Ferry from Portsmouth to Cherbourg

Tickets, Prices & Schedules

There are up to 4 weekly ferry crossings from the port of Portsmouth in southern England, UK, to the port of Cherbourg-Octeville in Normandy, France. Find updated info, compare ferry schedules and prices, and book ferry tickets on Ferryhopper at the same prices as ferry companies.

Ferry schedules from Portsmouth to Cherbourg

Is there a ferry from Portsmouth to Cherbourg?

Yes, there is. The Portsmouth - Cherbourg ferry route is available all year round, usually with up to 4 crossings a week. The route is operated by the Brittany Ferries ferry company.

What’s the ferry schedule from Portsmouth to Cherbourg?

At the moment, the Portsmouth - Cherbourg route is normally operated 4 times a week.

The first ferry normally leaves Portsmouth at 08:15 and reaches Cherbourg at 14:00. The last ferry usually departs from Portsmouth at 23:00 and reaches Cherbourg at 08:00 the next morning.

Tip: bear in mind that ferry timetables may change. Therefore, make sure to check your travel time before your trip. You can also track your ferry in real time on the Ferryhopper App!

Ferry Tickets, Offers & Discounts

How much is the ferry from Portsmouth to Cherbourg?

Portsmouth - Cherbourg ferry tickets usually start at around €51. The final ticket price depends on vehicle and cabin selection, discounts and offers.


Take a look at our ferry routes, find the lowest prices and best offers, and book your ferry tickets on Ferryhopper with no hidden fees.

Any available offers will be automatically applied when booking your ferry tickets.


Take advantage of the available discounts and travel by ferry from Portsmouth to Cherbourg with lower-cost ferry tickets. Ferry companies offer special discounts for specific passenger categories, such as:

  • Children 
  • Large groups of travelers
  • Club Voyage members

Ferry Route Info

How long is the ferry ride from Portsmouth to Cherbourg?

The average duration of the ferry ride from Portsmouth to Cherbourg is around 8 hr.

Is there a high-speed ferry from Portsmouth to Cherbourg?

The ferries operating the route from Portsmouth to Cherbourg are normally conventional. The fastest ferry reaches Cherbourg in approximately 4 hr 45 min.

What’s the distance between Portsmouth and Cherbourg?

The distance between the port of Portsmouth in the UK and the port of Cherbourg (Cherbourg-Octeville) in France is around 88 nautical miles (approximately 163 km).

Ferry Trip Tips

Useful tips for your ferry trip to Cherbourg from Portsmouth

Have a look at our travel tips for your trip from Portsmouth to Cherbourg:

  • In the busy months from May to September, we recommend arriving at the port of Portsmouth well in advance to avoid delays. The same applies to ferry trips on weekends.
  • When checking your ferry departure/arrival time, note that there's a 1-hr time difference between the UK and France.
  • To travel from the UK to France, you need a valid passport .
  • If you wish to travel to France from the port of Portsmouth, you can also catch a ferry to Caen, Saint-Malo or Roscoff.

Where to take the ferry from Portsmouth to Cherbourg

Ferries to Cherbourg (Cherbourg-Octeville) in northern France depart regularly from the port of Portsmouth in southern England.

Portsmouth is easy to reach via the M27 road linking the city directly to the motorway network. The port is about a 2-hr drive from London(125 km). You can also travel from London to Portsmouth by train and walk from the station to the Passenger Terminal in about 25 min.

If you are traveling to Cherbourg as a foot passenger, there are safe pedestrian routes to the passenger terminal available from the south, north, and east of the port. Near the port area, you will find many amenities, such as restaurants, cafes, parking lots, hotels, bars, and shops.

Am I allowed to travel from Portsmouth to Cherbourg?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Portsmouth to Cherbourg. Before your trip, check the latest updates on Covid-19 and ferry travel in France and the documents necessary for your journey.

Can I travel on the ferry from Portsmouth to Cherbourg with a car?

Yes, ferries operating on the Portsmouth - Cherbourg connection have car decks so you can transfer your vehicle.

Ferry luggage

On Brittany Ferries, there is no official limit to the luggage you can carry. However, for foot passengers, the company recommends limiting their luggage to a maximum of two pieces of luggage weighing 20 kg per crossing.

During your ferry trip from Portsmouth to Cherbourg, you can keep your luggage next to you, keep it in your vehicle, or store it in your cabin.

Good to know: bear in mind that there is no check-in procedure for luggage items.


Ferries traveling from Portsmouth to Cherbourg have many types of cabins available, from simple one-bed ones to premium options.

Pet travel

Pets are welcome on ferries operating on the Portsmouth - Cherbourg route. On Brittany Ferries vessels, there are kennels and pet-friendly cabins available.

Pets must be muzzled and on a leash at all times whilst in the exercise area, i.e. outside of the kennel / pet-friendly cabin.

Make sure to carry your pet’s health certificates and any supplies you might need.

Where can I book cheap ferry tickets from Portsmouth to Cherbourg?

Currently, online booking for the Portsmouth - Cherbourg ferry crossing isn't available. However, you can find more information about the ferry trip to Cherbourg from Portsmouth on our Map of ferries, compare prices and schedules, and plan your trip on Ferryhopper easily and quickly!