Ferry from Cherbourg to Poole

 

Overview

Route: Ferry from Cherbourg (Normandy) to Poole (Southern England)
Journey time: From 2 hours 15 minutes
Journey highlights:

On board your Brittany Ferries ship you'll have every convenience to make the most of your voyage - from shops and eateries to tourist information and a sun deck. The company prides itself on its high standards of comfort so the journey should not only be speedy, but relaxed too.

The historic port of Poole is the centrepiece of one of the UK’s most diverse and beautiful coastal regions. With miles of sandy beach within the town itself – including the luxury resort of Sandbanks, with its wooded streets of millionaires’ mansions, you don’t have to travel far to get that seaside experience. The centre of town boasts atmospheric winding streets reminiscent of its days as a fishing village, and the quays and marina heave with life: relax with a drink or some local seafood in one of the many cafés and watch the ships pull in.

For water sports enthusiasts and boat lovers alike, Poole is one of the UK’s foremost destinations, with easy access to both the sheltered waters of Poole Harbour and the waves of the Channel. To get away from it all, stroll the miles of sandy shoreline, or head to Brownsea Island, managed by the National Trust: it is the heart of a protected habitat home to many rare bird and animal species. A little further afield lie miles of marshes, mudflats and heaths; and just to the east is the wonderful New Forest National Park, easily accessible on public transport.

 

Itinerary

Sample itinerary: Take the 1115 ferry from Cherbourg and you'll be in Poole at 1230 (UK time).
Price: From £21 each way
 
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How to travel to the port:

The easiest way for foot passengers to reach the port is to take the train to Cherbourg Gare (rail station), which is just a few minutes walk to the ferry port (follow the quayside north along the right hand side of the harbour), or you can take bus number 8 from outside the station.

Cherbourg Gare (railway station) is well connected from the French national rail network, with regular services from local and long-distance origins, including Paris (about three hours away).

Cherbourg Port facilities: Bar, shop, bureau de change, baby changing, disabled access.

Transfer time:
 
 
 
 
The Ferry Crossing :

Cherbourg to Poole

Ferry departs Cherbourg at 1115, arriving in Poole at 1230 UK time.

Frequency of service: 1 per day
Operator:

Brittany Ferries

Journey time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Onward travel from the port:

Welcome to Poole Harbour.

It's about a 20-25 minute walk from the Poole Ferry Terminal building to Poole Railway Station (in Serpentine Road) and to the Poole Bus and Coach Station, both of which have excellent connections to the rest of the UK. The 8, 9, and 152 buses call near to the ferry terminal, but if you have a lot of baggage a taxi is probably the easiest option.

Both the bus and railway stations are located in the town centre, which is quite walkable. Poole is not a large place but to get around the surrounding area, including the beaches at Sandbanks and neighbouring Bournemouth (as well as further afield into the New Forest and the rest of Dorset), you will need to make use of More Wilts & Dorset’s bus services. Their website offers both a small map of buses in Poole town centre and a general Poole and Bournemouth area bus network map. To get around Poole town centre, you can buy a hop-on hop-off £1 ticket for the ‘route one’ circular bus; and for more information Poole’s tourism website has a detailed rundown of transport services in the Poole area, including ferries to Brownsea Island and across Poole Harbour.

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Your route back from Cherbourg (Normandy)

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