Caen Ferry Terminal
Caen (Ouistreham) ferry port offers regular ferry services to Portsmouth in England.
Caen is a town in the Calvados region of north west France, lying roughly 10 miles inland from the English Channel and 2 hours north-west of Paris. Caen features many buildings from the time of William the Conqueror, who is buried here, although much of the old town was destroyed by heavy fighting during the Second World War, in the Battle of Normandy (1944). During the Hundred Years' War, England's King Edward III led an army against the city, expecting a siege of many weeks, although as it turned out the army took the city in less than one day, killing 3,000 of its inhabitants, and burning much of the town. After the attack, the English found a copy of Franco-Norman plot from 1339 to invade England, which had been devised by Philip VI of France, using this as an excuse to carry on with the conflict. Despite the assault on the town, Caen's Castle resisted attempts to besiege it and a few days later the English marched on to victory at Crécy. In 1417 Caen was taken by Henry V, who treated it badly as punishment for putting up resistance to his invasion. Today Caen's attractions include a mixture of the historical, such as William the Conquerer's Chateau de Caen, and the more recent, including memorials to those who died in World War 2.
Get directions for Caen Ferry Terminal
Port address: Avenue du Grand Large, Ouistreham, 14150. Tel: 02 31 36 36 36
Caen terminal is served by these ferry routes:
- Portsmouth–Caen (Brittany Ferries)
Travelling to Caen (Ouistreham) Ferry Terminal
Travelling by Car
The port is clearly sign-posted from the main routes around Caen, just follow the “CAR FERRY” signs. The motorway (autoroute) is near to the ferry port, allowing for easy access both from and to Paris, the Loire, the South, and Brittany. If you are driving from the port, follow the N175 to Mont St Michel and Brittany. The N13 to Bayeux and Cherbourg, and the N158 leads to Le Mans and the Loire Valley.
Taxis are usually available and waiting outside the ferry terminal for arrivals and departures. If none are available, the tourist information desk will be able to assist you. Fares from the port into the centre of Caen will cost approx 30€ during the day and 40€ from 7pm onwards.
Travelling by Train
The closest train station is in Caen, about 18km from the port. From here you can take a TGV to various destinations including Paris.
Travelling by Bus
There is a shuttle service that operates between Ouistreham and Caen, although this service does not operate for the evening ferry arrivals or departures in Ouistreham.
Caen: Port Facilities
The bar is open from 6.30am to 11pm. Hot and cold food as well as drinks and snacks are available.
Please note that there is no car rental company in Ouistreham. All major car hire companies are located in Caen next to the train station.
Bureau de Change
A Bureau de Change facility is open for all sailings and at the weekends.
There are 2 disabled parking bays directly outside the terminal and the single-storey building is wheelchair accessible. Disabled toilets are situated in the car lanes and the second parking area, close to the ferry.
There is a shuttle bus which transports foot passengers between the passenger terminal and the ships for arrivals and departures. Buses either have a ramp or are specifically adapted for wheelchairs
Terminal Opening Hours
The Brittany Ferries information desk is open from 6.35am – Midnight
The tourist information is open throughout the year. For enquiries, ring 02 31 96 89 70.
Car parks at Caen (Ouistreham) Ferry Port
There is an open car park at the passenger terminal for a maximum stay of 72 hours. There is no charge for parking here but it is at the owner’s risk.
This information is provided for guidance only.