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How to get from Portsmouth to Caen by ferry ?

Looking for the perfect Portsmouth to Caen ferry ticket? You've come to the right place. Taking a ferry from Portsmouth to Caen is a convenient and enjoyable way to travel.

We know that planning a ferry trip from Portsmouth to Caen can be stressful, so we do our best to make your Portsmouth to Caen ferry booking as quick and easy as possible.

With Vivanoda, our easy to use platform, you can compare prices, routes and services of different ferry companies like Brittany Ferries or Condor Ferries. This way you can find the best deal on a Portsmouth Caen ferry ticket to suit your needs and budget, whether you're travelling alone, as a couple or with your family.

Most Brittany Ferries ships offer on-board facilities such as cabins, restaurants, shops, Wi-Fi and more. Often they also offer facilities for people with reduced mobility.

To find the best deals on ferries from Portsmouth to Caen simply enter your travel dates and start your search on Vivanoda.

Portsmouth to Caen Ferry Information

Port of departure
United Kingdom
Port of Arrival
117 mi
Ferry Companies
Brittany Ferries, Condor Ferries
Frequency of crossings
3 crossings a day
Minimum crossing time
5 hours 50 min
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Ferry Portsmouth Caen: Fares, Timetables and Duration

To travel by ferry from Portsmouth to Caen, you'll find tickets range from £65 for one person if you're travelling without a car to £434 if you're travelling with your car. The average price we've seen on the Portsmouth to Caen route is £156. The average ferry crossing time from Portsmouth to Caen is 6 hours 17 min. The slowest ferries will take 8 hours 15 min to reach Caen, while the fastest boats will arrive in Caen in 5 hours 45 min. The first ferry leaves the port of Portsmouth at 08:15. The last boat to Caen leaves the port of Portsmouth at 22:45.

Average price of a Portsmouth to Caen ferry crossing
Price range of ferries Portsmouth Caen (Lowest price for 1 passenger and highest price for 1 passenger and a car)
£65 - £434
Average crossing time Portsmouth Caen
6 hours 17 min
Departure time of first ferry to Caen
Time last ferry leaves for Caen
Arrival time of first ferry to Caen
Arrival time of last ferry to Caen

Why travel by ferry from Portsmouth to Caen?

Whether you're travelling alone, as a couple or with the family, a Portsmouth to Caen ferry can be a convenient and enjoyable option for getting to Caen. Here are 3 reasons why we think a ferry from Portsmouth to Caen is an ideal way to travel.

To enjoy the incredible sea view
When we are on the coast, we often look for places that offer the best sea view. You'll enjoy a 360-degree view of the ocean from the port of Portsmouth to Caen, whether you're having lunch or relaxing in one of the ship's lounges. Everywhere, large windows give you an extraordinary view of the azure blue sea to make the most of its soothing power.
To get some sea air
The health benefits of sea air are numerous. During the Portsmouth-Caen crossing, access the outside areas of the Brittany Ferries ship to take a deep breath of air. A feeling of well-being will quickly take hold of you. This will allow you to start your holiday in Caen full of energy.
No need to worry about travelling with your bike
Travelling with your bike on a train, plane or bus is often a nightmare because it is so cumbersome to carry. This is not the case on the ferry. Like any vehicle, your two-wheeler will be parked in the ship's garage. You leave it there for the duration of the Portsmouth-Caen crossing in complete safety and without fear of it being damaged. You will get on your bike in Caen to get off the boat.

Which companies operate between Portsmouth and Caen?

If you want to travel between Portsmouth and Caen by ferry, there are a number of companies to choose from including Brittany Ferries who run regular services between the two cities. You can find out more about the different shipping companies on this route and their departure times here.

Brittany Ferries Portsmouth Caen
Brittany Ferries
Brittany Ferries is a Brittany-based shipping company operating ferry services to England, Ireland and Spain. On Vivanoda, you can compare Portsmouth-Caen fares and book a Brittany Ferries ticket between Portsmouth and Caen. Brittany Ferries operates 3 crossings a day to Caen from Portsmouth and the journey time is 5 hours 50 min. More information about Brittany Ferries
5 hours 50 min
3 crossings a day

Where do the ferries leave from in Portsmouth? Where do the boats arrive in Caen?

Port of departure in Portsmouth

Brittany Ferries ferries depart for Caen from the following ports in Portsmouth:

Portsmouth Continental Ferry Terminal

Port of arrival in Caen

Brittany Ferries ships arrive in Caen from the following ports:

Ouistreham - Gare Maritime
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If you take a ferry from Portsmouth to Caen, it will take you at least 5 hours 50 min to cover the 117 mi between Portsmouth and Caen.

This often depends on the season (there are fewer crossings between Portsmouth and Caen in winter) and the ferry company (Brittany Ferries). There are currently 3 crossings a day between Portsmouth and Caen.

There are 1 ferry companies operating between Portsmouth and Caen: Brittany Ferries.

Yes, absolutely, direct crossings are offered by Brittany Ferries, Condor Ferries.

Before booking, compare the prices of Brittany Ferries, Condor Ferries on our website Vivanoda. Then book the crossing of your choice easily and securely on our partner's website.

If you want to change or cancel your Portsmouth Caen ferry booking, you can do so easily by contacting our partner who manages your booking. Please note that, depending on the fare conditions, some tickets are non-refundable or non-changeable. It is important to take this into account when booking your ticket.

During your crossing between Portsmouth and Caen, you will travel 117 mi.

To go by boat from Portsmouth to Caen, you can find prices ranging from £65 for the lowest, to £434 for the highest. The average price we observed was £156.

The first ferry leaves Portsmouth at 08:15 for Caen.

The last ferry to Caen usually departs from Portsmouth at 22:45.

What is a Portsmouth to Caen ferry crossing like?

It's not always easy to get a clear picture of what a Portsmouth to Caen crossing will be like, especially if you're not familiar with this mode of transport. We will therefore describe this unique travel experience, from embarkation in Portsmouth to disembarkation in Caen, in order to help you better project yourself into the maritime world of Brittany Ferries and Condor Ferries. You can also find some tourist and practical information about Portsmouth and Caen.

Ready for boarding in Portsmouth

Here are the steps to embark before your Portsmouth Caen ferry journey begins:

  • Presentation time in Portsmouth port / You should arrive in the port of Portsmouth well in advance. Please check this with your Brittany Ferries company. After this time, the company may refuse you boarding.
  • Checking in for the Portsmouth - Caen crossing / At the Portsmouth ferry terminal, look for the Brittany Ferries counters and present your passport and booking number. If you have a car, you can check in from the vehicle queue.
  • Boarding the ferry to Caen / Information messages are broadcast in the Portsmouth ferry terminal to invite you to board. If you are travelling by car, Brittany Ferries staff will give you instructions on how to board and park your vehicle on the ship.

On board the ship between Portsmouth and Caen

During the crossing, everyone can use the services on the Brittany Ferries ship as they wish. Some will want to relax in one of the reclining lounges, others will want to make the most of all the services offered on board or simply enjoy the view of the sea from the ship's deck.

Caen is in sight, disembarkation imminent!

Here is some information for the disembarkation in Caen:

  • Caen Harbour is in sight / You will not be able to return to your vehicle until the ferry has come to rest and tied up to the quay in Caen Harbour. There is no need to rush. It is best to wait on the outside decks to watch the ferry manoeuvre into Caen Harbour.
  • Vacate your cabin. / You will need to vacate your cabin approximately half an hour before arrival in Caen Harbour.
  • Leaving the ship and exploring Caen / Driving out of the ship's garage is fairly quick. As a pedestrian, you will get out even faster. A customs check cannot be ruled out in Caen. At last, your holiday in Caen has begun!


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