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Ferry from St Malo to Poole (Summer only)

 

Overview

Route: Ferry from St Malo (Brittany) to Poole (Southern England)
Journey time: From 5 hours 15 minutes
Journey highlights:

NB Crossing operates May - September only. Condor's swift, modern ferries have a range of on board facilities, including duty free shopping, plenty of places to eat and drink, children's entertainment and a bureau de change, should you not be contented to just sit back, relax and enjoy the view.

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: The only ferry on this route departs St Malo at 2015, so you'll arrive into Poole at the late hour of 0030.
Price: From £27.50 each way
 
Book your ferry ticket from St Malo to Poole
 
How to travel to the port:

The easiest way for foot passengers to reach the port is to take the train to St Malo's Gare SNCF (railway station) and then take a taxi to the ferry terminal, just a few minutes away. If you're not carrying much luggage, from the station it's about a 20 minute walk along Boulevard des Talards, Quai du Val and Quai de Trichet (alongside the port) to the ferry terminal.

St Malo's railway station has regular services from Paris Gare de Montparnasse (if you're coming from Paris or beyond), and there are also trains from various other destinations across the region and France.

St Malo ferry terminal facilities: Café, shop, baby changing, bureau de change, disabled access

Transfer time: Allow 45 minutes
 
 
 
 
The Ferry Crossing :

St Malo to Poole

In July and August, there are 6 - 7 crossings per week, departing St Malo daily at 2015 and arriving in Portsmouth at 0030 (UK time). In September this reduces to 4 crossings per week, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, departing at 2015 and arriving 0030.

Frequency of service: Up to 7 ferries per week in Summer
Operator:

Condor Ferries

Journey time: From 5 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.

Book a train ticket from Poole to destinations throughout the UK>>

Book a bus ticket from Poole to destinations throughout the UK>>

 
 

Your route back from St Malo (Brittany)

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