Portsmouth to Cherbourg ferry crossings connect southern England to northern France. The crossing is operated by Brittany Ferries. Brittany Ferries sail up to 8 times per week with an approximate journey time of 5 hours and 45 minutes hours.

Portsmouth lies on the southern coast on the UK while Cherbourg is on the north coast of Normandy. Brittany Ferries have an express route on the Portsmouth to Cherbourg crossing which takes less time. Furthermore, this combined with the excellent road networks leading to and from the ferry ports means that it’s extremely easy to access.

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Portsmouth to Cherbourg Route FAQ’s

Our Portsmouth Cherbourg FAQ’s section helps you to find answers to the most commonly asked questions about the route.

Who operates the route from Portsmouth to Cherbourg?

Brittany Ferries is the only company to operate the crossing, using two ferries, the Connemara and Galicia.

How long is the Portsmouth Cherbourg crossing?

The crossing takes approximately 5 hours 45 minutes hours however this is dependant upon the time of day.

How many crossings are there per day?

Brittany Ferries currently offer up to 2 crossings per day on their ferry timetable.

What time is the first crossing from Portsmouth to Cherbourg?

The first crossing leaves at 22:45 but times do vary depending upon the time of year.

What time is the last crossing from Portsmouth to Cherbourg?

The last crossing leaves at 23:00 but times do vary depending upon the time of year.

Where can I find out more about the return route?

The return Cherbourg to Portsmouth route details can be found by clicking the link.

Visit Portsmouth

Portsmouth is located on the south coast of England and is just 74 miles from the capital London.

The city has long established ties with both maritime history and the Royal Navy who have been based at the port for in excess of 800 years.

Portsmouth port services a variety of different destinations including Le Havre, St Malo, Caen and Cherbourg in France along with a variety of other destinations.

Whether you’re travelling to the UK via Portsmouth or heading to Europe from Portsmouth, please make sure you spend a little time visiting the city and some of its great attractions.

The historic dockyard contains a variety of museums and ships you can visit including Nelson’s flagship, the Victory, HMS Warrior, and the Mary Rose museum. Other great attractions include the Blue Reef Aquarium, the Spinnaker Tower, and Southsea Castle, all of which offer visitors to Portsmouth a great day out.

Visit Cherbourg

Cherbourg is a highly popular port which is located in the Manche department of Normandy on the northern coast of France.

The port offers a variety of different routes in and out of France which are available at different times throughout the day and night making it easily accessible from the UK, France and the rest of Europe.

Cherbourg has always been an important port and this was noted not only by the famous engineer Vauban who designed the port’s defenses but also by both the German and Allied forces during WW2 and especially the D-Day landings.

Make sure you take time to visit Cherbourg as you’ll find a great number of things to see and do in the nearby area. The cities aquarium is great for younger visitors and those looking to find out a bit more about the history of the area will love the cities museums which offer a number of paintings from around the globe.