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About Normandie Express

Ship information and on board services

Normandie Express is a high-speed aluminium twin hulled catamaran capable of carrying passengers, cars, bikes and small vans at a maximum speed of 42 Knots (about 78 kilometres per hour).

On board you have space to relax and freedom to walk around this high-speed ferry. For the short ferry crossing to France you will find comfortable seating, bars, café and a boutique making it an enjoyable alternative to air travel.

The vessel originally operated on the Cook Strait in New Zealand under the name 'The Lynx.' Brittany Ferries announced it would charter the vessel and rename her 'Normandie Express' for her new role on the routes between Portsmouth to Cherbourg and Portsmouth to Caen. She departed to France on the 21st January 2005.

After two years of service and proving extremely popular with her short crossing times; Brittany Ferries announced the purchase of the vessel on 15th January 2007. The vessel operates a seasonal service, typically between mid May and mid September. Crossing times average just 180 minutes to Cherbourg. Normandie Express runs a return trip to Cherbourg each day (view timetable).

For 2016 Normandie Express will service only the Portsmouth to Cherbourg route.

Please note: Normandie Express operates a no-smoking policy throughout the vessel at all times including e-cigarettes.



Complimentary reclining seats are included offering a comfortable and relaxing environment with each seat having a fold-up tray. View the accommodation on board Normandie Express

'Dining & bars'

Dining & bars

The food outlets and bars on Normandie Express offer a range of delicious food and drink that helps turn your journey into part of your holiday. View the dining options on board Normandie Express

'Facilities & entertainment'

Facilities & entertainment

The facilities on Normandie Express include a shop, Video Games, Open viewing deck, baby changing room, disabled toilet, bureau de Change. View facilities & entertainment on board Normandie Express

'Technical specifications'

Technical specifications

Find out about the technical specifications of our high-speed ferry to France Normandie Express. View the technical specification of Normandie Express

'Onboard Normandie Express Video'

Onboard Normandie Express Video

Travel to France in the fast lane with Normandie Express, Brittany Ferries' high speed catamaran. Designed to travel at speeds of up to 42 knots, the journey time from Portsmouth to France is just three hours Watch the video

Capacity summary
Seats 850


A colourful salad with glasses of wine

Example menus available on board Normandie Express.

Vehicle Sizes

Our high speed ferry cannot transport large vehicles and trailers.

  • Maximum vehicle dimensions are 4m high and 9m long
  • Trailers and caravans cannot be accepted

All vehicles over 1.83m high have to be reversed on board.

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