Portsmouth to Le Havre Ferry
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The Portsmouth-Le Havre route takes you to the heart of Western France. For many people this route can save a great deal of driving time over Dover-Calais. Le Havre is also one of the closest ports to Paris. The crossing takes from only three hours and 45 minutes and Portsmouth has great road connections making it an ideal port of departure for those located in the South and South-East.
So you are able to find the best possible price and crossing for you, AFerry compares Portstmouth-Le Havre sailings against Newhaven-Dieppe and Portsmouth-Caen sailings.
Cheap Portsmouth to Le Havre prices
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Portsmouth-Le Havre ferry schedules by season
This sailing is operated by Brittany Ferries and also Brittany Ferries' new economy brand: Brittany Ferries économie.
If you sail from 15th May to 6th September (exact dates may vary per season) on Saturday and Sunday, you will sail on the high speed vessel, the Normandie Express. This schedule has several advantages:
- Early 7am sailings mean you can be in France for lunch
- Portsmouth to Le Havre in 3 hours and 45 minutes
- A full range of onboard facilities including a comfortable lounge
Portsmouth to Le Havre économie service
The new économie service from Brittany Ferries is designed for those who want a cheaper crossing but are prepared for a few minor sacrifices in terms of speed and services on board.
The ferry departs from 23:15 hrs each evening from Portsmouth from the middle of May to early November. The ferry arrives at 08:30 hrs in the morning. Meaning you are fully relaxed and ready for whatever is ahead. You are able too see and book the full range of cabins as you make your booking.
Two ferries operate the économie service, the Etretat and Baie de Seine. On the Eretrat, you will find a bar, movie lounge and a seating area. The Baie de Seine features a café, bar and a small children's play area.
On board the Normandie Express
If you don't sail on the économie service you will sail aboard the Normandie Express. This is a luxury modern high speed ferry with a top speed of about 42 knots (78 kph).
All passengers on this ferry receive a place in a complimentary reclining seat. And if you want to treat yourself you can also upgrade to a club seat. These comfortable leather seats have extra leg room and a foot-rest, individual reading lights and USB charge points. Complimentary magazines and newspapers as well as a complimentary tea, coffee, water or orange juice are also included in the price if you upgrade.
If you fancy a bite to eat you will find two bars and a café, serving fresh sandwiches, salads, pastries, snacks, cold drinks, teas and coffees.
Portsmouth is Britain's only island city, situated on the Portsea Island. The docklands area of Portsmouth have long been important for the Royal Navy (and, incidentally, home to the world's oldest dry dock) and there are a variety our walking and boat tours which will give you an insight into the city's past. The waterfront has recieved much needed renovation in the last decade. One result is the Spinnaker Tower which can be clearly viewed as you enter the port.
About Le Havre
The Le Havre ferry port is the first port at the entrance of the English Channel, and is based in the largest city in the heart of Normandy, with a population of 196,000. The Havre de Grace was founded in 1517 by King Francois (1st), because of the silting up of the Honfleur and Harfleur ports situated in the bay of the river Seine. You can book all ferries to Le Havre with AFerry
Le Havre is situated at the mouth of the River Seine with Paris only 200km away, making Le Havre the closest port to Paris. Le Havre itself is a nice place to visit with its sightseeing and shopping. Much of the shopping is in the shape of street markets and shopping centers. The Quartier Grand Centre is the main shopping centre, with a covered market and pedestrianized streets. The Quartier St Francois is near the port and has a daily fish market as well as charming bars and restaurants. Le Havre now also boasts Frances largest skate park, which is ideal for families and kids.
Portsmouth to Le Havre Popular Questions
Want to know more about your journey from Portsmouth to Le Havre? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.
How long does the ferry from Portsmouth to Le Havre take?
The average journey time by ferry between Portsmouth to Le Havre is 7 hrs 58 min. The journey time may vary, so use our booking engine on this page to search for a specific travel date.
How fast does the ferry from Portsmouth to Le Havre travel?
The fastest journey time by ferry from Portsmouth to Le Havre is 5 hrs 30 min, with Brittany Ferries.
What time does the first ferry from Portsmouth to Le Havre leave?
The first ferry from Portsmouth to Le Havre leaves at 08:00 with Brittany Ferries. Times may vary depending on the time of year.
What time does the last ferry from Portsmouth to Le Havre leave?
The last ferry from Portsmouth to Le Havre leaves at 23:30 with Brittany Ferries. Times may vary depending on the time of year.
Which ferry companies operate between Portsmouth to Le Havre?
Ferries travelling from Portsmouth to Le Havre are operated by Brittany Ferries.
Looking for more information?
If you're looking for the return journey, check out Le Havre Portsmouth.