Portsmouth to Caen route map

Maps and driving directions

For passengers taking ferries from Portsmouth to Caen, these maps of Portsmouth and Caen will help you with driving directions to and from the ports.

Getting to Portsmouth is very easy with motorway links to the M27 providing access to the Midlands and the South. It is less than two hours drive from London making it the closest cross-channel ferry port to the Capital.

Caen ferry port is actually situated at Ouistreham 15 km north of Caen itself. The port is easily accessed via the autoroute and is clearly sign-posted "car ferry" from all the main access routes around Caen.



Caen is a busy industrial and cultural centre in Normandy. The city was founded by William the Conquerer in the 11th century and boasts a castle and several medieval abbeys as well as a wealth of restaurants, markets and attractions. As well as being an exciting destination to visit, Caen is an excellent gateway into France with motorway links to Paris, the Loire and beyond.

Driving distances to some well-known areas are shown in the table below.

Driving distances from Caen
City From Caen Miles (Km)
Bordeaux, Aquitaine 370 (596)
La Baule, Pays de la Loire 198 (319)
Quimper, Brittany 226 (371)
Paris, Ile de France 139 (228)
Poitiers, Poitou Charentes 226 (363)
Tours, Loire Valley 157 (258)
Toulouse, Midi Pyrénées 460 (755)
Bayeux, Normandy 19 (30)
Mont St Michel, Normandy 78 (126)
La Rochelle, Poitou Charentes 260 (427)

Short breaks in Normandy

Why not take a short break in Normandy, with a trip to Rouen, Bayeux or Honfleur? Or perhaps take a luxury holiday with society's elite in Deauville. Our hotels close to Normandy beaches are ideal for a family break, and by travelling with your car you have the freedom and flexibility to go off the beaten track to explore the region. Search for a hotel break in Normandy...

Driving in France

Have a look at our driving in France guide for information on breathalysers, crit'air vignette environmental badge, road signs, speed limits, fuel,  autoroutes, safety camera warnings as well as on-the-spot fines.