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Portsmouth Ferry to France

The harbor of Portsmouth in Southern UK is an excellent location to start your transfer to France. We want to guide you through all possible transfers, alternatives ( cheap ones), timetables, and ferry connections.

The Fastest Portsmouth France Connections

  1. Portsmouth to Cherbourg: ~ 3 Hours (Making this the fastest ferry from Portsmouth to France)
  2. Portsmouth to Caen: ~ 5.45 Hours
  3. Alternative: Newhaven to Dieppe: ~ 6 Hours (cheap connection)
  4. Portsmouth to Le Havre: ~ 8 Hours (Cancelled, alternative: Dieppe – Newhaven)
  5. Portsmouth to St Malo: ~ 11 Hours

Also, take a look at the map we made for the page with all the ferry lines from the UK towards France or a general overview of all the ferries to France.

Keep in mind though that Caen and St Malo are more land-inwards, and especially if you want to travel to Brittany in France St Malo is a very popular option. If you want to travel to Southern France: Cherbourg and Caen are interesting options.

The ferry Portsmouth – Le Havre used to be interesting if you want to continue your travel towards Paris (~ 10 hours), Brussels, or Germany. Since this route stopped however Dieppe – Newhaven is a very close alternative by DFDS.

Brittany ferries at Portsmouth

Brittany Ferries operates most connections going towards France from Portsmouth, the only other options are alternative routes. one connection is very close and that is a connection which is operated by DFDS: Dieppe – Newhaven.

All Brittany Ferries Connections:

  • Portsmouth to Caen ferries
  • Portsmouth to St Malo ferries (you need to book (compulsory) seats on this one)
  • Fastest one: Portsmouth to Cherbourg ferries (brand new ships! Check out the Galicia for instance!)

To compare the DFDS operator to Brittany Ferries we made a test booking in a similar time frame for a similar connection (Portsmouth – St Malo vs Dieppe – Newhaven). The results are very interesting:

Total Price: £465

Total Price: £131

Make sure to do your own test booking to find out about ferry pricing from the UK to France. Maybe it's wise to drive a few miles away from Portsmouth to Newhaven to end up on cheaper connections. In our test booking, the Newhaven alternative was only 33% of the cost of the Brittany Ferries connections from Portsmouth. So be sure to check this out!

Portsmouth to France Timetable – All connections

Departure from Portsmouth is on a regular day 4 to 6 times a day. These timing of course can change as is normal within the ferry industry, we listed the connections per day so you can have a good impressions/idea of what you can expect per day:

Monday:

  • Departure at Portsmouth: 08:15; Arrival at Caen: 15:00.
  • Departure at Portsmouth: 14:45; Arrival at Caen: 21:30.
  • Portsmouth: 20:15; Arrival at St Malo: 08:15.
  • Departure at Portsmouth: 22:45; Arrival at Caen: 06:45.

Tuesday

  • Departure at Portsmouth: 08:15; Arrival at Caen: 15:00.
  • Departure at Portsmouth: 14:45; Arrival at Caen: 21:30.
  • Departure at Portsmouth: 22:45; Arrival at Caen: 07:30.

Wednesday

  • Departure at Portsmouth: 08:15; Arrival at Caen: 15:00.
  • Portsmouth: 20:15; Arrival at St Malo: 08:15.
  • Departure at Portsmouth: 21:30; Arrival at Caen: 06:45.
  • Departure at Portsmouth: 23:15; Arrival at Cherbourg: 08:00.

Thursday

  • Departure at Portsmouth: 08:15; Arrival at Caen: 15:00.
  • Departure at Portsmouth: 14:45; Arrival at Caen: 21:30.
  • Portsmouth: 20:15; Arrival at St Malo: 08:15.
  • Departure at Portsmouth: 22:45; Arrival at Caen: 06:45.
  • Departure at Portsmouth: 23:00; Arrival at Cherbourg: 08:00.

Friday

  • Departure at Portsmouth: 08:15; Arrival at Caen: 15:00.
  • Departure at Portsmouth: 14:45; Arrival at Caen: 21:30.
  • Portsmouth: 20:15; Arrival at St Malo: 08:15.
  • Departure at Portsmouth: 22:45; Arrival at Caen: 06:45.

Saturday

  • Departure at Portsmouth: 08:15; Arrival at Caen: 15:00.
  • Departure at Portsmouth: 14:45; Arrival at Caen: 21:30.
  • Portsmouth: 20:15; Arrival at St Malo: 08:15.
  • Departure at Portsmouth: 22:45; Arrival at Caen: 06:45.

Sunday

  • Departure at Portsmouth: 08:15; Arrival at Caen: 15:00.
  • Departure at Portsmouth: 14:45; Arrival at Caen: 21:30.
  • Portsmouth: 20:15; Arrival at St Malo: 08:15.
  • Departure at Portsmouth: 22:45; Arrival at Caen: 06:45.
Alternative from Newhaven to Dieppe Timetable:

– Every day –

– 11:00 Departure
– 18:00 Departure
– 23:59 Departure

Happy traveling from Portsmouth to France! If there is any info you are missing, let us know in the comments! =)

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  1. Is that a lighthouse in Portsmouth? What is it?

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