Now that ferries are making a comeback and that many tourists are staying away from flying, Normandy is back on the map as a greener and easily-accessible holiday destination. With five different routes from England to choose from, you’re sure to find one that suits your needs and tastes as soon as it is possible to travel again.

ferries are back in style!

These days, as people become more aware of their carbon footprint and the international health crisis is changing our travel habits, the ferry is seeing a real resurgence in popularity. Seen as a cleaner alternative de flying, ferry travel is also considered less stressful. Airport delays, increased security and luggage restrictions have had passengers tearing their hair out, and the recent Covid-19 measures haven’t made things easier. When catching the ferry, you can travel in the comfort of your own car and enjoy lots of space and fresh air once on board! If you’re a cycling enthusiast, you can take your bike too. Our beautiful part of France boasts four ferry ports linking us to Portsmouth, Poole and Newhaven. Take a closer look at the different options you have:

PORTSMOUTH TO CAEN-OUISTREHAM

  • Service operated by Brittany Ferries
  • Crossing time: approximately 6 hours (option of 7h overnight travel)
  • Crossings are carried out by two ferries: MV Mont St Michel and MV Normandie
  • Crossing capacity: 2 100 passengers
  • Cabins available for overnight sailings
  • Ferry port located 10 miles from Caen city centre

newhaven to dieppe

  • Service operated by DFDS
  • Crossing time: approximately 4 hours
  • Crossings are carried out by two sister ships: MS Seven Sisters and MS Côte d’Albâtre
  • Crossing capacity: 600 passengers
  • Cabins available for overnight sailings
  • Ferry port is located one mile from Dieppe town centre. Dieppe is the closest port and beach to Paris.

PORTSMOUTH TO CHERBOURG

  • Service operated by Brittany Ferries
  • Weekly overnight sailings on the brand-new cruise ferry, Galicia 
  • Crossing time: approximately 8 hours
  • Crossing capacity: 1 000 passengers
  • Cabins available for overnight sailings
  • Ferry port located two miles from Cherbourg city centre

POOLE TO CHERBOURG

  • Service operated by Brittany Ferries
  • Crossing time: approximately 4 hours and 30 minutes
  • Crossings are carried out by the MV Barfleur
  • Crossing capacity: 1 200 passengers
  • Ferry port located two miles from Cherbourg city centre

Portsmouth to le havre

  • No thrills ‘économie’ service operated by Brittany Ferries
  • Crossing time: approximately 6 hours and 30 minutes (option of 9 hrs 45 mins overnight travel)
  • Crossings are carried out by the MV Cotentin
  • Crossing capacity: 215 passengers
  • Cabins available for overnight sailings
  • Ferry port located one mile from Le Havre city centre. This is Brittany Ferries’ closest crossing to Paris, just 2 hours drive from Le Havre.
Le Havre © Herve Sentucq

HIGH-SPEED FROM PORTSMOUTH TO CHERBOURG

  • Seasonal high-speed service operated by Brittany Ferries
  • Crossing time: approximately 3 hours
  • Crossings are carried out by the Normandie Express catamaran
  • Crossing capacity: 850 passengers
  • Ferry port located two miles from Cherbourg city centre

FROM THE CHANNEL ISLANDS

  • Manche Iles Express*: From Diélette, Barneville Carteret and Granville, to the Channel Islands of Jersey, Guernsey, Sark and Alderney, and to the Chausey Islands
  • Jolie France*: From Granville to the Chausey Islands

*Please note some ferry crossings are seasonal

Chausey Islands © © T. Verneuil

DUTY FREE IS BACK!

Duty free has now returned on ferry routes between the UK and France for the first time in more than 20 years. The end of the Brexit transition period saw duty free shopping make a comeback on 1 January 2021. Passengers will be able to load their luggage with tax-free tobacco, alcohol and perfumes again. Yet another reason to hop on the ferry and visit Normandy! 


Dieppe market, France’s finest

Dieppe market, France’s finest

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