Ferry from Caen to Portsmouth

 

Overview

Route: Ferry from Caen (Northern France) to Portsmouth (Southern England)
Journey time: From 6 hours
Journey highlights:

Your speedy Channel crossing will fly by with Brittany ferries, who offer a host of entertainment, shopping and celebrated dining options on board.

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 the 2300 overnight ferry from Caen and arrive in Portsmouth in time for breakfast the following day.
Price: From around £39 each way
 
Book a ferry ticket from Caen to Portsmouth
 
How to travel to the port:

The train station at Caen (Gare de Caen) is in the centre of Caen from where it's 10 miles to the ferry port at Ouistreham. The train station is well linked by the French railway network, with services from numerous origins, including Paris (about 2 hours). Buses from the train station to the port (bus vert line 1) take around 40 minutes.

Caen Port facilities: Café-bar, bureau de change, payphones, tourist information, disabled access.

Transfer time: 40 minutes
 
 
 
 
The Ferry Crossing :

Caen to Portsmouth

There are up to 4 crossings a day, with sailings usually at 0830, 1630 and overnight at 2300. On Friday to Sunday between March 19 and October 30, there is a high speed service at 1230. For full details and specific dates, see the Brittany Ferries website.

Frequency of service: Up to 4 per day
Operator:

Brittany Ferries

Journey time: 6-7 hours
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 Caen (Northern France)

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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