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Ferry from Portsmouth to Bilbao

This ferry route is operated by Brittany Ferries. Portsmouth Bilbao ferries cost between £328 and £1138, depending on ticket details. Prices exclude any service fees. Ferry timetables change seasonally use our Deal Finder to get live pricing and availability for Portsmouth Bilbao ferries.

Portsmouth Bilbao Ferry Times

The first Portsmouth Bilbao ferry typically departs from Portsmouth at around 21:45. The last ferry usually departs at 22:30.

How long is the ferry from Portsmouth to Bilbao?

Portsmouth Bilbao Ferry sail durations on this ferry route can take around 32h 52m. The fastest sailings are approximately 32h 30m. Sailing times can vary, durations often differ between ferry operators and can be impacted by weather conditions.

Portsmouth Bilbao Ferry Operator Schedules

There is 1 weekly sailing from Portsmouth to Bilbao provided by Brittany Ferries. Timetables can change from season to season.

Portsmouth Bilbao Ferry Prices

Portsmouth Bilbao ferry prices typically range between £328* and £1138*. The average price is typically £729*. The cheapest Portsmouth Bilbao ferry prices start from £96*. The average price for a foot passenger is £594*. The average price for a car is £789*.

Pricing will vary depending on number of passengers, vehicle type, route and sailing times. Prices exclude service fees.

How far is it from Portsmouth to Bilbao?

The distance between Portsmouth to Bilbao is approximately 532.7 miles (857.3km) or 462.9 nautical miles.

Can I travel by car on the Portsmouth Bilbao ferry?

Yes, Brittany Ferries allow cars on board ferries between Portsmouth and Bilbao. Use our Deal Finder to get live pricing for car ferries between Portsmouth and Bilbao.

Can I travel as a foot passenger from Portsmouth to Bilbao?

Yes, foot passengers can travel with Brittany Ferries between Portsmouth and Bilbao.

Can I take my pet on the ferry from Portsmouth to Bilbao?

Pets are allowed on ferries travelling from Portsmouth to Bilbao with Brittany Ferries. Please also note that your pet may have to stay in the vehicle during the journey unless the ferry operator supplies pet accommodation.

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Portsmouth - Bilbao Route summary
Departure Country UK
Destination Country Spain
No. of Operators 1
Operators Brittany Ferries
Average Price £729*
Average Weekly Sailings 1
Average Sailing Duration 32h 52m
Fastest Sailing Duration 32h 30m
First Ferry 21:45
Last Ferry 22:30
Distance 462 nautical miles

* Prices subject to change, pricing is taken from last 30 days, last updated 2024-04-02.

Most popular questions

How long is the ferry from Portsmouth to Bilbao?

The ferry crossing time from Portsmouth to Bilbao is approximately 32h 30m. Sailing durations may vary from season to season and by operator so we’d advise doing a live check.

How much is the ferry from Portsmouth to Bilbao?

Portsmouth to Bilbao ferry price can differ depending on the season. The average price of a ferry from Portsmouth to Bilbao is £352. Price exclusive of booking fees.

Which ferry companies operate between Portsmouth to Bilbao?

There is 1 ferry operator for Portsmouth to Bilbao and this is
  • Brittany Ferries

How can I book ferry tickets from Portsmouth to Bilbao?

Book ferries from Portsmouth to Bilbao through our deal finder and check our offers page to view the latest ferry offers.

Can you travel as a foot passenger on the ferry from Portsmouth to Bilbao?

No you can not travel as a foot passenger, currently you can only travel on the ferry with a vehicle.

Can you take your car on the ferry from Portsmouth to Bilbao?

Yes, you can travel with a vehicle from Portsmouth to Bilbao with
  • Brittany Ferries

Can you bring pets on the ferry from Portsmouth to Bilbao?

Yes, pets are permitted onboard the ferry. You may need a pet passport. Please read the ferry operators pet guidelines. Currently you can bring pets on ferries with
  • Brittany Ferries

How far is Bilbao from Portsmouth?

The distance between Portsmouth to Bilbao is approximately 462 nautical Miles.

Portsmouth Guide

Experience the rich history and vibrant culture of Portsmouth, a maritime city nestled on England's southern coast. From the iconic Spinnaker Tower, offering breathtaking panoramic views, to the Historic Dockyard, home to the famous HMS Victory, there's no shortage of attractions to discover. Venture further afield to the Isle of Wight or France with convenient routes from Portsmouth ferry port. The ferry port is a mere 10-minute drive from the city centre, and with Portsmouth Harbour train station just a short stroll away, accessing the city is effortless. In the lead-up to Christmas, Portsmouth transforms into a festive wonderland with its annual Victorian Festival of Christmas featuring costumed characters, traditional festive food, and a Christmas market.

Bilbao Guide

Bilbao ferry port, a city that blends traditional Basque culture with a vibrant contemporary art scene, is a captivating port of call. The Guggenheim Museum, an architectural marvel, is a must-see, as is the Santiago Cathedral in the old town. Take a short drive to the Rioja wine region for a taste of Spain's famous wines. From Bilbao ferry port, it's a quick ferry ride to the UK, or a scenic drive to France. The city's tram system provides a smooth ride to the city centre, while the Euskotren service connects you to other Basque cities. As December approaches, Bilbao dons a festive avatar with magical Christmas markets filling the city squares.

Which is better Portsmouth or Bilbao?

Both Portsmouth and Bilbao have their own unique charms and attractions, making it difficult to determine which is better as it ultimately comes down to personal preference.

Portsmouth, located on the south coast of England, is known for its rich maritime history. It is home to the historic Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, which houses famous attractions like the HMS Victory and the Mary Rose Museum. The city also offers beautiful waterfront views, vibrant shopping areas like Gunwharf Quays, and a range of cultural and entertainment options.

On the other hand, Bilbao, situated in northern Spain, is renowned for its modern architecture and cultural scene. The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, designed by Frank Gehry, is a major highlight and draws tourists from around the world. The city also boasts a lively old town with charming streets, delicious Basque cuisine, and a vibrant nightlife. In terms of natural beauty, Bilbao enjoys its proximity to the stunning Basque Country coastline and the nearby mountains, offering opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking and surfing. In contrast, Portsmouth has the advantage of being located on the coast, providing picturesque views and access to the Solent and the Isle of Wight.

Ultimately, the choice between Portsmouth and Bilbao depends on individual preferences. Those interested in history, maritime heritage, and English culture may prefer Portsmouth, while those seeking modern architecture, Basque cuisine, and a vibrant arts scene may lean towards Bilbao.

How many days in Bilbao is enough?

The number of days needed in Bilbao depends on individual preferences and interests. However, a 2-3 day visit is usually enough to explore the main attractions of the city. This timeframe allows for a visit to the iconic Guggenheim Museum, known for its stunning architecture and contemporary art exhibits. One can also explore the historic Casco Viejo (Old Town), with its charming narrow streets, local shops, and traditional Basque cuisine. Additionally, a trip to the nearby coastal town of Getxo, known for its beautiful beaches and the Vizcaya Bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is highly recommended. If time permits, a day trip to San Sebastian, another vibrant Basque city renowned for its beaches and culinary scene, can also be included.


Portsmouth to Bilbao Ferry Timetables

Ferry Timetables between 15/04/2024 and 21/04/2024


Operator Departure Time Arrival Time Duration Sailing Days
Brittany Ferries 21:45 07:00 33 hours 15 minutes Mon
Brittany Ferries 22:30 07:00 32 hours 30 minutes Wed
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