Caen ferry port in France connects you with Portsmouth in England with a choice of up to 42 ferry crossings per week. The duration of the Caen to Portsmouth crossing is from 5 hours 45 minutes and the crossing is operated by Brittany Ferries.
The French port of Caen is in the north western tip of the country, in the province of Normandy. The port itself is in an area called Ouistreham, around 15 kilometres to the north of the centre of the city. Caen is connected to the UK by a regular service to the English port town of Portsmouth.
One of the newest ferry crossings to France, the journey from Portsmouth to Caen takes approximately 5 hours 45 minutes. There are currently up to three sailings a day and 21 a week, with the route operated by Brittany Ferries.
Caen has had a tumultuous history. It was first established in the 11th Century by William the Conqueror and then largely destroyed during the 1944 Battle of Normandy. Caen was rebuilt in the 50's and 60's and offers visitors numerous sites to take in.
Located in the heart of La Baie de Seine, the port of Caen-Ouistreham is one of the regions busier ports and annually around one million passengers pass through its doors. The port is positioned centrally on the northern coast of France making it a great gateway to Normandy or Brittany and likewise an ideal starting point for those heading to the South of England.
Caen ferry port has brilliant road connections links to keep your journey through France running smoothly. The Brittany Ferries Caen terminal is connected to the autoroute network. This means whatever direction in France you are travelling, the trip is straightforward. There is also a regular bus service between the port and Calais. In the port you’ll find a cafeteria-bar, Wi-Fi facilities and a Bureau de Change. For passengers arriving on foot there is a shuttle bus service between the arrivals, departures and the terminal.
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Caen Car Ferry Terminal is in Ouistreham. The motorway is close to the ferry port and offers easy access to Paris, the Loire, the south, and Brittany. The N175 connects to Mont St Michel and Brittany. The N13 connects Caen with Bayeux and Cherbourg, and the N158 leads to Le Mans and the Loire Valley.
Take the train from Paris Gare St-Lazare Caen station (about 18KM from the port). The SNCF service from Paris takes approximately 2 hours.
For more information, visit the SNCF website.
There is a shuttle service between Ouistreham and Caen however this service does not run for the evening ferry arrivals in Ouistreham.
There is an open car park at the passenger terminal for a maximum stay of 72 hours. There is no charge for parking here but it is at the owner’s risk.
Brittany Ferries Ouistreham, Rue des Dunes, 14150 Ouistreham, France
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