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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

  • "Portsmouth to Caen"

    Crossing out to France was delayed and very choppy,we had a cabin for the first time which was extremely comfortable for the two of us and very clean Return journey today 22 September was very comfortable and calm

    'Normandie' travelled on Normandie

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  • "September sailing"

    Wonderfully calm crossing from Caen to Portsmouth appreciating a beautiful sunset on 20th September. There is no need to reserve reclining seats as there was plenty of unreserved seating for everyone: we didn't make use of the seats we had reserved. Staff were all very helpful and friendly and bilingual. Beware clicking on the Premium Wifi button by mistake - the Brittany Ferries Free WiFi is adequate for most non-streaming purposes. There does not appear to be any advantage in arriving early: you can still end up being parked on the upper deck and being one of the last cars off the boat. Mounting bicycles on your car roof ensures you can't be sent to the upper deck! 

    'Mont St Michel' travelled on Mont St Michel

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  • "Delays and queues "

    We had no problems with our ferries but the on shore organisation left much to be desired. Outwards the ferry was over an hour late. We arrived on time, first in line then last on the ship and this last off. Extensive checks at customs. No problems in France outwards or onwards. But over an hour at customs in Portsmouth. Brexit??? 

    'Normandie' travelled on Normandie

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  • "Great crossings "

    Swift embarking both ways … excellent facilities calm relaxing trip👍

    'Mont St Michel' travelled on Mont St Michel

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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.