Brittany Ferries car ferry from Portsmouth to St Malo is their longest crossing
bewteen England and France, yet remains one of the most popular. In fact the length
of the overnight crossing from Portsmouth, almost 11 hours, is one of the reasons
for its popularity. It means you get a good night's sleep and start your onward
journey with Brittany, Normandy and the whole of Western France on your doorstep.
But be warned! The Friday evening departure from Portsmouth is particularly popular
and gets booked up early.
The ferry crossing from Portsmouth to St Malo operates every day (except Saturdays
from November to March) and leaves Portsmouth at 20.30, just in time for dinner
on board, arriving in St Malo at 8.30 French time, so plenty of time for breakfast
before you leave the ship. The return journey leaves St Malo every day (except Sundays
from November to March) at 10.30, arriving in Portsmouth at 18.15. The Saturday
sailing in the winter leaves St Malo in the evening. These times from both Portsmouth
and St Malo can vary according to tides, so make sure you check the times of your
route is shared during the winter between the flagship of Brittany Ferries fleet,
the Pont-Aven, and the Bretagne, specially commissioned for this route in 1991.
For more about the Pont-Aven take a look at our page about the
Plymouth to Roscoff crossing.
Throughout the summer the crossing is served by the MV Bretagne. This vessel
is one of Brittany Ferries' cruise ferries, a title earned because their standard
of accommodation and facilities bears comparison with many a cruise liner. The ship
can carry up to 2,000 passengers and 580 cars.
There's plenty to keep you entertained on the crossing, including cabaret featuring
a DJ, a magician and a live band, activities for kids, a games room, 2 cinemas,
a sundeck and lots of space both inside and outside. There is a range of cabin types,
from 2 berth ensuite to luxurious Commodore Cabins with a standard of comfort and
amenities usually associated with up-market hotel rooms, and all cabins are air
conditioned. There is also a plentiful supply of comfortable reclining seats. WiFi
is available on board.
As you would expect on a French vessel the food is excellent. The main restaurant
offers a full table service and there is also a self-service restaurant, a coffee
shop and two bars.
Portsmouth has recently re-invented itself as a trendy waterside city,
so if you can't make it to the ferry terminal without an overnight stop
you could do worse than spend an evening in Portsmouth. The waterfont area
has plenty of restaurants and bars to while away the time. The ferry terminal
is right at the end of the M275, making it one of the easiest of all ferry
terminals to access. The M275 links directly to the M27 which in turn links
into the rest of the UK motorway network, so wherever you're coming from,
Portsmouth is very convenient.
The Portsmouth ferry port is very easy to reach, being at the very end of the
M275 motorway. This connect directly to the M27 so within minutes of leaving the
port you are on your way. Arriving at Portsmouth by road you follow the M27 then
the M275, so wherever you are coming from this must be the easiest ferry port in
the UK to find.
St Malo ferry port is just a few minutes' drive from the centre of the town.
St Malo is beautifully situated at the mouth of the river Rance, and the approach
to the port from the sea is quite spectacular. The town is famous both for its beaches
and its Citadel, whose walls dominate the town and enclose its ancient centre. You
could easily spend your entire holiday within 50 km of St Malo, enjoying the gorgeous
beaches along the coast and lush scenery inland. But St Malo is also a great starting
point for a journey to anywhere in Brittany, Normandy or thoughout Western France.