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Portsmouth to Caen Ferries

Book a Portsmouth to Caen ferry from just £102 one-way. Brittany Ferries run up to 3 sailings per day to the ferry port, which is around 10 miles from the Caen itself.

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Portsmouth to Caen ferry crossing

Ferry crossings from Portsmouth to Caen

The port city of Portsmouth is the starting point for multiple crossings to France, including the route to Caen. Situated in the heart of Normandy and famed for its Chateau de Caen (built by William the Conqueror), the Caen has excellent road links to central france and is just a couple of hours from the French capital.

Brittany Ferries is the only operator that provides sailings on the Portsmouth to Caen route, with crossings averaging between 6 and 8 hours in total.

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Portsmouth – Caen Ferry Timetable & Sailings

Brittany Ferries operates up to 3 daily sailings on the Portsmouth to Caen crossing. As foot passengers are permitted on this route it makes it a cost-effective way to have a short break in France and is one of the reasons that it’s the most popular route from Portsmouth.

Check-in closes 45 minutes before the departure time, with the crossing taking just under 6 hours on daytime sailings and around 6 to 8 hours for overnight sailings. All departure/arrival times listed in the Portsmouth-Caen timetables below are local times and are subject to change based on weather/tidal conditions.

Portsmouth to Caen Timetable (October – March)

Oct – MarDepartureArrival
Sat – Thurs08:0015:00
Mon – Thurs15:0022:00
Sunday 15:3022:15
Mon, Weds22:3007:00
Tue, Thur, Sat, Sun23:0007:30

Portsmouth to Caen Timetable (April – September)

Apr – SepDepartureArrival
Mon – Sun08:0015:00
Thurs – Tues15:0022:00
Thurs – Tues23:0006:45

Caen to Portsmouth Timetable (October – March)

Oct – MarDepartureArrival
Mon – Thurs08:3013:30
Sat – Weds16:3021:30
Mon – Thurs23:3006:15

Caen to Portsmouth Timetable (April – September)

Apr – SepDepartureArrival
Thurs – Tues08:3013:30
Thurs – Tues16:3021:30
Thurs – Tues23:3006:15

Facilities on the Portsmouth to Caen Route

Brittany Ferries usually use the Normandie and Mont St Michel for the Portsmouth-Caen crossing. Both are cruise ferries with a capacity for over 2,000 passengers each.

The Normandie offers a range of onboard facilities including live entertainment and a duty free boutique. You can enjoy a la carte at Le Deauville, or use the self-service Riva Bella for a quick bite. During daytime sailings why not soak up the sunshine on the main sun deck, or keep the family entertained in the cinema during wetter crossings.

Boasting a similar range of facilities to the Normandie, the Mont St Michel really caters to the family during peak season. With everything from silent discos to interactive quizzes, kids of all ages will be entertained during the 6 hour voyage.

Like other sailings operated by Brittany Ferries, cabins are compulsory on all overnight crossings, with the option to upgrade to a cabin with a window. All 2 berth cabins have bunk style beds and ensuite facilities. 4 berth cabins have twin (in Commodore class) or bunk style beds and come complete with air conditioning.

The Normandie has wheelchair accessible outside cabins, while the Mont St Michel offers both inside and outside wheelchair accessible cabins in addition to specially designed pet-friendly 4 berth cabins.

Common questions on ferries to Caen from Portsmouth

How long is the ferry between Portsmouth and Caen?

Daytime morning and afternoon sailings from both Portsmouth and Caen take around 6 hours in total. Overnight sailings from Portsmouth take on average 6 to 8 hours, compared to around 8 hours from Caen. Departure and arrival times can vary by up to 1 hour due to tidal conditions.

How early should I arrive at the Portsmouth ferry port?

Most passengers should aim to check-in a mininum of 1 hour before departure. If you’re travelling with a pet you should check in 1.5 hours before depature at both Portsmouth and Caen ferry terminal.

Can I leave my car at Portsmouth?

A multi-storey car park operated by the port is available to use for foot passengers. It’s just a few minutes walk from Portsmouth ferry terminal and costs £13 for 24 hours.

Do I have to get a cabin?

There’s no requirement to get a cabin for daytime sailings on the Portsmouth-Caen route, however there is an option to book one if you’d like some privacy. Cabins are compulsory however for all overnight sailings from both Caen and Portsmouth.



  • 3 sailings daily from Portsmouth to Caen
  • 6 hour journey time

*Early bird price one-way for car