The Portsmouth Le Havre ferry route connects England with France. Currently there is just the 1 ferry company operating this ferry service, Brittany Ferries. The crossing operates up to 8 times each week with sailing durations from around 3 hours 45 minutes.
Portsmouth Le Havre sailing durations and frequency may vary from season to season so we’d advise doing a live check to get the most up to date information.
Prices shown represent the average one way price paid by our customers. The most common booking on the Portsmouth Le Havre route is a car and 2 passengers.
"Best Crossing Ever"
Due to the troubles at Folkestone, and the channel tunnel, which we booked a return in advance, we decided to cut our losses and book a single crossing on the Brittany Express to Le-Havre because we could not afford a delay to a very special holiday, touring Europe with each stop over booked on a precise day, and to be late for our first stop in Mitz France would have impacted on the rest of our 18 days. This ferry crossing was fantastic, from arrival at Portsmouth to France, all the staff were outstanding, so helpful, nothing to much trouble. It was easy to park the car, and no salt residue on the car as one reviewer wrote. The ferry left on time and arrived early and to my supplies, my wife who suffers with sea sickness was fine, hence normally travelling via the tunnel. The seating was spacious with plenty of leg room with reclining seats so you could have a nap and feel refreshed on arrival. The food was adequate, by no means a full English breakfast but sufficient for all your needs. If you live in easy reach of Portsmouth, I would definitely recommend this ferry, shame it does not run week days because I would have loved to return on it and will use it again in the future. The driving we saved not going to Folkestone was a pleasure to do in France with hardly anything on the roads as opposed to our traffic jams and problems, cruise control all the way to the middle of France. You will not be disappointed traveling via Brittany Express. Rolls Royce service all the way.
'Roger' travelled Portsmouth Le Havre with Brittany Ferries on Normandie ExpressRead More Read Less
Comfortable overnight crossing - staff all very friendly and helpful, breakfast café at reasonable prices. Highly recommended.
'William' travelled Portsmouth Le Havre with Brittany Ferries on Baie de SeineRead More Read Less
"Great service, will use again"
A very efficient service from the Portsmouth side. We were a car and three passengers, no problems at all, will definitely use again, much easier and cheaper than flying and hiring a car.
'Karl' travelled Portsmouth Le Havre with Brittany Ferries on Normandie ExpressRead More Read Less
Portsmouth was easy to get to and had a straight forward boarding process and cabin allocation system. The cabin was clean and tidy with shower facilities. We used the bar area as we were travelling overnight which made a relaxing start to our two week holiday. All staff were friendly and approachable. The café area was available early morning for travellers wanting breakfast before docking which could be an added bonus. We did not use this facility but the food looked and smelt good. We sailed on time and arrived on time. It is more expensive travelling overnight but, bearing in mind the issues with the Dover/Calais crossings, this is well worth considering.
'Michelle' travelled Portsmouth Le Havre with Brittany Ferries on EtretatRead More Read Less
The English city of Portsmouth is located on the south coast of England, in the county of Hampshire. It is the UK's only island city and is situated around 100 km to the south west of London and 30 km to the east of Southampton. The city's long history is inextricably linked to the sea. It is home to the oldest dry dock in the world still in use and also to famous ships such as HMS Victory, Admiral Lord Nelson's flagship, the Mary Rose and HMS Warrior. The city is also home to the Royal Marine Commandoes and to a naval base.
The city's port is one of the best connected ports in the United Kingdom, serving nine different destinations. To the south of the Naval Base, you will find the Isle of Wight (Ryde) Passenger Ferry Terminal. The Continental Ferry Terminal is served by ferry services to Le Havre in France and Bilbao in Spain. There are also daily crossings to Cherbourg, Caen and St Malo in France, St Helier in Jersey, St Peter Port in Guernsey and to Ryde on the Isle of Wight.
Le Havre is a French city and port that was founded by King Francis I in 1517 after the ports of Hornfleur and Harfleur, on the Seine estuary, silted up. Le Havre was enlarged during the first part of the 19th century by pushing back the city's ramparts and then later in the century by demolition them totally. The city's fast development and demography has been influenced by a number of events that occurred in the town's relatively recent history. First, during the 17th century Le Havre was a war port, then it was a successful trading port during the 18th century and during the 19th century many people emigrated to America. The city's industrialisation that commenced in the 1920's made it an important town and port for the Normandy region thanks to its global trade in coffee and cotton and in 2005 Le Havre's city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in recognition of the works of architect Auguste Perret. He was labelled a "concrete poet" and an innovator and managed to successfully combine modern architecture with traditional architecture.
Le Havre is a deep-water port which can be accessed 24/7 unhindered by the tides and welcomes ships of all sizes. Ferry services operating from the port depart to Portsmouth on the south coast of England.