a bargain. Very impressed.

    'Kerry daley' 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.