Brittany Ferries was formed by a group of Farmers in 1972 and its primary aim then was to transport vegetables from France to the UK.
The company is still largely owned by the same group of farming co-operatives but these days it is one of the leading maritime carriers in the Western and Central channel and it’s not only a ferry operator, but it acts as a tour operator as well, supplying a vast range of self-drive holidays throughout France, Spain and, to a lesser extent, Portugal.
Normandy and Brittany are hugely popular with the British for holidays and second homes and as such the Brittany Ferry services to those areas as extremely popular especially with those wishing to avoid the drive from Calais. The routes operated by the line are as follows:
Portsmouth to Caen – crossing time approximately 6 hours day/7 hours night, 3 hours 45 minutes high speed – up to four crossings per day
Portsmouth to Cherbourg – crossing time approximately 3 hours high speed/5 hours 30 minutes cruise up to three crossings per day
Portsmouth to St Malo – crossing time approximately – 8 hours 45 minutes day/10 hours 45 minutes night – daily sailing
Poole to Cherbourg – crossing time approximately 4 hours 30 mins/2 hours 15 on high speed service – up to three crossings per day
Plymouth to Roscoff – crossing time approximately 6 hours day/8 hours night – up to three crossings per day
Cork – Roscoff – crossing time approximately 14 hours – weekly sailing