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Poole to Cherbourg Ferries

With up to 9 weekly sailings from Poole to Cherbourg, the route provides an easy way to get to the heart of the Normandy region of France.

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Poole to Cherbourg ferry crossing

Ferry crossings from Poole to Cherbourg

The Poole-Cherbourg ferry route is one of the most popular for those looking to escape to central France. Travelling to the port of Poole takes just under a 2.5 hours via a direct train from London and it can be reached by car from either the A35 or A350. Cherbourg is on the Cotentin Peninsula and is midway between the other port cities of Caen and St Malo, making it a convenient port to use if you’re travelling to central or southern France.

Both Brittany Ferries and Condor Ferries operate crossings to Cherbourg from Poole, with the quickest sailings taking around 4.5 hours. Brittany Ferries has a more extensive timetable with 1 sailing per day during high season, compared to 2 sailings per week with Condor Ferries.

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Book a sailing to Cherbourg with Brittany Ferries from just £102 one-way (incl. car)

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Book a sailing to Cherbourg with Condor Ferries from £140 one-way (incl. car)

Poole – Cherbourg Ferry Timetable & Sailings

Brittany Ferries offer up to 7 sailings per week on the Poole to Cherbourg route, with the crossing taking around 4.5 hours on average. Please note that Brittany Ferries only operate this route between mid-March and mid-October.

Condor Ferries also operate the route during high season only (May to September), providing 2 sailings per week. As the Condor ferry calls at Guernsey the crossing takes longer at just over 6.5 hours.

Check-in closes 1 hour before the departure time for Condor Ferries and 45 minutes before departure for Brittany Ferries. These times can be longer for foot passengers, varying between 90-120 minutes depending on operator.

All departure/arrival times listed in the Poole-Cherbourg timetables below are local times and are subject to change based on weather conditions.

Brittany Ferries Poole to Cherbourg Timetable (mid-March to mid-October)

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Condor Ferries Poole to Cherbourg Timetable (May to September)

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Brittany Ferries Cherbourg to Poole Timetable (mid-March to mid-October)

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Condor Ferries Cherbourg to Poole Timetable (May to September)

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Facilities on the Poole to Cherbourg Route

Both Condor Ferries and Brittany Ferries each have 1 ship operating on the Poole-Cherbourg route.

Brittany Ferries use the Barfleur, which although smaller than other cruisers in the fleet can still carry up to 900 passengers. Onboard you’ll find a self-service restaurant, La Boutique (for your duty free bargains), a video games room and kids’ play area.

Condor use the Liberation, which also has space for nearly 900 passengers and boasts the Casquets Bistro, a duty-free shop, children’s TV room and air-conditioned lounges.

Seating upgrades are available with both operators for those wanting premium comfort during the crossing.

Common questions on ferries to Cherbourg from Poole

How long is the ferry from Poole to Cherbourg?

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

How early should I arrive at the Poole ferry port?

Check-in usually opens 2 hours before the sailing time and closes between 45 minutes (Brittany Ferries) and 60 minutes (Condor Ferries) before the departure time.

Can I leave my car at Poole?

Parking is available at Poole port and costs £15 per day/24 hour period. The car park can be found just behind the foot passenger hall and payment is made on return to your vehicle.

When does the Poole to Cherbourg crossing open?

Brittany Ferries offer sailings on the route from mid-March to around the 3rd week of October. Condor Ferries start sailings in May and finish in September.

How much is the ferry from Poole to Cherbourg?

You can purchase tickets from just over £100 for a one-way journey including a car. Foot passengers can pay as little as £43 for a one-way crossing from Poole to Cherbourg.



  • 9+ sailings weekly from Poole to Cherbourg
  • 4.5 hour journey time

*Early-bird price one-way for car or day