Portsmouth ferries connect England with France, Spain, Isle of Wight, Guernsey & Jersey with crossings available to St Malo, Caen, Cherbourg & Le Havre (in France), Bilbao & Santander (in Spain), Fishbourne (in Isle of Wight), Guernsey (in Guernsey) & Jersey (in Jersey). Portsmouth Ferry crossings are operated by Brittany Ferries, Wightlink & Condor Ferries and depending on time of year you’ll find a choice of up to 30 ferry crossings daily.
There are up to 30 ferry crossings daily from Portsmouth with sailing durations starting from 45 minutes. Our Portsmouth ferry summary provides a good guide but for the latest sailing information use our fare search.
Situated on the south coast of the UK, about two hours on the train from London, Portsmouth is one of the biggest cities in the south of England. The ferry routes departing the port head to France and Spain, ranging from 45 minutes to 11 hours.
Portsmouth is one of England’s hidden gems; a historic harbour, beautiful pebble beaches and a host of summer festivals have skyrocketed the city into major prominence with tourists. The entire city is flooded with tantalising attractions, yet it would be worthwhile just spending a few days exploring the coastline. Lee-on-the-Solent is home to the best beaches, especially in the summer when a number of festivals and concerts take place, creating a vibrant, youthful energy. Whilst Lee-on-the-Solent brings life with festivals, Southsea is a buzzing hub of activity all year round – the beaches and parks are swarmed with locals and tourists enjoying the weather.
Much like many coastal cities, the beaches are often the main drawing point, yet there is plenty to see and do around Portsmouth. The Spinnaker Tower is perhaps Portsmouth’s unofficial emblem; decorated in blue, white and gold – the colours of the football team – the tower affords incredible views of the historic harbour and the rugged coastline. An added bonus in the quest for culture is the new Kings Theatre in Southsea, or the Mary Rose Museum if you’re looking for an insight into the history of England’s south coast.
Uber has recently been introduced to Portsmouth, so it is fairly cheap to travel around the city in a quick and safe manner. Alternatively, you can get the ferry from the train station to Gosport, a popular area, or there is also a bus service in operation.
Portsmouth International Ferry Port has the best road connections of any UK Channel ferry port and it is nearer to central London than Dover or the Channel Tunnel. The M275 brings the national motorway network right to the port itself.
There are frequent train services between Portsmouth and London Waterloo: the journey takes 85 minutes. Services to London Victoria pass through Chichester, Brighton and Gatwick.
Services to Cardiff pass through Salisbury and Bristol. Portsmouth Harbour Train station is about 3 miles away from the port. A shuttle bus operates to connect with the Ferry sailing. Isle of Wight terminal is situated next to Portsmouth Harbour station for foot passengers only.
For more information and booking, please visit our trains to Portsmouth Harbour or trains to Portsmouth pages.
The car park is inside the port. Use the left hand lane at the entrance to the car check-in area, and then follow the signs. Disabled parking is available on the ground floor. Luggage trolleys are available for a £1.00 deposit. 516 spaces. The maximum height for vehicles in the car park is 2.2m high. Payment for the car park is made upon exit. The car park is privately run by APCOA who can be contacted 02392 873378. Caravans can be parked in the check-in lanes after the last departure of the day. Please note that no facilities are open overnight.
Portsmouth International Port, Wharf Road, Portsmouth, PO2 8RU
Portsmouth International Port, George Byng Way, Portsmouth, PO2 8SP
(For Ryde sailings) Portsmouth Harbour Station, The Hard, Portsmouth, PO1 3PS
(For Fishbourne sailings) Gunwharf Terminal, Gunwharf Road, Portsmouth, PO1 2LA
Portsmouth International Port, Wharf Road, Portsmouth, PO2 8QW
If you’re looking to spend a night at or near Portsmouth Ferry port before or after your trip or if you are looking for accommodation for your entire stay, please visit our Portsmouth Accommodation page for the best accommodation prices and one of the largest selections available online!