Ferry from Poole to Cherbourg

 

Overview

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

Brittany Ferries pride themselves on their on board standards, so you'll experience the highest levels of comfort and relaxation as you whizz across the Channel, as well as a café, bar, children's play area, sun deck, tourist information and a bureau de change.

It’s just a hop, skip, and a jump from the southern shores of Britain, but arrive in Cherbourg and you know instantly you’re in another land. This bustling town is the first flavour of France when departing the ferry, and offers numerous restaurants and brasseries to enjoy fresh local fish and seafood with a glass of vin blanc. This lively little town centres on the bustling port, where you can watch the comings and goings of fishermen alongside the French navy, whose arsenal is based here. The unusual Cité de la Mer aquarium offers the opportunity to explore the ocean diving area of a naval submarine, and the town also boasts the Roche Fauconnière botanic garden, an extensive private collection including many species rarely seen in the Northern Hemisphere.

Cherbourg is also a transport hub for the Cotentin Peninsula, where Normandy juts out into the Channel. This makes it an easy base to explore the rich agricultural hinterland: Norman cuisine is varied and delicious, offering fruits of both the earth and sea in the many restaurants and simple auberges of its towns and villages. The western side of the peninsula offers mile after mile of spectacular, long sandy beaches, and for most of its length is relatively free of tourists: some days you will have the sand and sea as your only companions. To the far south of the peninsula is the famous Mont Saint Michel, accessible only by causeway, and to the east the historic town of Bayeux with its famous tapestry is a short hop by train: it is also the gateway to many of the D-Day beaches.

 

Itinerary

Sample itinerary:

Depart from Poole at 0715 and you'll be in Cherbourg at 1015.

Price: From £21 each way
 
Book your ferry ticket from Poole to Cherbourg
 
How to travel to the port:

By train: it's about a 20-25 minute walk from Poole Railway Station to Poole Ferry Terminal. Taxis are also available at most times from the station (Poole taxis tel: 01202 666333, Dial Taxis tel: 01202 666822).

Bu bus: It's about a 20-25 minutes walk from Poole Bus and Coach Station (in the Dolphin Centre) to the Poole Ferry Terminal. Again, taxis are available at most times.

Foot passengers should check in a minimum of 40 minutes before departure. A shuttle bus runs between the passenger terminal and the ship for foot passengers.

Pool Harbour facilities: Cafe, bureau de change, left luggage.

Transfer time: 20-25 minutes walk.
 
 
The Ferry Crossing:

Poole to Cherbourg

Ferry departs Poole at 0715, arriving in Cherbourg at 1015 (French time)

Frequency of service: 1 per day
Operator:

Brittany Ferries

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

Bienvenue à Cherbourg

From the ferry port, it's a few minutes walk to Cherbourg's main railway station (follow the quayside south along the side of the harbour), a short taxi ride, or bus number 8 runs between the ferry port and the station. Cherbourg Gare (railway station) is well connected to the French national rail network, with regular services to various local and long-distance destinations, including Paris (around 3 hours away).

 
 

Your route to Cherbourg (Normandy)

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