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Ferry from Portsmouth to Cherbourg



Route: Ferry from Portsmouth (Southern England) to Cherbourg (Northern France)
Journey time: From 3 hours
Journey highlights:

Enjoy Brittany Ferries' delicious food and the full range of facilities you'd expect from a top of the range ferry crossing as you speed across the Channel to Cherbourg.

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.



Sample itinerary: The 1500 Brittany Ferries service will have you in Cherbourg in time for your evening meal.
Price: From £34 one way
Book a ferry ticket from Portsmouth to Cherbourg
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
Book a hotel in Portsmouth or Southsea
Book a hotel in Portsmouth or Southsea
The Ferry Crossing:

Portsmouth to Cherbourg

Brittany Ferries runs up to 3 crossings per day, usually at 0730, 1500 and 1645.
Condor Ferries run a weekly service on Sundays, departing 0930 and arriving Cherbourg at 1600.

Frequency of service: Up to 4 per day

Brittany Ferries; Condor Ferries

Journey time: From 3 hours (high speed service)
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 (Northern France)

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