Portsmouth Ferry Port, cross channel ferry and cruise ship terminal

Portsmouth International Port, owned by Portsmouth City Council, first opened in 1976 and has continued to grow and develop ever since. Portsmouth has more ferry routes than any other UK ferry port.

The port serves ferries and cruise ships and is the second largest passenger ferry terminal in the UK, carrying approximately 2.2 million passengers per year only the port of Dover handles more.

Ferry services from Portsmouth serve the following destinations Bilbao (Spain), Caen (France), Cherbourg (France), Guernsey (Channel Islands), Jersey (Channel Islands), Le Havre (France), Santander (Spain) and St Malo (France).

Portsmouth International Port is easily accessible from the motorway network, there is a dedicated exit from the port onto M275, giving excellent access to the M27, M3, A34, M4 and A3(M) via the Hindhead tunnel.


Address: George Byng Way, Portsmouth, Hants, PO2 8SP
Telephone: 02392 297391 or 0870 582 7744
Website: www.portsmouth-port.co.uk


Portsmouth Ferry Port's terminal building, opened in March 2011 part of a £16.5 million investment in the port. The new 2,700 square metre building resembles a modern airport building and houses much improved facilities for ferry and cruise ship passengers. The facilities include,

  • Check-in desks arrival / departure area
  • Cafe serving fresh meals, snacks and drinks
  • Coffee and bar area
  • Travel / souvenir shop
  • Bureau de change for currency exchange
  • Ferry company ticket offices
  • Facilities for cruise ship passengers

Cutting edge environmental features have been incorporated into the terminal building, it is the first public building in the country to use a sea water-source heat pump system using energy from the sea to heat and cool the building.

Sea water is also used to flush the toilets helping to reduce the fresh water consumption. Windcatchers are built into the roof to provide natural ventilation of the buildings interior.


A 24-hour, multi-storey car park at Portsmouth Continental Ferry Port provides 516 passenger parking spaces. The pay-on-foot facility is well lit and incorporates the latest automated parking technology and CCTV cameras.

Portsmouth International Port has dedicated parking spaces for people with disabilities and/or reduced mobility. For more parking information telephone: 02392 873378


National Express coach services drop off and pick up in the Ferry Port.

Rail services via Portsmouth and Southsea Station can be reached from the Port either by shuttle bus which operates in peak season, or by taxi or minibus.

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