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Brittany Ferries doubles service from UK to northern Spain

Posted by Richard Hammond at 09:31 on Wednesday 27 January 2010

Brittany Ferries from Portsmouth to SantanderBrittany Ferries is adding another ferry service to its Portsmouth to Santander route with an additional 2 round trips a week.

The launch of the new ferry - in March - will double Brittany Ferries' service from the UK to northern Spain and will mean the two countries will be linked by four Brittany Ferries passenger services every week: 3 from Portsmouth and 1 from Plymouth.

The decision to launch a new service follows on from the success of the Portsmouth-Santander route launched in March 2009, according to a statement from the company.

As with the existing Spanish services operated by the company’s flagship, Pont Aven, the new vessel, Cap Finistère, will cross from Portsmouth in 24 hours, and has 244 cabins – all with ensuite facilities - and can accommodate 1,500 passengers and their cars. On board, passengers will have access to a swimming pool, restaurants, shopping, bars, live entertainment and movie lounge.

David Longden, Managing Director, said: “Despite the recession, demand for the new Spanish route has exceeded our expectations and forward bookings for 2010 are strong. We believe this is because Portsmouth is very easy to get to by road, especially from the Home Counties. At the same time more and more people are discovering the unspoilt delights of northern Spain.

"Plus, of course travelling by car means taking as much luggage as you can fit in and even on! So, the sailing really is part of the pleasure. With fares for travel in spring starting at only £227 each way for two people, a car and cabin on board, this is a great value alternative way to travel to Spain.”

On days when it does not operate the Spanish route, the new ship will provide additional crossings to Cherbourg (Brittany Ferries also has five routes from the UK to France).

The schedule to/from Spain will be:

New cruise-ferry

  • On Fridays and Tuesdays: departsPortsmouth at 11.15 arriving Santander at 12.15
  • On Saturdays and Wednesdays: departsSantander at 15.15 on Saturday and Wednesday arriving Portsmouth at 14.15 on Sunday and Thursday Pont Aven cruise-ferry

Pont Aven cruise-ferry


  • On Sundays departs Plymouth at 16.30 arriving Santander at 13.00 on Monday
  • On Wednesdays departs Portsmouth at 11.00 arriving Santander at 12.00 on Thursday
  • On Mondays departs Santander at 16.30 arriving Portsmouth at 17.00 on Tuesday
  • On Thursdays departs at 15.00 arriving Plymouth at 09.30 on Friday


For more information see www.brittany-ferries.co.uk, tel 0871 244 1400.

For our advice on taking the train and ferry from the UK to northern Spain, see: Train and ferry from London to Santander

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