The Portsmouth Le Havre 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 8 times each week with sailing durations from around 3 hours 45 minutes.
Portsmouth Le Havre 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.
Prices shown represent the average one way price paid by our customers. The most common booking on the Portsmouth Le Havre route is a car and 2 passengers.
Portsmouth was easy to get to and had a straight forward boarding process and cabin allocation system. The cabin was clean and tidy with shower facilities. We used the bar area as we were travelling overnight which made a relaxing start to our two week holiday. All staff were friendly and approachable. The café area was available early morning for travellers wanting breakfast before docking which could be an added bonus. We did not use this facility but the food looked and smelt good. We sailed on time and arrived on time. It is more expensive travelling overnight but, bearing in mind the issues with the Dover/Calais crossings, this is well worth considering.
'Michelle' travelled Portsmouth Le Havre with Brittany Ferries on EtretatRead More Read Less
"Great alternative to Eurotunnel!!"
The recent chaos at Folkestone/Calais prompted me to try the ferry. I have to say it was remarkably efficient and easy. The terminal was very easy to find, the staff were all very helpful and friendly and we had an excellent breakfast on board. Three hours less driving for me!! I was slightly nervous about how our dog would fare (dogs are left inside the cars) but she was absolutely fine. The crossing is just under 4 hours and she just curled up and went to sleep. Would definitely use again.
'Anonymous' travelled Portsmouth Le Havre with Brittany Ferries on Normandie ExpressRead More Read Less
Both directions excellent service and top quality ships.
'Allan' travelled Portsmouth Le Havre with Brittany Ferries on Normandie ExpressRead More Read Less
"LD Lines / DFDS Portsmouth to Le Havre"
Excellent value for money ferry operator and crossing. Screaming child for 4 hours of 5 hour crossing slightly irritating. All the crew were as friendly and helpful as usual. Tasty food and bar snacks. Immaculately clean ship including the toilets. The shop was well stocked for holiday gift purchases. Short organised boarding and disembarking of vehicles as usual. It is such a shame that DFDS have now ceased this route leaving no competition.
'David' travelled Portsmouth Le Havre with DFDS Seaways on Norman VoyagerRead More Read Less
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.
Le Havre is a French city and port that was founded by King Francis I in 1517 after the ports of Hornfleur and Harfleur, on the Seine estuary, silted up. Le Havre was enlarged during the first part of the 19th century by pushing back the city's ramparts and then later in the century by demolition them totally. The city's fast development and demography has been influenced by a number of events that occurred in the town's relatively recent history. First, during the 17th century Le Havre was a war port, then it was a successful trading port during the 18th century and during the 19th century many people emigrated to America. The city's industrialisation that commenced in the 1920's made it an important town and port for the Normandy region thanks to its global trade in coffee and cotton and in 2005 Le Havre's city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in recognition of the works of architect Auguste Perret. He was labelled a "concrete poet" and an innovator and managed to successfully combine modern architecture with traditional architecture.
Le Havre is a deep-water port which can be accessed 24/7 unhindered by the tides and welcomes ships of all sizes. Ferry services operating from the port depart to Portsmouth on the south coast of England.