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Information about Brittany Ferries, cross channel ferries – the internet magazine – for holidaymakers visiting Caen, Cherbourg, Le Havre, St. Malo and Roscoff.

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Brittany Ferries now sail from Portsmouth to Le Havre (new service from May 17th to September 8th 2013 – four days a week)

2011/2012 sailings to France summary

Portsmouth to Caen – Up to 3 sailings a day throughout the winter and up to 4 sailings during the summer. Service restart 25th May in 2012.

Portsmouth to St Malo – There will be no service to St Malo for 3 weeks in January due to port improvements. Then generally a daily service during the summer.

Plymouth to Roscoff – Limited service with 3 sailings a week around the weekends during the winter. Up to 3 crossings a day during the summer.

Plymouth to St Malo – Winter service only until 23/03/12. A Tuesday service from Plymouth returning from St Malo on Mondays or Fridays.

Portsmouth to Cherbourg No winter service. Daily high speed sailings commence 29/03/12.

July 2011 – Which? readers have voted Brittany Ferries the best ferry company in the magazine's customer satisfaction survey. The French company scored 74%, topping the customer approval table which looked at nine major ferry companies operating from the U.K. As well as receiving the highest score from readers based on their overall levels of satisfaction and the likelihood to recommend, Brittany Ferries also received four stars for its ease of booking and onboard facilities, as well as the comfort and cleanliness of its ships.

Reservations; Tel: 0871 244 0744 / 0239 289 2200 (outside United Kingdom) / (0033) 0825 828 828 (France) / (0034) 942 36 06 11 (Spain)

Open; Monday to Friday: 8.30am to 7.30, Saturday 9.00am to 5.00pm, Sunday 9.00am to 4.30pm


Portsmouth to Caen. Journey time; Fats ferry takes 3 and 3/4 hours, normal ferry 6 to 7 hours hours (up to four crossings a day)

Portsmouth to Cherbourg. Fast ferry journey time; three hours (up to two a day). Mid March to October only.

Portsmouth to St. Malo. Journey time; Nine (daytime sailing), to 10 hours 45 minutes (night time sailing).

Poole to Cherbourg. Journey time; 2 hours 30 minutes (fast ferry), 4 hours 30 minutes (normal ferry). Two sailings a day during the week, three a day at weekends. March to October only. February 2012 – Ferry service halted, fast ferry service starts May 2012.

Plymouth to Roscoff. Journey time; Six to eight hours (up to two times a day). March to October.

Cork to Roscoff. Journey time; 14 hours (once a week).

Portsmouth to Santander. Journey time; Twenty four hours (two sailings a week).

Plymouth to Santander. Journey time; Twenty hours (once a week).

Plymouth to St. Malo. Twice weekly.

Portsmouth to Bilbao. Journey time; Twenty four to 32 hours (two times a week).

Holiday France Direct (Brittany Ferries holiday company). france direct or telephone 0871 244 1245.

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Latest news and offers from Brittany Ferries

March 2012

Brittany Ferries' high speed ferry service from Portsmouth to France resumes on 29th March with the return of the Normandie Express, providing the only direct fast ferry crossings on the English Channel. With daily return sailings to Cherbourg, passengers will once again be able to travel to western France with their car in as little as 3 hours.

Normandie Express departs Portsmouth each morning at 09.00 am, allowing holidaymakers to arrive in Cherbourg in time for lunch before making the easy drive to some of the best holiday areas of France. From 25th May on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, convenient morning departures to Caen are offered, as well as afternoon departures to Cherbourg.

With 4 hours in Cherbourg, this service is perfect for a day trip to France, allowing just enough time for lunch, sightseeing and shopping. Fares are from as little as £24 per person.

Travel on the Normandie Express can be combined with any of Brittany Ferries' other services from Portsmouth, Poole or Plymouth, as well as a wide range of great value, ferry-inclusive holiday accommodation in France and Spain.

January 2012

Summer Thursday crossing to Roscoff from Plymouth.

"From the 5th of April our flag ship, Pont-Aven, will be sailing from Plymouth to Roscoff every Thursday night throughout the summer, departing at 20.45. You can board an hour early giving you plenty of time to enjoy the culinary delights of 'Le Flora' a la carte restaurant. Arrival in Roscoff is at the agreeable time of 08.00 the next day. Prices on these sailings are from £109* for this leg for a car and 2 passengers. Add your Club Voyage discount to this experience and we are sure it will be a great way to kick off your trip."

20th September 2011

New route from Plymouth – St Malo with great value offers are perfect for a pre-Christmas break in France

Brittany Ferries has announced the introduction of a new route this winter to the picturesque walled port of St Malo, with the weekly overnight service leaving Plymouth every Tuesday and returning Friday.

This schedule is perfect for a short break, and Brittany Ferries has come up with some great value "Cruise & Stay" packages from just £109 per person for 3 nights including ferry crossings and hotel.

St Malo is the ideal short break destination as it is not only pretty but there is so much to see and do. Its heart is the old walled town, known as "intra-muros" or "within these walls" and visitors can walk round the ramparts of the mile-long 20-foot thick walls for splendid views of the town and the harbour. The port's winding streets are full of quaint shops, bars and restaurants and outside there are sandy beaches and islands to explore.

Brittany Ferries has chosen a range of 9 hotels, from the typically French Hotel de l'Univers situated "intra-muros" facing a popular square, to the Hotel Beaufort located outside the walls but right on the sea front.

Mike Bevens, Group Commercial Director, comments: "These breaks really do represent outstanding value for anyone in the West Country who fancies getting away this winter as we have used our buying power to secure fantastic hotel rates and we are passing these savings on to the customer. These trips are great for stocking up on some wine as well as Christmas shopping."

Book online at or call 0871 244 1400.

These breaks include:

– Overnight sailing from Plymouth to St Malo as a foot passenger on any Tuesday between 15th November and 23rd December

– An inside 2 berth en suite cabin on outward night crossing

– 2 nights B&B in a double room at a choice of hotels

– Friday return day sailing from St Malo to Plymouth

– Take your car for a supplement of £50.00 return


The 2012 Holiday France Direct brochure can be ordered now at france direct or on 0871 244 1245.

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General ports information

caen port France – Port of Caen.

Port of Cork – Port of Cork.

port of poole – Port of Poole. Poole Terminal. New Harbour Road, Poole, Dorset, BH15 4AJ. Tel: 0871 244 1403.

portsmouth port – Portsmouth Port Authority. Portsmouth Terminal. Wharf Road, Portsmouth, Hants, PO2 8RU. Tel: 0871 244 1402. / Portsmouth Terminal (BF); 08709 000 389.

Port of Plymouth. Plymouth Terminal; 08709 000 429 (BF), 0871 244 1401.

port of cherbourg – Port of Cherbourg.

– Roscoff Ferry Terminal. Gare Maritime, Port de Bloscon, Roscoff, 29680. Tel: 0298 29 28 13. / Port of Morlaix (Roscoff).

port of saint malo – Port of Saint Malo and Chambres de Commerce.

Weather and shipping forecasts


Shipping Forecast – Met Office.

Ferry to Santander in Spain

Arriving in St Malo

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mv Pont Aven – launched in 2004

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Normandy Express – introduced in 2005

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Arriving in Santander

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Useful Outside links

bretagne roscoff –, useful site.

Member of the AA? You are entitled to a discount of up to 7 – 15% on Brittany ferries fares.

The AAAA Travel and Breakdown insurance.

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