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Portsmouth to Bilbao Ferry

The Portsmouth Bilbao 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 33 hours 30 minutes.

Portsmouth Bilbao 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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Portsmouth Bilbao Ferry reviews

  • "Enjoyable"

    Staff were very helpful, polite and informative. We were delayed because of bad weather and was offered a drink. The cabins were clean. All in all was very pleased with our trip

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  • "online payment "

    was trip outbound good,return trip for a couple of different reasons I was coming back early,but with time running out at port I tried to finalise ammendment to my ticket on the website but payment wouldn't go through, had to phone my bank they checked that my card was fine and it was the direct ferries site that wasn't right,time was running out for sailing,luckily for me there was 1 Brittany ferry operator onside she sorted me out.the way the ship was hurried clean when it came into port was terrible,with all the normal staff away because of covid etc.the young group of cleaners looked a bit unsavoury and in a rushed untrained state was terrible,whole corridors weren't ready for new passengers, but I might add these young band of dodgy looking cleaners actually done not a bad job under the circumstances, it was the company trying to get the turnaround done with untrained staff,but hey the plane companies, hotels etc all in the same situation. ps, not you problem but border control at Portsmouth return was nothing but absolutely shocking,2 hours on the tarmac very slow it would put me off travelling abroad, well unless in a dinghy, where you get processed much qiucker,o

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  • "Portsmouth- Bilbo"

    The Brittany ferry to Bilboa is outstanding!

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  • "Return from spain 17th/18th March"

    We cannot thank you enough for the care you took of us; the loading at Bilboa, the care on board, your support with food in our cabins and finally the unloading at Portsmouth. The care of your crew for us all. Thank you. Our only critical thing is the directions to the ferry port. They are terrible and need looking at. We only got there because of the name given us by staff in Lidl Bilbao, policemen in Bilbao who said it was on otherside of river estuary and a friend who gave us the name of S------- (cannot remember the name and spelling, map in car and we are isolating so cannot get it) at the mouth of the river. Did not see any ferry signs until nearly there. Didn't help with signs being sometimes in Spannish and sometimes in Basque. Would use Brittany ferries again but not Bilbao. Lucky we used Bilbao this time as think this was last ferry to UK and from Santander to UK cancelled.

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Portsmouth Guide

Portsmouth is one of the best connected ports in the United Kingdom, serving nine different destinations across Europe with operators including Condor Ferries and Brittany Ferries. To the south of the naval base, you will find the Isle of Wight (Ryde) Passenger Ferry Terminal, while the Continental Ferry Terminal serves 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 and St Peter Port in Guernsey.

Located on the south coast of England, in the county of Hampshire, Portsmouth is the UK's only island city, 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, hosting to the oldest dry dock in the world still used today and also to famous ships such as HMS Victory, Admiral Lord Nelson's flagship; the Mary Rose, and HMS Warrior.

Bilbao Guide

The Spanish city and port of Bilbao is the capital of the province of Bizkaia and lies on the banks of the Nervion River, which joins the Cantabrian Sea 11 km further downstream. The river has been important to the city's development since it was established in the 14th century. Along with the other towns that are situated along both banks of the river until it reaches the sea, Bilbao forms the Greater Bilbao area and has a lively cultural scene which visitors to the city enjoy. If performing arts is of particular interest then the Teatro Arriaga and Euskalduna Concert Hall are definitely worth a visit as is the Fine Arts Museum which is located at the edge of the Dona Casilda Park. The Park's famous neighbour is the famous Guggenheim Museum with its Frank Gehry designed building.

The Port of Bilbao is located on the Bilbao Abra bay, and along the Estuary of Bilbao, in Biscay (Basque Country). The main facilities are in the Santurtzi and Zierbena municipalities, approximately 15 km west of Bilbao. Brittany Ferries operate the Portsmouth to Bilbao route, with their boat, the MV Cap Finistère.

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