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Sea Crossing information

Just as you have taken great care with the selection of your holiday property and destination, we believe that the choice of travel arrangements is equally individual: Some may opt for a short hop across the Channel, perhaps taking a few days leisurely drive through France; others may prefer the relaxation of a longer crossing, spending one or two nights at sea.

Vintage Travel does not tie you in to pre-arranged travel packages, so you are free to choose from any of the operators on these pages. Whether your choice is for the shortest route by ferry or one of the new high speed craft, or by the longer 'mini-cruise' sailings to Spain, our staff will be happy to guide you through the options and help compare prices for your journey.

Driving distances

Click here for a table of approximate mileages from the ferry ports to towns near to our properties. The information is based on the route planning facility on www.viamichelin.co.uk, using the mileages given as 'Recommended by Michelin'.

Crossings to Spain

Brittany Ferries operates luxurious cruise ferries to Spain with a choice of routes from Portsmouth and Plymouth to Santander and Bilbao.

The Cap Finistère and sister ship Pont-Aven offer comfortable cabins, stylish lounges and plenty of onboard entertainment including cinemas, swimming pool and a choice of quality restaurants.

On-board accommodation

Air conditioned cabins, two-berth, four-berth with own facilities, the choice varies from ship to ship. On certain routes there are also luxury Commodore Class and De Luxe cabins - these are very popular so book early.

Portsmouth - Bilbao Return
DEP Fri 1700 hrs ARR Sat 1800 hrs DEP Sun 2315 hrs ARR Tue 0730 hrs
DEP Tue 1030 hrs ARR Wed 0930 hrs DEP Sat 2045 hrs ARR Sat 2045 hrs
Portsmouth - Santander Return
DEP Wed 1200 hrs ARR Thu 1300 hrs DEP Tue 1700 hrs ARR Wed 1800 hrs
DEP Thu 1530 hrs ARR Fri 1430 hrs DEP Mon 1500 hrs ARR Tue 1400 hrs
Plymouth - Santander Return
DEP Sun 1530 hrs ARR Mon 1200 hrs DEP Wed 2100 hrs ARR Thu 1600 hrs



Crossings to France

Sailing from Portsmouth, Poole and Plymouth, directly to the western Channel ports of Caen and Cherbourg, St Malo and Roscoff, as well as Cork to Roscoff, Brittany Ferries offers a great choice for travellers to make the journey part of the holiday.

  • Portsmouth-Caen

    Passengers on this route have a choice with up to 4 daily crossings, on either the Fastcraft taking just under 4 hours, or a classic cruise ferry with both daytime and overnight crossings. From Caen, there are excellent road links to the Autoroutes to the south and west.

  • Portsmouth-St Malo

    The longest Channel crossing, sailing direct into Brittany and giving the shortest driving distance to the south-west. Average sailing duration is 8¼ hours, with daily crossings (overnight from Portsmouth / daytime return from St Malo).

  • Portsmouth and Poole-Cherbourg

    Brittany Ferries shortest crossings, with a journey time of 2-3 hours on one of the high speed services, or a more leisurely crossing by cruise ferry.

  • Plymouth-Roscoff

    Brittany Ferries only route to France from Plymouth brings you direct to Brittany in a 6-8 hour journey, with a choice of daytime and overnight crossings. Cork-Roscoff Flagship cruise ferry Pont-Aven sails overnight from Cork once a week (Saturday), returning from Roscoff on Friday overnight.

  • Cork-Roscoff

    Flagship cruise ferry Pont-Aven sails overnight from Cork once a week (Saturday), returning from Roscoff on Friday overnight.