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Caen Ferry Port

Located around 10 miles north of Caen, the ferry port has up to 3 departures per day on the crossing to Portsmouth. It’s only a 2-hour trip from Caen to Paris, making it convenient for holidays to both the Normandy region of France and romantic trips to the capital.

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Caen Ferry Port, France

Caen Ferry Routes

Just one route is operated to the UK from Caen, which is the Caen-Portsmouth crossing.

Caen Ferry to Portsmouth

Brittany Ferries offers up to 3 sailings daily each way between Caen and Portsmouth during peak season. These are usually in the morning, early afternoon and evening. The Normandie and Mont St Michel cruise ferries are both used for the route, with capacity for up to 2,000 passengers. The size of these ferries really demonstrates just how popular the Portsmouth-Caen crossing is! Total sailing time is as little as 6 hours and prices start at just over £100 including a vehicle.

Facilities at Caen Ferry Port

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Getting to Caen

Caen Ferry Port (also known as Ouistreham Ferry Port) is situated around 10 miles (15km) north of Caen itself and has excellent links to the France autoroute network. The Port address is Caen (Ouistreham) Ferry Port, Avenue du Grand Large, Normandy, Ouistreham, 14150

🚗 By car: The port can be easily accessed via the N13 from the west and N158 from the south. When you approach Caen follow the signs for ‘Car Ferry’ and remember the port is around 10 miles north of the city.

🚈 By train: Located in the city centre, Caen train station (Gare de Caen) is around a 20 minute taxi ride from the ferry port. Direct rail services run between the station and destinations including Paris, Cherbourg and Le Mans.

Common questions on Caen Ferry Port

Where is Caen ferry port?

The ferry port for Caen ferries is in Ouistreham, which is just under 10 miles from the city centre.

Who sails between Caen and Portsmouth?

Brittany Ferries is the sole operator on the Caen-Portsmouth route.

How early should I arrive at the Caen ferry?

Check-in at Caen port usually opens 90 minutes before the sailing time and closes 45 minutes before depature. Passengers travelling with pets are required to check-in a minimum of 90 minutes before departure.

How long is the Caen to Portsmouth ferry?

The ferry between Caen and Portsmouth takes 6 hours on average for daytime sailings and 6 to 8 hours for overnight crossings.

Can I park my car at Caen ferry port?

You can park at the terminal for 2 hours free, with prices rising to just €8 per 24 hour period. Overnight parking is also available in the check-in lanes if you’ve got an early morning departure booked.

Can I travel as a foot passenger from Caen?

Brittany Ferries allow foot passengers on ferries between Caen and Portsmouth.

How much is a foot passenger between Caen and Portsmouth?

Foot passenger fares from Caen and Portsmouth start at £49 each way.



  • 3 sailings daily between Caen & Portsmouth
  • 6 hour journey time

*Early bird price one-way for car