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Brittany Ferries has been running Channel crossings since 1973 and now operates on more routes from the UK to France than any other company. You can choose from multiple ports in the South of England to begin your voyage to Brittany and beyond.

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Brittany Ferries Routes to France

Brittany Ferries operates on six routes from the UK to France and a further three routes from Ireland. The ferry routes from the UK are:

Portsmouth to Cherbourg ferry crossing with sunset

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Plymouth to Roscoff ferry crossing

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Portsmouth to Le Havre ferry crossing with sculpture on beach

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Brittany Ferries Timetables and Schedule

Brittany Ferries generally runs a fuller timetable across its routes between April and October, with up to 3 sailings daily on the most popular crossing between Portsmouth and Caen. For any overnight sailings you’ll be required to book a cabin (at an additional cost) – these crossings often take longer than daytime sailings. As foot passengers are permitted on some services it can be a really cost effective way to experience France for less.

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The Brittany Ferries Fleet and Onboard Facilities

Brittany Ferries has a fleet 10 ships, all of which feature a range of premium onboard facilities to make your journey across the Channel as enjoyable as possible. You can find out more all what the cruise ferries have to offer below.

The flagship cruise ferry of the fleet, Pont-Aven can carry up to 2,400 passengers and 650 vehicles. Onboard you’ll benefit from award-winning facilities and lots of entertainment to help make sure everyone has a great time while you cross the Channel. Both self-service and a la carte dining options are available, alongside cinema screenings, playtime in the pool for the kids and relaxation in your very own ensuite cabin.

With capacity for over 2,000 passengers, the Bretagne boasts numerous facilities including self-service and a la carte restaurants, a piano bar, sundecks, a duty-free shop and family entertainment. You can also book luxury cabins and the ship also has wheelchair accessible cabins available for people with limited mobility.

Although it’s small than other cruise ferries in the fleet, the Barfleur still has capacity for up to 900 passengers and nearly 600 cars. The ship features a self-service restaurant, kids’ play area, duty free boutique and even a video games room to keep kids of all ages entertained. Reserved seating it available in the lounge, enabling you to guarantee a place to relax during your crossing to France.

The SantoΓ±a, Galicia and Salamanca all offer a Spanish style of travel with Spanish decor onboard, coupled with tapas meals in the dining outlets. They’re also the greener ships in the fleet, using the latest innovations to improve efficiency and drive towards more sustainable transport when crossing the Channel. Onboard you’ll find lots to keep the whole family entertained, including play areas for kids, video on demand, private lounges and boutique shops.

The Normandie was first commissioned in 1991 and takes inspiration for its decor from traditional Norman design. Onboard facilities for the 2,000+ passengers it can carry include live entertainment, a duty free boutique, multiple dining options and a cinema to keep you entertained on any wetter crossings. For people with limited mobility the Normandie has wheelchair accessible outside cabins.

Like the Normandie, Mont St Michel can carry over 2,000 passengers on sailings to France. Kids are really well catered for during peak season, with a range of entertainment onboard including silent discos and interactive quizzes. There’s also a choice of restaurants to choose from and a duty free shop for older family members. Pet owners can book specially designed pet-friendly 4 berth cabins, while both inside and outside wheelchair accessible cabins are available for passengers with limited mobility.

Compared to others in the fleet the Contentin may be relatively small with a capacity for around 200 passengers, but it still offers the wide range of onboard facilities you’d expect with Brittany Ferries. There’s a duty-free boutique for all of your shopping, a self-service restaurant, bar with TV lounge and a variety of cabins options.

Armorique was first added to Brittany Ferries’ fleet in 2009 and has a beauty designed decor paying homage to the Brittany region of France. Passengers can make use of the 2 onboard cinemas, a dedicated reading lounge, video games area, playroom for children and numerous boutiques and dining options. There’s also a choice of cabins, all of which have ensuite facilities.

Portsmouth to Caen ferry crossing

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Poole to Cherbourg ferry crossing

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Portsmouth to St Malo ferry crossing

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Taking Pets Onboard with Brittany Ferries

Pets are permitted on all Brittany Ferries routes to France, but are subject to a Β£35 fee each way. The company has a useful pet travel pre-check that allows you to check that your pet’s documentation is all up to date and compliant (plus it’s free to use). You can access it by logging into your account 96 hours before departure.

Common questions on Brittany Ferries

How early should I arrive for my Brittany Ferries crossing?

You should aim to check-in 45 minutes before departure if travelling in a vehicle or on foot. Any people with limited mobility should check-in 60 minutes before departure and those travelling with pets need to check-in 90 minutes before the sailing time.

What ticket options are available with Brittany Ferries?

Brittany Ferries offers three main ticket types:
‘Early bird’ (all payment taken at time of booking and fees charged for amendments)
‘Standard’ (50% deposit payment taken at time of booking and free amendments up to 2 weeks before outbound sailing date)
‘Flexi’ (25% deposit payment taken at time of booking and free amendments up to 4 hours before outbound sailing time).

What is the shortest ferry crossing to Brittany?

The shortest crossing time to Brittany from the UK is on the Poole to Cherbourg route. The journey time is just 4.5 hours on average.

How do I contact Brittany Ferries?

You can contact Brittany Ferries by phone on 0330 159 7000. The call centre is open from 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday and from 9am to 4.30pm on the weekend.

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  • 40+ sailings weekly from the UK to France
  • Journey times from 4hrs