Guide to French Ferry PortsBy Howard • Jul 16th, 2008 • Category: Tourism
There are ferry ports along the south coast of England and across northern France. Choose your point of departure carefully to minimise travel times and onward journeys to your French destination, There is a good tool to calculate journey times in France >> French Route Planner.
Dover to Calais, Dunkerque and Boulogne – P&O Ferries and SeaFrance operate up to 50 departures to Calais every day with a crossing time of 90 minutes. Hoverspeed operates the faster Seacat with crossings in less than hour. Norfolkline operates a two-hour crossing up to 10 times daily to Dunkerque for car and motorcycle travellers only. SpeedFerries runs a low cost high-speed catamaran service to Boulogne, with onward good motorway links to Paris and to rest of France.
Newhaven to Dieppe – Hoverspeed operates three Seacats and two ferry departures a day over to Dieppe. This is a route with more time to relax on board but still with great access for onward travel into central France. Transmanche also offer a service from Newhaven.
Portsmouth to Uper and Lower Normandy and Brittany – P&O operates up to four conventional ferries and three fast craft services to Cherbourg every day, and three daily to Le Havre. Brittany Ferries runs three ferries a day to the port of Caen, including an overnight crossing, and two ferries a day to St.Malo in Brittany.
Poole to Cherbourg and St.Malo – Brittany Ferries runs one or two conventional ferry departures each day to Cherbourg as well as three fast craft departures a day from May to September. Condor Ferries runs a fast craft ferry service to St.Malo once a day, and a similar service to St.Malo from Weymouth.
Plymouth to Roscoff – Brittany Ferries runs three departures each day on this six-hour ferry crossing.