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This ferry is operated by Brittany Ferries. Always check the prices before booking and the latest travel information before departure.

Destination(s) 🇮🇪 Ireland, 🇪🇸 Spain
Sailings Up to 2 times per week
Duration 32 Hours
Distance 620 miles, 995 km
2p+Car+Return In our estimation €600
Operated by Brittany Ferries
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Brittany Ferries now also sails from Rosslare to Santander in the northern region of Spain. An ideal option to start your vacation to Spain or Portugal.

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Ferry from Rosslare, Ireland to Santander, Spain

Brittany Ferries has inaugurated a new direct route from Ireland to Spain, the Rosslare-Santander crossing. This could also be a convenient link for passengers from Ireland to Portugal.

This voyage typically spans about one and a half days, with passengers spending most of the time aboard the cruise ferry, including two nights. Departing from Rosslare in the southeastern tip of Ireland, the journey concludes in Santander, located in the northern region of Spain. It's approximately a 4-hour drive from Madrid and a 6-hour drive from Porto, Portugal.

All sailings are at least one-night crossing; travelling on the weekend with this ferry often means a two-night crossing.

Also from the UK there are several direct crossings to Spain.

Ferry Route Map

Below is a more detailed map illustrating the departure and arrival points for the journey from Ireland to Spain.


The ferries from Rosslare to Santander operate twice a week, with sailings in both directions. The exact sailing schedule can be found on the Brittany Ferries website.

Sailing time Rosslare Santander

The sailing duration of this crossing depends on the ferry you'll be boarding, but typically ranges between 28 and 32 hours.

How long before departure do you need to be present?

Passengers must check in at least 45 minutes before departure. If you are travelling with a pet, you must arrive at least 90 minutes before departure.


Tickets can be purchased directly through Brittany Ferries, which operates the routes between Rosslare and Santander. Additionally, you can book the alternative route to Spain: the ferry from Rosslare to Bilbao.

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Costs for the Rosslare Santander ferry

To give an idea of the approximate costs of a ferry journey on this route, we conducted a test booking for 2 persons and a car with a cabin. Our booking yielded a total price of €628, which works out to around €300 per person for a cruise ferry crossing with a cabin and a car. This pricing seems rather affordable.

Port of Rosslare

Rosslare Harbour, Co. Wexford, RosslareY35 PH4X Ireland

Parking port of Rosslare: €5 per day and €25 per week. 

Port of Santander

Terminal Brittany Ferries, Estación Marítima s/n , Santander 39002 Spain

On board the ferry

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

Brittany Ferries operates the Santona, Salamanca, or Galicia vessels on this route, offering overnight sailings or even 2-night crossings. The ferry journey takes approximately 28 to 32 hours to reach the northern coast of Spain. As mentioned earlier, this is an overnight crossing, so when booking, passengers have the option to choose a cabin for their journey.

  • Bars & Restaurants
  • Video on Demand
  • Decks: sun-deck & whale watching

  • Shopping
  • Comfortable huts
  • Indoor Kids play area

  • Interactive games
  • Free WiFi onboard