Ferry from Portsmouth to St Malo

 

Overview

Route: Ferry from Portsmouth (Southern England) to St Malo (Brittany)
Journey time: 10 hours 45 minutes
Journey highlights:

With Brittany ferries, you are in for a real treat on board - as well as comfortable accommodation (including spacious, luxury cabins in Commodore Class), there's a huge range of on board shopping, dining (from formal restaurants to self-service), bars and entertainment - from music to theatre, that you can enjoy as you speed across the Channel.

St Malo itself is a historic walled city, which is well worth visiting and not just passing by en route to somewhere else: find out what there is to discover on the St Malo tourism website. The city is also a gateway to the rugged scenery of Brittany, with its beautiful beaches and unique culture and cuisine, which you can learn more about on this website about Breton culture. For an insight into how people are leading green lifestyles in this corner of Western France, check out the Permaculture in Brittany blog, by a couple running a sustainable farm in the region.

 

Itinerary

Sample itinerary: Depart from Portsmouth at 2030, cruise overnight and arrive in St Malo the following morning at 0815.
Price: From £23.50 each way
 
Book your ferry ticket from Portsmouth to St Malo
 
How to travel to the port:

The easiest way for foot passengers to reach the harbour is to take a National Express coach which stops right outside the ferry departure building. You can also take the train to Portsmouth Harbour from where it's a short 10-minute taxi ride (about £5) to the ferry departure building. NB between May and September, there is a shuttle bus from Portsmouth & Southsea railway station to the harbour.

Portsmouth Harbour facilities: Bar, café, shop, bureau de change, internet access point.

Transfer time: Allow 40 minutes
 
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The Ferry Crossing:

Portsmouth to St Malo

Ferry departs Portsmouth at 2030, arriving in St Malo at 0815 the following day.

Frequency of service: 1 per day (overnight)
Operator:

Brittany Ferries

Journey time: 10 hours 45 minutes
Onward travel from the port:

Bienvenue à St Malo

If you’re staying in St Malo and you don’t have a lot of bags to carry, you’re in luck: this ancient gem of a city is very compact – and the walled centre where most of the sights and accommodation are found is a short walk from the ferry terminal. The trip to the railway station for onward travel consists of a short walk to the bus stop (by the swimming pool), from where you take a bus towards the ‘Gare Routière’ (bus station), located just opposite the railway station in the modern part of town. If however you find the walk too much – or you arrive late a night, the only real alternative is to take a taxi from the ferry terminal.

St Malo is a small place, and you can walk around the lovely historic centre. For any longer journeys, there is a good bus network (no night-time services) run by Keolis, who offer a map of the bus network, whilst the St Malo tourist board has cycle hire information for visitors (in English). Standard bus fares cost 1,15€ and are valid for an hour and a half.

The main railway station (Gare de Saint-Malo) is a short walk from the historic walked centre of town, and has connections to numerous destinations around Brittany (including the main transport hub of Rennes), and throughout the country, including regular services to Paris’ Gare de Montparnasse.

 
 
 
 

Your route to St Malo (Brittany)

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