The Portsmouth–Cherbourg ferry sails up to 3 times per week between the UK and France. On the overnight crossing it takes about 8-9 hours to travel to Cherbourg or Portsmouth with this comfortable crossing. The sailing during the day will take you in 4 to 6 hours. This ferry route is operated by Brittany Ferries.
Ferry to Cherbourg and Portsmouth
The ferries sailing from Portsmouth to Cherbourg sail up to three times per week, one daytime sailing and and up to two overnight sailings. During the winter season there can be a reduction of sailings. The normal overnight cruise ferries take you in 8 to 9 hours to France or back to Portsmouth, the daily sailings take between 4 to 6 hours.
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Nestled on the Cotentin Peninsula, Cherbourg provides a gateway to historic towns and seamless travel through the well-connected French road network, allowing exploration of destinations like Normandy and Brittany, but also a great start to your trip further south.
Portsmouth is located in the central southern part of the UK, making it a great starting point for many travellers on their trip.
On this page you will find information and tips about this ferry service operated by Brittany Ferries.
You can purchase ferry tickets either directly from the ferry company or after customizing your trip in the module below:
Portsmouth Cherbourg costs
If you want to travel by ferry to Cherbourg or Portsmouth, you can expect the following prices:
We managed to find a one way ticket from Portsmouth to Cherbourg for just €30 for a one-way ticket, including a reserved seat
2 persons with 1 car during peak season: €163 for a one-way ticket 🛈
Booking your ferry tickets from Portsmouth to Cherbourg or vice versa has never been easier! With our online booking module, you can easily find and book your desired ferry crossing in just a few clicks. Simply enter your travel dates and destination, and the system will show you all available options. You can then choose the one that best suits your needs and budget. It’s that simple!
Brittany Ferries sails up to 3 times per week with up to 2 night crossings and a day crossing from England to France and vice versa. Please note that these times can always change and accurate information can be found in the booking module and on the website of the ferry company. Ferry tickets from both companies can be booked through the same booking engine.
Most of the crossings from the UK to France are quite dependent on the seasonal demand, and in winter season the sailings are often reduced therefore.
Ferry to Cherbourg from Portsmouth
Ferry to Portsmouth from Cherbourg
Sailing to Poole from Cherbourg which is close to Portsmouth is also possible.
Sailing Time Portsmouth Cherbourg
The ferry journey between Portsmouth and Cherbourg overs a distance of approximately 184 km in a straight line. You can consider the following estimated durations:
- Portsmouth to Cherbourg sailing times
Overnight sailings (average 8-9hrs) most days
Daytime sailings average about 6 hours.
- Cherbourg to Portsmouth sailing times
Morning and afternoon sailings available (average 6 hrs)
Overnight sailings available during the winter (8 hrs)
How far in advance should you be present?
The final check-in times can be found in your ticket information, but you can expect the following maximum check-in times:
- Travelling with a vehicle or on foot: 45 mins
- Travelling with pets: 90 mins
- Special assistance: 60 mins
- Group travel: 90 mins
Onboard the ferry
The sailings on this crossing are operated by several ferries from Brittany Ferries.
Amongst the ships sailing this route are the Cotentin, the Mont st Michel, and the Salamanca. The last one has a Spanish touch. That is because this ship sails between England and the Spanish Santander on other days. As the Salamanca and the Galicia are cruise ferries and are suitable for long distances, there is a lot to do on board. On the night sailing it is possible to book a cabin.
This (and more) can be expected on the ferry:
- Sun deck
- Video on demand
- Kids' play area
To get to the departure ports on this route, use the address and follow the signs to the terminal when arrive.
📍 Cherbourg terminal address:
50100 Cherbourg-en-Cotentin, France
📍 Portsmouth terminal address:
The Brittany Centre, Wharf Rd, Portsmouth PO2 8RU United Kingdom
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