Portsmouth ferries connect England with France, Spain, Isle of Wight, Guernsey & Jersey with crossings available to St Malo, Caen, Cherbourg & Le Havre (in France), Bilbao & Santander (in Spain), Fishbourne (in Isle of Wight), Guernsey (in Guernsey) & Jersey (in Jersey). Portsmouth Ferry crossings are operated by Brittany Ferries, Wightlink & Condor Ferries and depending on time of year you’ll find a choice of up to 41 ferry crossings daily.
There are up to 41 ferry crossings daily from Portsmouth with sailing durations starting from 45 minutes. Our Portsmouth ferry summary provides a good guide but for the latest sailing information use our fare search.
Britain's foremost naval station, Portsmouth occupies the bulbous peninsula of Portsea Island, on the eastern flank of a huge, easily defended harbour. The ancient Romans raised a fortress on the northernmost edge of this inlet, and a small port developed during the Norman era, but this strategic location wasn't fully exploited until Tudor times, when Henry VII established the world's first dry dock here and made Portsmouth a royal dockyard. It has flourished ever since and nowadays Portsmouth is a large industrialized city, its harbour clogged with naval frigates, ferries bound for the continent or the Isle of Wight, and swarms of dredgers and tugs.
Old Portsmouth, based around the original harbour, preserves some Georgian and a little Tudor character. East of here is Southsea , a residential suburb of terraces with a resort strewn along its shingle beach, where a mass of B&Bs face stoic naval monuments.
Portsmouth International Ferry Port has the best road connections of any UK Channel ferry port and it is nearer to central London than Dover or the Channel Tunnel. The M275 brings the national motorway network right to the port itself.
There are frequent train services between Portsmouth and London Waterloo: the journey takes 85 minutes. Services to London Victoria pass through Chichester, Brighton and Gatwick.
Services to Cardiff pass through Salisbury and Bristol. Portsmouth Harbour Train station is about 3 miles away from the port. A shuttle bus operates to connect with the Ferry sailing. Isle of Wight terminal is situated next to Portsmouth Harbour station for foot passengers only.
For more information and booking, please visit our trains to Portsmouth Harbour or trains to Portsmouth pages.
The car park is inside the port. Use the left hand lane at the entrance to the car check-in area, and then follow the signs. Disabled parking is available on the ground floor. Luggage trolleys are available for a £1.00 deposit. 516 spaces. The maximum height for vehicles in the car park is 2.2m high. Payment for the car park is made upon exit. The car park is privately run by APCOA who can be contacted 02392 873378. Caravans can be parked in the check-in lanes after the last departure of the day. Please note that no facilities are open overnight.
Portsmouth International Port, Wharf Road, Portsmouth, PO2 8RU
Portsmouth International Port, George Byng Way, Portsmouth, PO2 8SP
(For Ryde sailings) Portsmouth Harbour Station, The Hard, Portsmouth, PO1 3PS
(For Fishbourne sailings) Gunwharf Terminal, Gunwharf Road, Portsmouth, PO1 2LA
Portsmouth International Port, Wharf Road, Portsmouth, PO2 8QW
If you’re looking to spend a night at or near Portsmouth Ferry port before or after your trip or if you are looking for accommodation for your entire stay, please visit our Portsmouth Accommodation page for the best accommodation prices and one of the largest selections available online!