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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 yearNumber 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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Option 1: traveling from Portsmouth to Spain
Ferries from Portsmouth to Bilbao and 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.
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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