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Destination(s) 🇪🇸 Spain, 🇬🇧 United Kingdom
Operated by Brittany Ferries
Sailings Up to 2 times per week
Duration 28h 30 mins
Distance 530 miles, 850 km
2p+Car+Return in our estimation € 635
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This ferry to Spain sails twice a week from Portsmouth to Santander. It is a 2 night crossing from the UK to Spain and on the return crossing it’s a one-night crossing. Therefore sailing times differ from 28.5 hours to 33.5 hours. It’s a comfortable way of traveling to the capital (Santander) of the Spanish district of Cantabria.

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Ferry to Santander and Portsmouth

The ferry from Portsmouth to Santander is one of the two options when travelling by ferry from the UK to Spain. Santander is a bit more to the west compared to Bilbao. From Santander, you can easily travel onwards towards Portugal or the west of Spain.

These ferries are ideal options when you don't want to drive towards the South of Europe, but after a nice night of sleep, you want to start your holiday in the North of Spain. Portsmouth is in the South of England, and Santander is located in the north of Spain. The distance between both cities is 851 km in a straight line. The ferry takes you to Spain in about 28.5 to 33.5 hours.

Santander is a popular vacation destination and a great hub to continue your trip in Spain or Portugal. Travelling by ferry to Spain from the UK is a comfortable way of travelling while skipping France on your trip and maybe avoiding being stuck in traffic jams. From Santander, the drive to Madrid is about a 4-hour drive, and to Barcelona, you'll be on for around 6 hours on the road.

On this page, you will find information and tips about this ferry crossing from the UK to Spain from Brittany Ferries

Ferry to Santander and Portsmouth costs

If you want to travel by ferry to Santander or Portsmouth, you can expect the following prices:

  • The lowest possible price for one adult: is €273,- for a one-way ticket for one person car, and a cabin.
  • 2 persons with 1 car during peak season: €635 for a one-way ticket 🛈
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Schedule Santander and Portsmouth

Brittany Ferries sails 2 times per week between England and Spain from both directions. We have made an overview of the departure times below for the ferry to Santander Crossing.

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 to Santander from Portsmouth (UK)

Every week there are 2 sailings from the UK (Portsmouth) to Spain (Santander) on this particular route. Every Monday and Friday a cruise ferry will leave from the Portsmouth Port and set course to the Northern Spanish city of Santander.

  • Two departures each week (33 hrs 30 mins)
  • Sailings on Mondays and Fridays
  • Arrivals on Wednesdays and Sunday mornings (2-day ferry trip) in the morning at 08:00

Ferry to Portsmouth from Santander

The return ferries from Santander to Portsmouth leave up to 2 times per week: on Sundays and Wednesdays. This is a 1-day crossing. For the ferry back you'll depart at around 14.00 and will be back in the UK the next day at around 20.30 in Portsmouth.

Santander – Portsmouth

  • Two return crossings each week (28 hrs 30 mins to 31 hrs)
  • Sailings on Sundays and Wednesdays with a departure on 14:00 – one-night crossing
  • Arrive back in the UK on Monday or Thursday at 17:30 or 20:00

On board the ferry to Santander and Portsmouth

The ships Galicia or Salamanca of Brittany Ferries sail on this route and have a Spanish touch. As the Galicia or Salamanca are cruise ferries they are suitable for long distances, and there is a lot to do on board. Because of the night sailings, you can also choose to book one of the comfortable cabins aboard the shop.

This (and more) can be expected on the ferry:

  • Restaurant
  • Tapas
  • Bar

  • Lounge
  • Sun deck
  • Shop

  • Video on demand
  • Kids' play area

Port information

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


Santander terminal address:

C. Muelles de Maliaño, 21, 27, 39009 Santander, Cantabria, Spanje


Portsmouth terminal address:
The Brittany Centre, Wharf Rd, Portsmouth PO2 8RU United Kingdom

Frequently Asked Questions Ferry Santander – Portsmouth

Which ferry companies sail on this crossing?

The ferry between Santander and Portsmouth is currently operated by Brittany Ferries

How long does the crossing Portsmouth Bilbao take?

The distance covered by the ferry between Portsmouth and Santander is approximately 851 km in a straight line. The travel time of the ferry is from 28,5 hours up to 33,5 hours.

How often does the ferry go?

The ferries sail 2 per week back and forth between Portsmouth and Santander

Can I bring my pet on board?

Yes, almost on all ferry routes you can bring your pet (dogs and cats). 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.