Portsmouth to Santander Ferry


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    23 hr 30 min
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Regular cruise-style sailings

If you choose to sail on a regular ferry, you'll find a cruise-like experience with plenty of luxurious facilities to keep you comfortable and entertained during your crossing. Using this service, there are two weekly crossings carried out by two ferries - the Pont Aven or the Cap Finistère . Sailings depart on Tuesdays and Fridays and last 24 hours.

On board your cruise-style ferry

Not only can you take your vehicle when you travel to Spain with the ferry but the experience is altogether more relaxing and comfortable.

In terms of dining options, you can opt for a simple snack or quick bite in one of the many bars and cafes. There's also a self-service restaurant with a huge range of choices at great prices. And if you want to spoil yourself as you glide over the ocean, head for the fine dining restaurant where expert chefs prepare meals that you won't forget.

You are also sure not to feel bored on your sailing. You'll find cinemas with the latest movies, slot machines and video games, a range of shops as well as sun decks and lounges and even a swimming pool.

If you're travelling with children, they'll also feel like they're on holiday while on board. In addition to the facilities mentioned, you'll also find children's meals in the restaurants, and if you are travelling with younger children there are baby-changing facilities throughout the ship and you'll also have constant access to your cabin throughout your sailing.

Portsmouth to Santander with Brittany Ferries économie

This service offers a comfortable crossing but not the full cruise-style experience. However, tickets are often considerably cheaper. The économie service departs every Saturday at 08:15 from the end of May.

On the Portsmouth to Santander économie service you will sail on board the Étretat. While not the same high standard as the cruise-type ships, you will find the following facilities:

  • Self-service restaurant
  • Small bar
  • Small movie lounge
  • Small boutique
  • Free WiFi

There is also a variety of cabins all of which are ensuite. The cabins lack carpets however. You can see details of cabins and prices when you make your booking.

About Portsmouth

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 Santander

Santander is the capital of the Spanish region of Cantabria; a region known for its culture, beautiful beaches and stunning scenery. Santander's old quarter is still in existence, though little of it remains. Worth a visit are the Gothic temple and the nearby medieval town of Santillana del Mar.

There is plenty to do in Santander, including the Dunas Liencas Natural Park, the Museo Provincial de Prehistoria, the Royal Magdalena Palace and the Carbárceno Natural Park, which is the largest zoo in Europe. Santander also boasts award-winning beaches, extensive shopping facilities and a wide range of restaurants and bars.


  • 30 Jan 2020
    Baie de Seine
    • We have sailed on the Baie de Seine a few times, but not on a long crossing. From Portsmouth to Santander there isn't a lot to do on the ship and no real comfort for such a long journey. The ship is now starting to look tired, a make over is long overdue after 18yrs.

      Review by BobbyJo

  • 15 Nov 2019
    You get what you pay
    • Budget crossing, very clean and adequate cabin. We had a problem with the shower, was fixed within 10mins of reporting it. Disappointing on the quality of food, unfortunately food kept hot under lights is never going to be the best. Staff were helpful. Value for money would use again in needed.

      Review by PETER COLLINS

  • 31 Oct 2019
    Basic but acceptable
    • When we booked the ferry we expected to be on the Pont Aven, having previously travelled on the Finisterre. Our only criticism was that the onboard facilities and choices were limited in comparison with our previous experience, probably because the boat appeared to be set up for the much shorter journey to Caen. Having said that, the staff crew were excellent and the accommodation on a par.

      Review by Anon

  • 28 Oct 2019
    Generally well satisfied
    • During the colder months the 10th Deck catering generally matched the colder weather on board, otherwise no complaints

      Review by JEFFREY REALFF

  • 24 Oct 2019
    Another good crossing
    • Apart from a short delay on departure our crossing went well and we arrived on time. Food was excellent, staff very helpful another good journey to Spain.

      Review by BRIAN COUPE

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Portsmouth to Santander Popular Questions

Want to know more about your journey from Portsmouth to Santander? 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 Santander take?

The average journey time by ferry between Portsmouth to Santander is 28 hrs 59 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 Santander travel?

The fastest journey time by ferry from Portsmouth to Santander is 23 hrs 30 min, with Brittany Ferries.

How much does the ferry from Portsmouth to Santander cost?

The cheapest ferry ticket price from Portsmouth to Santander found by AFerry customers recently is £615, travelling with Brittany Ferries on Friday, 25 September 2020. Prices also vary depending on the date and time of travel.

What time does the first ferry from Portsmouth to Santander leave?

The first ferry from Portsmouth to Santander leaves at 09:00 with Brittany Ferries. Times may vary depending on the time of year.

What time does the last ferry from Portsmouth to Santander leave?

The last ferry from Portsmouth to Santander leaves at 22:15 with Brittany Ferries. Times may vary depending on the time of year.

Which ferry companies operate between Portsmouth to Santander?

Ferries travelling from Portsmouth to Santander are operated by Brittany Ferries.

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