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Destination(s) 🇫🇷 France, 🇮🇪 Ireland
Sailings Up to 4 times per week
Duration 18 Hours
Distance 274 miles, 440 km
2p+Car+Return in our estimation € 355
Operated by Brittany Ferries, Stena Line
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With both Stena Line and Brittany Ferries you can make the crossing from and to Rosslare and Cherbourg in French Normandy. There is a direct ferry connection between Rosslare and Cherbourg. If you’re travelling to our from Dublin this is only a 2 hour drive away. With 4 sailings per week there is enough choice to make it fit your travel schedule.

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Ferry to Rosslare and Cherbourg

The Cherbourg-Rosslare crossing is a relatively fast crossing between France and Ireland. From Cherbourg, two ferry companies operate this route to Rosslare. Both Stena Line and Brittany Ferries sail on this crossing, which takes 18 hours from Normandy to Southern Ireland and vice versa. Brittany Ferries also sails from Cork to France.

It's a fast and comfortable way to travel to France's Loire, Dordogne and the Atlantic coast.

This page contains information and tips about this ferry service from Brittany Ferries and Stena Line.

Ferry Cherbourg-Rosslare costs

If you want to travel by ferry to Cherbourg or Rosslare, you can expect the following prices:

  • Tickets are available from Brittany Ferries and Stena Line for €189. That is for one person with a car and a single journey in the off-season.
  • A crossing with a car and two people in a high season quickly costs somewhere around €355-

As you can see above, the boat ticket prices depend on the season and the crowds. Book early to get the most benefit.

Stena Live vs Brittany for ferry Cherbourg-Rosslare

Stena Line has more weekly sailings on the route Cherbourg to Rosslare, with six weekly sailings on this route from Ireland to France and vice versa.

Because the prices of both ferry companies are close to each other, there is no clear cheap option. It is, therefore, best to compare all departures by price and thus make the cheapest choice. You can do this conveniently via the Direct Ferries booking engine. You can then book or purchase tickets directly from Stena Line or Irish Ferries.

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Availability and prices

Ferry prices depend on the season and crowds. View the current prices in the booking engine


There are seven weekly sailings from Cherbourg to Rosslare. Brittany Ferries sails once a week on this crossing, while Stena Line has six weekly ferries from Cherbourg to Rosslare and vice versa. There are several departures throughout the week, so you can fit this ferry into your travel schedule quite well. Check the exact departure times in both directions in the booking module.

Brittany Ferries and Stena Line have a total of 7 weekly departures in peak season in both directions.

Stena Line ferries from Rosslare to Cherbourg

Six days per week, the Stena Horizon and Stena Vision sail towards France, and Stena Lines sails the other way around.

The ships often depart for Ireland and France in the early evening and arrive the next day in the early afternoon.

Here are some examples of departure times, which may change occasionally. There are also different departure times during the week. Therefore, please check the current departure and arrival times with Stena Line.

  • Departure Rosslare: 21:00
  • Arrival Cherbourg: 16:00

And / or

  • Departure Rosslare: 22:00
  • Arrival Cherbourg: 16:00

The crossing from Cherbourg to Rosslare normally takes around 17 to 19 hours.

From Cherbourg to Rosslare with Stena Line

Sailings to Ireland

  • Departure Cherbourg: 19:00 or 20:30
  • Arrival Rosslare: 12:00 or 13:30

Sail time Cherbourg – Rosslare

18-hour crossing with an overnight cabin: Each crossing is an overnight crossing with approximately the same duration, between 17 and 19 hours. Also, don't forget about the time difference between Ireland and Germany. All communicated times are local times.

From Rosslare to Cherbourg with Brittany Ferries

Every Monday, you set sail from Rosslare at 20:00 or 18:30 and arrive in Cherbourg around noon the next day (Tuesday).

Return sailings from Cherbourg to Rosslare set sail on Tuesday afternoons and arrive in Rosslare the next day in the morning.

How long before departure do you need to be present?

In the port of Rosslare, vehicle check-in is possible from three hours before departure. Check-in is possible up to 30 minutes before departure if you are travelling to Fishguard and up to 45 minutes before departure if you are travelling to Cherbourg.

In the port of Cherbourg, vehicle Check-in closes 60 minutes before departure. Foot passengers can collect their tickets from noon on Wednesday and Friday and from 10:00 on Sunday. Check-in for foot passengers is possible until 60 minutes before departure.


You can buy tickets directly from Stena Line or Brittany Ferries. With Stena Line, you have a wider range of departures, and you can also take advantage of the low-fare calendar, which can significantly reduce the price. You can also make use of our partner's booking widget below.

Costs for the Cherbourg – Rosslare journey

The cost of the France-Ireland crossing

On the Stena Line website, a price of €249 is communicated for a crossing with a car and one person. If you are travelling with four people, you can divide the costs for a cabin by four and quickly save money.

The prices communicated by Stena Line itself are realistic.

Tickets are available from approximately €249, for 1 person with a car, one-way, and a cabin.

In practice, you will often end up paying a bit more. A crossing with a car and 2 people in high season can easily cost around €570.

The prices of ferry tickets vary greatly depending on the season and demand. Book early for the best deals.

On board the ferry

This (and more) can be expected on the Stena Line and Brittany Ferries ferries.

Stena Line sails with the Stena Horizon and the Stena Vision on this route on an overnight sailing with six weekly sailings. Brittany Ferries sails with the Connemara overnight from Rosslare every Monday.

These ferries take you in about 18 hours from France mainland to Ireland. It is a one-night crossing, so when you book, you can choose a cabin with your crossing.

  • Coffee bar
  • Restaurants & Diners
  • Cinema & movies

  • Shopping
  • Comfortable huts
  • Happy world

  • Casino
  • Free WiFi onboard

Port information

To get to the departure port, use the address and follow the signs to the terminal when you arrive.

Cherbourg Terminal

Cherbourg terminal address:

50100 Cherbourg-en-Cotentin, Frankrijk

Rosslare Terminal

Rosslare terminal address:
Rosslare Europort, Ballygillane Big, Rosslare Harbour, Co. Wexford, Ireland

Frequently Asked Questions, Cherbourg-Rosslare Ferry

Which ferry companies sail on this crossing?

The ferries between Rosslare and Cherbourg are operated by Brittany Ferries and Stena Line

How long does the crossing take?

The distance covered by the ferry between Cherbourg and Rosslare is approximately 441 km (as the crow flies). The travel time of the ferry is around: 18 hours.

How often does the ferry go?

Brittany Ferries and Stena Line combined sail 4 times per week in peak season on the crossing Rosslare and Cherbourg.

Can I bring my pet on board?

Yes, almost on all ferry routes you can bring your pet (dogs, cats and ferrets). On short crossings they stay in the vehicle and on longer crossings are often kennels available or special cabins where you can bring your pet. Keep in mind that countries often have special rules for pets that are taken across borders.