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Portsmouth - Caen is one of our busiest routes - sailings regularly sell out at busy periods
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Portsmouth - Caen Ferry Operators

    • 3 Sailings Daily 5 hr 45 min
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Portsmouth Caen Ferry reviews

  • "Lovely boat, reasonably priced food and drink."

    Enjoyed our crossing in both directions. Going out to France was totally without incident, but on the return journey there was a delay due to windy weather and another delay due to Customs control.

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  • "Jolly Roger on the high seas."

    I’ve been on Brittany ferries before I have again this trip over to France and I will be in the future, the ship is clean and the crew really helpful. If the boat is late as it was to night it’s because there’s a lot of vehicles to stow and they take care and pride in doing it right! We were kept informed of any delays and the food was worth the wait! Excellent.

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  • "Great crossing bad customs clearance!"

    Great crossing both ways. Really well laid out ships with plenty of seating for all. Just such a shame it took an hour to get through customs on the French side going out, only 2 or 3 lanes open!! Coming back Portsmouth/UK customs excellent organisation with several lanes open.

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  • "mv Normandie "

    Very enjoyable uneventful trip

    'Normandie' travelled on Normandie

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Portsmouth to Caen Ferry

The Portsmouth Caen ferry route connects England with France. There is just 1 ferry company operating this route, Brittany Ferries. The crossing operates up to 21 times weekly with sailing duration around 5 hours 45 minutes.

If you want to travel the Portsmouth ferry to France, sailing duration and frequency may vary from season to season, we’d advise doing a live check to get the most up to date information.

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.

Caen Guide

The town of Caen is located in the Normandy region of north western France and is a lively and attractive city that lies on the banks of the River Orne. The town has many examples of boutiques and shops selling fresh local produce and fine wines and is a shoppers paradise. The town has a number of good restaurants and street side creperies and patisseries that offer food typical of the region. The Vaugueux part of the town is particularly filled with excellent restaurants.

The town is also a great starting point to explore the sites of the Normandy Landings where guided tours are offered. There is also the excellent Caen Memorial Museum which is dedicated to peace and is known as one of the best World War II museums in France. The museum's theme is of reconciliation and has many collections about modern wars and acts of warfare.

A ferry service operates between Portsmouth, England, and Caen/Ouistreham running both standard roll-on-roll-off car ferries and supercat fast ferries. The ferry terminal is roughly 15 km from Caen with a daytime shuttle bus service available for foot passengers.