Portsmouth to Cherbourg

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A Portsmouth Cherbourg ferry is the perfect choice if you’re looking to travel from London to the South to France for a day trip, a weekend break or a longer holiday.


From Cherbourg, you can leverage the free flowing traffic on the motorway connection to discover other parts of France.


Currently, Brittany Ferries is the only operator operating the Portsmouth Cherbourg route with overnight sailing durations from 8 hours with faster ferries available in the summer with 3 hour crossing times.

The crossing service operates with morning sailings on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in the summer. The beauty of travelling on this ferry is that both Portsmouth and Cherbourg have excellent access to motorways for a fast and convenient journey.

Stena Line
£ 39 From
  • Economy, Standard and Flexi available
  • From £39 for a foot passenger

Portsmouth to Cherbourg Ferry Prices

Prices start from as low as £39 for a return crossing on foot but prices can go higher at peak times. To get the best price, we advise you book as far ahead as possible. Brittany Ferries offers different tariff levels from Economy to Flexi. 

brittany ferries tarrifs

Upgrades Available on this Route

The Normandie Express is the spacious and high-speed ship serving the Portsmouth Cherbourg route and it offers passengers award-winning onboard service and facilities all included as standard.

However, you can upgrade your accommodation option to Commodore cabin for a truly luxurious and memorable journey. Here are some benefits of upgrading to this accommodation option:


  • Complimentary soap and shower gel
  • Fresh linens and towels
  • Ensuite bathrooms and shower facilities
  • Plug socket for charging electronic equipment
  • Air-conditioning
  • Wi-fi
  • Private balcony to take in fantastic views

There are no limits on the amount you can have as these are benefits are available 24 hours a day for the entire journey.

Cherbourg Sailing

There is one sailing per day taking approximately  14 – 15 hours although allow extra time due to tidal conditions. There are up to two sailings each week allowing you to travel in daytime so you can spend the night in France or travel overnight so you can arrive at your destination in the morning, ready to discover France. 

Port of Cherbourg

Portsmouth Port

Popular Driving Destinations from Cherbourg

The Portsmouth to Cherbourg ferry is a gateway to the beautiful Cotentin Peninsula, a vacationer’s hotspot that also serves a great place to start onward journeys to France. Cherbourg has excellent road links to make your journey as smooth as possible as you will find and modern roadway connections to Paris, the Loire and further south.

Furthermore, Portsmouth is only two hours away from London, meaning you won’t have too much trouble arriving at the port on time for your journey.
Portsmouth to Cherbourg is a really convenient route to take if you’re planning on driving down to the South of France because it takes hours off your driving time once you get to France. It also means you will not have to drive through Paris to reach your destination. Here are some cities nearby:
If you want to consider your options, take a look at our ferry to France page which lists several alternative routes.

Cotes-d’Amor109.5176.23 hrs 20 min

LocationDistance(miles)Distance(km)Journey Time
Bayeux57.6092.71 hr 5 min
Mayenne120.5165.22 hrs 22 min
Rennes1051693 hrs 9 min
Nantes167.22694 hrs 18min

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