Portsmouth to Caen ferry crossings connect southern England with northern France. The Portsmouth Caen crossing is operated by Brittany Ferries. Brittany Ferries sail up to 3 times per day with an approximate journey time of 5 hours 45 minutes.
Portsmouth lies along the southern coast of the UK whilst Caen is on the north coast of Normandy. Both Portsmouth and Caen lie within easy reach of the major road networks, hence making onward travel quick and straightforward. Furthermore, overnight crossings allows you to sleep on board allowing to arrive fully refreshed and ready to explore France.
Booking a Portsmouth to Caen ticket
Travel from Portsmouth to Caen with France Ferry Booker.
Portsmouth to Caen Route FAQ’s
Our Portsmouth Caen FAQ’s section helps you to find answers to the most commonly asked questions about the route.
Who operates the route from Portsmouth to Caen?
Brittany Ferries is the only company to operate the crossing, using two ferries, the Mont St Michel and Normandie.
How long is the Portsmouth Caen crossing?
The crossing takes approximately 5 hours 45 minutes however this is dependant upon the time of day.
How many crossings are there per day?
Brittany Ferries currently offer up to 3 crossings per day on their ferry timetable.
What time is the first crossing from Portsmouth to Caen?
The first crossing leaves at 08:15 but times do vary depending upon the time of year.
What time is the last crossing from Portsmouth to Caen?
The last crossing leaves at 22:45 but times do vary depending upon the time of year.
Where can I find out more about the return route?
The return Caen to Portsmouth route details can be found by clicking the link.
Portsmouth is a wonderful city which is an extremely popular place with travellers visiting from the UK and further afield.
Located just 74 miles from London and on the south coast of England, it’s not surprising that the city is so popular with a great variety of shops, bars restaurants, beaches, and attractions located within the city and also nearby.
Portsmouth has always had strong ties with the sea and the Royal Navy has been based here for over 800 years. As such, there is a great deal of maritime history based at Portsmouth. Located within the cities historic Naval Dockyard is a variety of great attractions that are always popular.
Add to all the Naval history the great range of other attractions including the cities Blue Reef Aquarium, the fabulous Spinnaker Tower, and Southsea Castle, you can rest assured you’ll have a great time when you visit Portsmouth!
Caen is located on the northwest coast of France in the region of Normandy and is one of the oldest university towns in France.
The town is great for those into their shopping with plenty of art and fashion boutiques, fine wine shops, local produce and craft shops, and plenty of cafes and restaurants.
Caen is a fantastic place to visit with plenty of things to see including the Abbaye aux Hommes which is the final resting place of William the Conqueror and the Chateau de Caen. Constructed in the 11th Century the Chateau de Caen is one of the largest medieval castles in Europe and is now home to the Musée de Normandie which depicts the history of the region.
Nearby you can also explore the WW2 sights of Normandy including the D-Day landing beaches so make sure you stay awhile and explore all the town has to offer.