Ferry from St Malo to Portsmouth

 

Overview

Route: Ferry from St Malo (Brittany) to Portsmouth (Southern England)
Journey time: 8 hours 45 minutes
Journey highlights:

A Channel crossing with Brittany Ferries offers far more than the usual ferry experience - not content to offer top of the range accommodation, a range of shopping and some delicious on board eateries (from formal seated dining to self-service), there's also a great range of on board entertainment, including music, theatre and even panto.

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: Depart from St Malo at the very civilized time of 1045 and you'll be in the UK (Portsmouth) at 1830 the same afternoon.
Price: From £23.50 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 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 Portsmouth

Ferry departs St Malo at 1045, arriving in Portsmouth at 1830 (UK time).

Frequency of service: 1 per day
Operator:

Brittany Ferries

Journey time: 8 hours 45 minutes
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 St Malo (Brittany)

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