Ferry Crossings from Portsmouth to Caen

Brittany Ferries provide a ferry crossing from the South coast of England, Portsmouth to the North Western commune of Caen. This journey takes on average 6 hours during the day, and 7 hours overnight, with up to four crossings a day from Portsmouth.

Destination: Caen

Catch a ferry to Caen to view this bustling cultural and industrial centre with a mass of medieval 11th century abbeys and a magnificent castle. The castle's art collection includes Rubens and Monet and is a must-see for any visitor. The city was founded in the 11th century by William the Conqueror who was laid to rest here. William's legacy remains in nearby Bayeux and its fabulous tapestry. The second world war is commemorated in the Caen Memorial Museum. Roam through the streets and squares to explore hidden courtyards and medieval, narrow streets.

Historic Abbey In Caen

The Caen Memorial is the second most popular museum in France (after the Louvre) and a must-see for any visitor to Caen, Normandy. Here you can organise a tour of the landing battlefields, beaches and graveyards of the second world war.

The Caen castle is one of the largest medieval fortresses in Western Europe, built by William the Conqueror in the 11th century. Beautifully preserved giving a fantastic view of the city. Famous for its large, round towers, and houses the Mus£e des Beaux-Arts, which holds one of the world£s finest collections of European Art.

Caen Buildings

Other tourist attractions in Caen include the theme park, Festyland, the Caen Markets (at Fosse St-Julien and Place Courtonne) and the Abbaye-aux-Hommes and Abbaye-aux-Dames; two beautiful abbeys built for William and his wife, Mathilde to atone for the 'sin' of their marriage.


Portsmouth ferry terminal is located directly off the M27 and easily reached from London, the Midlands and the North. The return journey sets off at 10.30am and is much quicker than the trip there.

Route Summary

Average Sailing Duration: 6 hours (day), 7 hours (overnight)
Number of sailings from Portsmouth: Up to 4 crossings per day
Sailing times: 07.00, 08.00, 08.30, 12.30, 14.30, 23.00, 23.30

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