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Cherbourg - Portsmouth is one of our busiest routes - sailings regularly sell out at busy periods
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    • 1 Sailing Weekly 5 hr 45 min
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Cherbourg Portsmouth Ferry reviews

  • "Easy Trip"

    Cherbourg to Portsmouth crossing on time and easy despite the large number of vehicles waiting to board. A simple sketch of the ship's layout would be apprecited on booking. Signage understated

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  • "Nice journey"

    Nice journey. The food in the restaurant was lovely but the queue was really bad for the whole of the journey. Staff were really friendly and helpful.

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  • "Good trip"

    We had a very good experience from Cherbourg. All staff were very polite and helpful. Thé lunch was very good - excellent wine and there was live music provided by a very good singer. What the French do so we’ll is be hospitable while being very considerate. The on/offs with vehicles was well organised and quick. . 

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  • "Great crossing"

    Always enjoy travelling with Brittany Ferries & this time, we were lucky enough to travel on the new Galicia, a superb vessel.

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Cherbourg to Portsmouth Ferry

The Cherbourg Portsmouth ferry route connects France with England. Currently there is just the 1 ferry company operating this ferry service, Brittany Ferries. The crossing operates up to 9 times each week with sailing durations from around 3 hours. Cherbourg Portsmouth 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.

Cherbourg Guide

The French city and port of Cherbourg is located on the Cotentin Peninsular in the north west of France. Invaded by the Vikings in the 9th century who were instrumental in developing Cherbourg into a port, the city has a long history. In Napoleonic times the harbour was fortified in order to prevent a British naval assault on it. Underwater obstructions were sunk at intervals across the harbour entrance which were eventually replaced with piles of masonry rubble. The works began in 1784 and were not concluded until 1850, long after Napoleon's defeat at the Battle of Waterloo.

There are many things to see and do in Cherbourg including the Cite de la Mer (the city of the sea) which is a museum dedicated to maritime history. The museum was opened in 2002 and is housed in the cruise terminal at Cherbourg port. Visitors to the city may also choose to take a leisurely stroll in the Jardin de la Roche Fauconniere which is a private botanical garden located in the Parc de la Fauconniere. Established in the 1870's the gardens contain roughly 3,400 specimens, many of which come from the Southern Hemisphere.


Portsmouth Guide

Portsmouth is an English city in the county of Hampshire, lying on the English Channel coast. Leading ferry operators including Condor Ferries, Wightlink and Brittany Ferries serve the city's port from British and international locations including Le Havre, Bilbao, Cherbourg, Caen, St Malo, St Helier, St Peter Port and Ryde.

The city boasts a long, illustrious maritime history and has connections with the Royal Navy that go back centuries. It was also one of the world's greatest shipbuilding centres and constructed the first ever dry dock, in the 15th century, which is still in use today. Portsmouth is still an important base for the navy and is home to a number of historic ships including the crowning glory of Admiral Lord Nelson's flagship, HMS Victory.

The nearby suburb of Southsea is a popular destination for families and has a lovely stretch of beach, two piers and a good selection of bars, cafes, restaurants and a theme park at Clarence Pier.