The Portsmouth to Le Havre route operates between Portsmouth in Hampshire in southern England and Le Havre which is in Normandy in the north of France. The service is very popular with those heading to Paris due to its excellent road links. Brittany Ferries are the only company to offer a passenger and car service on the Portsmouth Le Havre route. Brittany Ferries only offer one sailing per day to in either direction and the journey time is normally between 5 hours 30 minutes and 7 hours 30 minutes but this does depend upon tides and the timetable.
Portsmouth terminal is perfect for those not wishing to head to the southeast and is a popular alternative to the Dover crossings. Le Havre terminal is in the Normandy region of France and is the closest port to the capital. The route is also highly popular as Brittany Ferries offer an economical crossing on one of their ships with less facilities giving a no frills service.
Booking a Portsmouth to Le Havre ticket
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Portsmouth to Le Havre Route FAQ’s
Our Portsmouth Le Havre FAQ’s section helps you to find answers to the most commonly asked questions about the route.
Who operates the route from Portsmouth to Le Havre?
Brittany Ferries is the only company to operate the crossing, using two ferries, the Etretat and Connemara.
How long is the Portsmouth Le Havre crossing?
The crossing takes approximately 5 hours and 30 minutes however this is dependant upon the time of day.
How many crossings are there per day?
Brittany Ferries currently offer up to 4 crossings per week on their ferry timetable.
What time is the first crossing from Portsmouth to Le Havre?
The first crossing leaves at 0800 but times do vary depending upon the time of year.
What time is the last crossing from Portsmouth to Le Havre?
The last crossing leaves at 23:30 but times do vary depending upon the time of year.
Where can I find out more about the return route?
The return Le Havre to Portsmouth route details can be found by clicking here.
Portsmouth is located just 74 miles from London on the south coast of England.
The Royal Navy have been based at Portsmouth for over 800 years and the city has therefore been an important port for some time and is steeped in maritime history and heritage.
Portsmouth is a very important and popular city with its ferry terminal offering a variety of different routes and crossings operating to Le Havre, St Malo, Cherbourg and Caen.
Portsmouth is well worth taking the time to explore whether you’re travelling to or from the city. There are some great attractions and places to visit nearby including the Blue Reef Aquarium, Southsea Castle, the Spinnaker tower and of course the Naval dockyard which offers several museums along with the Victory (Nelsons flagship), HMS Warrior which was the first iron hulled warship and the Mary Rose museum.
Visit Le Havre
Le Harve can be found in the Haute-Normandie region of France which is the closest port to the capital city of Paris.
The port dates back hundreds of years although the majority of the buildings were destroyed during WW2 meaning that very little history can be seen today.
Le Havre is a great place to visit with lots of things to see and do. Some of the most popular attractions include their vast number of museums which contain a variety of interesting exhibits covering art and sculpture.
Although there is plenty to see in Le Havre, the route is most popular for its excellent road links. Being the closest port to Paris means that anyone planning to visit this magical and romantic city or Disneyland Paris should ideally use the route.