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Cross Channel (Caen and Cherbourg)

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Caen and Cherbourg, genuine gateways between France, the United Kingdom and Ireland.

1.55 million passengers and 412,000 vehicles.
Over 4,5 million tonnes of freight and 161,000 lorries.


The cross Channel terminal, situated downstream from the canal locks, benefits from two deep-water quays each equipped with a mobile bridge, one of which is a double-level dual carriageway capable of welcoming the largest cross Channel ferries in operation.
With an average of three to four rotations per day by Brittany Ferries' three ships, the « Mont-Saint-Michel », the « Normandie » and the « Normandie Express », over a million passengers and around 119,000 lorries travel via the Caen-Portsmouth cross Channel ferry link. Average sailing time: 6 hours

From April to October, the « Normandie Express » sailing from Friday to Sunday inclusive, offers a capacity of 900 passengers and 280 vehicles for a sailing time of only 3h30.

Key figures from 2011:
951,758 passengers
110,061 lorries
233,634 cars
Around 2.9 million tonnes of freight


A deep-water port, the world's largest artificial harbour. Easily accessible, the port of Cherbourg is renowned by major shipping companies for the quality of service provided by all port facilities, for its great reliability and for its supply of equipment and infrastructures adapted to suit all types of traffic.
Via Brittany Ferries, Celtic Link and Irish Ferries, around 800,000 passengers together with some 93,000 lorries cross the Channel towards Poole and Portsmouth in England and Rosslare in Ireland.
- Cherbourg – Portsmouth: Brittany Ferries, up to 2 daily rotations and a sailing time of approximately three hours aboard
the « Normandie Express ».
- Cherbourg – Poole: Brittany Ferries, up to 3 daily rotations and a sailing time of approximately four and a half hours aboard the
« Barfleur » and around two and a half hours aboard the « Normandie Vitesse ».
- Cherbourg - Rosslare: a sailing time of approximately 18 hours, Irish Ferries, 3 weekly rotations aboard "The Oscar Wilde" (freight and passengers) ; Celtic Link, 3 weekly rotations aboard « The Diplomat » (freight).

Key figures from 2011:
606,819 passengers
51,342 lorries
178,502 cars
Around 1.7 million tonnes of freight

  • Carte Basse-Normandie
  • Ferry
  • Cherbourg - Ferry
  • Camion semi-remorque Giraud
  • Ferries au Port de Cherbourg