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Caen Ferry Port & Terminal guide

Ferry port facilities, directions and transport information

Caen International Port, also known as Ouistreham Ferry Port, is the newest port on the Channel. Caen Harbour is 15km north of Caen itself and has direct access onto the autoroute fast road network for a convenient onward journey into France.

Brittany Ferries offers a choice of cruise ferry crossings from Portsmouth to Caen making this our busiest route.

Where is Caen Ferry Port?

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Its central position on the northern coast of France makes Caen a great choice for passengers holidaying in Normandy or Brittany, and those looking to travel to Paris or central and southern France.

Address & contact details

Avenue du Grand Large
Tel: 02 31 36 36 36
GPS co-ordinates:
DD (DDD.DDDDD°) 49.284013, -0.249698
DMS (DDD° MM' SS.S") 49°17'02.5"N 0°14'58.9"W

Caen Ferry Port Facilities

Bureau de change

There is a Bureau de Change facility, which is open for all sailings and at the weekends.


The bar is open from 6:30am to 11pm.

Disabled facilities

  • Single storey building is easily wheelchair accessible
  • 2 disabled parking bays directly outside the terminal
  • Disabled toilets are situated in the car lanes and the second parking area, close to the ferry
  • 2 buses are available for transporting foot passengers - one has a ramp and one is specifically adapted for wheelchairs
  • Wheelchairs are available in the terminal in case of emergencies

Free Wi-Fi

There is free Wi-Fi Internet access available in the terminal and in the car lanes at the port. Please ask at the information desk for details.

Shuttle Bus

There is a shuttle bus which transports foot passengers between the passenger terminal and the ships for arrivals and departures


Phone card payphones can be found in the terminal. Phone cards can be purchased from the tourist information office which is open to coincide with all sailings.

Terminal opening hours

The Brittany Ferries information desk is open from 6:45am - 11:59pm.

Travelling with Dogs

Dogs are allowed in all areas of the port but they must be on a lead and muzzled. Dogs are not allowed to leave the vehicle once they have been checked in. Outside of the port dogs are welcome on a lead in the local area.

Electric Cars

We are in discussion with the local authorities to install a charge point close-by the Passenger Terminal. Please visit this link for more details of charging points across France.

About Caen

Caen, in Normandy, is one of the oldest university towns in France. Bustling with activity, it is a vibrant and attractive city on the River Orne.

Read our Caen City Guide.

Caen Photo Gallery

Mont St Michel in Ouistreham port Caen Marina - Credit: Guichard - Office de Tourisme de Caen A medeival street in Caen Pegasus bridge, Caen, Normandy The Abbaye aux Hommes in Caen Caen memorial, Normandy

Getting to and from Caen Ferry Port

By car

The terminal is well sign-posted from the main access routes around Caen as "CAR FERRY". The autoroute is close to the port and offers easy access to Paris, the Loire, the south, and Brittany. Take the N175 to Mont St Michel and Brittany. The N13 connects Caen to Bayeux and Cherbourg, and the N158 leads to Le Mans and the Loire Valley.

Distances to popular destinations
ToMiles (Km)
Angers157 (252)
Bayeux19 (30)
Biarritz476 (781)
Bordeaux370 (596)
Brest242 (388)
La Rochelle260 (427)
Marseille627 (1009)
Mont St Michel78 (126)
Paris139 (228)
Tours157 (258)

By train

The nearest railway station is in Caen, about 18km from the port. Regular TER and Intercité services depart from Caen train station to Paris St Lazare.

By taxi

There are usually taxis waiting outside the terminal for ship arrivals and departures. If there are no taxis, the tourist information desk can call a taxi for you.
Taxi fares from the terminal to Caen train station range from 30€ during the day (7am to 7pm) to 40€ in the evening (7pm to 7am).

By bus

There is a bus service between Ouistreham and Caen. This service does not run for evening ferry arrivals or departures. The vehicles used for this service are not adapted for disabled travellers. Route 61 takes you to Caen City Centre and buses depart about 500 yards from the terminal. View timetables and further details on the Twisto website.

Flixbus operates a direct coach service from the Ouistreham ferry terminal to Paris. Services from / to Paris operate via La Défense or Porte Maillot. Flixbus also operates from Caen city centre to other French towns, such as Rouen, Amiens, Nantes, Avranches, Dinard and Lille. For more information visit their website.

Port - Caen city centre bus prices
One Way1.35 Euros
Return2.70 Euros
24-Hour ticket3.75 Euros
*Prices correct as of 04/06/14

Parking at Caen Ferry Port

Car parking charges at the port are listed below.

Car parking charges at the port
Up to 2 hoursFREE
2-6 hours1.50 Euros/hour
6-14 hours0.80 Euros/hour
14-24 hours5 Euros
Additional 24 hours5 Euros
7 days25 Euros
After 7 days3 Euros/day
30 days75 Euros
After 30 days1.50 Euros/day
Lost ticket100 Euros
Special tariff "Day in London"
Arrive Friday between 8pm and 11pm and leave the
following Sunday between 7am and 9am.
9.90 Euros
*Prices correct as of 04/06/14

Ferries to Caen Ferry Port

Ferry RoutesBook from Portsmouth
Portsmouth to Caen (Ouistreham)
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