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Portsmouth Ferry Port

Operating more routes to France than any other port in the UK, Portsmouth Ferry Terminal is a popular depature point for people travelling to central and southern France. It’s easy to access via the M27 and boasts a range of facilities to make sure your holiday gets off to the best start.

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Portsmouth Ferry Port, UK

Portsmouth Ferry Routes

Four routes are operated between Portsmouth and France, with the shortest having a crossing time of just 4 hours.

Portsmouth Ferry to Cherbourg

Brittany Ferries is the sole operator on the crossing between Portsmouth and Cherbourg. Up to 3 sailings run weekly, with the journey taking 4 to 6 hours on average for daytime crossings and 8 to 9 hours for overnight sailings. Tickets can be purchased for under £100 each way including a vehicle (foot passenger fares start at £49).

Portsmouth Ferry to Le Havre

Brittany Ferries operate up to 5 sailings per week on the route to Le Havre. The crossing takes 6 hours for daytime sailings and 10 hours for overnight sailings. The service is a vehicle-only crossing (foot passengers aren’t permitted) and tickets start at around £90 each way.

Portsmouth Ferry to St Malo

Up to 7 sailings per week are run by Brittany Ferries on the crossing from Porstmouth to St Malo. The service accepts foot passengers, making it a more affordable option if you’re making a quick hop over to the continent. Expect the journey to take 9 to 11 on average, regardless of the time of day you travel. Tickets on the route start at £130 each way (including vehicle) if you can book ahead and benefit from early-bird pricing deals.

Portsmouth Ferry to Caen

Just a couple of hours from Paris, Caen is a popular destination for people travelling to the Normany region. Brittany Ferries operate up to 3 sailings daily on the route from Portsmouth during peak season, with the crossing taking 6 to 8 hours. Prices start at just over £100 each way if taking a vehicle and from £49 if you’re travelling as a foot passenger.

Facilities at Portsmouth Ferry Port

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Book tickets from Portsmouth to Cherbourgh from £95

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Book a ferry to Le Havre with Brittany Ferries from £89

Getting to Portsmouth

The Portsmouth ferry terminal is located just off the M275 and is a 30-minute walk from two nearby train stations. The Port address is Portsmouth Ferry Terminal, Harbour Offices Continental Ferryport, George Byng Way, Portsmouth PO2 8SP

🚗 By car: From London take the M3 or A3 and continue until you reach the M27. Follow signs for Portsmouth and join the M275 near Cosham, which will take you directly to the port area. Although the port is outside of the Portsmouth Clean Air Zone (CAZ), you should check your route before travelling to avoid being charged if your vehicle isn’t compliant.

🚈 By train: Portsmouth & Southsea station is a 25 minute walk from the port and Portsmouth Harbour station is about a 30-35 minute walk away. Both have direct services from London terminals with a journey time of 90 minutes, as well from destinations such as Cardiff.

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Book early-bird tickets to St Malo from £130

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Book Portsmouth ferries to Caen from £102

Common questions on Portsmouth Ferry Port

How early should I arrive at the Portsmouth ferry terminal for France?

Check-in closes 45 minutes before departure for all routes from Portsmouth. Foot passengers and any people travelling with pets should aim to check-in 90 minutes before departure.

Which ferries go to France from Portsmouth?

Ferry services to St Malo, Cherbourg, Le Havre and Caen are all available from Portsmouth.

How long is the Portsmouth to St Malo ferry crossing?

The crossing to St Malo takes around 9 to 11 hours on average with Brittany Ferries.

How long is the Portsmouth to Caen crossing?

The average journey time by ferry from Portsmouth to Caen is between 6 and 8 hours.

Is there parking at Portsmouth ferry port?

A multi-storey car park is located within a few minutes walk of the terminal building. Parking costs £13 for each 24 hour period.

Can I travel as a foot passenger on ferries from Portsmouth?

Brittany Ferries permits foot passengers on ferries to Caen, Cherbourg and St Malo, but not on crossings to Le Havre.



  • 5+ sailings weekly from Portsmouth to Le Havre
  • 6 hour journey time

*Early bird price one-way