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Cherbourg Ferry Port

Located on the Cotentin Peninsula, Cherbourg ferry port has become a popular arrival point for holidays in Normandy and southern France. The port town itself also has lots of attractions to explore, with the Saturday morning market in Place de Gaulle a particular favourite for visitors.

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Cherbourg Ferry Port, France

Cherbourg Ferry Routes

Two routes are currently operated between the UK and Cherbourg – one from Poole and a second from Portsmouth.

Cherbourg Ferry to Portsmouth

Brittany Ferries operates up to 2 sailings weekly each way between Cherbourg and Portsmouth from November to March, and up to 3 sailings weekly during peak season. The crossing takes 4 to 6 hours for daytime crossings and around 9 hours on average for overnight departures. Ferry tickets start at just over £90 each way including a vehicle.

Cherbourg Ferry to Poole

Up to 9 weekly sailings are operated on the more popular route between Cherbourg and Poole. These are split between Brittany Ferries and Condor Ferries, with an average journey time of 4.5 to 6.5 hours (Condor takes longer as it calls at Guernsey). Prices start at just over £100 each way if you book early enough.

Facilities at Cherbourg Ferry Port

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Book Portsmouth – Cherbourg tickets from £95

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Book Poole – Cherbourg ferry tickets from £102

Getting to Cherbourg

Cherbourg Ferry Port is situated less than a mile north of the town centre and can be accessed easily via the N13. The Port address is Quai de Normandie, Normandy, Cherbourg-en-Cotentin, 50100

🚗 By car: The quickest route from the south is via the N13 which will take you directly to the port by car. If travelling along the coast from the east or west use the D901 and follow signs to the ferry terminal after reaching the town.

🚈 By train: Cherbourg train station is 1.5 miles from the terminal and offers direct services to Caen and Rouen. You can also travel to the capital city (Paris) via Caen in just over 3.5 hours.

Common questions on Cherbourg Ferry Port

Who sails between Cherbourg and Portsmouth?

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

Who sails between Cherbourg and Poole?

Condor Ferries and Brittany Ferries both operate on the Cherbourg-Poole route.

How early should I arrive at the Cherbourg ferry terminal?

Check-in at Cherbourg port usually closes 60 minutes before the sailing time for Condor Ferries and 45 minutes for Brittany Ferries. Foot passengers and those travelling with pets should aim to check-in 90 to 120 minutes before the scheduled departure time.

How long is the Cherbourg to Portsmouth ferry?

The ferry between Cherbourg and Portsmouth takes 4 to 6 hours during the day and up to 9 hours on overnight sailings.

How long is the Cherbourg to Poole ferry?

The Cherbourg – Poole crossing takes 4.5 hours on average with Brittany Ferries and just over 6.5 hours with Condor Ferries.

Can I park my car at Cherbourg ferry port?

Free parking is available at the port in front of the ferry terminal building.

Can I travel as a foot passenger from Cherbourg?

Foot passengers are permitted on ferries between Cherbourg and both Poole and Portsmouth.

How much is a foot passenger fare from Cherbourg?

Foot passenger fares from Cherbourg start at £49 one-way.



  • 3 sailings weekly between Cherbourg & Portsmouth
  • 4 hour journey time

*Early bird price one-way for car