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Ferry to Spain from UK

All ferries to Spain

Portsmouth-Santander

England ⇔ Spain
28h 30 mins
2 times per week
From: 273,00

Plymouth-Santander

England ⇔ Spain
20 Hours
2 times per week
From: 361,00
Green Choice
brittany ferries

Portsmouth-Bilbao

England ⇔ Spain
31h 30 mins
2 times per week
From: 585,00

Travel to Spain by ferry from the UK

Spain is one of the most popular vacation destinations for Brits with over 18 million travelers in a normal year[1]Number of Residents in the UK who traveled to Spain – Statista.com. and there are various ways to travel to Spain. While a lot of tourists drive up to Spain or choose the airplane to get to their location of choice, the ferry is a growing and great alternative to make your way up to Spain.

From the Southern UK cities, Plymouth and Portsmouth ferries are leaving two times a week to the Northern Spanish cities, Bilbao and to Santander.

These ferries between the UK and Spain are either one or two-night crossings and are a comfortable way of starting of your vacation to Spain.

From Santander or Bilbao, you can travel further into Spain.

The ferries that make the crossing leave 2 times per week from Portsmouth to Santander, 2 times per week from Portsmouth to Bilbao, and 2 times per week from Plymouth to Santander. The sailing time differs from 20 hours (Plymouth) to Santander up to 36 hours from Portsmouth to Bilbao.

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Map with all travel / ferry routes from the UK to Spain

There are three routes from the UK to Spain – all operated by Brittany Ferries.

Depending on where you live and where you want to travel you can choose which is the most suitable crossing for you, the routes and ships are not that different. So it doesn't really matter which ship you take. 

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The prices for the ferries rise sharply as the boats fill up. Especially during peak season, the ferries and parking decks fill up quickly. Therefore, book far in advance and avoid high costs.

Option 1: traveling from Portsmouth to Spain

Ferries from Portsmouth to Bilbao and Santander 

Traveling from Portsmouth? Then you can either choose to set sail to either Bilbao or Santander. For both of these crossings, you'll be boarding the ferry in the evening and arriving in the morning 2 days later. You can book a hut and restaurants. Onboard there is a lot of entertainment, shopping, and kids' play centers.
 
You can bring your car, bike, or camper along on this crossing. Prices start around €275 for 1 person +car, in peak season costs will rise normally.
 
Both crossings departing from Portsmouth to Spain are 2-night crossings.
 
Santander is a bit more to the west than Bilbao. Also from Plymouth, you can choose the ferry to Santander.

Option 2: traveling from Plymouth to Spain 

Ferry Plymouth – Santander

Your second option is the ferry from Plymouth to Santander. On this route, Brittany Ferries sails with their flagship Pont Aven. This is the fastest ferry crossing from the UK to Spain. Plymouth is located in South-West England in Devon. This ship takes you 20 hours to Spain and is a one-night crossing. Costs 2 adults + a car in peak season are about €450,- in total.

UK ⇔ Spain

Portsmouth-Santander

England ⇔ Spain
28h 30 mins
2 times per week
From: 273,00

Plymouth-Santander

England ⇔ Spain
20 Hours
2 times per week
From: 361,00
Green Choice
brittany ferries

Portsmouth-Bilbao

England ⇔ Spain
31h 30 mins
2 times per week
From: 585,00

Frequent Asked Question ferries to Spain from UK

If you want to travel by ferry to Spain you have 6 weekly choices. Brittany Ferries sails on these crossing from the ports of Plymouth and Portsmouth to either Santander or Bilbao.

The ferry from Plymouth takes you 20 hours to the city of Santander, this is a one-night crossing. On this crossing, you'll be sailing with the flagship of Brittany Ferries the Pont-Aven. If you're sailing from Portsmouth you can either sail to Santander or Bilbao. Both ferries are 2-night crossings and depending on which ferry you board these trips take you from 28 hours and 30 minutes to 33 hours and 30 mins to the Northern coast of Spain.

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