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Plymouth to Santander Ferry

The Plymouth Santander ferry route connects England with Spain. Currently there is just the 1 ferry company operating this ferry service, Brittany Ferries. The crossing operates up to 2 times each week with sailing durations from around 20 hours 15 minutes.

Plymouth Santander 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.

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For more information, please visit our Ferries from England to Spain page.
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Plymouth Santander Ferry reviews

  • "Does what it says on the tin"

    Took this service 20years ago and pleased to find it still running though vastly improved. Hassle free embarkation and disembarking was equally efficient. Great facilities onboard, not too much roll & pitch from the vessel, she was stable all the way across Biscay.

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  • "No hassle"

    What a great way to travel. Originally intended to bring a motorcycle but had a change of heart and came with the missus as "footpassergers". Compared to flying? well really there is no comparison. For a start the transit terminal is roomy, relaxed and with a great little eatery that could compete with your local breakfast spot for food quality and low prices. Sat there drinking mugs of real tea and eating good wholesome grub while we watched the many and varied vehicles load on to the ferry. The trip itself was smooth with a great bed, lots of room to stroll, sit, eat and drink in what is a lovely modern maritime setting. Same for the arrival in Spain, a quick look at the passport, no queue at all and helpful relaxed staff. Straight out the door and your already in town. I'll be doing it again for sure.

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  • "Journey 30.6.19"

    First time we have sailed with Brittany and very impressed. Will definitely do this trip again!

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  • "A few problems with the booking! "

    As we were booked on Brittany Ferries Pont Aven we knew the ship had been undergoing repairs. However we had a series of poorly worded emails from direct ferries explaining a). the sailing was from Plymouth not Portsmouth b) the time of sailing would change and then c). a few days before a terse email informing us that the sailing had been cancelled. (it hadn't been) It took nearly 2hours of waiting in a phone queue to Direct Ferries (you are position 18) to resolve this. In addition your website's classification of a 2018 Skoda Kodiaq as a high vehicle on your booking site is incorrect. Luckily the person on the embarcation booth spotted this and refunded the £69 overcharge. The Brittany Ferries experience was, in contrast, wonderful.

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Plymouth Guide

The English city of Plymouth is located on the south coast of the county of Devon, in the south west of the Britain. It is around 300 km to the south west of London and is located between the mouths of the River Plym and the River Tamar, where they both join Plymouth Sound. The city's history is inextricably linked to the sea and in its time the city has been, or still is, a hub for shipbuilding and seafaring in general. It is also home to the largest operational naval base in Western Europe, Her Majesty's Naval Base Devonport.

The city's waterfront areas have many attractions for visitors to enjoy. The Barbican's cobbles quayside are definitely worth strolling through where visitors can follow in the Pilgrim father's footsteps. Alternatively, the National Marine Aquarium with its deep water fish tanks is also worth a visit. Then there is the Blackfriars Gin Distillery, where Plymouth's finest export can be tasted or simply take a boat trip around Plymouth Sound from Mayflower Steps.

Ferry services to Roscoff in France and Santander in Spain depart from the city's port. There is also a passenger service operating to the Cornish hamlet of Cremyll, which is believed to have been in operation since 1204.

Santander Guide

The modern Spanish city of Santander is located net to the Bay of Biscay and the Cantabrian Sea, and is a popular destination with tourists who are mainly drawn to the city's lovely beaches and in particular those that are located around the resort of El Sardinero. The one stand out beach in this area is the Playa Primera de El Sardinero. Unsurprisingly the most popular time to visit the city tends to be during the warm summer months with many of the visitors making a direct beeline towards one of the many beaches. However, alternative ways of spending time in or around the city include taking a leisurely stroll along the Avenida de la Reina Victoria or along the promenade of Paseo Maritimo or by taking a cruise along the coastline. Santander's busy fishing district, known as Barrio Pesquero, is perhaps the best place to find a good seafood restaurant.

The Port of Santander is host to ferry services to Plymouth and Portsmouth in the United Kingdom. The crossing time for Portsmouth is around 24 hours and to Plymouth, 20 hours.

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