Ferries to Caen

Portsmouth to Caen ferry route

Brittany Ferries offer up to 3 ferries a day to Caen. The crossing takes approximately 6 to 9 hours from Portsmouth to the port of Ouistreham, 8 miles from Caen.

To book a crossing that departs within the next 7 days please email overseastravel@campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk

We also recommend you check the latest guidance with your chosen operator and stay up to date with the latest official advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Operator Frequency Duration
Brittany Ferries Up to 3 daily 6-9 hours Bookit

Onboard Accommodation

There are a number of 2 and 4 berth cabins available on the route to Caen. Cabins are available as inside and outside cabins, some of which are wheelchair accessible.

Lounge seats can also be reserved.

On Board Facilities and Information

There are two restaurants available on this route one being a self service restaurant and the other being a more formal a la carte restaurant.

A café and bar is also on board.

Pets are permitted on this route however they must remain in the vehicle.

Campsites near Caen

We are currently unable to book campsites on your behalf; please contact the campsite direct if you wish to make a booking.


Distance from Ouistreham (Caen Ferry Port)

Riva Bella, Normandy 1.5 miles
Le Point du Jour, Normandy 9 miles
Chateau de Martragny, Normandy 13 miles
Le Brevedent, Normandy 24 miles

More about Caen

Caen is an active and modern French city. It's the capital of both Lower Normandy and the Calvados region of France and has a population around 115,000. The ferry port to Caen is actually situated some nine miles north of Caen, in the town of Ouistreham.

Caen is very close to the beaches used for the World War II D-Day landings that took place on 6 June, 1944, as the Allied troops invaded Normandy in a successful attempt to wrestle France from Nazi control. Caen was a major objective to be recaptured, as it was on 21 July. There are a few buses that run from Caen to the landing beaches, including Omaha beach, the storming of which was featured in the film Saving Private Ryan.

Caen was largely destroyed during World War II. Four-fifths of the city was demolished in 1944 and has since been rebuilt, although some older buildings remain. Appropriately, Caen is home to the Le Mémorial de Caen, a museum commemorating the liberation of Caen from its occupation. There are plenty of places to eat and drink in Caen. Just head towards the Vaugueux, the Rue Ecuyère or the Quai Vendeuve harbour.