Normandy Ferry Ports and Channel Crossings by Passenger Ferries

Information on ferry ports in Normandy, including departure points and routes. Links to timetables and maps as well as contact information for ferry companies...

Several passenger ferry services connect ports on the coast of Normandy with ports in England, Ireland and the Channel Isles of Guernsey and Jersey.

Passenger ferries dock at the Basse-Normandie and Haute-Normandie ports of Ouistreham/Caen, Cherbourg, Dieppe and Le Havre, as well at Dunkerque and Calais.

Normandy Ferry Ports

Ouistreham/Caen

Caen's port is approximately 18 Km to the nearest railway station, which is located in Caen. By rail, Paris is only 2.5 hours away.

Note: cross-channel ferries actually dock at Ouistreham which is 15 Km north of Caen. There is bus and taxi service to Caen from the port (though bus service is not generally available at night).

Cherbourg

The port at Cherbourg, located in western Normandy, accommodates military as well as commercial vessels. It is located between the Cap de la Hague and The Pointe de Barfleur.

Taxi service is available to the city centre of Cherbourg. The nearest railway station (Cherbourg) is a 40 minute walk or a short taxi ride from the port. Paris is approximately 2.5 hours away by rail.

Dieppe

There are two ferry terminals at Dieppe - one serves passengers while the other handles freight vehicles. A regular bus service runs from Dieppe to cities throughout France. A rail service is available but not particularly frequent.

  • Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Dieppe
    At: 4 Boulevard Général de Gaulle, Dieppe (76)
    Tel: 02 35 06 50 50

Le Havre

Le Havre handles more container traffic than any other port in France - in fact it handles 60 percent of all of France's container traffic. It is the fifth-largest port in Europe. After P&O ended service to Le Havre in 2005, ferry traffic has been drastically reduced, with fewer daily journeys.

Le Havre port is located at the crossroads of the A131 and the A29 motorways. The port is managed by the Le Havre Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Ports Near Normandy

Though not technically in Normandy, Dunkerque and Calais are popular ferry destinations from Dover.

Dunkerque

Ferries depart nearly every two hours in either direction for the 1 hour and 45 minute trip from Dover to Dunkerque. The port is linked to the A16 and A25 motorways and reportedly experiences less traffic than many other ports in Normandy.

Calais

Ferries from Dover to Calais run frequently throughout the day, with additional sailings during school holidays. The journey (one-direction) takes approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. The port is connected to the A26 and A16 motorways.

There is a reasonably-priced passenger bus available from the port to the centre of Calais (Place d'Armes) and on request, the Calais Ville train station.

Travel Times
Ferry-Crossing Times
Caen to Portsmouth (Brittany Ferries) 5.75 hours (day); 7 hours (night)
High Speed: 3.75 hours
Calais to Dover (P&O Ferries) 1.5 hours
Cherbourg to Poole (Brittany Ferries) 4.5 hours (day); 6.5 hours (overnight)
High Speed: 2.25 hours
Cherbourg to Portsmouth (Brittany Ferries) High speed: 3 hours
Dieppe to Newhaven (LD Lines) 4 hours
Dunkerque to Dover (NorfolkLine) 1.75 hours
Le Havre to Newhaven (LD Lines) 5 hours (day); 3 hours (evening)
Le Havre to Portsmouth (LD Lines) 3.5 hours (evening); 8 hours (overnight)
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