Cherbourg Ferry Port

Cherbourg ferry port has regular sailings arriving from both Poole and Portsmouth in the UK and from Rosslare in Ireland.

Catch a crossing to Cherbourg ferry terminal on these routes:

Cherbourg Ferry Terminal Map and Directions

Address: Quai de Normandie (Brittany Ferries & Condor Ferries) or Gare Maritime (Irish Ferries) 50100, Cherbourg

About Cherbourg

Cherbourg, located in North-West France, has a well connected ferry port with sailings arriving from both Poole and Portsmouth in the UK and from Rosslare in Ireland.

Getting to Cherbourg Ferry Port

By Car

Cherbourg Ferry Port is well signposted once you're nearby. From Paris, it's the A15 and then the E05 in the direction of Rouen. Then follow signs for Caen and and then the E46 to Cherbourg. From Le Havre and St.Malo head towards Caen and then take the E46.

By Taxi

Taxis will usually be available and waiting outside of the ferry terminal for arrivals and departures. If none are available, the tourist information desk will be able to call one for you.

By Train

The nearest train station is Cherbourg and has regular services to Caen, Rouen, and Rennes (via Lison). It's a 5 minute taxi ride or a 40-minute walk.

By Bus

A free shuttle bus service operates between Cherbourg Port and La Cite de la Mer (near the town centre) for Brittany Ferries arrivals and departures. Buses that serve the rest of the town can be boarded in town.

Cherbourg Ferry Port Facilities

Café/ Bar

The bar is open all day, from early morning until late evening.

Bureau de Change

A Bureau de Change facility is open for all arrivals and departures.

Disabled Facilities

The terminal building in on 2 floors and has a lift available. Free disabled parking is available in front of the terminal. Please note that the free shuttle bus from the port to the town centre does not offer disabled access.

Shuttle Bus

There is a shuttle bus which transports foot passengers between the passenger terminal and the ships for arrivals and departures.

Terminal Opening Hours

The terminal is staffed for all arrivals and departures.

Tourist Information

The tourist information is open throughout the year for ship arrivals and departures.

Parking at Cherbourg Ferry Port

There is a car park situated in front of the terminal for short and long-term stays. There is no charge for parking here but it is at the owner's risk. Part of the car park is reserved for motor homes and caravans and there is 24 hour access to toilet facilities. Secure parking (payable at approx €3.60) is available behind the terminal.

Port information is provided by Eurodrive for guidance only.

More About Cherbourg

The Port of Cherbourg, is situated at the Northern tip of the Cherbourg Peninsula, in an area of France known as Haute Normande. Cherbourg is located in a very protected harbour with no less than two long breakwaters. Besides being an attractive harbour, Cherbourg is also a transatlantic seaport, a major naval base, a fishing centre and has a large marina. It is also a manufacturing centre. As a ferry port, Cherbourg is very convenient with around 9 sailings a day to and from Portsmouth and Poole operated by Brittany Ferries. Traditional ferries take about 5 hours in the day and 8 hours overnight. Irish Ferries operate the route from Rosslare in Ireland to Cherbourg 3-4 times per week, with a minimum journey time of 17 hours 30 minutes.

Cherbourg History

Old Cherbourg is probable built on the site of the Roman camp of Coriallum, although no visible ruins remain. The name of Cherbourg first appeared in 1026 when Duke Richard II donated the castle to his future wife. Development of Cherbourg as a port was significantly aided following creation of the Anglo-Norman state in 1066 after William's victory at Hastings. In 1204, the King of France, Philip-Auguste, took control of Normandy. Franco-English relations deteriorated and in 1295 the English carried out the first of many raids on Cherbourg, and set fire to the town. Only the castle held firm and it was later fortified several times. In 1337, the Hundred Years War began and Cherbourg became a strategic trump card with the town changing sovereign six times. In 1563 and in 1574, the Protestants of Normandy, tried to capture Cherbourg but the town was victoriously defended by Jacques de Matignon whose descendants subsequently governed Cherbourg until the middle of the 18th century. In 1686, Vauban suggested important defence works but these were never completed. At that time, the harbour consisted of a natural lagoon where forty vessels could anchor but with no protection as shown by the aftermath of the 1692 battle known as the La Hougue. From 1739 to 1744, on the orders of Louis XV, the town was given a commercial port that, in 1758, was entirely destroyed when the British again captured Cherbourg. These were restored in a long-term project begun in the 1770s and completed mid-19th century. In 1940, the Germans occupied Cherbourg and developed the port as a base for U-boats - protected by massive concrete "pens". Allied bombing then, and later during its recapture in 1944 by the Allies, so essential for its port facilities for landing reinforcements and materiel, caused heavy damage.

Cherbourg Attractions

Consider "La Cite de la Mer" with it's cylindrical aquarium and former nuclear submarine, located in the former trans-Atlantic terminal building; Museum of Liberation - A scenic tour through Occupation to liberation with many audiovisual presentations; Ludiver Observatory and Planetarium for those with an interest in astronomy who will be thrilled with their "virtual guide"; Fort du Roule, located at the summit of "Roule Mountain" 117 metres above sea level offers a beautiful panoramic view of the harbour and town. Other places include Marina Chantereyne; Cherbourg's Natural History museum, the Castle of Martinvaast 6km from Cherbourg and the Castle of Nacqueville (10 km).

Cherbourg Shopping and Dining

Just behind the waterfront, in the Old Town, is the main shopping area of Cherbourg. Here, in a maze of narrow cobbled streets (many pedestrianised) are packed specialist food and wine shops, café bars, restaurants, fashion boutiques and gift shops. Check out Cherbourg's street markets - from Tuesday to Thursday and on Saturday and Sunday there is a different market each day. For further details on these and other information on Cherbourg click here Cherbourg Markets. EuroDif, near the main square in the centre of Cherbourg, is the largest department store, with three floors packed with typical French merchandise - clothing, fabrics, haberdashery, crockery, bed and table linen, home wear and candles. On the outskirts of town you can find large hypermarkets: Carrefour located on the edge of town when you leave the main N13, Leclerc is in Tourlaville and Auchan, also on the N13 route to Caen and Paris. There is a wide choice of restaurants with a good range of price and type of food on offer - from seafood to crepes to Pizzas and Salads.

Find out more about Cherbourg and the Port of Cherbourg.