Ferry from Bilbao to Portsmouth

 

Overview

Route: Ferry from Bilbao (Northern Spain) to Portsmouth (Southern England)
Journey time: Just over 1 day
Journey highlights:

If you want to travel from northern Spain to the UK, but you don't want to fly or endure a long drive through France, this is the trip for you. P&O's luxurious ferry is like going on a mini-cruise, and you may see whales and dolphin on the crossing - the Bay of Biscay is one of the best places in Europe to spot these magnificent marine animals.

Portsmouth’s life has inextricably been tied up with its port since Richard the Lionheart summoned a fleet from the town in the middle ages: today it is one of the UK’s great maritime centres. Its old town is an atmospheric place that harkens back to the small town it once was, and you can discover the city’s heritage in the historic dockyard. The port is still very much alive, and throbbing with life: new shops and restaurants stand in the shadow of the landmark 557 foot-high Spinnaker tower.

Inland, you’ll find a busy city centre and streets of handsome Victorian houses, whilst to the south lies the charming seaside resort of Southsea. With its vast green Common and lovely beaches, Southsea also boasts independent shops and cafés, an aquarium, a Royal Marines Museum and a castle dating back to the times of Henry VIII. To find out more about the numerous things to do and see in the Portsmouth area, check out the city’s official tourism website.

 

Itinerary

Sample itinerary: Take a 1315 ferry from Bilbao (remember to check in at least an hour in advance) and arrive in Portsmouth the following day at 1715.
Price: From £115 each way
 
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How to travel to the port:

Passengers travelling from Seville can take advantage of a new rail service (from the first week of June 2010) from Seville direct to the port at Bilbao. For more info, see: New Rail service between the Port of Bilbao and Seville.

Rail connections from elsewhere in Spain (including Madrid and Barcelona) connect with Bilbao-Abando station in Bilbao's city centre from where it is about 10 miles northwest to Bilbao port. A bus leaves from the city's main bus station and takes about 90 minutes to the port. Else take a taxi from outside the train station.

Bilbao Port facilities: Café, newsagent and a spacious lounge area.

Transfer time: Allow 50 minutes
 
 
 
 
The Ferry Crossing :

Bilbao to Portsmouth (until end of September)

Ferries depart Bilbao at 1315, arriving in Portsmouth the following day at 1715 (UK time), on the following dates:
July 2, 5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 20, 23, 26, 29
August 1, 4, 7, 10, 13, 16, 19, 22, 25, 28, 31
September 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27

Frequency of service: Every 3 days
Operator:

P&O

Journey time: Just over 1 day
Onward travel from the port:

Welcome to Portsmouth

Between May and September there is a shuttle bus between the continental ferry port and Portsmouth & Southsea railway station. (There is also a shuttle bus from the station called Portsmouth The Hard Interchange, where some trains stop), or you can take a taxi for around £5. Portsmouth & Southsea is well connected to the UK rail network, including regular services to London Waterloo.  For a comprehensive network of services across the city, you will need to make use of Portsmouth’s buses. Services are run by First Hampshire & Dorset, and Stagecoach. The city council provides a list of bus services and a map of the city with bus routes, whilst First offers a breakdown of ticket prices (fares depend on the distance travelled, a day pass costs £4) and diagrammatic bus maps of Portsmouth and Hampshire.

Portsmouth is a vibrant city with a rich maritime history that can be explored in its Historic Dockyard. Neighbouring Southsea is a pretty, genteel seaside town with much to offer the visitor: check out the official Southsea tourist website.

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Your route back from Bilbao (Northern Spain)

The lines on the map are for illustrative purposes only - they don't show the exact route taken by the ferry.

 

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